Florida Georgia Line Scores First No. 1 Album Amid Major Country Music Moment
By Sophie Schillaci
Florida Georgia Line has reason to celebrate today: they just nabbed their first No. 1 album.
The country duo tops the Billboard 200 chart with their sophomore album Anything Goes, selling more than 197,000 copies in its first week. FGL's 2012 debut Here's to the Good Times previously peaked at No. 4 on the same chart and has sold 2.1 million copies to date.
"There's something for everybody on this record," FGL's Brian Kelley told ETonline ahead of the release. "The point of this album is to put it in and listen to it all the way down, and repeat."
Anything Goes is the third country album in as many weeks to reach the Billboard 200 pinnacle. Last week, Jason Aldean earned his second No. 1 album with Old Boots, New Dirt (this week the album slips to No. 2) and another week prior, Blake Shelton also scored his second No.1 with Bringing Back the Sunshine. Blake beat out Lady Antebellum's 747 for the top slot, with the trio coming in at No. 2 that week.
The last time we saw back-to-back-to-back country albums ruling the chart: October 2010, when Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith delivered a trifecta of chart-toppers, Billboard notes.
Could we have another country powerhouse on our hands for next week? Little Big Town released their sixth studio album Pain Killer on Tuesday, October 21, and it's already receiving rave reviews. Meanwhile, "Girl in a Country Song" newcomers Maddie & Tae have an EP due out November 4 and the legendary Garth Brooks releases his highly anticipated comeback albumMan Against Machine on November 11.
Long story short: this quarter is a good one for country fans and artists alike.