A Minute With: Eric Church on his new hit CD "Chief"

Wed Aug 10, 2011 3:58pm EDT
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By Vernell Hackett

NASHVILLE (Reuters) - Eric Church is amazed that his new CD, "Chief" has sold 145,000 units in the first seven days and he's thrilled that the album shot to the top Billboard's country chart.

"Chief" has the second highest debut week sales of the year, topped only by Brad Paisley's "This is Country Music" in May. The first single "Homeboy," has been certified gold.

The new CD follows his 2006 debut album, "Sinners Like Me," and his 2009 disc, "Carolina" which yielded the singles "Love Your Love the Most" and "Smoke a Little Smoke."

During his tour for "Chief" Church spoke to Reuters about his success.

Q: Did you ever imagine that the sales for "Chief" would reach the numbers it did the first week?

A: "Hell no! I had expectations it would sell 100,000, which would be a big step for us, and it did that in like three days. It is unreal!"

Q: How much credit does your Church Choir fan club get?

A: "I just love the fact that people who bought my first two records thought enough of them to be waiting and watching for this one. I've always made it about the music, and for a long time I wasn't sure it worked in this day and age. It turns out that it does."   Continued...