Nathaniel Rateliff has scored his first solo No. 1 on a Billboard chart, as the title song from his new album And It’s Still Alright rises from No. 3 on the Adult Alternative Songs countdown. Meanwhile the album, released on 14 February on Stax, debuted at the top of the Official Charts Company’s Americana Albums chart on Friday (21).
Billboard reports that the track has had an especially speedy rise to the summit, which it reaches in only its fifth week. That’s the fastest-rising No. 1 on Adult Alternative Songs since Vampire Weekend’s ‘Harmony Hall’ made it in just four weeks in March 2019.
The full-length is Rateliff’s first solo album in seven years, since which time he has enjoyed great popularity as frontman of the exuberantly soulful Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. With the band, the soul-gospel-blues-rock singer-songwriter has a strong history on the aforementioned Billboard chart, reaching No. 1 with 2015’s ‘S.O.B.’ from their self-titled Stax debut set of that year, and with both ‘You Worry Me’ and ‘Hey Mama,’ from their second album Tearing At The Seams, from 2018.
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats also reached No. 2 on Adult Alternative Songs with another track from that second set, ‘A Little Honey,’ and had further top ten success from the first album with ‘Look It Here’ and ‘I Need Never Get Old.’ Both ‘S.O.B.’ and ‘You Worry Me’ also figured prominently (at No. 3 and No. 8 respectively) on Billboard‘s Alternative Songs and Hot Rock Songs chart.
Ahead of its expected first US chart placing, and in addition to its triumph on the UK’s Americana chart, the album debuted at No. 63 on Friday (21) on the OCC’s all-genre UK album survey. As reported, Rateliff’s tour, named after the album, is due to begin in Minneapolis on 3 March.
Nathaniel Rateliff’s And It’s Still Alright can be bought here.