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Eric Church Moves into Beyonce Territory with The Outsiders

Image courtesy of EMI Nashville (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of EMI Nashville (via ABC News Radio)

Eric Church notches his best sales week ever, as The Outsiders debuts at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart. The Outsiders ' 288,000 copies sold also marks the best single week sales of an album in 2014 so far. The debut puts him in some prestigious company, as you’d have to go back to Beyonce ’s surprise December release to find an album that sold more during it's first week.

Additionally, the North Carolina native tops his personal best, nearly doubling the 145,000 copies Chief sold during its first week of release in 2011. It debuted at number one on the all-genre album chart as well.

The Outsiders is the biggest country release since Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party in August.

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