'Voice' coach notches first No. 1 with 'Red River Blue'
No doubt thanks to his newly minted TV stardom, country singer Blake Shelton notches his first No. 1 album, “Red River Blue,” this week.Shelton, a coach on NBC’s “The Voice,” reaches the top this week with debut sales of 116,000 for his Warner Nashville set, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending July 17. “Blue” represents a chart peak for Shelton: His biggest previous album to date was 2007’s “Pure BS,” which reached No. 8, while last year’s EP “Hillbilly Bone” topped out at No. 3. Southern California hard-rock unit Incubus’ “If Not Now, When?” (Epic) arrives at No. 2, managing an 80,000-unit start. Adele’s bestseller “21” (Columbia), shortlisted for England’s Mercury Prize on Tuesday, dips one slot to No. 3 behind a 77,000-unit week (off just 3%). Another country crooner, “Nashville Star” grad Chris Young, has his first top 10 album with “Neon” (RCA Nashville), which enters at No. 4 with sales of 73,000. Two years ago, Young’s “The Man I Want To Be” hit his previous personal best of No. 19. After holding the top slot for two weeks, Beyonce’s “4” (Columbia) drops to No. 5, moving 72,000 with a 37% drop. Malibu-bred vocalist Colbie Caillat’s “All Of You” (Universal Republic) claims No. 6 with first-week sales of 70,000. Two rock bands complete the week’s top debuts: Canada’s Theory of a Deadman (38,000) and Sublime With Rome (35,000).
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