Americana singer-songwriter Jason Isbell has topped the Billboard country albums chart with his new album, Something More Than Free.
According to Nielsen SoundScan, Isbell's fifth studio album sold 45,785 during its first week. Something More Than Free narrowly beat out Alan Jackson's latest release, Angels and Alcohol, which sold 45,310 copies. Jackson came in at number five, one spot ahead of Isbell, on the Billboard 200 chart, which takes into account both physical sales and streams from all genres of music
To many, this huge initial success for Isbell's release is an example of how the public's tastes for country music are shifting. Although artists like Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton and Isbell haven't gotten much airplay on mainstream country radio, they are enjoying success within the industry on their own terms. Many see this push in support of more independent and alternative country as the public's backlash against bro-country, which has been a staple of pop-country radio for the past few years.
Isbell will be on the road in support of Something More Than Free for the remainder of the year, including four sold-out shows at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. For a full list of upcoming dates, visit Jason Isbell's official website.