Thomas Rhett Earns Country’s First No. 1 Album of 2019
The country crooner Thomas Rhett is No. 1 on the Billboard album chart this week, and Miley Cyrus opened in the Top 5, with some help from a branded condom.
Rhett reached the top spot for a second time with his new album, “Center Point Road” (Valory), which had the equivalent of 76,000 sales in the United States, including 33.6 million streams and 45,000 copies sold as a complete album, according to Nielsen. “Center Point Road” is the first country album to reach No. 1 since Kane Brown’s “Experiment” in November.
Lately the chart’s top rungs have been filled with titles released through bundling deals — an effective but controversial marketing gimmick of tacking a new album to the sale of merchandise or a concert ticket. This week the award for most creative merch bundle goes to Cyrus, who offered downloadable copies of her next album with a $20 prophylactic from her website.
“She Is Coming” (RCA), Cyrus’s new six-song EP, opened at No. 5 with 36,000 equivalent units, including 12,000 album sales. “She Is Coming” is the first of three planned mini-albums that together will make up her next full LP, “She Is: Miley Cyrus.”
Also this week, Billie Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?,” last week’s No. 1, fell to second place, while DJ Khaled’s “Father of Asahd” is No. 3 and Khalid’s “Free Spirit” is No. 4.