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The recently released Christmas album from the Robertson family of A&E's hit reality show "Duck Dynasty" debuted at the peak of Billboard's Top Country Albums chart this week.
"Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas" took over the top spot ahead of Thomas Rhett's "It Goes Like This" and Toby Keith's "Drinks After Work," which are also in their first week on the chart. The Christmas album is also ranked second on the publication's list of Top Holiday Albums behind Kelly Clarkson's "Wrapped in Red."
"Duck the Halls" is currently listed as fourth on the Billboard 200, which ranks top-selling albums for the week across all genres. The Christmas record is situated behind new albums from Arcade Fire, Katy Perry and Clarkson.
The Robertsons are joined on their album by country music stars like Luke Bryan, Alison Krauss, Josh Turner and George Strait, who won the Country Music Association award for Entertainer of the Year on Wednesday.
"But let's not sugar-coat one fact: this album is all about Duck Dynasty, their brand, their family and their money," says one review on ChristmasFinest.com. "If they didn't have some genuine talent there isn't a record producer in the world who would sacrifice his good name to get behind these guys. And that's our first confession: some of the Robertsons can actually sing."
The album features a blend of original songs, such as "Ragin' Cajun Redneck Christmas," and more traditional Christmas tunes, including "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas."
The Robertsons also share their Christian faith through the album by singing songs like "Away in a Manger," which features a reading from the Gospel of Luke, and "Silent Night." The album concludes with a prayer from Phil Robertson, the family patriarch, and a closing message from Willie Robertson, Phil's son and the president of Duck Commander.
The album was released on Oct. 29, and sold 69,000 copies in a week's time, according to Rolling Stone.
A "Duck Dynasty" Christmas special will air Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 10 p.m. ET.