Country veteran Gary Allan hits No. 1 on this week’s Billboard albums chart with his album “Set You Free,” which sold 106,000 copies its first week in stores.
The set, Allan’s ninth studio effort, marks his first No. 1 album. Sales were spurred by the success of the album’s lead single, “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” which doesn’t seem to need those parentheses in its title as bad as it thinks it does. Why not just call it “Every Storm Runs Out of Rain?”
Jangle pop trio The Lumineers jump up to No. 2 while the “Pitch Perfect” soundtrack, the 2013 Grammy Nominees compilation and “Kidz Bop 23″ round out the top five. Last week’s No. 1, A$AP Rocky’s “Long.Live.A$AP,” falls to No. 7.
Next week should be a cake walk for Justin Bieber to slide into No. 1 with the acoustic version of his “Believe” set, while Tegan & Sara and Andrea Bocelli also look to make Top 10 debuts.
Billboard’s Top 10 albums (sales in parentheses, figures according to Nielsen SoundScan)
1. Gary Allan, Set You Free (106,000)
2. The Lumineers, the Lumineers (50,000)
3. Various artists, Pitch Perfect Soundtrack (44,000)
4. Various artists, 2013 Grammy Nominees (41,000)
5. Kidz Bop Kids, Kidz Bop 23 (40,000)
6. Mumford & Sons, Babel (38,000)
7. A$AP Rocky, Long.Live.A$AP (38,000)
8. Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox (36,000)
9. Taylor Swift, Red (32,000)
10. Various artists, Les Miserables soundtrack (27,000)