Atlanta-based country rock group Blackberry Smoke earned their second consecutive No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart this week with their fifth album, Like An Arrow.
The release follows in the footsteps of their 2015 LP Holding All the Roses, which sold over 50,000 copies with little country radio airplay.
Like An Arrow dethroned last week’s No. 1 album They Don’t Know, the latest release from Jason Aldean. But Blackberry Smoke didn’t just top the country charts this time around. They also landed at No. 1 on the Folk/Americana chart, third on the Rock Albums chart, and twelfth on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.
Although this is a huge accomplishment for any artist, it’s one that doesn’t way heavily on the band’s mind.
“We don’t spend any time worrying about [the charts]. If we did, we’d probably go crazy,” Blackberry Smoke lead singer Charlie Starr recently told Wide Open Country. “The fans are the ones who made the record number one anyway – not a program director. Those are the people that go out and spend their hard-earned money to buy a record.”
In theory, it’s no surprise that a record as stellar as Like an Arrow would make its way to the top. But in reality, many superb albums never get great chart positions because of the politics surrounding radio airplay and promotion. Blackberry Smoke’s return to the top signals a promising change that artists who care about what’s really important – the music and the fans.