Josh Gracin debuts in fourth
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
– Josh Gracin debuted in fourth on the Billboard country album with "We Weren't Crazy," his second album. The disc sold more than 18,000 albums in its first week of release. Slightly more than one-quarter of these full-length albums were sold digitally with iTunes representing the majority of the digital sales.
Gracin moved more than 27,000 individual track downloads from the new record. His current single, the title track "We Weren't Crazy," accounted for more than 18,000 of the tracks sold first week. The single is currently inside the top 30 on the Billboard and MediaBase country radio charts.
Gracin wrote or co-wrote 3 of the 11 songs including the single. "This album is more me," said Gracin. "I was able to focus on making the album I wanted to make. For the first album, I was still in the service, so I had to fly in and out of Nashville to record when I could. This time around it had my undivided attention." Gracin worked with producers Marty Williams and Brett James.
Gracin's debut is certified gold by the RIAA and has sold more than 695,000 copies. He's one of only three new male country singers to be introduced in the last four years to earn a gold album. He is also the only male solo country artist in recent years to release a debut album with three consecutive top five country hits, including his first number one, "Nothin' To Lose."
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