Darius Rucker Tops the Country Albums Chart
With 100,000 copies of the album sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the disc also enters the Billboard 200 at No. 2. That's three spots higher than Darius' 'Learn to Live' managed during its run up that chart. The album also sold 30,000 more copies than Toby Keith's new album did in its debut one week ago. Toby's 'Bullets in the Gun' is at No. 5 this week, with Kenny Chesney's 'Hemingway's Whiskey' now at No. 3 and the Zac Brown Band's 'You Get What You Give' at No. 4.
Also making a strong showing the week, the Band Perry's self-titled debut, which sold 52,000 copies, helped along no doubt by the success of the hit single, 'If I Die Young.' The album roars in at No. 2 on the country chart and finishes at No. 4 on the Billboard 200.
Also debuting in the Top 10 on the Country Albums chart is Lady Antebellum's 'Merry Little Christmas.' Other new discs on the chart are Trace Adkins' 'Definitive Greatest Hits' (No. 12), Aaron Watson's 'Road and the Rodeo' (No. 25) and the Secret Sisters' self-titled debut (No. 28).
Taylor Swift continues to dominate country music's digital sales chart, with her 'Back to December' notching an astounding 241,000 in its very first week, with two other tracks from her new album, the title track 'Speak Now' and 'Mine,' also among the week's Top 10.