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The First Time is the debut studio album by American country pop artist Kelsea Ballerini. It was released on May 19, 2015 by Black River Entertainment. The album's track listing and cover art was released on April 1, 2015.[2] With the album's first three singles all reaching number one on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, Ballerini became the first new female artist to send her first three releases to the top of the charts.[3]


"Love Me Like You Mean It", the album's lead single, was released to digital retailers on July 8, 2014 and to country radio on September 22, 2014.[4][5] The single received good reviews from critics, who praised its pop-country blend production, but criticized its flirty lyrics.[6] The song reached a peak of number 5 on U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and number one on the Country Airplay chart.[7] It is the first song by a solo female to top the country music charts since "Blown Away" in 2012, and makes Ballerini the first female artist to take her debut single to the top spot since Carrie Underwood's first officially-promoted country music single, "Jesus, Take the Wheel", in 2006.[7] The official music video premiered in March 2015, and has over one million views.[8] "Peter Pan" was released as a promotional single on May 5, 2015.[9]

"Dibs" was released on July 20, 2015 as the album's second single. It became her second number one hit in March 2016, making her the first solo female country music artist to start her career with back-to-back number one hits since Jamie O'Neal in 2001 with "There Is No Arizona" and "When I Think About Angels".[10]

"Peter Pan" was released as the album's third single in March 2016. She performed the song on the Academy of Country Music Awards with Nick Jonas. The song topped the Billboard Country Airplay and Hot Country Songs the same week, making Ballerini the first female artist to accomplish this feat.[3]

"Yeah Boy" was announced as the album's fourth and final single on August 26, 2016.[11] It will impact country radio on October 10, 2016.[12]

Track listing

2."Peter Pan"
  • Ballerini
  • Forest Glen Whitehead
  • Jesse Lee
3."Love Me Like You Mean It"
  • Ballerini
  • Whitehead
  • Josh Kerr
  • Lance Carpenter
4."Square Pegs"
5."The First Time"Ballerini4:00
6."Looking at Stars"
  • Ballerini
  • Whitehead
  • Stepakoff
  • Ballerini
  • Whitehead
  • Jennifer Denmark
8."Secondhand Smoke"
  • Ballerini
  • Kerr
  • Jordyn Shellhart
  • Ballerini
  • Kerr
  • Ryan Griffin
  • Jason Duke
11."Yeah Boy"
  • Ballerini
  • Whitehead
  • Keesy Timmer
  • Ballerini
  • Kerr
  • Stepakoff
Total length:40:18


Chart performance

The First Time debuted at number 31 on the Billboard 200 chart and number 4 on the Top Country Albums chart with first week sales of 13,500.[13] The album has sold 195,900 copies in the US as of October 2016.[14]

Chart (2015–16) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[15] 33
US Billboard 200[16] 31
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[17] 4
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[18] 4


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country
US Country Airplay
CAN Country
2014 "Love Me Like You Mean It" 5 1 45 3 61
2015 "Dibs" 7 1 58 8 96
2016 "Peter Pan" 1 1 35 4 75
"Yeah Boy"A 36 35
  • ACurrent single.


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[24] Gold 500,000Template:Double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. "Kelsea Ballerini "The First Time" Tracklist & Cover Art". 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Asker, Jim (September 12, 2016). "Kelsea Ballerini Is the First Woman to Top Hot Country Songs & Country Airplay Charts at the Same Time". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 12, 2016. 
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  6. Taste of Country Staff (December 1, 2014). "Kelsea Ballerini, 'Love Me Like You Mean It' [Listen]". Taste of Country. Townsquare Media. Retrieved October 13, 2016. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Trust, Gary (23 June 2015). "Kelsea Ballerini First Female To Lead Country Airplay Chart With Debut Single Since 2006". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  8. "Kelsea Ballerini - Love Me Like You Mean It". 
  9. "Kelsea Ballerini surprises fans with new song "Peter Pan"". 
  10. Jim Asker (February 23, 2016). "Kelsea Ballerini Has 'Dibs' on Second Country Airplay No. 1". Retrieved February 23, 2016. 
  11. Scott, Jason (August 26, 2016). "Hear Kelsea Ballerini's plucky new declaration 'Yeah Boy'". AXS TV. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  12. "Future Release for Country Radio Stations". All Access Media Group. Archived from the original on September 14, 2016. Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  13. Bjorke, Matt. "Country Album Chart Report For May 27, 2015". Roughstock. 
  14. Bjorke, Matt (October 5, 2016). "Top 10 Country Albums Sales Chart: October 3, 2016". Roughstock. 
  15. Ryan, Gavin (March 19, 2016). "ARIA Albums: Matt Corby 'Telluric' Is 100th No 1 Australian Album". Noise11. Retrieved March 19, 2016. 
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  20. "Kelsea Ballerini Album & Song Chart History – Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  21. "Kelsea Ballerini Album & Song Chart History – The Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  22. "Kelsea Ballerini Album & Song Chart History – Canada Country". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 22, 2015. 
  23. "Kelsea Ballerini Album & Song Chart History – Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 11, 2015. 
  24. "American album certifications – Kelsea Ballerini – The First Time". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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