The Chicks’ Debut At No.1 With ‘Gaslighter’

The Chicks are back in a big way. The 12-time Grammy winners have the No.1 album in country music this…


Lauren Jo Black

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July 27, 2020


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The Chicks; Photo Courtesy Columbia Records

The Chicks are back in a big way.

The 12-time Grammy winners have the No.1 album in country music this week with Gaslighter, their first new studio release in 14 years.

Upon its July 17 debut, the 12-track release reached No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and No.3 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart. According to Nielsen Music, Gaslighter moved 84,233 equivalent album units, with 71,467 of pure album sales.

Gaslighter, which marks the trio’s eighth studio album, was originally slated to release on May 1, but was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The critically-acclaimed album is centered around lead singer Natalie Maines’ divorce and includes songs such as the lead single and title track, “Julianna Calm Down” and “March March.”

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.