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Eli Young Band '10,000 Towns' debuts at No. 1

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Eli Young Band '10,000 Towns' debuts at No. 1

By Stephen L. Betts. CREATED Mar 13, 2014

Eli Young Band has scored its first Billboard No. 1 country album and the group's best sales week ever, with the chart-topping fifth album "10,000 Towns." The new disc sold 36,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The band's previous album, "Life at Best," peaked at No. 3 in 2011. "10,000 Towns" also bows at an impressive No. 5 on the all-genre Billboard 200 this week.

Also debuting this week is David Nail's "I'm a Fire," which comes in at No. 3, selling 23,000 copies. It's the Missouri native's highest album chart ranking, outdoing his No. 8 debut with 2011's "The Sound of a Million Dreams," which sold 13,000 in its initial week.

Who's hot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart? Florida Georgia Line and their "This Is How We Roll," which features Luke Bryan. The tune moves from No. 13 to No. 2. It's also the No. 2 tune on the Country Digital Songs chart, with 58,000 downloads sold (an increase, according to Billboard, of 24 percent) and holds that same position on the Country Streaming Songs chart.

Topping the Hot Country Songs chart for a second week is "Bottoms Up" from Brantley Gilbert. The song also sits atop the Country Streaming Songs survey for a third week and holds down the pinnacle position on Country Digital Songs for it's fifth consecutive (and sixth cumulative) week. The tune managed to sell 67,000 downloads, earning its best week ever.

The No. 1 song on the Country Airplay chart this week is Lady Antebellum's "Compass." It's the group's eight No. 1 single on the country charts overall.

Stephen L. Betts

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Stephen L. Betts ("Steve") is a Nashville-based journalist who started his career as a tour guide, karaoke operator and library assistant at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.