JUSTIN MOORE’S OUTLAWS LIKE ME debuts at #1 ON THE SALES CHART
COUNTRY STAR’S NEW ALBUM IS THE THIRD BEST DEBUT OF THE YEAR
Nashville, TN-- OUTLAWS LIKE ME, the new album from Valory Music Co. artist Justin Moore, debuts as the #1 BEST SELLING Country album according to Billboard’s Scoundscan chart. The new set also enters Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart at #5. The 3rd highest Country debut this year, beating first week numbers from many superstar artists, including recent releases from Ronnie Dunn and Sara Evans.
Outpaced this year by only Brad Paisley’s THIS IS COUNTRY MUSIC and Alison Krauss and Union Station’s PAPER AIRPLANE, this impressive debut further underscores Justin Moore’s status as one of the hottest artists in country music.
Moore kicked off the street week for his sophomore album in New York City, making appearances on “Fox News”, “ABC News” and “Better TV.” He also interviewed with radio and television stations around the country via satellite from a boat in the lake in Central Park.
Critics have lauded this Arkansas native’s backwoods charm, prompting The Washington Post to describe his music as “consistently brawny and upbeat, reminiscent at times of Hank Williams Jr.” and The New York Times hails him as a “a strong and versatile singer,” as well as a songwriter whose lyrical “fantasies of regional pride and class revenge are the meat and potatoes of modern country music”.
The album’s lead single If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away is also headed for the #1 spot. It is the fastest rising single of his career sitting at #4 this week and has sold nearly 300,000 copies to date.
About Justin Moore: Justin Moore’s star has grown significantly since he was named Billboard’s “Top New Country Artist of 2009.” This Southern Country stylist has sold over 1.2 million digital downloads to date and has scored three consecutive smash hits from his debut album (the #1 “Small Town USA”; Top 5 “Backwoods”; and Top 20 “How I Got To Be This Way”). His self-titled album, which debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200, was recognized as one of the best albums of 2009 by The New York Times and garnered him a CMT Music Award nomination. For music and more, visit www.moorejustinmusic.com.
About the Valory Music Co.: The Valory Music Co., the second of three labels established under the Big Machine Label Group umbrella, opened in November 2007. The label celebrated its first #1 album with Jewel’s PERFECTLY CLEAR only 7 months after launching and then celebrated its first #1 single just 3 months later when Jimmy Wayne’s, “Do You Believe Me Now,” spent 3 weeks atop the Country singles charts. In November 2008 the label signed multimedia superstar Reba McEntire who saw her first Valory Music Co. album release KEEP ON LOVING YOU debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and spend two consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. Since then Reba has enjoyed the two biggest chart hits of her illustrious 30+ year career when, “Consider Me Gone,” spent a historic 4 weeks at #1 and, “Turn on the Radio,” followed, allowing Reba to both begin and end 2010 at #1. Southern stylist Justin Moore’s poignant anthem, “Small Town USA,” reached #1 in October of 2009 and he has quickly become a Country Radio airplay staple as well as a touring force to be reckoned with. New to the label is southern Country-Rock sensation Brantley Gilbert who has already topped the Country Singles Charts by writing, “My Kinda Party,” for Jason Aldean. Brantley Gilbert has a new album due later this year. The Valory Music Co. possesses an exclusive, in-house promotion branding team while utilizing existing Big Machine Records backroom service and is distributed by UMGD.