Matt Hires' album 'Take Us to the Start' debuts at No. 96
Who needs a physical album?
Boosted by prominent iTunes placement in its first week, Take Us to the Start, the debut album from Tampa singer-songwriter Matt Hires, debuted at No 96 on the Billboard 200 albums chart -- despite only being available in a digital format. It also hit No. 16 on the digital downloads chart.
It's an impressive debut for a local pop-rock artist, that's for sure. But it's not the only chart-rocking debut by a Tampa Bay performer in recent years. In fact, 2008 alone was a banner year for local/national artists.
We'll have to wait and see if Hires gets a boost when Take Us to the Start is released in physical form on Aug. 25. Maybe that'll give him enough juice to overtake Kidz Bop Greatest Hits.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*