Miranda Lambert saw a nice sales bump from her recent performance on the ACM Awards. And as a result, the star’s phenomenal new album The Weight Of These Wings jumped back to No. 1 on the album’s chart — even though she released it nearly six months ago.
Lambert sang the song “Tin Man” with nothing more than a guitar and a microphone during the awards show. Her performance instantly set the country world on fire. Aside from being a great song (co-written with Jack Ingram), stripped down performance was a rare bread. And the polar opposite of other artists’ (like the show-ending Backstreet Boys/Florida Georgia Line collaboration).
The Weight Of These Wings received unanimous praise upon release. Critics from near and far lauded the record as both soul-bearing and progressive for the format.
Plus, the ambitious double album fared well commercially. It debuted at No. 1 on the country charts and No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Since then, Lambert sold nearly 300,000 copies of the album.
And “Tin Man” also enjoyed a nice radio debut after the ACMs. The gorgeously written, heartbreaking single came in at No. 53 on the radio charts. Few people can pull off such a stripped down song on commercial radio (Zac Brown Band’s recent tune “My Old Man” comes to mind).
Her first single from the album, “Vice,” notched several award show nominations and became one of the best radio singles of the year. It peaked at No. 2. Her catchy, quirky follow-up “We Should Be Friends” made it to No. 25 on the charts.
Since she released The Weight Of These Wings in November, the album didn’t qualify for the most recent CMA or Grammy Awards. But she won both Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year at the ACMs.
And when this year’s CMA and Grammy Awards roll around, you can bet she’ll clean up there, too. The Weight Of These Wings could very likely score multiple award show bumps in the coming year and return to the top of the chart again.
The last artist to release an album with such a long lifespan? Chris Stapleton, whose multi-platinum debut Traveller still shows up on the charts.