According to Nielsen SoundScan, Pioneer racked up sales of 129,000, which was stronger than expected. This is likely thanks in part to their strong, high-profile performance of the single “DONE.” during Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards. The ACM broadcast earned 15.4 million viewers, its highest rating since 1998. Billboard, though, notes that the impact of their appearance at the ACMs might not be fully felt until next week, as the final day of the SoundScan tracking week was Sunday, the same night that the awards show took place.
The Band Perry’s previous album, their 2010 self-titled debut, has sold 1.5 million in the U.S. so far and was the sixth best-selling country album of 2011. That album included their career-making hit “If I Die Young.” Their second album, Pioneer, could wind up even bigger, if the success of early singles “Better Dig Two” (which hit Number One earlier this year) and “DONE.” (which is currently rising in the charts) are any indication.
Pioneer is in stores now.