Kane Brown Has Earned First No. 1 Album with ‘Experiment’
The Country singer-songwriter Kane Brown has earned his first number 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. His second full-length studio effort, Experiment, has jumped to the top. Released on November 9th via Zone 4/RCA Nashville, the album starts with 124,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending November 15th. According to Nielsen Music, of that sum, 105,000 were traditional album sales. Most noteworthy, 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, and streaming equivalent albums.
Additionally, Experiment is just the third country album to reach number 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart in 2018. Kane Brown follows Carrie Underwood’s “Cry Petty” from late September and Jason Aldean’s Rearview Town in late April. However, there were four country leaders in 2017 but they all occurred in the last four months of the year. Most noteworthy, the artists were Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Shania Twain, and Thomas Rhett. Also, worth mentioning, Experiment bows with the fourth-largest week for any country album in 2018. These numbers include both overall units and album sales. All four albums benefited from a first-week boost from sales generated by concert ticket/album sale redemption bonuses.
Experiment follows Kane Brown and his debut self-titled full-length album, released in 2016. His debut peaked at number 5 on the October 28th, 2017-dated tally. The reason the album got a boost at that time was that it was reissued with bonus tracks. Most noteworthy, Kane Brown previously notched entries with a pair of Eps: Chapter I and Closer. Experiment was led by the single “Lost It” which has so far peaked at number 5 on both the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts.