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Blake Shelton’s ‘Red River Blue’ Debuts as the No. 1 Album in America

Blake Shelton, Chris Young
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Stars have aligned for Blake Shelton. Increased exposure on television and magazine covers, a smash hit on radio and a standout collection of new songs have helped the ‘Honey Bee’ singer’s new album ‘Red River Blue’ easily distance itself from other debut albums out last week.

Shelton sold over 116,000 copies of the album during it’s first week in stores, easily topping Incubus (who sold 79,500 copies of ‘If Not Now, When?’) and Adele (who sold 76,700 copies of ’21′). Shelton’s previous best sales week was in 2003, when he sold 77,000 copies of ‘The Dreamer.’

Chris Young had a strong week as well. The ‘Tomorrow’ singer sold almost 73,000 copies of his new album ‘Neon’ in its first week. That’s good enough to place him behind only Shelton on the country album charts, and fourth on the all-genre Top 200 chart. Jason Aldean‘s ‘My Kinda Party,’ Justin Moore‘s ‘Outlaws Like Me,’ and Brad Paisley‘s ‘This Is Country Music’ rounded out the Top 5 country albums on this week’s chart.

‘Red River Blue’ is the first chart-topping full-length album of Shelton’s career, though the six-song EP ‘All About Tonight’ also debuted at No. 1.

Newcomer Ashton Shepherd also had a respectable showing with her sophomore album ‘Where Country Grows.’ Shepherd wound at No. 11 on the country album charts this week.

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