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Gary Allan Gets His First #1 On Billboard 200
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.30.2013



Country singer Gary Allan has his first #1 on the Billboard 200 with Set You Free, his ninth studio album, which sold 106,000 copies. This is his best sales week ever behind 2005's Tough All Over, which sold 99,000 and 2010's Get Off On The Pain, which sold 65,000. It outsold that album by 63%.

Allan also released his single "Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)", which is #1 on the Country Airplay chart. It's his biggest hit on the chart since 2004 when "Nothing On But The Radio" was #1 for two weeks. "Every Storm" is also #29 on the Hot 100, his second biggest hit ever. Only "Man to Man" was higher at #25 in 2003. When the Hot 100 is revealed later, it's expected that "Every Storm" will be higher.

Helping Allan's album is a performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and sale pricing/promotion at several retailers. It was sold at Target, Best Buy and iTunes for $9.99 and Walmart for $10. CDs made up 64% of the album's first week sales. This is compared to physical sales for last week's #1 debut, A$AP Rocky's Long Live A$AP, which was 30% (42,000 of its 139,000 bow). In 2012, physical sales made up 75% of country albums and 56% of all rap albums. Allan first appeared on the chart on November 9, 1996 with Used Heart for Sale, which peaked at #136. He's been in the top ten five times but previously didn't go higher than #3.

The other debut in the top ten this week is the 2013 Grammy Nominees at #4 with 41,000. Last year's nominees album also debuted at #4 with 52,000, but ended up getting a higher sales week of 84,000 the week after the Grammy Awards on February 12. It's expected that this album will also get higher sales after this year's February 10 show.

Meanwhile, The Lumineers self-titled album has hit a new chart high at #2 with 50,000. This is thanks to a performance on Saturday Night Live on January 19, a $3.99 sale on Amazon Mp3 and a discount of $7.99 on Best buy.

1. Gary Allan - Set You Free (106,000)
2. The Lumineers - The Lumineers (50,000)
3. Pitch Perfect soundtrack (44,000)
4. 2013 Grammy Nominees (41,000)
5. Kidz Bop 23 (40,000)
6. Mumford & Sons - Babel (38,000)
7. A$AP Rocky - Long Live A$AP (38,000)
8. Bruno Mars - Unorthodox Jukebox (36,000)
9. Taylor Swift - Red (32,000)
10. Les Miserables soundtrack (27,000)

Album sales this week totaled 4.91 million copies, down 1% compared to last week (4.97 million) and down 9% compared to last year (5.39 million). Year to date album sales stand at 21.23 million, down 1% compared to the same total at this point last year (21.35 million).





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