Carrie Underwood《Cry Pretty》專輯登上Billboard排行榜冠軍創下鄉村樂的歷史
◎Carrie Underwood的新專輯《Cry Pretty》發行首週登上Billboard 200專輯榜冠軍，成為她的第4張冠軍專輯。這張於9月14日由Capitol Nashville唱片發行的專輯讓Carrie Underwood創下了新紀錄，成為第一位在不分類型的Billboard 200排行榜中以4張鄉村樂專輯稱冠的女歌手。
◎Billboard 200專輯排行榜是對美國當週最受歡迎的專輯作出排名，根據多項指標的消費量來計算出等同專輯的銷售量，包括傳統的專輯銷量、單曲等同專輯銷量（TEA）及串流等同專輯銷量（SEA）。《Cry Pretty》專輯首週銷售的26.6萬張中有25.1萬張是實體的專輯銷售，SEA的銷售是1.1萬張，TEA的銷售是4千張。
◎Carrie Underwood這4張登上Billboard 200排行榜冠軍的鄉村樂專輯分別是《Cry Pretty》、2012年的《Blown Away》、2009年的《Play On》和2007年的《Carnival Ride》。在此之前她與Faith Hill、Linda Ronstadt和Taylor Swift並列領先地位，各有3張冠軍專輯（Taylor Swift雖然一共有5張Billboard 200冠軍專輯，但後面的《Reputation》和《1989》並非鄉村樂專輯）。不分性別的話，擁有最多鄉村樂專輯登上Billboard 200排行榜冠軍的是Garth Brooks，一共有9張。
◎這張專輯是自2015年8月29日以來單週銷量最好的鄉村樂專輯，之前是Luke Bryan的《Kill the Lights》專輯以34.5萬張銷售拿下冠軍。《Cry Pretty》也是2018年至今為止，女歌手單週銷售成績最好的一張專輯，超過了之前Cardi B的《Invasion of Privacy》的25.5萬張紀錄。《Cry Pretty》專輯首週銷量的大幅增加要歸功於專輯中有演唱會門票兌換優惠的促銷產生的銷售額，以及Target、Walmart等大賣場和iTunes Store的強勁銷售。
Carrie Underwood lands her fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as Cry Pretty starts atop the list. The set, which was released on Sept. 14 via Capitol Nashville, bows with 266,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Sept. 20 according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 251,000 were in traditional album sales.
With the arrival at No. 1, Underwood makes country history: she's the first woman to bring four country albums to the top of the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Sept. 29-dated chart (where Cry Pretty debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday, Sept. 25.
Of Cry Pretty's 266,000 units, most were in album sales: 251,000, as noted above. The remainder was comprised of SEA units (11,000) and TEA units (4,000).
First Woman to Take Four Country Albums to No. 1 on Billboard 200: Underwood is the first woman to hit the top of the Billboard 200 chart with four country albums: Cry Pretty, Blown Away (2012), Play On (2009) and Carnival Ride (2007). Previously, she was tied with Faith Hill, Linda Ronstadt and Taylor Swift with three leaders each. (Swift has had five No. 1s on the Billboard 200, but only three of them also charted on the Top Country Albums chart, as her two most recent leaders -- reputation and 1989 -- were pop efforts.) Among all acts, Garth Brooks has brought the most country albums to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with nine leaders in his career.
Biggest Week for a Country Album in More Than Three Years: Cry Pretty's launch of 266,000 units is the biggest for any country album since Aug. 29, 2015, when Luke Bryan's Kill the Lights bowed at No. 1 with 345,000 units earned. Cry Pretty logs the biggest overall week for a country album by a woman since the charts began ranking albums by equivalent album units in late 2014.
2018's Largest Week for a Woman: Cry Pretty's debut frame of 266,000 units is the biggest week for any album by a woman in 2018, surpassing the previous high-water mark, set by Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy, which launched at No. 1 with 255,000 units (April 21 chart). The last larger stanza for an album by a woman was racked up on the Dec. 2, 2017-dated list, when Taylor Swift's reputation entered at No. 1 with 1.238 million units.
2018's Biggest Sales Week for a Woman & Country Album: Cry Pretty clocks the largest sales frame for an album by a woman since Swift's reputation bowed last year (1.216 million sold in its first week, Dec. 2, 2017). Further, Cry Pretty snags the biggest for a country album in more than three years, since Bryan's Kill the Lights debuted with 320,000 copies sold.
Further, Cry Pretty nabs the largest sales week for a country album by a female artist since the Jan. 5, 2013-dated list, when Taylor Swift's Red sold 276,000 copies in its ninth week on the list.
Underwood supported the album's first-week with interviews and performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Sept. 13) and The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Sept. 19) as well as an interview on CBS' Sunday Morning (Sept. 16).
Cry Pretty's sizable first-week was supported by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer, as well as sturdy sales via sellers like Target, Walmart, the iTunes Store and so forth.
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Eminem's former No. 1 Kamikaze is steady with 103,000 units (down 24 percent).
6LACK arrives at No. 3 with his second album, East Atlanta Love Letter. It notches the singer-rapper his first top 10 effort and highest charting set yet and bows with 77,000 units (20,000 in traditional album sales). The streaming-powered set (which garnered 56,000 SEA units, equaling 72.7 million on-demand audio streams for its tracks). 6LACK's first release, FREE 6LACK, debuted at No. 68 on the Dec. 10, 2016-dated chart with 10,000 units, and eventually peaked at No. 34 on the May 13, 2017-dated list (14,000 units -- the set's largest week).
Drake's Scorpion steps 5-4 with 68,000 units (down 5 percent), Travis Scott's Astroworld climbs 7-5 with 62,000 units (down 6 percent) and Post Malone's beerbongs & bentleys ascends 8-6 with 47,000 units (down 2 percent). Ariana Grande's Sweetener rebounds 10-7 with 38,000 units (down 13 percent), Paul McCartney's Egypt Station slides 1-8 in its second week with 37,000 units (down 76 percent) and Nicki Minaj's Queen rises 11-9 with 36,000 units (down 12 percent).
Juice WRLD's Goodbye & Good Riddance closes out the new top 10, stepping 12-10 with just over 36,000 units (down 3 percent).