By Jim Asker
Kacey Musgraves debuts atop Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart (dated July 11) with Pageant Material. The set starts with 55,000 copies in its launch week, according to Nielsen Music, marking her best sales week. Musgraves manages her second No. 1 in as many tries, as her debut, Same Trailer Different Park, opened atop the April 6, 2013 chart with 43,000; it returned for a second week at No. 1 on the Feb. 14, 2014 tally following its win for best country album at the 56th Grammy Awards. It has sold 519,000 copies to date.
While the new set launches at No. 1, country radio has largely avoided its music, owed likely in part to Musgraves’ atypical country lyrical themes and/or the battles that women have long faced at the format. The new set’s “Biscuits” stalled at No. 41 on Country Airplay in May. “I hear a lot in the industry, ‘This is the way it’s done, so you have to follow suit,’ ” Musgraves recently told Billboard. “Why can’t we look at other options?”