Who said a little band drama would hurt record sales? Despite not touring -- or even speaking to one another -- the Civil Wars have earned their first No. 1 album.
The Grammy-winning folk duo’s self-titled sophomore album sold 116,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The follow-up to 2011’s “Barton Hollow,” which debuted at No. 10, might be a hit for Nashville singer-songwriters Joy Williams and John Paul White, but the album’s success comes at time when tensions between the duo are so high they aren't promoting the album together, let alone speaking to each other, according to Williams.
In November the Civil Wars -- who were in the midst of a European tour after they broke out with a Grammy win and hit with Taylor Swift -- announced they had canceled all of their upcoming live gigs, including a trek to Australia and New Zealand scheduled for this year. The new album was recorded last fall.
“We sincerely apologize for the canceling of all of our tour dates. It is something we deeply regret,” White and Williams wrote in a statement. “However, due to internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition we are unable to continue as a touring entity at this time.”