Josh Turner's Faith-Based 'I Serve a Savior' Debuts, Dan + Shay, Maren Morris Go Top 10 on Country Charts


Josh Turner's first faith-based set, I Serve a Savior bows at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (dated Nov. 10) with 15,000 equal album models (14,000 in conventional album gross sales) within the week ending Nov. 1, in accordance with Nielsen Music.

Savior additionally arrives at No. 2 on Top Christian Albums, marking the singer-songwriter's first look on the tally.

"I'm floored. God is sweet," Turner tells Billboard. "I had no expectations going into this venture, aside from to make a file I used to be proud to share. I'm particularly grateful my followers have embraced it. I need [listeners] to really feel some hope and pleasure that possibly they've by no means skilled earlier than, even when they don't perceive the place it's coming from precisely. I'd love for them to hunt out reality."

The 12-song Savior, Turner's seventh studio set, marks his eighth Top Country Albums high 10 (encompassing his seven LPs and a stay launch), a sum that features three No. 1s. Before Savior, Deep South debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated April 1, 2017. Turner has additionally led with Punching Bag in 2012 and sophomore album Your Man in 2006. Turner's debut LP, Long Black Train, peaked at No. three in 2004.

While Savior is Turner's first full-fledged Christian-based album, he's no stranger to inspirational songs. "Long Black Train," his second Hot Country Songs entry, and "Me and God" (which hit Nos. 13 and 16 in 2004 and 2007, respectively), seem in up to date variations on the brand new set.

The bulk of the album options conventional hymns, with which Turner turned acquainted whereas rising up in South Carolina, together with "How Great Thou Art" (that includes Sonya Isaacs), "Amazing Grace" and "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," plus the enduring "I Saw the Light," penned by Hank Williams.

The title track, which Turner co-wrote in 2016, led to the creation of the set. "The considered doing this album hadn't even come to me but, and I used to be nonetheless engaged on Deep South on the time," mused Turner. "When it got here time to really file 'Savior,' I wished it to really feel new, but in addition have the texture of an old-time hymn. As issues progressed, I wished it to be the title monitor.

"Everything simply type of fell into place. I felt prefer it was my time and, extra importantly, that it was God's time."

NEW TOP 10s On Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, which mixes airplay, streaming and gross sales information, Maren Morris earns her fourth high 10, as "Rich" rises 11-10. It beneficial properties by 5 p.c to 30.7 million viewers impressions, because it holds at its No. 5 excessive on Country Airplay. Morris provides her first Hot Country Songs high 10 since "I Could Use a Love Song," which peaked at No. 7 on Jan. 20; it topped Country Airplay the identical week.

Dan + Shay accumulate their fifth Country Airplay high 10, as "Speechless" pushes 11-10 (22.6 million, up 11 p.c). The pair's first 4 high 10s all reached No. 1: "Nothin' Like You" (2015), "From the Ground Up" (2016), "How Not To" (2017) and this yr's "Tequila" (two weeks starting July 7).

THIRD TIME CHARMED Luke Combs' "She Got the Best of Me" holds on the Country Airplay summit (44.9 million, up 2 p.c), main the checklist for the third week and turning into the longest-leading of his 4 career-opening No. 1s. Combs first reigned along with his debut hit "Hurricane," for 2 weeks beginning on the chart dated May 27, 2017, and adopted with "When It Rains It Pours," which additionally dominated for 2 frames, starting Nov. four, 2017, and "One Number Away," which led June 9.

"Best" is the third track that has led Country Airplay for a year-best three weeks in 2018. Luke Bryan's "Most People Are Good" hit No. 1 on March 31, after Brett Young's "Like I Loved You" dominated the primary three weeks of the yr, beginning Jan. three.