THOMAS RHETT’S “DEFINING” CENTER POINT ROAD MAKES HISTORY AS THE TOP STREAMING COUNTRY DEBUT EVER AND MARKS THE FIRST COUNTRY ALBUM TO DEBUT
ON THE BILLBOARD 200 IN 2019Thomas Rhett’s Sold Out CENTER POINT ROAD Experience Raises $100,000 for Music Education Through CMA Foundation
Nashville, TN – June 10, 2019 – As critics laud “few singers have played a larger role in defining the sound of country music over the past half-dozen years than Thomas Rhett” (Rolling Stone), the reigning ACM Awards Male Artist of the Year has earned his second consecutive No. One on Billboard 200 Albums Chart in less than two years with CENTER POINT ROAD (The Valory Music Co). It also makes history today with 33.59 million on-demand audio streams for its songs, claiming the biggest streaming debut week ever for a country album.
“The reception for this new music has been mind-blowing from the start,” said Thomas Rhett. “In these last two years of life, a lot has happened that gave me a lot to write about. When I didn’t think I could get more personal, I did. And I attribute so much of that to the songwriters that really went with me into deeper territory and to the producers that had a great vision for the sound of this album. I just feel super honored and super blessed that we got to make this record with such an incredible team. Huge shout out to the fans for listening to it and supporting every release along the way. It has been such a whirlwind, for the album to finally be out and to see this kind of response is just mind-blowing.”
“As he’s ascended to country music’s A-list” having “comfortably grown into his role as a star with something to say” (Billboard), critics note that the “expansive 16-track record finds him pushing further” (Associated Press).
“The follow-up to 2017’s Life Changes sees the dreamy, often double-denim-clad mixing upbeat toe-tappers with more traditional guitar-led tracks, culminating in a pretty perfect soundtrack to early summer.” – Entertainment Weekly
“On his sprawling fourth album Center Point Road, he’s an everyman charmer, Nashville-style, expanding his palette as he assumes the role of country music jack of all trades.” – Rolling Stone
“If you like big-name country collabs, larger-than-life summer jams and and blockbuster love songs, then look no further than the latest from one of country music’s biggest stars, Thomas Rhett.” – Paste
“He may be on the road more than 200 days a year, playing sold-out shows all over the world. But at the end of the day, home is where this country star’s heart is. And a spin through his new album serves up the proof.” – Parade
“Many of the songs drip nostalgia, ripe with memories he made in his hometown in Sumner County.” – USA Today
“It’s been a relatively quiet year for country music on the Billboard 200, but that’s changed now that superstar Thomas Rhett’s latest album has finally debuted.” – Forbes
“The guy knows what he’s doing.” – NPR