Wednesday, January 30, 2013
– Gary Allan grabbed his first number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart as "Set You Free," his ninth studio album, debuted with 106,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Allan will be first on the Country Airplay chart with his hit single Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain).
Allan also was helped by performing on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and discounts at retailers.
"It has been a long while, but it feels really good," says Allan. "I would especially like to thank all of my fans and everyone at radio. I would also like to thank everyone on my team who has helped to get me to this point. This is a great feeling."
This was Allan's best sales week ever. "Tough All Over" sold 99,000 in 2005. Allan's last disc, "Get Off on the Pain" sold 65,000 in 2010.
Allan first charted in 1996 with "Used Heart for Sale," which peaked at 136. While he was reached the top 10 5 times, this was the first time he had gone higher than number 3
Taylor Swift's "Red" is the only other country disc in the top 10, dropping from fourth to ninth with 32,000 units sold, down 21 percent.
The charts will be officially released on Thursday.