The title sells 145,000 copies, soaring above the first-week sales of his last album, 2009â€™s â€œCarolina,â€ which sold 31,000 in its opening frame, according to Billboard.
Church is a true story of artist development as heâ€™s consistently increased his fan base through near non-stop touring even though he has never had a song chart higher than No. 10 on Billboardâ€™s Hot Country Songs chart.
His arrival at the top pushes Adeleâ€™s â€œ21â€ down to No. 2, but if that album has proved anything in the last six months, it is its ability to bob back up to the top repeatedly.
Former Destinyâ€™s Child member Kelly Rowland starts at No. 3 with her third solo album, â€œHere I Am,â€ which sells 77,000 copies, according to Billboard. First single, â€œMotivation,â€ spent seven weeks at No. 1 on Billboardâ€™s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Soaring 9-4 is Amy Winehouseâ€™s â€œBack To Black.â€ The title came back on the Billboard 200 last week following the British singerâ€™s death July 23. Her first album, â€œFrank,â€ rises 57-33.
Overall album sales are running about 2% ahead of the same time last year.