The Shires become first UK country act to reach Albums Chart Top 10

Murray Stassen

The Shires, comprised of Crissie Rhodes and Ben Earle, have become the first British country band to reach the Top 10 in the Official UK Album Chart with their debut, Brave, released last week. 

After forming in 2013, the duo became the first UK signing to the re-launched Decca Nashville label. Having overtaken Hozier, and just behind Paloma Faith, The Shires now sit alongside pop acts such as Kelly Clarkson, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith.

Official Charts Company chief executive ...

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