Love And Theft debuts top 10
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
– Love And Theft's debut album, "World Wide Open," bowed at number 10 on Nielsen Soundscan's Country Top 75 chart. With more than 12,500 units sold first week, Love And Theft was the top-selling newly released artist album this week and had the third highest charting first week sales numbers for a new country artist this year.
Love And Theft can also claim the top-selling newly released country digital album and the fourth highest selling digital country album overall for the week. Digital album sales account for 21perent of the more than 12,500 units sold first week.
With 19,000 paid downloads this week, the band's hit single Runaway took the top spot with the highest first week digital single sales for debut country artist this year.
The CD was co-produced by Robert Ellis Orrall and Jeff Coplan. Love And Theft's Brian Bandas, Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles co-wrote all 11 songs. Love And Theft is an opening slot on Jason Aldean's headlining tour with shows booked from late September through November.
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