George Strait extends his record for the most No. 1s in the five-decade history of Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, as the King of Country logs his 27th leader with the chart-topping debut of Honky Tonk Time Machine.
Strait continues to widen the gap over him and the acts tied with the second-most No. 1s, Garth Brooks and Willie Nelson. Both have 17 leaders.
Honky Tonk Time Machine starts with 51,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending April 4, according to Nielsen Music. It has notched the largest week of 2019 for any country album. Of its starting sum, 44,000 were in album sales — the biggest sales week of the year for a country set.
The album is Strait’s first new studio effort since 2015’s Cold Beer Conversation.
The Top Country Albums chart ranks the most popular country albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new April 13-dated chart, where Honky Tonk Time Machine enters at No. 1, will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on April 9.
Strait made his Top Country Albums chart debut on the list dated Oct. 3, 1981, with his debut effort, Strait Country, which peaked at No. 26. He notched his first No. 1 in 1984 with his third studio set, Right or Wrong.
Strait’s new album was ushered in by the single “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar,” which climbed 21-19 on the most recently published Country Airplay chart (dated April 6).
As previously reported, Honky Tonk Time Machine launches at No. 4 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.