With the debut of her new album "Cry Pretty" at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week, Carrie Underwood scores a country music record.
Underwood is now the the first female country artist to have four albums debut at the top of the Billboard albums chart, following her previous releases "Blown Away" (2012), "Play On" (2009) and "Carnival Ride" (2007), according to Billboard.
"Cry Pretty" landed at No. 1 with 266,000 equivalent album units last week, the biggest first-week of 2018 debut for a female artist (Cardi B's "Invasion of Privacy" is at No. 2 for the year with 255,000 units) as well as the biggest week for a country album in over three years, since Luke Bryan’s "Kill the Lights" sold 345,000 units in its first week on Aug. 29, 2015.
While Taylor Swift has charted five No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200, only three of them also charted on the Top Country Albums chart, excluding her pop-focused "reputation" and "1989" albums.
Underwood's No. 1 debut bumped Eminem's "Kamikaze," which had previously held the top spot, down to No. 2 this week, down 24 percent with 103,000 units sold this week.
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