Lauren Alaina’s debut album, Wildflower, is the best-selling female country debut since 2006 and is also the highest country album debut this week, entering the charts at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200. With first week sales of 69,013, Lauren is the youngest female artist to debut this high on the Billboard charts since LeAnn Rimes’ debut album 15 years ago. Wildflower is also the best-selling digital album by a debut female country artist, selling 19,659 copies.
“I am just so thankful that I have been given the opportunity to share my music with the world,” Lauren said. “To see my name on the charts alongside country greats that I have admired and looked up to my whole life is absolutely mind-blowing!”
“Everyone here at Universal Music Group is really honored to be working with Lauren and so proud of what she has already accomplished,” Luke Lewis, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville, said. “At just 16 years old, Lauren has already proven she is dedicated to her career and willing to put in the hard work and it’s already starting to pay off. I believe this is just the beginning of what you are going to see from this young lady.”
“We are thrilled to be a part of Lauren’s success and congratulate her on an impressive debut,” Steve Berman, Vice Chairman, Interscope, Geffen A&M Records, said. “This achievement marks the beginning of much more to come from this talented young artist.”
This is the first time since 2008 where both the winner of American Idol, Scotty McCreery, and runner up, Lauren, have posted Top 5 charting albums. The last artists to do so were 2008 winner David Cook and runner up David Archuleta when their debuts reached No. 3 and No. 3.
Lauren appeared on Good Morning America and Live with Regis and Kelly during release week and will perform her new single, “Georgia Peaches,” on The Ellen Degeneres Show this Friday, October 21. CNN, E! News and Entertainment Tonight’s The Insider all have upcoming features on Lauren scheduled to air. GAC debuted Introducing: Lauren Alaina on October 10. Check the schedule for re-airs >>