Music Row gets religion this week as Eric Church is lofted atop both the Billboard country and all-genres albums charts via his new collection, The Outsiders.
By Nielsen SoundScan’s count, 287,668 true believers purchased the album within the first seven days of its release.
But enough with the tortured metaphors.
Also new on the country albums rankings are Frankie Ballard ’s Sunshine & Whiskey (arriving at No. 5), Church’s 4 Album Collection (No. 12) and Dylan Scott’s self-titled EP (No. 50).
Returning to the chart is Brett Eldredge’s Bring You Back (No. 43).
Church’s Caught in the Act Live, now in its 45th week on the market, bounces from No. 38 to No. 32.
There are two new songs: Jennifer Nettles’ “Me Without You” (No. 50) and Natalie Stovall & the Drive’s “Baby Come On With It” (No. 60).
Our title tales offerings this week — which, as you may recall, involve splicing current song titles together to form a story — are “Helluva Life/Doin’ What She Likes,” “Baby Come On With It/Strong” and “When She Says Baby/Drink a Beer.”
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