The Broken Bow-released album not only secures the country superstar his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 but also the second-largest debut of the year. Only Mumford & Sons‘ “Babel,” which moved 600,000 in its first week (Oct. 13), started with a bigger number. (The staff at RED Distribution can celebrate both achievements, as both “Babel” and “Night Train” are distributed by the indie company.)
As “Night Train” pulls into the No. 1 spot, Aldean bests his previous biggest sales week, tallied when his last album, “My Kinda Party,” debuted with 193,000 in November 2010. The set bowed and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, blocked from No. 1 by Taylor Swift‘s “Speak Now,” which was in its second week at No. 1.