Album becomes biggest all-genre streaming debut since 2021
A young artist with the rasp of a seasoned rocker and the heart of a sensitive songwriter, Bailey Zimmerman has arrived at the cusp of superstardom with the release of Religiously. The Album. marking not only the biggest streaming debut album of the year across all genres, but also the biggest streaming country debut of all time. The LP debuted Top 3 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, No. 7 on their all-genre Billboard 200 chart and No. 8 on The Billboard Canadian Album Chart.
“We are so proud of Bailey and the history-making, debut album he delivered. It’s been incredibly rewarding to watch this talented, young artist develop as both a songwriter and performer, connecting with his fans in truly meaningful way,” comment Warner Music Nashville co-president Cris Lacy and Elektra Entertainment president Gregg Nadel. “The partnership between our two labels has been equally gratifying, working hand in hand alongside Bailey’s team, to make this launch one for the record books. This is only the beginning of a long and successful career.”
Zimmerman has already surpassed two billion global streams to date and recently celebrated a six-week No. 1 single with his multi-Platinum smash “Rock And A Hard Place.” Achieving this feat solidified his place in history as “the first male artist to spend six weeks atop Country Airplay just two or fewer promoted chart entries, in a lead role, into a career,” according to Billboard.
The 2023 ACM Awards New Male Artist nominee performed the monster hit as part of the live TV event earlier this month, where he was also recognized as the latest artist selected by Amazon Music for their Breakthrough Artist program. This honor follows his first time as a CMT Music Awards nominee earlier this year, earning recognition in both the Male Video of the Year and Breakthrough Male Video of the Year categories.
Zimmerman’s collaboration with YoungBoy Never Broke Again and Dermot Kennedy for the original song, “Won’t Back Down” is out now. The track and its music video are part of the official soundtrack for Fast X, the tenth and penultimate installment of the Fast & Furious mega franchise.
Working tirelessly to bring his music to fans around the world, the Illinois native is out on the road now for Morgan Wallen’s 2023 One Night At A Time World Tour. The 50+ date trek will visit multiple legendary venues including stadium stops at LA’s SoFi Stadium, Boston’s Fenway Park and Chicago’s Wrigley Field before wrapping on October 7th at Washington’s Tacoma Dome.
Zimmerman’s record-shattering 2022 debut EP, Leave The Light On, also made history upon release as the most-streamed all-genre debut of 2022. Zimmerman was ranked as Billboard’s 2022 No. 2 Top New Country Artist and No. 4 Top New Artist across all genres. In addition, he was the only country artist in 2022 to receive two Platinum certifications from the RIAA, beginning with his No. 1 debut single “Fall In Love,” the fastest debut single to reach No. 1 at country radio since 2015 and the first debut hit to make it all the way to No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in 2022.