Darius Rucker’s Southern Style debuted at No. 1 on the country album chart today, with sales of 52K. It’s his fourth consecutive solo album to enter at No. 1, fueled in part by the success of No. 1 lead single, “Homegrown Honey.” He penned the hit with Charles Kelley and Nathan Chapman. Southern Stylewas produced by Frank Rogers and Keith Stegall.
In recent weeks Rucker visited Today and Ellen, and he is set for ABC’s The Chew on April 16, before heading out on the Southern Style Tour May 14 with Brett Eldredge, the Brothers Osborne and A Thousand Horses.
Elsewhere on the country album chart, NOW That’s What I Call ACM Awards 50 Years scored a nice debut with 11K, landing at No. 4. There is also a 2015 ACM Awards Zinepak compilation, which fell to No. 6 in its second week of release, moving 8K/17K RTD. Luke Bryan’s Spring Break…Checkin’ Out swam to No. 2 (17K/154K RTD) in its fourth week at sea. Rounding out the country top 5 are Sam Hunt, Montevallo, at No. 3 (16K/427K RTD) and Jason Aldean, Old Boots New Dirt, at No. 5 (8K/897K RTD)
Jon Wolfe debuted Natural Man with sales of 2.2 K.
Top 5 Country Tracks TW
Sam Hunt, “Take Your Time,” 60K
Little Big Town, “Girl Crush,” 51K
Cole Swindell, “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey,” 46K
Zac Brown Band, “Homegrown,” 42K
Eric Church, “Like A Wrecking Ball,” 27K
On the all-genre Top 200 chart, rapper Wale debuted at No. 1 with The Album About Nothing with total activity of 100K.
Overall album sales were up 14 percent week over week, but the year-to-date stats are still slumping.
Overall digital +2.7%
Country digital -7.4%