Nashville, TN. (Top40 Charts/ Arista Records) - Alan Jackson's GOOD TIME will debut at No 1 on the Billboard 200 and the Billboard Top Country Albums charts next week, with first-week SoundScan sales of 119,151, marking his fourth album to hit the top spots simultaneously on week of release. You'd think that Jackson was a closet numerologist since GOOD TIME is his 17th album and contains 17 songs, all written by Jackson (a first) over the course of 71 satisfying minutes.
The first single from the album, 'Small Town Southern Man,' is Jackson 's 51st single, and has been steadily climbing the charts - it's No 2 this week.
GOOD TIME reunites Jackson with longtime producer Keith Stegall and marks his return to traditional country after his critically acclaimed PRECIOUS MEMORIES and LIKE RED ON A ROSE albums. Songs include the sweetly poignant 'Sissy's Song,' inspired by a longtime Jackson family friend and employee who passed away, the nostalgic '1976,' the joys of being a 'Country Boy' and a rollicking duet with Martina McBride, 'Never Loved Before.'
Jackson is an artist by and for the people, and made this album with his fans in mind. "I felt like I wanted something that had some fun on it,' he said. But his writing is also steeped in eloquence and grace, and the critics are raving about GOOD TIME.