Week Ending Jan. 27, 2013. Albums: Gary Allan Bumps Off Swift
Gary Allan’s Set You Free enters The Billboard 200 at #1. It’s the country star’s first #1 album. Set You Free also enters Top Country Albums at #1, ending Taylor Swift’s 13-week lock on the top spot. This is the second time that a Swift album has been knocked off the top of the country chart by a star who is much less famous than she is. Fearless was bounced from #1 in February 2009 by Dierks Bentley’s Feel That Fire.
Allan, 45, is far from an overnight success. He first cracked the pop and country album charts in 1996 with Used Heart For Sale. Set You Free is his fifth top five album on The Billboard 200, following Tough All Over (#3 in 2005), Greatest Hits (#5 in 2007), Living Hard (#3 in 2007) and Get Off On The Pain (#5 in 2010). It’s his third #1 on Top Country Albums, following Tough All Over and Greatest Hits.
Allan’s “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)” jumps to #1 on this week’s Hot Country Songs chart. It's Allan's first #1 country hit since 2004’s “Nothing On But The Radio.”
The Lumineers’ The Lumineers jumps from #7 to #2 in its 43rd week, in the wake of the band’s performance on Saturday Night Live. It took longer to break into the top five than any album since Adele’s 19, which finally cracked the top five in its 122nd chart week in February 2012. Before that, you have to go back to Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More, which cracked the top five in its 47th week in February 2011.
Both 19 and Sigh No More broke into the top five following the Grammy Awards. Adele scored in the week after she won six awards last year. Mumford & Sons scored in the week that ended on Grammy night two years ago. The band didn’t win anything, but made a strong impression in its performance segment with Bob Dylan and the Avett Brothers.
The Lumineers’ album is breaking big on the eve of this year’s Grammys, where the band is nominated for a couple of key awards: Best New Artist (where it will probably lose to fun.) and Best Americana Album (where it will undoubtedly lose to Mumford & Sons’ Babel). The Lumineers are set to perform on the show, which, as Mumford proved two years ago, can be even more important than winning to an album’s success.
The Lumineers’ album has been boosted by the sleeper smash “Ho Hey,” which has spent four (non-consecutive) weeks at #3 on the Hot 100.