Blackberry Smoke debuts at the top
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
– "Holding All the Roses," Blackberry Smoke's debut for Rounder Records, will top the Billboard's Country Album Chart when it is officially rleeased on Thursday. The group, which merges country and southern rock, took over the number one spot from Sam Hunt's "Montevallo."
Blackberry Smoke's latest sold 19,614 copies in its first week of release, according to SoundScan, and also landed at 7 on the Rock Album Chart, and 29 on the Top 200 Album Chart.
Blackberry Smoke's Charlie Starr said, "It's exciting to see the new album doing well. We are proud of it, and we want to thank our fans for their support."
"Holding All The Roses" was produced by three-time Grammy winner Brendan O'Brien.
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