“Do it, do it, one time.”
Sugarland might sing that line in the current Top 5 hit “Stuck Like Glue,” but the “one time” reference is already out of date — if you want to interpret the “it” they’re singing about as debuting at No. 1 on the country albums charts.
The duo’s new release, The Incredible Machine, sold more than 202,000 copies last week following its Oct. 19 release, launching it to No. 1 on the Billboard country albums chart as well as the all-genre Billboard 200. It’s actually the third time Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush have had a No. 1 debut. They also turned that trick with Love On The Inside and last year’s concert album Live On The Inside.
“We are thrilled to be No. 1 this week,” Jennifer says. “We are grateful for all the fans that bought the album. This is an incredible start on a record that feels big and close to our hearts!”
To top the pop chart, Sugarland piled up more sales receipts in-store and online than Kings Of Leon, Elton John’s new collaboration with Leon Russell, Rod Stewart and Lil Wayne. Somehow that’s appropriate since Jennifer and Kristian were inspired on Machine by ‘80s pop and rock music by the likes of Blondie, the Pretenders and the Cure.
“We’re excited that so many people bought the album this week,” Kristian says. “We have been playing many of these songs on tour all year and are happy that fans get to finally have the music in their hands and ears.”
It’s a foregone conclusion that The Incredible Machine will get just one week at the top. Taylor Swift’s Speak Now is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and the country albums chart next week.
Meanwhile, look for Sugarland today on E!’s “Chelsea Lately” and tomorrow on “Ellen.” Jennifer and Kristian will also be performing Nov. 10 on the 44th Annual Country Music Association Awards, where they’re up for Vocal Duo of the Year. The next day, Jennifer’s set to host when ABC shoots a Nov. 29 special, CMA Country Christmas. If that’s not enough they’ll also appear Thanksgiving Day on CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute.