Wednesday, September 1, 2010
– It took four albums, but Little Big Town has the number one country disc in the U.S. with "The Reason Why." The CD is fifth on the overall top 200 list on Billboard with 41,940 albums sold. This is the highest debuting album of the country band's career.
LBT takes over from Trace Adkins' "Cowboy's Back in Town." The charts will be out on Thursday.
LBT also is celebrating a 2010 CMA Awards nomination in the Vocal Group of the Year category - Little Big Town's eighth nomination and fifth in that category.
"This will be a week we never forget," says Karen Fairchild, "and we owe that to the incredible fans, country radio, and our new label Capitol Records."
"We are so blessed to have our album debut at the top of the charts, and to have news of this nomination in the same week is just amazing," adds Kimberly Schlapman.
The group, which consists of Phillip Sweet, Jimi Westbrook, Schlapman and Fairchild, co-produced "The Reason Why" alongside Wayne Kirkpatrick and co-wrote 8 of the 12 tracks.
The band will continue to make appearances in support of the new album with a performance at the New York State Fair on Sept. 2 before rejoining Sugarland on The Incredible Machine Tour on Sept. 3 at State College, Pa.'s Bryce Jordan Center.