Over the weekend, indie powerhouse Cody Johnson lead trending searches on iTunes across all genres. Johnson set the chart ablaze last Friday with the release of his new studio album GOTTA BE ME, making the climb to #1 on the iTunes Country Album Chart in just 30 minutes. The album also made a mind-blowing debut at #2 on the iTunes All Genre Album Chart. Even more impressive, is the fact that Johnson’s self-released album has been parked at the #1 spot for four consecutive days.
Johnson’s army of fans – CoJo Nation – have been spreading the word on social media with a continuous blitz of activity that has been raging like a wildfire for the last 18 months. In less than two years, (in between album cycles) the CoJo Nation have purchased 1 MILLION dollars of Johnson’s music on iTunes, 500,000 concert tickets, 400,000 singles and have streamed the singer 80 MILLION times in the last 18 months alone.
GOTTA BE ME is building momentum as a flurry of national media attention continues to pour in. Outlets praising the album include: Rolling Stone Country, No Depression, Billboard, CMT, Cowboys & Indians, NASH Country Daily, AXS, Pop Matters, Taste of Country, Sounds Like Nashville, The Boot, Whiskey Riff, Nashville Country Club, The Daily Country, The Austin American Statesman, among countless newspapers nationwide.
“The new record’s strength of material and early buzz suggest that Johnson may be on the verge of household-name status.” – Cowboys & Indians
“Cody Johnson delivers a heavy dose of truth on his latest album, Gotta Be Me. Because, listen folks, when it comes down to it, synthetic beats in country music are not timeless. Melodies and the truth are. And that’s what draws fans by the thousands to Johnson’s shows across North America.” – CMT
“(Johnson) finds himself rapidly hurtling toward mainstream stardom with a unique concept in his arsenal: actual country music.”
Johnson’s album GOTTA BE ME is currently sitting at #1 on iTunes Country Album Chart and #3 on the iTunes All Genre Album Chart – at the time of this release. To purchase click here.