Carrie Underwood can cry tears of joy as her sixth studio album, Cry Pretty, has topped the all-genre Billboard 200 chart this week.
Cry Pretty moved 266,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music, giving it the best-selling opening week in country music since Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights in 2015 (345,000 equivalent units).
Cry Pretty joins Carrie’s three previous No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200—2007’s Carnival Ride, 2009’s Play On and 2012’s Blown Away—making her the first woman in country music history to top the chart four times. The new album is also the best-selling album by a woman—of any genre—in 2018, surpassing Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy (255,000 equivalent units).
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