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Brad Paisley, Eric Church Albums Make Top Ten Chart Debuts

4/17/2013

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."

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