| LOS ANGELES
LOS ANGELES Jan 30 Country singer Gary Allan
scored his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart on
Wednesday, keeping Grammy-nominated favorites from the top spot.
Allan's ninth studio album "Set You Free" sold 106,000
copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen
SoundScan, garnering the singer his best sales week in his
The Billboard 200 is the album chart for all music genres.
Allan, 45, who is a staple within the country music scene,
has notched three No. 1 albums in the Billboard country music
The lead song from his new album "Every Storm (Runs Out of
Rain)" started gaining chart popularity in September last year,
and Allan's label decided to push forward the release of the
album from March of this year to January.
Allan told Reuters the song struck a chord among audiences
with its message of hope. "This is a time when our country needs
hope and I think that's why it's doing so well," he said.
Allan's album kept Grammy nominees The Lumineers at No. 2
with their debut self-titled record, which was released last
April but has steadily been rising on the charts after the band
picked up two Grammy nominations.
The official "2013 Grammy Nominees" compilation album, the
only other new record in this week's top 10, landed at No. 4
this week after selling 41,000 copies, coming behind the
soundtrack for last year's comedy "Pitch Perfect."
Allan's reign atop the Billboard 200 is likely to be
short-lived, for Canadian pop phenomenon Justin Bieber's latest
album, "Believe Acoustic" is set to debut at the top next week,
making Bieber the youngest artist to score five No. 1 albums.
On the Digital Songs chart, rapper Macklemore and Ryan
Lewis' "Thrift Shop" held onto the top spot for a third week,
ahead of Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" at No. 2 and
Lil Wayne's "Love Me" at No. 3.
Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie," his first new single in
five years, dropped from No. 2 to No. 8 this week on the Digital
(Editing by Philip Barbara)