March 12, 2010 12:00 PM by Nancy Floyd
American Idol alum,Â Danny Gokey has plenty to be happy about this week! His debut album, My Best Days, was released on March 2nd and hit number 4 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. That’s not all though…it also reached the third spot on the Country Album chart. Keep reading for more details on his big week of sales…
American Idol contestantÂ Danny Gokey surprised many fans by deciding to release a country album after his stint on theÂ FOX reality show. The soulful crooner, whose background is in gospel, said he decided to give country music a try afterÂ American Idol mentor,Â Randy Travis, suggested it. If his first week of sales are any indication, the choice was a wise one!
After being released on March 2nd,Â Danny Gokey‘s debut album, My Best Days, sold 65,000 copies in its first week earning him the number 4 spot on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. It also earned him third place on the Country Album chart, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished by a debut male country artist since Billy Ray Cyrus’ first album back in 1992.
In addition to sales of 65,000 albums, theÂ American Idol star also sold 19,000 internet downloads, a record number of digital album sales by a debut country artist. The album’s title track is alsoÂ Danny Gokey‘sÂ first single. Oddly enough, the songwriter who penned the tune wrote it after losing his own wife. Fans ofÂ American Idol are familiar withÂ Danny Gokey‘s heartbreaking story of losing his own wife in July of 2008. Kent Blazy, the man who wrote My Best Days, saysÂ ”It doesn’t matter how old you are, your best days can still be ahead of you. But if you feel like, ‘I’ve lost my spouse, my life is over,’ then that’s what you’re going to create. My motto is I’m going to be me, be happy and change theÂ world.”
My Best Days hit stores on March 2nd.Â Danny Gokey can be seen this spring on tour with Sugarland.