Jason Aldean‘s Old Boots, New Dirt album is sitting in the penthouse of the Billboard 200 chart today, with 278,000 copies sold in its debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That puts the country hitmaker in third place, behind Coldplay (383,000) and Eric Church (288,000), for the best first-week album sales of 2014.
Boots is Aldean’s sixth studio album and second to top the all-genre albums chart, following 2012’s Night Train. The new project’s first single, “Burnin’ It Down,” is currently Number One on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart and was his first ever to also top the all-genre Digital Songs chart.
“I knew it was going to get people’s attention, whether they loved it or hated it,” Aldean tells Rolling Stone Country of the lighters-in-the-air ballad. “I knew they’d be talking about it, and that’s what I wanted. But to put all that aside, I think the song is great. It’s a hit and it’s allowed us to do something different, which I like to do on every record. Something kind of weird and out there, and not what you’d expect.”
Aldean recently took a detour from his Burnin’ It Down tour to play his annual Concert for the Cure show in Detroit. Proceeds added up to more than $660,000 for the Susan G. Komen foundation, helping fund breast cancer research.