Riding the wave of momentum from her Top 5 hit “My Church” and her spot on Keith Urban’s Ripcord World Tour, Maren Morris released her debut album, Hero, on June 3—and it went straight to the top of Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with 37,000 copies sold in its first week (according to Nielsen). Maren edged out Dan + Shay’s sophomore effort Obsessed, which sold 26,000 copies. In addition, Hero is the fist major-label debut album to reached No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart since Sam Hunt’s Montevallo in November 2014.
“Releasing the record is really the dream coming true—and having a song on the radio made it feel real, finally, because it’s been so much prep work from writing the song last year to now,” says Maren to Nash Country Daily. “I feel like it’s finally here and I’m trying to document as much as I can with pictures and journaling so I can come back, because it’s all happening at once. I never want to forget those moments. However things end up, I hope I’m always as grateful as I am today.”
Check out Maren’s new single, “80’s Mercedes,” which was released last week.