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Ashley Monroe’s “The Blade” Debuts with 12K Sales; Alan Jackson Claims #1

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While it was not a blockbuster seller, “The Blade” easily ranks as country artist Ashley Monroe’s highest-charting release.

According to Nielsen Music, the critically acclaimed “The Blade” drove 12,000 pure album sales during the July 24-30 tracking week. That allows for a #2 position on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

Monroe’s previous release “Like a Rose” debuted — and peaked — at #10 on the chart. Her debut “Satisfied” did not receive a traditional release campaign and consequently did not chart.

— Alan Jackson’s “Angels and Alcohol,” which debuted at #2 on last week’s chart, rises to #1 on this week’s listing on the strength of 18,000 second-week sales. It sold just shy of 46,000 in its inaugural frame.

Jason Isbell’s “Something More Than Free,” which won last week’s race courtesy its 46,000 sales, slips to #4 on this week’s Top Country Albums chart. It sold 10,000 in its second week.

Written by Brian Cantor

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