Miranda Lambert Earns First Billboard 200 No. 1 with ‘Platinum’By: Shana Norris - June 13, 2014
Miranda Lambert earned her first Billboard 200 No. 1 with the debut of her most recent album Platinum.
The album is Lambert’s fifth, and sold 180,000 copies in the week ending June 8. It released on June 3.
That sales figure marks a 35 percent increase over Lambert’s previous album, Four the Record.
“In addition,” Lambert’s website boasts, “she becomes the only country artist in the 50-year history of Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart to have each of her first five albums debut at [No.] 1.”
“THANK YOU to the music lovers who believe in albums and spent your hard-earned money on 16 songs! 16 songs that all say something important to me,” Lambert enthused. “I hope that they also speak to you, and I hope you enjoy listening to Platinum. Thank you to the incredible musicians, songwriters, producers, and artists that put this record together. I’m the luckiest girl in the world, blessed with the best fans!”
The last female country music artist to earn her first Billboard 200 No. 1 was Taylor Swift with Fearless in November 2008.
Platinum’s lead single “Automatic” hit No. 1 on Mediabase, marking Lambert’s sixth No. 1 solo single in addition to the No. 1 she earned for “We Were Us,” her duet with Keith Urban.
Lambert said she wrote “Automatic” as “a reminder to herself to slow things down, enjoy the moment and remember what it’s like to live more simply.”
“… [W]hen it came time to decide on what would be the first single, “Automatic” felt like the right choice because it’s so true to me and where I am in my life,” Lambert said.
Apparently Lambert’s husband, country music and The Voice star Blake Shelton plans to help his wife take her own advice. He’s gotten their boat in working order so the two can spend time relaxing on Lake Texoma near their Oklahoma home when Lambert gets some time off next week.
“I know when she gets back she’s going to want to do something like that,” Shelton said. “She’s going to want to just go float around and drink or be pulled on a tube …”
Image via Instagram, Miranda Lambert