Brandi Carlile Goes #1 with New Album “In These Silent Days”
Brandi Carlie just turned in some monster numbers for her new album In These Silent Days released on October 1st. And even though she’s not included on the Billboard Country Albums Chart (while some other less deserving artists are), her showing is good enough to hit #1 on a host of important lists.
In These Silent Days sold a total of 32,204 physical copies and complete downloads its first week, along with receiving a whopping 4.58 million streams on the album’s respective tracks, coming in for a total of 36,254 total units in sales and streaming equivalents. This was good enough for #1 on Billboard’s Folk/Americana chart, as well #1 on the Billboard Rock Albums chart.
Brandi Carlile also hit #2 on the Vinyl Sales Chart, and #3 on the Top Album Sales chart that only considers physical sales. It was kept out of #1 by the delayed issuance of Taylor Swift’s Fearless (Taylor’s Version) in physical form. Carilie’s In These Silent Days also came in at an impressive #11 on the all-genre Billboard 200, which factors in streaming and sales.
This marks Brandi Carlile’s fourth #1 on the Folk/Americana chart, and third #1 on the Billboard Rock Albums chart. If In These Silent Days had charted in country like some other Americana artists have in the past including Jason Isbell and Blackberry Smoke, it would have come in at #2, just behind the juggernaut that is Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album.
Most importantly, it’s a good showing for an album that deserves one. Produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings, In These Silent Days received a 9 out of 10 review here at Saving Country Music, as well as many other positive reviews. Using her time off during the pandemic to compose a memoir allowed Carlile to reflect back on the gifts in her life. In These Silent Days is a strikingly personal work by Carlile, while each track imparts some wisdom that makes it resonate deeper that just Carlile’s personal universe.
October 13, 2021 @ 12:47 pm
This is for sure an easy listen after a few spins I don’t think there is a single bad song on the album. The obvious stand out to me is Broken Horses and I really think that song fits Brandi’s style. I wonder how rock purists view her album claiming top spots on the Rock Chart.
October 13, 2021 @ 12:55 pm
At this point I’m not sure rock purists care. That ship sailed a long time ago. I am a bit curious why Brandi is not put on the country charts if they’re putting Jason Isbell on there. With Brandi’s work with The Highwomen, collaborating with a lot of country artist, producing the last Tanya Tucker album, etc., you would think she would be considered for consistency. Not that I’m advocating for artists outside the genre to be place on country charts, necessarily.
October 13, 2021 @ 4:37 pm
In many ways, Brandi has always been someone who thinks “outside of the box”, so to speak. After all, we saw this when Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris were each having their own individual successes in the 1970’s with that approach. Brandi’s continuing that tradition in her own fashion (IMHO).
October 14, 2021 @ 5:44 am
This is the line of thinking I was also operating under. If Bebe Rexa can have the longest running single on the country charts just because she is feat. a country duo than the charts are casting a wide net. When artist release new albums and singles does their record label determine what genres they are displayed under when it comes to chart metrics or is this decided by billboard and the like?
I made the comment about the rock charts just out of curiosity mostly. I don’t follow rock as closely as country artists. Obviously in the country music world we are pretty opinionated about who qualifies as “country” and who shouldn’t qualify but still does.
October 13, 2021 @ 12:50 pm
Its a great album. I have mainly been listening to it at work so I still haven’t worked out what half the lyrics are actually talking about, but thats possibly a goood thing
October 13, 2021 @ 3:13 pm
Brandi Carlile is a group rather than a person. Their music is amazing in a time with way fewer singer/song writer musicians which they fit into as apposed to entertainers/performers.
October 13, 2021 @ 9:49 pm
October 14, 2021 @ 12:03 am
Just looked it up: The album entered the German charts at #73. So she has some international appeal. I will definitely check it out.
October 14, 2021 @ 6:08 am
wonderful, impressive record.
October 15, 2021 @ 4:27 pm
The single, even though it doesn’t really fit the rest of the album, sounds like a better Adele song than the song Adele just put out today.
There’s an HD live performance from Stern up on YouTube of “Right on Time”. It might be even better than the album version.