Blake Shelton has scored his second Number One album on the multi-genre Billboard 200 chart with Bringing Back the Sunshine, which sold 101,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Shelton’s first album to top the country chart was the 2010 EP, All About Tonight. The following year, he sat atop both the country album chart and the Billboard 200 with Red River Blue. He returned to the country-chart summit with Based on a True Story… in March 2013, which earned the country superstar his best sales week ever with 199,000 copies sold.
In spite of the 2014 release of albums by other major country stars, including Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Lady Antebellum, the only other country projects to top the Billboard 200 this year have been Eric Church’s The Outsiders (in March) and the June release of Platinum by Mrs. Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert.
It’s a historic week for country music, however, as the Number Two album is Lady A’s 747. The trio’s fifth studio release (and their sixth Top Ten album) sold 74,000 copies. This week marks the first time in nearly four years that the top two chart positions on the Billboard 200 are held by country LPs. In November 2010, Taylor Swift’s Speak Now was Number One and Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party was the nation’s Number Two album.
“Neon Light,” Blake’s fast-moving single from Bringing Back the Sunshine, is the Oklahoma native’s 21st Top Ten hit on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. In other Blake-related news, he’s the first artist to ever score a chart-topping album with the word “sunshine” in it.