Brad Paisley, Eric Church Albums Make Top Ten Chart Debuts
Brad Paisley's new CD is starting his run at the top of the Country Albums chart. Billboard.com says "Wheelhouse" logged first-week sales of 100-thousand to lead the genre-specific list, while the disc is debuting at number two on the all-genre Billboard 200. Another Nashville-based act -- the rock band Paramore -- edged Brad out of the number one spot with their new self-titled effort, which sold 106-thousand copies in its first week. Paisley's album received a lot of media coverage following its release, courtesy of the controversial LL Cool J collaboration "Accidental Racist." But "Wheelhouse," also featuring the hits "Southern Comfort Zone" and "Beat This Summer," is giving Paisley his lowest first-week sales in a decade for a vocal album. His 2003 effort, "Mud on the Tires," opened with sales of 86-thousand, while initial sales of his 2008 mostly-instrumental disc "Play" were just under 54-thousand. But those albums also topped the country chart and opened in the top ten on the Billboard 200.
Eric Church is making a top ten chart debut as well with his new concert disc. Fans picked up 61-thousand copies of "Caught in the Act: Live" to put it at number three on the Country Albums list, and at number five on the Billboard 200. Blake Shelton's "Based on a True Story..." has the number two spot on the country chart, and is at number four on the all-genre list behind Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience."