Billboard Country Update
Welcome Home (Southern Ground/Elektra/Atlantic Group), the fifth full-length
album from Zac Brown Band, bows at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums
chart (dated June 3), marking the group’s fourth leader on the list. It
starts with 146,000 equivalent album units, with 139,000 in pure sales, in
its opening week (ending May 18), according to Nielsen Music.
On the all-genre Billboard 200, Welcome Home enters at No. 2, marking
the band’s fifth top 10 on the survey.
All four of ZBB’s Top Country Albums No. 1s have launched at the summit.
The group’s last studio effort, Jekyll + Hyde, bowed at No. 1 with 228,000 units
(214,000 in pure sales) on the chart dated May 16, 2015. Uncaged arrived
atop the July 28, 2012-dated list with 234,000
sold, and You Get What You Give opened at No. 1
on Oct. 9, 2010, with 153,000 sold.
The group’s breakthrough album, The Foundation,
started at No. 3 on the Top Country Albums
chart dated Dec. 6, 2008, with 44,000 sold. It
rose to its No. 2 peak on the March 28, 2009-
The 10-song Welcome Home, produced by Dave
Cobb, marks a sonic return to the band’s more organic,
acoustic-based sound established on The
Foundation. The new set’s lead single, “My Old
Man” (written by Brown, Niko Moon and Ben
Simonetti), rises 22-17 on Hot Country Songs,
marking its first week in the top 20 since it ranked at its No. 10 high on Feb.
25 following its first week of activity. The song bullets at its No. 18 peak on
Country Airplay, up 2 percent to 15.8 million in audience.
On May 12, ZBB kicked off its 2017 Welcome Home Tour in Atlanta, where
the band is based.