For The First Time since Kacey Musgraves scored a Gold certification with her debut album Same Trailer Different Park in 2014, a new female artist has also staked claim to a Gold record as Kelsea Ballerini’s The First Time hit the mark this week.
The singer/songwriter’s debut album was top lined by “Love Me Like You Mean It,” a single which went all the way to #1 and earned a platinum certification, joining only 10 other women to ever hit the #1 slot with their debut single, joining Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood and Carrie Underwood. Her subsequent single “Dibs” hit #1 and made Kelsea the first female artist in 15 years to score consecutive #1 hits off her debut record. Her third single “Peter Pan” hit #1 and she joined Wynonna Judd as the only female artists to ever score 3 #1 singles with consecutive debut singles (though Judd already was a star as the main voice of her family duo The Judds).
The week that “Peter Pan” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and the Billboard Country Airplay chart at the same time, giving her the distinction of being the first female artist to achieve THAT feat. Ballerini's current -- and final -- single from The First Time, "Yeah Boy," is at radio now.
Ballerini is nominated — for a second year — at the CMA Music Awards for Best New Artist and Female Vocalist of the Year.