GRAMMY-nominated Arista Nashville/RCA Records singer/songwriter Cam vaults to #1 at country radio this week with her smash single, “Burning House,” as her major-label debut album, Untamed, explodes onto Billboard’s Top Country Albums sales chart at #2. Cam achieves 2015’s best first-week album sales by a debut country artist, with sales of 37,000, according to Nielsen Music.
Untamed also debuts at #12 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, with 45,000 units in album activity based on the chart’s multi-metric sales and streaming methodology.
Cited among the year’s best country albums by Rolling Stone Country, The Washington Post, Brooklyn Magazine, and Renowned for Sound, Untamed has earned critical acclaim from Entertainment Weekly, the Associated Press, and many more.
Untamed “mingles roots and radio appeal,” hails The New York Times, while AllMusic lauds Untamed as “prime commercial country: it’s crisp, open-hearted, and friendly, fresh in its presentation and classical in its construction.”
Roughstock writes, “The album is an eleven track cornucopia of confident rhythms, rhymes and reason and instantly announces a major force in country music is about to blossom before our eyes.”
In an “A” grade review, Nash Country Weekly cheers, “With a catalog of beautifully written tracks and a voice that is simultaneously ethereal and gritty, Cam effortlessly moves from a whisper to a roar. And we dig it. A lot.”
The Daily Tribune (Michigan) calls Untamed “both slick and earthy, maybe the smoothest synthesis of country and pop since Taylor Swift,” predicting that Cam’s “Next Big Thing potential couldn’t be more clear.”
Featured on Untamed and ranked #1 on Rolling Stone Country’s “25 Best Country Songs of 2015,” Cam’s “Burning House” has been cited among the year’s best songs on multiple lists, including Entertainment Weekly’s all-genre “40 Best Songs of 2015,” Taste of Country’s “Top 10 Songs of 2015,” and Billboard.com’s “10 Best Country Songs of 2015,” which summed up Cam’s breakthrough smash with the declaration, “a star is born.”
Of the 10 songs chosen by the Associated Press for its “Top Songs of 2015,” “Burning House” is the only country single to make the all-genre list, with AP praising it as “country radio’s most refreshing song.”
With the recent RIAA Platinum certification of “Burning House,” Cam is the only female country artist this year to achieve a Platinum single from a major-label debut album released in 2015.
Fans can be watching for Cam on Christmas night as FOX re-airs American Country Countdown’s Top 10 Stories of 2015 on Christmas Day, December 25th at 9 PM/ET.
With each song co-written by Cam, Untamed was produced by GRAMMY-winner and current Producer of the Year, Non-Classical GRAMMY nominee Jeff Bhasker (Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, FUN., The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift) and two-time Album of the Year GRAMMY nominee Tyler Johnson (Ed Sheeran, OneRepublic, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Mikky Ekko).
Author: Buddy Iahn
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