Let’s hear it for the girls. Carrie Underwood puts the women on top as her new album, Cry Pretty, takes over the No.1 spot on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.
After releasing the new project on Sept. 14, Cry Pretty sold 266,000 album units, with 251,000 being traditional albums, according to Billboard. With this milestone, Carrie makes history becoming the first woman to take four country albums, Cry Pretty, Blown Away, Play On and Carnival Ride, to the top of the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.
Carrie was previously tied with Faith Hill, Linda Ronstadt and Taylor Swift with 3 No. 1 country albums on Billboard 200. On a side note, Taylor has had 5 No. 1 Billboard 200 albums, however two of those efforts were pop album and only 3 were country albums.
According to Billboard, Cry Pretty is highest selling for any country album since Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights sold 345,000 units in 2015.
Carrie has said that her sixth studio album is her most personal yet and feels that fans will get a better look at who she is as a person by listening to her latest project.
“I literally meet fan club members and fans at meet and greets and things like that that will say, ‘I voted for you on American Idol. I’ve been a fan club member since it started,’ and that’s absolutely incredible. I feel like we’ve kind of just all grown and evolved together, and I feel like that’s so cool,” Carrie said. “I hope they listen to this album and maybe get a bigger glimpse of me and who I am because I definitely feel like this project has been a bigger representation of me as a person, as an artist, as a creative being, because I’ve had so much more of a hands-on approach with this album than I’ve ever had before.”