Country singer Gary Allan scores first No. 1 album on Billboard

By Daniel S Levine,

After 17 years in the business, country singer Gary Allan finally scored his first No.1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with Set You Free.

The album sold 106,000 copies in its first week in stores, according to Nielsen SoundScan numbers. Billboard also notes that it is the best sales week of his career, beating Tough All Over, which sold 99,000 in its first week in 2005.

Set You Free’s success is likely due to “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain),” the hit single included on the album. It’s reached No. 29 on the Hot 100 chart and is No.1 on the Country Airplay chart.

“This is a time when our country needs hope and I think that's why it's doing so well,” Allan said about the track’s surprising success in an interview with Reuters.

Allan beat several Grammy nominees and the new Grammy nominees compilation. The Lumineers’ self-titled debut came in at No. 2 with 50,000 copies sold, boosted by an SNL performance and sales on Amazon and at Best Buy.

The Pitch Perfect soundtrack stayed at No. 3 with 44,000 copies, while the Grammy nominees set debuted at No. 4 with just 41,000 copies sold. That’s a drop from 2012’s set, which debuted with 52,000 copies. However, its sales will probably climb as we get closer to the show.

The rest of the Top 10 includes:
5. Kidz Bop 23 - 40,000 copies
6. Babel by Mumford & Sons - 38,000
7. Long.Live.A$AP by A$AP Rocky - 38,000
8. Unorthodox Jukebox by Bruno Mars - 36,000
9. Red by Taylor Swift - 32,000
10. Les Miserables soundtrack - 27,000

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" continues to dominate the Digital Songs chart, selling another 357,000 downloads.



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