Cody Jinks is disrupting the country music charts in a big way with his latest release Lifers by turning in career-best numbers that put him near the top of multiple album metrics, and causing folks on Music Row to ask, “Who is Cody Jinks?” With physical sales of over 22,000, and moving an additional 2,000 albums in streaming equivalents, it puts the Ft. Worth native at #2 on this week’s Billboard Country Albums chart, as well as #11 on the all-genre Billboard 200, and #1 on the Folk/Americana chart. In pure album sales (not counting streaming equivalents), Cody Jinks also comes in at #5 this week in all of music.
Cody’s previous best was with his 2016 album I’m Not The Devil, which sold 11,300 copies upon release, and ended up at #4 in country, and #39 all genre. The only thing keeping Cody out of the top spot in country this week is megastar Kenny Chesney’s new album Songs for the Saints, which moved some 77,000 total units in sales and streams to claim #1.
Lifers is the first record Cody Jinks released after signing to Rounder Records this spring. Bolstered by a dedicated fan base, the success of Lifers comes from the loyalty of Cody’s fans, some of which self-identify as “Flockers,” and who helped push the record to the top of the charts without any mainstream radio play or major promotion.
“When I became the President of Rounder in the Fall of 2017, I’d already been involved in Cody’s career for a couple years. I’m well aware of his immense talent, personal integrity, and work ethic.” says Rounder President John Strohm, “It’s been my top priority since I started my job last fall to sign Cody, and I could not be more thrilled for Rounder and Concord Music to have the opportunity to work with such an incredible, groundbreaking artist.”
The sales numbers put Cody Jinks in similar company with other independent artists who’ve shown mainstream impact on the country charts, including Blackberry Smoke, Aaron Watson, and Jason Isbell. It also comes as Cody Jinks prepares for his personally-curated event, Loud and Heavy Fest in Ft. Worth in less than two weeks.