Carrie Underwood has some big reasons to celebrate as Cry Pretty makes its Billboard 200 debut at No. 1, on the chart dated Sept. 29. Underwood notably makes history with her newest chart-topper by becoming the first female artist to bring four albums to the top of the all-genre chart, Billboard reports.
Cry Pretty arrived across all music platforms via Capitol Nashville on Sept. 14. Per Nielsen data, the record reportedly garnered 266,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sept. 20, with 251,000 units in the tally representing traditional album sales. The remaining units break down as 11,000 SEA units and 4,000 TEA units.
These are some huge first-week sales numbers and represent the biggest sales week for a country album by any artist since Luke Bryan’s 2015 album Kill the Lights blasted onto the music scene moving 345,000 units in its debut week. Cry Pretty is the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter’s sixth studio album and follows Underwood’s previous Billboard 200 chart-toppers which are her 2007 sophomore album Carnival Ride, its 2009 follow-up Play On and her 2012 album Blown Away. Her 2015 fifth studio album, Storyteller debuted just shy of the top of the Billboard 200, making its bow at No.2.
Cry Pretty’s massive opening week is also the largest sales week for a female artist thus far in any genre in 2018. Cardi B follows close behind her with her chart-topping debut album Invasion of Privacy logging 255,000 units back in its arrival week back in April.
Taylor Swift was the last female artist to log a massive first-week sales record when reputation moved 1.216 million units in its Dec. 2, 2017 debut week. Underwood’s latest effort locks the largest sales week for a female artist in the country genre, since Swift released her last country album, Red, which scored 276,000 units in its ninth week.
Carrie Underwood is one of the most decorated country artists of her generation with seven Grammy Awards, including a history-making win for Best New Artist in 2007, eight CMA Awards, 10 Billboard Awards, 12 American Music Awards and 14 ACM Awards. She’s made American Music Award history with all five of her previous studio albums winning the Favorite Country Album AMA. She’s also won AMAs for Favorite Female Country Artist five times. She’s nominated again in the category this year and will perform at the live American Music Awards ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California on Oct. 9 (Tickets).
The proud mama is currently expecting her second child and has been busy promoting Cry Pretty, including a stunning performance of the album’s latest single, Love Wins, on the special Central Park, New York broadcast of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” just ahead of the album’s release. She dropped the uplifting music video to support the new, anthemic track on Sept. 11, which commemorates a sad day in our nation’s history but offers hope for the future via the song’s strong message of unity, equality and love.
As previously reported, Underwood notably received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with Simon Cowell, her “American Idol” mentor and show boss who helped launch her iconic career, giving a heartfelt introductory speech at the ceremony. Her longtime CMA Award ceremony hosting partner and friend Brad Paisley also spoke.