Dierks Bentley scores the No. one position on Billboard’s Top Albums Chart and Top Country Albums chart this week with his critically acclaimed studio album Black, after moving over 101,000 units upon release with 88,000 of those as traditional album scans. It ranks as the best selling release of Bentley’s career. The album has already produced the multi-week No. one hit “Somewhere On A Beach,” and its follow-up “Different for Girls” (featuring Elle King) debuts this week as the most added at Country Radio with more than 100 first week stations on board.
Black is being welcomed by music critics with applause for “wading into emotionally complex territory” (Billboard) and for the fully-realized concept’s “abstract meditation on loneliness that leads to self-awareness and redemption” (USA Today).
“Long a linchpin in country music, tales of infidelity offered from the perspective of those doing the deed may be commonplace but have rarely taken on the weightiness that Bentley’s dusty vocals convey…the entire concept, while surprisingly ambitious, is solidly realized…” – Rolling Stone
“No matter what your romantic status, Black is a fix for all the feels.” – PEOPLE
“It’s a trick Bentley manages again and again on Black, expertly weaving styles and storytelling tricks to build memorable tale..it shows how easily Bentley can move from one genre to the next without losing his country viewpoint.” – Newsday
“A country star who has survived changing trends by being unpredictable. His songwriting has a deeply introspective side…this latest record, Black, is a concept album that tracks a young relationship through its peaks and valleys.” – The Guardian
“Dierks Bentley, King of the breakup song, is back in Black.” – Noisey
“The award-winning, chart-topping country artist hits on some heavy-duty life topics, moving well beyond aircraft intoxication to explore infidelity, nasty breakups, and the kind of drinking nobody wants to raise their glass to.” – SPIN
“Matters of the heart are always at the core of Dierks Bentley’s music, but on his latest album, Black, the country star gets more personal than ever, covering the ups, downs and curves of a long-term relationship.” – Redbook
Bentley will join forces with Elle King for the television debut of “Different For Girls” at the 2016 CMT Music Awards on Wednesday (6/8 on CMT at 7P CT) before he kicks off the first night of CMA Music Festival Thursday (6/9) at Nissan Stadium and returns to his 2016 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH TOUR this weekend. For more information on the new album and tour dates, visit www.dierks.com.