John Mellencamp’s new album Strictly A One-Eyed Jack made its debut in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums chart, Top Current Album Sales chart and Top Album Sales chart dated February 5.
Strictly A One-Eyed Jack is placed at No. 8 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart, which ranks the top-selling albums of the week based only on traditional album sales. The album is also ranked No. 6 on the Top Current Album Sales chart, which ranks the week’s biggest-selling current albums.
In addition, Strictly A One-Eyed Jack is ranked No. 5 on the Americana/Folk Albums chart, which lists the week’s most popular Americana/folk releases, ranked by equivalent album units.
The Encanto soundtrack tops the Billboard Top Album Sales chart, followed by Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell, Walker Hayes’ Country Stuff: The Album, Adele’s 30, Enhypen’s Dimension: Answer and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours.
Mellencamp’s new album – written and produced by the artist himself at his own Belmont Mall Studios in Bloomington, Indiana – features three collaborations with Bruce Springsteen including the first album single “Wasted Days.”
“I worked on three songs on John’s album and I spent some time in Indiana with him,” Springsteen told Sirius XM’s E Street Radio IN 2021. “I love John a lot. He’s a great songwriter and I have become very close [with him] and had a lot of fun with him. I sang a little bit on his record.”
Strictly A One-Eyed Jack has been attracting highly positive reviews. The New Yorker said, “Mellencamp is a poet of ennui, making him an apt mouthpiece for our moment.” Forbes said, “Mellencamp is absolutely uncompromising and unyielding as an artist”, while The Associated Press declared that “Longtime fans of Mellencamp will find much to like on this new offering from the artist. Time spent listening will certainly not be wasted time.”