Lindsay Ell‘s much-anticipated debut album, The Project, had a big first week: The record debuted at No. 1 on the Neilsen Soundscan Current Country Albums chart.
Ell is only the second solo female artist to debut at No. 1 on the Current Country Albums chart in 2017. The Project also ranked in the Top 10 on the all-genre Top Current Albums chart, landing at No. 7 there.
“The Project is the record I’ve wanted to release since I was a little girl, but as an artist, sometimes it takes time to figure out what you want to say and how you want to say it,” Ell says in a press release. “I’m so grateful to my entire team for standing by my side throughout the whole process. Every single fan that has come to my shows, stood in meet-and-greet lines and sang songs that they’ve learned through YouTube videos is what keeps me working so hard.
“Having a No. 1-selling album is incredible, and I’m overwhelmed by the support,” she adds. “I’ve finally made a record that’s me, and I’m just happy fans are loving it as much as I do.”
The Project was produced by Kristian Bush; Ell’s latest single from the record is “Waiting on You.” Ell celebrated her No. 1 debut on social media as well, tweeting a thank you to her fans.
“This. Is. Crazy. I don’t even know what to say,” Ell writes. “I’m beyond humbled & grateful for every one of you. Thank you. We’re No. 1!!” Ell is currently out on tour with Brad Paisley.