|Margo Price just made history on the Billboard Country Album chart|
This extraordinary information came from Billboard.com:
Americana-country singer-songwriter Margo Price’s debut LP, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter (Third Man), makes a historic debut on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, arriving at No. 10 with 4,000 sold in its opening week, according to Nielsen Music.
The launch marks the first time in the history of the chart, which dates to Jan. 8, 1964, that a solo female has debuted in the top 10 with her first charted title without the benefit of any history on the Hot Country Songs ranking. Coming the closest is American Idol season 10 contestantLauren Alaina, whose self-titled album debuted on Top Country Albums at No. 9 the same week (June 11, 2011) that her first Hot Country Songs hit, "Like My Mother Does," bowed on that list at No. 49. (BILLBOARD)
Here is what is amazing about that information: It is a demonstration of how important radio has been in terms of predicting album sales. In other words, no female artist in the history of the Billboard Country Albums chart has EVER made a top 10 debut without FIRST having a song chart on the Country Singles chart. That spans the time period between 1964 and today, that is more than a HALF CENTURY without any woman getting in the top 10 of the album chart without first being played on country radio.
This represents a significant shift in the tastes of the country music audience, in that they've shown that they can take a woman on an independent record label, not being played on the radio, into the top 10 of the album chart. If you know anything about country music, or the business side of the music industry period, it is an extraordinary achievement.