— Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) June 25, 2014
— Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) June 24, 2014
Billboard — As “Platinum” debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with 180,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Miranda Lambert becomes the first artist in the survey’s 50-year history to post five consecutive career-opening No. 1s. (All of her albums have additionally launched at the summit).
Lambert passes Carrie Underwood, who’s scored four No. 1s in her first four tries, a still-active streak dating to 2005; Underwood has also debuted at No. 1 with all four sets. The other acts to arrive with multiple career-starting Top Country Albums No. 1s are LeAnn Rimes, Gretchen Wilson (three each), Wynonna Judd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Kellie Pickler and Lady Antebellum (two each).
As previously reported, Lambert concurrently crowns the Billboard 200 for the first time, notching her best sales week and the largest for an album by a female country artist since the week ending Dec. 30, 2012, when Taylor Swift’s “Red” sold 241,000. Lambert is just the 11th female country artist to top the Billboard 200 (which became a regularly published list in 1956). Prior to Lambert, Swift was the last country female artist to notch her first No. 1, having topped the list for the first time on the chart dated Nov. 29, 2008, when “Fearless” bowed at No. 1.
Impressively, each of Lambert’s albums has started with successively a larger debut week than those before. Her first release, “Kerosene,” bowed in 2005 with 40,000. She followed with 2007′s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (53,000), 2009′s “Revolution” (66,000) and 2011′s “Four the Record” (133,000).
On Hot Country Songs, Lambert’s new single “Somethin’ Bad,” with Underwood, flies 25-12 with Streaming Gainer honors (710,000 total U.S. streams, up 69 percent, according to Nielsen BDS), while lead “Platinum” lead track “Automatic” bullets for a second week at its No. 4 peak.
Rolling Stone — Miranda Lambert’s Platinum has notched its first chart-topping single. “Automatic,” a nostalgic tune about enjoying life’s slower pace, debuted at Number 26 on the Billboard country charts back in February, and while it rests at Number Three on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, it has already reached Number One on the competing Mediabase chart.
Lambert has had a busy week since the release of her fifth album, Platinum, last Tuesday. She made high-profile appearances on the CMT Music Awards, The View and The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, and at the 2014 CMA Music Festival and George Strait’s farewell show in Arlington, Texas, where she joined the King of Country for a surprise rendition of “How ‘Bout them Cowgirls.”
Meanwhile, “Somethin’ Bad” — her hell-raising duet with Carrie Underwood — sits at Number 36, giving Lambert two simultaneous tunes in Billboard’s Country Top 40. So much for enjoying a slower pace.
“Automatic” marks the sixth chart-topper for Lambert, Rolling Stone’s current cover star. To celebrate, she’ll hit the road on July 10th for the start of her Platinum Tour.
Billboard — As expected, country star Miranda Lambert earns her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with the debut of “Platinum.” The set — her fifth release — sold 180,000 copies in the week ending June 8, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
That sum is Lambert’s best sales week yet, and the largest for an album from a female country artist since the week ending Dec. 30, 2012. That week, Taylor Swift’s “Red” sold 241,000, nine weeks after it debuted at No. 1 with 1.2 million.
Lambert is only the 11th female country artist to top the Billboard 200, which became a regularly published list in 1956. (For perspective on that total of just 11 leading country ladies: More than 400 acts have tallied a No. 1 album.)
Previous to Lambert, the last country female artist to get her first No. 1 was Swift, who topped the list for the first time on the chart dated Nov. 29, 2008 (when “Fearless” bowed at No. 1).
Impressively, each of Lambert’s albums have started with successively larger debut weeks. Her first release, “Kerosene,” bowed at No. 18 in 2005 with 40,000. She followed it up with 2007′s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (No. 6 with 53,000), 2009′s “Revolution” (No. 8 with 66,000) and 2011′s “Four the Record” (No. 3 with 133,000).
“Platinum” also easily scores Lambert her fifth straight No. 1 debut on the Top Country Albums chart.
Country Weekly — The Band Perry’s Kimberly Perry has married her fiancé, Texas Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia, the group’s rep confirmed to Country Weekly.
The couple reportedly held their nuptials at a church in Greeneville, Tenn., where the Perry family lives, and the reception took place at the family home. Among those in attendance were Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher.
The couple originally met in 2012 at a Florida music festival, then got engaged in 2013 when J.P. proposed to Kimberly at the family property in Greeneville.
“I went to a show of hers because I wanted to meet her,” J.P. told ESPN in February. “I got to meet her and we talked and eventually got back connected. That was spring training of 2012 and we started talking little by little and June that year we were dating.”