Bruno Mars Beat To #1 By Toby Keith

Oct 13th, 2010 // 13 Comments

Bullets In The Gun, 49-year-old singer Toby Keith’s 15th studio album, knocks fellow country artist Kenny Chesney off the summit of the Billboard Top 200 this week. That said, Keith has the dubious honor of posting the lowest debut sales (71,000 copies) for a #1 album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking LP data in 1991. Still, Bullets moved enough units to best Bruno Mars’ opening with Doo-Wops & Hooligans.

With Kenny Chesney’s Hemingway’s Whiskey bumped down to #2 on the Top 200 this week, Idolator’s favorite bowling partner Bruno Mars settles for a #3 debut after Doo-Wops & Hooligans opened with 55,000 copies.

The only other new entry in the Top 10 this week comes in the form of rapper Waka Flocka Flame’s debut LP Flockaveli, which goes in at #6 on sales of 37,000 copies.

So where did our John Lennon “Imagine” poll winner David Archuleta land with The Other Side Of Down? Hits Daily Double shows A Fine Frenzy’s new BFF entering at #15 on its building album sales chart, after having sold about 23,675 copies of his latest effort. The full Billboard Top 200 will be published tomorrow morning.

The Top 10 of Billboard’s Top 200 Albums:

1. Toby Keith, Bullets In The Gun *new*
2. Kenny Chesney, Hemingway’s Whiskey
3. Bruno Mars, Doo-Wops & Hooligans *new*
4. Eminem, Recovery
5. Zac Brown Band, You Get What You Give
6. Waka Flocka Flame, Flockaveli *new*
7. Linkin Park, A Thousand Suns
8. Katy Perry, Teenage Dream
9. Trey Songz, Passion, Pain & Pleasure
10. Selena Gomez & The Scene, A Year Without Rain


  1. Lisa

    The music industry is dying. A guy with a #1 hit who was featured on 2 top 10 hits managed only 55K when he was promoted up the wazzoo last week, including a stint on SNL. Toby Keith, all-American country guy scraped together 71K in final, even when country sales are some of the least-affected by the dying industry. Poor Archie had almost no promotion, his label did almost nothing to get him radio airplay, and he managed 24K in final (#13 on Billboard 200). With the market 22% down from this time last year and 13% down overall, that’s not actually that bad. The economy sucks, and the music industry is playing by a dead business model. There’s a lot of people to blame – lazy record labels, nasty political radio stations (who only play 5-10 artists with any frequency), and the economic downturn. In the end, though, it’s music lovers and the artists who cater to them who lose out.

  2. Baker


  3. Toby Keith worked hard as a musician to get to #1. Glad to see he beat out Kenny Chesney. If more people would listen to his music and not just label him as a rebel or a “country singer”, they would realize that he’s got a fabulous voice, clever lyrics, and kick ass guitar players in his band. His concerts this summer were awesome!

  4. Sher

    Congrats Toby, I love the new CD, another job well done!!

  5. Courtney

    Congrats Toby! That’s awesome!

  6. ginny

    great cd from toby. knew he could do it. I had great time at his 9/11 concert

  7. Wow!!! This album is AMAZING!!!!! Bullets In The Gun is #1! Yee Haw!! Way to go Toby!!! My kids and I love this album so much!!! We listen to it all the time!! Congratulations Toby and we love you!!!! You are the BEST!!!!!!!

  8. nolan

    congrats toby on making it to the number one spot!! cant wait for you to put out another album

  9. Cherrod

    Way to go Toby… Love “BULLETS IN THE GUN”. I love it when the hard working guy wins.

  10. Another great album from Toby!

  11. Brndsmth

    Great CD Toby!!! With the variety of songs on this CD, there’s a song for everyone. I love Trailerhood and then Bulllets In The Gun. I have other favorites on the CD. I’m glad Toby is releasing a CD even with the economy as it is this day and time.

  12. S Rhodes

    Awesome CD Toby!!! Love Love Love the new music! great mix of songs….keep up the good work always love to hear you sing! :)

  13. While the amount of albums actually sold is highly disappointing, the fact that Toby is number 1 is so amazing! He’s an amazing talent (I saw him when he came through San Antonio last year) and it is about time the music world in general appreciated his talent.

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