Country star Jason Aldean nets his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his new release, Old Boots, New Dirt, kicks in atop the list. It starts with 278,000 sold in the week ending Oct. 12, the third-largest sales week of 2014 according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Only the arrivals of Coldplay’s Ghost Stories (383,000) and fellow country star Eric Church’s The Outsiders (288,000) logged bigger frames this year.
Old Boots, New Dirt also notches the largest sales week of 2014 for an independently-distributed album. (It’s distributed by RED Distribution, Sony Music’s independent distribution arm.)
Aldean bumps another country giant out of the No. 1 slot: Blake Shelton, as his Bringing Back the Sunshine falls 1-6 with 34,000 (down 66 percent). It’s the first time we’ve had back-to-back No. 1s from country albums in over a year. It last happened on the chart dated May 25, 2013, when Lady Antebellum’s Golden spent one week at No. 1, following a one-week stint at the top by Kenny Chesney’s Life On a Rock.
Aldean’s last album, 2012’s Night Train, also started at No. 1, with a larger opening week: 409,000. That set, however, followed the breakthrough success Aldean found with his 2010 set My Kinda Party. That effort debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the chart dated Nov. 20, 2010, and spent its first 87 consecutive weeks in the top 40. (It also lingered for 12 weeks at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart.) So far, My Kinda Party has shifted 3.1 million copies. (2.8 million in its first two years.)
Night Train performed well, but didn’t have the same sort of phenomenal chart run like My Kinda Party. Night Train spent its first 21 frames in the top 40 of the Billboard 200, one week at No. 1 on Top Country Albums, and has sold 1.7 million in its (just over) two years of release.
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