One day before hitting the CMA Awards stage as the show’s co-host, Carrie Underwood is racking up some honors of her own. The singer is at the top of the country charts this week with her new album, Storyteller, whose Number One debut makes Underwood the first artist in country music history to send all six of her records to the top of the charts during their first week of release.
Storyteller has already sold 177,000 copies, nearly doubling the first-week sales of the next-highest selling country album from a female artist over the past 12 months. Coincidentally, the second best-selling title is Greatest Hits: Decade #1, another Underwood release, which sold 94,000 units during its debut week last December. Greatest Hits remains the most popular hits collection of 2015, and Underwood — who, in the time between those two album releases, also gave her birth to her first son — is enjoying a level of omnipresence that hasn’t been seen her weekly appearances on American Idol in 2005.
After the CMAs, Underwood will shift her focus to an upcoming in-the-round tour, which hits the road in January. Tickets for the Storyteller Tour go on sale Friday, November 6th.