By Annie Reuter

Life keeps getting better for Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney. As country duo Dan + Shay, they were nominated for their first-ever award as Vocal Duo of the Year at last Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards. Now their debut album Where It All Began, released last week, has debuted at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart.

According to Billboard, the pair has “done what no other twosome has done in the chart’s 50-year history: debut at the summit with a first album.” Where It All Began entered the chart with 29,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan and comes in at No. 6 on Billboard‘s 200 chart.

Related: Interview: Dan + Shay’s ‘Magical’ Journey to the ACM Awards

The band is also the third duo to reach No. 1 with a full-length debut album. They follow Big & Rich‘s release of Horse of a Different Color and Florida Georgia Line‘s Here’s to the Good Times.

In an interview with earlier this year, their producer Scott Hendricks likened the band to Brooks & Dunn, with whom Hendricks worked for many years.

“Brooks & Dunn, part of their success was based on their writing,” Hendricks told “Though this music is completely different, these guys have that. They’re just writing machines. It’s just a magical thing to be a part of. I’m so lucky they asked me to be a part of it. Their talent is off the charts, both of them.” talked with Dan + Shay on the ACM red carpet on Sunday (April 6) about their whirlwind year.

“It’s a dream come true,” Smyers said. “It’s unbelievable. I check iTunes every 30 seconds to see. It’s been at No. 1 on iTunes the past couple days. It’s an incredible feeling.”

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