Rhett reaches top
Monday, September 18, 2017
– Thomas Rhett will have the first number one album in almost one year on the Billboard charts.
Rhett was 1 of 3 country CDs to make the Billboard top 10.
Rhett scored his first chart topper on the Billboard 200 chart with "Life Changes."
The disc earned 123,000 equivalent album units for the week ending Sept. 14, according to Nielsen Music. Rhett earned 94,000 in traditional album sales.
Jason Aldean had the last country disc to go to the top with "They Don't Know" on Oct. 1, 2016.
Rhett scored his best sales week ever for an album. His previous high was 63,000 with "Tangled Up."
Dustin Lynch's "Current Mood" debuted in seventh with Kip Moore's "Slowheart" 10th with 36,000 and 29,000 units respectively.
The charts will be released on Tuesday by Billboard.
Thomas Rhett is in the artistic zone. Rhett Atkins' boy never really struggled to get noticed, but starting around 2015, his impact went nuclear – "Die A Happy Man" wasn't just a number one, but a monster that stayed there for two months. The ACM Award for Entertainer of the Year still carries a lot of weight, and Rhett nabbed it in 2019.
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There are moments while listening to Kip Moore's album where the listener might feel like he/she is sampling new Kid Rock music - albeit, with plenty more heart and soul. Moore sings with a similarly endearing scratchy vocal tone, and has a primarily country music fan base, but that's where these two artists part ways artistically. Whereas Kid Rock mostly raises hell, Moore raises awareness. Kid Rock might be perfectly comfortable singing about his dark side, but Moore is heard ...
Dustin Lynch has made his bones on songs depicting small town life. It's only fitting that he would eventually make an album devoted solely to what he knows best. He calls "Tullahoma" a concept album. If you're thinking in the vein of "The Wall" or "Tommy," you're in for a disappointment. It's really an exercise in Country 101.
He said, "The concept was, 'Let's write songs, let's record songs that the fictional small-town boy ...