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Maren Morris tops ‘Billboard’ country albums chart

In this June 1, 2016 photo, Maren Morris poses in Nashville, Tenn.
In this June 1, 2016 photo, Maren Morris poses in Nashville, Tenn. AP

Maren Morris, fresh from her dizzying weekend spent at Bonnaroo and making the rounds on late-night and early morning television, continues her upward trajectory with several pieces of good news this afternoon.

Per a statement from her record label, Columbia Nashville, Morris’ major label debut, Hero, is number one on the Billboard country albums chart (having moved 37,000 units after its June 3 release).

That showing also landed her on the Billboard Top 200 chart, which encompasses all genres, at number five.

The hits keep coming: According to Columbia Nashville, Hero is the first debut to top the country chart in 2016, Morris is also the first artist in the label’s history to debut at number one in the Soundscan era, and the Arlington native is also the first artist for Columbia Nashville’s parent label, Sony Music Nashville, to top the country chart with her debut since Kellie Pickler 10 years ago.

Morris released Hero’s second single today as well, the sparkling 80s Mercedes, and returns to the road as an opening act for Keith Urban this week.

Preston Jones: 817-390-7713, @prestonjones

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