Texas country superstar turned major label artist Cody Johnson has just turned in some impressive, career numbers upon the release of his latest record Ain’t Nothin To It, and it’s put the Huntsville, TX native at the very top of multiple albums charts.
The Cojo/Warner Music release moved 34,500 total units, including 23,000 copies in pure album sales, and a whopping 12 million songs streams to put Cody Johnson at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart this week. Not only that, the numbers are good enough to put him #1 on the all-genre Digital Album Sales chart, meaning no artist downloaded more cohesive albums last week than Cody Johnson.
Johnson also comes in at #2 on the all-genre Album Sales Chart, which takes into account downloads and physical sales. And last but not least, Cody Johnson and Ain’t Nothin’ To It come in at #9 on the all-genre Billboard 200, which accounts for sales, streams, and downloads.
This marks the very first #1 album for Cody Johnson in country, and his first Top 10 on the Billboard 200. His last record Gotta Be Me charted at #2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, but only due to Blake Shelton putting his album If I’m Honest on sale for $0.99, undercutting Cody’s sales. Otherwise, this would be Cody Johnson’s 2nd #1 album. Cody’s also doing well on radio. His current single “On My Way To You” cracked the Top 20 this week.
Cody Johnson started playing and singing country music when he was 12-years-old, and first formed the Cody Johnson Band with his father Carl. He worked as a corrections officer at a local prison while moonlighting as a performer until 2011 when he quit to pursue music full time. His 2014 album Cowboys Like Me saw surprising chart success for an independent artist, coming in at #7 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, and leading to more national awareness.
Cody Johnson signed the deal to form Cojo Music/Warner Music Nashville in June of 2018. The deal meant Johnson was now part of one of the biggest label groups in country music, but still retained creative control under his long-standing, completely independent, and personally-owned record label Cojo Music. In the coming months, Cody Johnson assured his fans he would not change due to the deal, and Ain’t Nothin’ To It confirmed this promise. Especially compared to the majority of today’s mainstream country music, Cody Johnson is a country music traditionalist. And with his status as a co-owner in control of his own music, the success of Ain’t Nothin’ To It could have deeper implications for country music at large.