The Soul album of Eric Church’s new triple album Heart & Soul takes over at Number One on the all-genre Billboard Top Album Sales chart. He replaces himself in the top spot as Heart debuted there last week. Eric also continues to occupy three of the Top 10 spots with Heart at Number Nine, the fan-club exclusive & at Number Three and Soul at Number One.

In addition, Eric sits atop the all-genre Billboard Artist 100 chart while also becoming the first country artist to simultaneously occupy the top two spots on the Billboard Vinyl Albums chart since its inception in 2011, with Soul and & at Number One and Number Two respectively. Meanwhile, his current single, “Hell Of A View,” off the Soul album enters the Top Five on the Mediabase chart.

Eric had no set intention on creating three separate albums when he headed to North Carolina with a handful of songwriters to write for this project. He tells us that in the end it just seemed to make sense. [“I didn’t go in there trying to make two albums or three albums. What I found when I listened back to the project is there were a lot of songs that had heart in them or cars or guitars or music, and I think that’s because that’s what was on my mind at the time, and then the thought was raised — do they belong together and that’s the first time that three albums came out."] SOUNDCUE (:29 OC: . . . albums came out.)

Eric will hit the road this fall to perform some of his new material on The Gather Again Tour. The 55-city run of arena dates through the U.S. and Canada kicks off in September in Lexington, Kentucky. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning this Friday (May 7th).

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