By Stephen L. Betts
Filed under: Charts, Albums, Country NewsPioneer
, the sophomore effort from the Band Perry
, is the week's top-selling country album and also scores a No. 2 debut on the Billboard
200. In 2010, the sibling trio's self-titled release peaked at No. 2 on the country survey and reached No. 4 on the multi-genre Billboard 200. More significantly, perhaps, Pioneer's
sales put the disc within reach (by some 10,000 copies) of outselling the No. 1 pop album of the week, Justin Timberlake
's The 20/20 Experience
, having registered sales of 129,291 copies.
"From the very beginning of doing music, we had always heard about the sophomore slump, or the second album jitters," Reid Perry tells The Boot. "So we were aware of it, but a lot of the nerves and the responsibility we felt was more from the fact that we were just honored to be able to record a second album and just wanting to raise the bar for ourselves."