Brantley Gilbert’s third studio album, “Just As I Am,” bows with 211,000 sold this week to debut at the #2 position on the Billboard Album Charts right behind Coldplay’s “Ghost Stories” — the second-largest week for a country set this year. (Only Eric Church’s “The Outsiders” did better.)
“Just As I Am” also gives Gilbert his first No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart. It follows his
breakthrough second album, “Halfway to Heaven,” which just crossed the 1 million sales mark in April.
While Brantley did not make any major TV appearances during release week, he instead teamed with Harley-Davidson for a six-day promotional tour. The trek saw him lead a motorcade of motorcycle riders through 11 cities, making stops at retailers, concert venues and the Indy 500.
Notably, since the start of 2013, only three country acts have seen an album sell more than
200,000 in a week: Gilbert, Church and Luke Bryan, when his “Crash My Party” album started