Thomas Rhett has done it again!
The country singer’s latest album, Center Point Road, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, marking his second album to hit the top spot on the chart, following in the footsteps of his 2017 Life Changes album.
According to Nielsen music, Center Point Road racked up 76,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 6, with 45,000 of those in album sales. Both those numbers, Billboard points out, “represent the biggest weeks of 2019 for any country album.”
In addition, Rhett’s latest is also the first country album to top the all-genre chart this year, and the first to top the Billboard 200 since Kane Brown’s Experiment hit #1 back in November 2018.
In a recent interview with Billboard, Rhett, 29, discusses the nostalgia that runs through Center Point Road, named for the street in Hendersonville, Tennessee, where he lived as a teenager.
“I wish I could say it was the most exciting thing in the world, but if you’ve ever been to Hendersonville, you know there’s not a lot to do there,” Rhett says of the town. “That’s where all my growing up really happened. All my first memories of life were on that little street. So I feel like for this record it made a lot of sense — because the record is super nostalgic to me — to name it after something that had a lot of impact on my life.”
Though he was born in Georgia and spent a year in Texas, the bulk of his youth was spent in Tennessee. “I felt like my growing up was pretty normal in most aspects. I would say what made it abnormal was my dad sang country music for a living,” he says of his father, country singer Rhett Akins.
“Dad moved us to Nashville in 1995 when he signed his record deal. I lived on Center Point Road from the time I was about six until I was about 21. That was a big chunk of my life that I made neighboruhood friends, started playing sports, started dating girls. There were a lot of things that happened for the first time there. It’s really cool to dive back into your 13- or 15-year-old self and try to derive song ideas from that.”
Rhett shares more on the making of the album in the video below.