Thursday, 4 August 2016

Country Billboard Chart News August 1, 2016

Country Billboard Chart News August 1, 2016

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of August 13, 2016)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (23 non-consecutive weeks) TRAVELLER Chris Stapleton
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (12 weeks) ** H.O.L.Y.  Florida Georgia Line
Country Airplay ** No.1 (1 week) "Record Year” Eric Church
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (12 weeks) ** H.O.L.Y.  Florida Georgia Line

In this easy-to-use format discover where your favourite acts songs and album are charting across the four Billboard Country charts.
It is prioritized by the first column showing the Hot Country Songs chart frame standings for the week of August 13, 2016.
There are also separate rows highlighting Women of Country music.

Scroll down for further details on each of the individual charts.

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of August 13, 2016)

The Billboard 200 chart measures multi-metric album consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

Drake's 'Views' Spends 12th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Gucci Mane Bows at No. 2
Drake’s VIEWS stayed put at No.1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (BB200) for a 12th non-consecutive week, earning another 85,000 equivalent album units (down 5%) in the week ending July 28, according to Nielsen Music.
As Views surpassed the 11 weeks at No. 1 racked up by Taylor Swift’s 1989 in late 2014 and early 2015, the rapper's album now has the most weeks at No.1 since 2014, when the Frozen soundtrack collected 13 frames at No.1.

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of August 13, 2016)

Chris Stapleton with TRAVELLER moved 2-1 Country (#17-14 Billboard 200) in his 65th frame selling another 13,012 copies (65-week total 1,487,000) to top the chart for 23 non-consecutive weeks and also leads the Americana Chart.
Blake Shelton with IF I’M HONEST (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville) climbed 4-2 (28-24 Billboard 200) selling 9,974 (up 6%) (10-week total 334,500).

In their second weeks at retail Steven Tyler with his first solo and previous week’s No.1 WE’RE ALL SOMEBODY FROM SOMEWHERE (Dot/Big Machine Label Group), fell 1-3 Country (#19-112 Billboard 200; 5,628 sales; down 67%, 2-week total 22,400). David Nail with FIGHTER (MCA Nashville/ Wrasse Records) plummeted 3-19 Country (#26-177 Billboard 200) selling 2,233 copies (down 82%, 2-week total 14,400)

Sam Hunt with MONTEVALLO lifted 9-4 Country (#31-27 BB200; 5,521 sales; 92-week total 1,187,800)
Keith Urban with RIPCORD (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville/ Universal Music Group Nashville) held at #5 Country (#50-54 BB200; 5,514 sales; 12-week total 220,400)
Cole Swindell with YOU SHOULD BE HERE (Warner Bros.) climbed 11-6 Country (66-56 BB200; 5,139 sales; 12-week total 160,300)  
Dierks Bentley with BLACK (Capitol Nashville/Universal Music Group [UMG] Nashville), held at #7 Country (39-41 BB200; 4,703 sales; 9-week total 158,900)
Various Artists: NOW That’s What I Call Country, Volume 9 (Sony Music/Universal/UMe) slipped 6-8 Country selling 4,619 copies (7-week total 61,900)
Joey + Rory with HYMNS (Farmhouse/Gaither | Capitol CMG) climbed 14-9 Country (162 Re-Entry BB200; 4,264 sales; 24-week total 430,900)
Luke Bryan with KILL THE LIGHTS (Capitol Nashville | UMGN) held at #10 Country (52-49 BB200; 4,159 sales; 51-week total 1,016,800)
Maren Morris with HERO (Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) held at #12 Country (77-92 BB200; 3,446 sales; 8-week total 78,100)

Big Smo with his new album, WE THE PEOPLE (Elektra Nashville) made a debut at No.13 on Top Country Albums, #67 Top Albums selling 3,408 copies.
It was produced by by Dan Nelson, and features 11 tracks all co-written by Smo including “Say My Name,” the “catchy as all hell” tune “Movin’ On Up” and the patriotic title cut.
Watch Smo’s “We The People” feat. Casey Beathard (Official Video)

With his last release Big Smo, a master‘ hick hop, made a debut at No.31 on the Billboard B200 and #9 on Billboard Top Country Albums with KUNTRY LIVIN (Warner Music Nashville | CD - selling 8,724 copies (chart dated June 21, 2014). It peaked at #6 Country maintaining first week sales aided by his TV debut of “The Big Smo Show”. Big Smo, a.k.a. Hick Ross and Boss of the Stix starred in his own original A&E Network series produced by Brownstone Entertainment. The Reality TV show Kuntry Livin' aired every Wednesday on Smomotiontv

Critical reception for Big Smo’s We The People
Released 21 July 2016 Label: Elektra Nashville 11 Tracks/ Time: 36:10 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - (Rating: Positive)The album also has some serious moments when songs like “Rollin’ (feat. Michael Ray)” and “Thing For You (feat. William Michael Morgan)” come on. The latter is the most  sincere performance from Smo on the album. I can’t see anyone else singing Morgan’s part, as the song is clearly mad for him and his voice…
Overall, the album is diverse in sound and topic and shows Smo gets better at what he does with each album. The guests all do excellent at singing their parts. Smo is definitely not slowing down any time soon.

Mega Country Never one to be genre-lized, Big Smo's We the People is filled with tracks that cross the musical lines of rap, country, funk, rock, and pop to create a current and fresh American album. “Struttin in the Stix," the first song written for the project, was inspired by the James Brown biopic Get On Up, and the funky horns and thumping bass lines only add to Hayden Carpenter's groovy chorus. This track definitely sets the tone for the rest of the album, which includes collaborations with label-mate Michael Ray on the cruising-anthem “Rollin'," Josie Dunn on the family tribute “Never Get Old," and Todd Nielson on the party jam “Retox."
We the People also features a softer side of Smo on the romantic ballad, “Thing for You" – with country newcomer William Michael Morgan adding a smooth vocal touch to the mix. 

Outside Top 25 Country Albums

Mitch Rossell with RAISED BY THE RADIO (Just Nice Entertainment) made a debut at #34 Country with sales probably around 1,500 copies.
Critical reception for Mitch Rossell’s Raised By The Radio: (Just Nice Entertainment)
8 tracks/ Time: 29:39 Country/ Indie & Alternative Amazon UK - UK iTunes -

The Daily Country (Rating: Positive) In 2014, singer-songwriter Mitch Rossell released I Got Dressed Up For This, a collection of twelve songs that introduced many to his strong song writing and earned him a spot on Huffington Post’s “Top 20 Country Artists To Watch” list for
2016....Co-produced with his friend and mentor, Garth Brooks, Raised By The Radio, opens with the pulsating electric guitar riffs and instantly infectious melody of “All About Me” (which will immediately call to mind Keith Urban), a song that describes a man who was admittedly selfish and prideful with high emotional walls - until he met someone special. .....Also included on the album are two tracks co-written alongside Ben Stennis that tap into a more melancholy side, “Not Enough” and “Why I Drink.” The former is a banjo-accented song that finds him recalling a relationship, now over, where her love for him, and his ability to move on, are both inadequate.....Raised by The Radio is rounded out by the radio-ready title track that is brimming with musical references and lyrics that tie together and demonstrate the impact music has had on his life and “The Rain” an uplifting, earnest ballad that expresses gratitude and hope, ending with the sound of a storm that feels more refreshing than ominous. ..Currently supporting Brooks on select dates, Rossell is winning over crowds nightly with his passionate performances and ability to capture the listener’s ear with his relatable songwriting. And with that sort of momentum, it’s only a matter of time before Rossell captures the attention of, and makes his mark on, country radio.

Year-To-Date Albums
13,633,000 (Physical sales 8,940,000 (down 9%) + Digital sales 4,694,000 (down -18.3%)) which is 12.5% down at the same point in 2016 (15,574,000 sales)
Year-To-Date Digital Tracks

54,160,000 down 23.7% at the same point in 2015 (71,008,000)


This week Billboard took a look at the genre’s all-time biggest artists, albums and songs — as ranked for the first time by performance on Billboard’s charts during the past six decades.
Leading the all-time artists list is George Strait, while Shania Twain’s Come On Over” and Florida Georgia Line’s Cruise” crowned the all-time albums and songs lists, respectively.
In Strait’s four-decade-long career, he has logged 44 No.1s and 86 top 10s on Hot Country Songs, dating back to his first top 10, 1981’s “Unwound.” On Top Country Albums, King George has achieved 26 No.1s and 39 top 10s.

Florida Georgia Line’s 2012 single, “Cruise,” which ruled the Hot Country Songs chart for a record-breaking 24 weeks, unsurprisingly leads the all-time songs tally.
The top 10 also houses a smash by recent newcomer Sam Hunt, along with iconic tracks like C.W. McCall’s Convoy” and Johnny Cash’s Daddy Sang Bass.”

Shania’s 1997 effort COME ON OVER rules the all-time Country Albums roundup. It spent 50 weeks at No.1 on the weekly Top Country Albums chart, and its sales of 15.7 million copies are the largest for any country album since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991. The oldest album inside the all-time chart’s top 10, Charlie Rich’s BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, from 1973, was the artist’s first No.1. It led the list for 21 weeks.
You can view the entire 100-position surveys here.

 #1 George Strait, #2 Merle Haggard, #3 Willie Nelson, #7 Reba, #17 Loretta, #18 Dolly,
#25 Tammy Wynette, #37 Taylor Swift , #38 Carrie Underwood, #41 Tanya Tucker, #44 Shania
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See the All-Time Country Songs chart
#1 Cruise Florida Georgia Line 
#2 Walk On By Leroy Van Dyke
#3 Wanted Hunter Hayes
#4 Take Your Time Sam Hunt 
#5 There Goes My Everything Jack Greene
#8 Somebody Like You Keith Urban
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1 COME ON OVER Shania Twain 
2 NO FENCES Garth Brooks
3 TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift
4 GARTH BROOKS Garth Brooks
5 ALWAYS & FOREVER Randy Travis
7 SOME HEARTS Carrie Underwood
8 GREATEST HITS Waylon Jennings
9 THE WOMAN IN ME Shania Twain
10 O Brother, Where Art Thou? Various Artists
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The Greatest of All-Time Top Country Artists, Songs and Albums rankings are based on weekly performance on Hot Country Songs (from its Oct. 20, 1958 inception through June 4, 2016) and Top Country Albums (from its Jan. 11, 1964 inception through June 4, 2016). Titles are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No.1 earning the greatest value and weeks at lower spots earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates over various periods.

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of August 13, 2016)

On Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart - which blends:
a) All-format airplay, as monitored by BDS
b) Sales, as tracked by Nielsen SoundScan and
c) Streaming, (tracked by Nielsen BDS from such services as Spotify, Muve, Slacker, Rhapsody, Rdio and Xbox Music, among others) according to BDS it results in:

Florida Georgia Line with “H.O.L.Y” (Republic Nashville) led for its 13th week, despite a 9% decline in total chart points.
It also topped Country Digital Songs (53,000 downloads, down 13%), as well as Country Streaming Songs (6.6 million U.S. streams, down 4 percent). FGL have now moved into eighth place on the list for most weeks at No.1. “H.O.L.Y.” is tied with Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” and Ray Price’s “City Lights,” both of which also led for 13 weeks.

Co-written by Sam Hunt, the soulful “Make You Miss Me” jumped into the Hot Country Songs top five, increasing 8% and hopping 9-5. On Country Airplay, it lifted 9-7 (35.7 million, up 14%).

Different for Girls” by Dierks Bentley, featuring Elle King (Capitol Nashville), entered the Hot Country Songs’ top 10, ascended 11-8 (up 10% in points). The rise was aided by its performance on Country Streaming Songs, where it jumped 12-7. Following the release of the song’s official video on July 21, “Girls” increased 16% to 2.6 million U.S. streams. On Country Airplay it held 13-13, gaining 17% to 23.6 million in audience. “Different for Girls” marked Bentley’s 20th Hot Country Songs top 10, following the No.1 “Somewhere on a Beach,” which topped the chart dated April 30, 2016.

Hot County Songs

** No.1 (13 weeks) ** H.O.L.Y. Florida Georgia Line
** Streaming Gainer ** No.9 “Different For Girls” Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King
** Digital Gainer ** No.27 “I Met A Girl” William Michael Morgan
 ** Airplay Gainer ** No.36 “Move” Luke Bryan
 ** Hot Shot Debut ** No.23 “The Weekend” Brantley Gilbert
Debut No.43 “Setting The World On Fire” Kenny Chesney feat. P!nk

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of August 13, 2016)

‘RECORD’ HIT Eric Church earned his seventh No.1 on the new Country Airplay chart (dated Aug. 13), as “Record Year” (EMI Nashville) rose 3-1, increasing 7%, to 46.1 million audience impressions in the week ending July 31, according to Nielsen Music.
The track also climbed 5-2 (up 6%) on Hot Country Songs. “Record Year” is the second single from Church’s fifth studio album, Mr. Misunderstood, following the title track, which peaked at No. 15 on both Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay.
Written by Church and Jeff Hyde, “Record Year” is about dealing with a breakup and heartbreak by listening to classic vinyl albums. In doing so, Church delivers shout-outs to acts ranging from James Brown to Hank Williams Sr. to New Grass Revival. “As a fan of vinyl and being that we released this album on vinyl before any other avenue, it’s very appropriate that the first No. 1 off of
Mr. Misunderstood is ‘Record Year,’ ” Church told Billboard. “I’m very proud and grateful.”
His next single, “Kill a Word,” will arrive at country radio on Aug. 15.

Church’s second single reached the summit on Billboard and MediaBase as he prepared for back-to-back solo shows at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre Aug. 9 and 10
Record Year” was co-written by Church and his guitarist/banjo player, Jeff Hyde (who also penned “Cold One” (with Luke Hutton), “Springsteen” (with Ryan Tyndell), and “Smoke A Little Smoke” (with Driver Williams) all alongside the man the Los Angeles Times called “Nashville's foremost rabble-rouser”), and outlines a story of a heartbroken music-lover finding consolation in the records of some of music’s greatest masterminds.
Eric Church Graphic

Church drove home the homage-paying theme of “Record Year” when he performed it at the 2016 ACM Awards in April, which was interfolded with clips of David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Lemmy and Scott Weiland, before releasing the music video for the ode later that month, featuring a 3D audio waveform Church and video producer/longtime manager, John Peets, built by hand with vinyl.

The No.1 follows his Top 15 title track off of Mr. Misunderstood, the album New York Times says offers “shades of the Allman Brothers and the scraped-up Southern rock that has always been essential to Church’s country antagonism here, but also bluesy country gospel.”
Since its release in February, the hit has caught the attention of critics; Los Angeles Times calls the single a, “deeply felt heartbreak song,” Rolling Stone dubbed it “the most moving moment” on the album, while Stereogum called it a, “pun-happy lament” that “does quiet to loud in an efficient gears-changing way that screams professionalism rather than catharsis.”
Whether it’s the direct mentions and subtle allusions to his variety of musical muses such as George Jones, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and more, or the undeniable responsibility anyone freshly jaded out of a relationship puts on their favorite artists to cope, Church “has always been excellent at balancing whiskey-charged toughness with open-hearted musical subtlety” (Rolling Stone).

Country Airplay
*** No.1 (1 week) *** "Record Year” Eric Church 46.138 million audience (+3.184 million) / 7,843 radio plays (+449)
** Hot Shot Debut/ Most Increased Audience/ Most Added ** No.22 “Setting The World On Fire” Kenny Chesney feat. P!nk 13.653 million audience gain thanks to 87 fresh radio commitments (ADDS)

Women of Country 2016 Watch:
Carrie Underwood at No.6 ("Church Bells"), Kelsea Ballerni at No.10 (“Peter Pan”), Miranda Lambert at #25 (“Vice”), Jennifer Nettles at #28 (“Unlove You”) and Maren Morris at #30 (“80s Mercedes) were the only 5 solo female artists in the Top 30 Country Airplay songs.
Cassadee Pope re-entry at #59 (“Summer”) was the only additional solo female in the remaining 31-60 slots, to make it 10% of the entire Top 60 chart who were lone females. Runway Jane at #50 “(“Lipstick”) and Maddie & Tae at #60 (“Sierra”) were the other all-female group and duo to be represented.

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart (Chart issue week of August 13, 2016)

Florida Georgia Line (Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley) with “H.O.L.Y.” (Republic Nashville) returned to #1 on the Billboard Country Digital Chart (#7-8 Digital Songs; 53,000 sales; 13-week total 973,000) as FGL’s new single with Tim McGraw, "May We All" fell #6-28 (8,000 sales; down 72%)

Miranda Lambert with “Vice” (RCA Nashville), the previous weeks No.1 slipped 1-2 (6-15 Digital Songs Chart; 39,000 sales; down 39%; 2-week total 103,000)
Brantley Gilbert with “The Weekend” (Valory/ BMLG) made a debut at #3 (#25 Digital Songs Chart; 30,000 sales)
Dan+Shay with “From The Ground Up” held at #4 (#24-32 Digital Songs; 26,000 sales; 25-week total 421,000)
Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King with “Different For Girls” held at #5 (#35-37 Digital Songs; 23,000 sales; 9-week total 192,000).
Kelsea Ballerini with “Peter Pan” (Black River) lifted 7-6 (#45-46 Digital Songs; 19,000 sales; 17-week total 330,000).
Jon Pardi with “Head Over Boots” rose 9-7 (#50-47 Digital Songs; 19,000 sales; 39-week total 548,000)
Eric Church with “Record Year” rose 12-8 (#48 Re-entry Digital Songs; 19,000 sales; 22-week total 335,000)
Thomas Rhett with “Vacation” fell 8-9 (18,000 sales; 12-week total 174,000).
Blake Shelton with “She's Got A Way With Words” was up 13-10 (17,000 sales; 10-week total 165,000)

Jason Aldean with "A Little More Summertime" (Broken Bow) in his second frame fell 3-17 (12,000 sales; down 66%; 2-week total 47,000 sales)

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

1 August 2016

Congrats to Eric Church, Royce Risser, Jimmy Rector, David Friedman and the EMI Nashville promotion staff on scoring the week’s No.1 with “Record Year.”
"Record Year" marked Church's sixth time at the top of the charts, including his collaboration with Keith Urban on "Raise 'Em Up" last Year (May 11, 2015) and solo efforts "Talladega" (Jan 26, 2015), "Give Me Back My Hometown" in 2014 (May 5, 2014), "Springsteen" in 2012 (June 11, 2012), and "Drink In My Hand" in 2012 (Jan 16, 2012)
The song logged 8,700 radio spins (+501) and 58.977 million audience impressions (+3.22) with 29820 Total Points from 159 tracking stations for the tracking week July 17 to July 23, 2016 and published chart July 25th 2016.

Kudos to Shane Allen and the Columbia crew on notching 115 adds for Kenny Chesney’s Setting The World On Fire” featuring P!nk. The song topped the week’s "Most Added" board.
Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville artist Kenny Chesney was most-added
in Country radio (8/1) Columbia Nashville staff celebrate

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 510 - August 1, 2016 [PDF File]
For the very latest up to the minute Mediabase Chart (Past 7 Days) go here - 

Billboard Boxscores (Selective Country concerts)

Rank Artist: #2
Event Venue City/State: Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt, Old Dominion CenturyLink Field Seattle, Wash.
Dates: July 23, 2016 Gross Sales: $3,739,539 Attend: 48,195/ 50,533 (2,338 unsold tickets)
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 Prices: $250, $175, $89.50, $21
Promoters: Messina Touring Group/AEG Live

Rank Artist: #7
Event Venue City/State: Dixie Chicks, Augustana, Smooth Hound Smith Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre Irvine, Calif.
Dates: July 20, 2016 Gross Sales: $992,657 Attend: 12,402/ 13,844 (1,442 unsold tickets)
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 Prices: $137, $107, $77, $43
Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #10
Event Venue City/State: Keith Urban, Brett Eldredge, Maren Morris Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre Englewood, Colo
Dates: July 22, 2016 Gross Sales: $788,017 Attend: 16,444/ 17,168 (724 unsold tickets)
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 Prices: $99.50, $25 Promoters: AEG Live

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Florida Georgia Line shatters Cheyenne Frontier Days attendance record

Superstar Duo Packs In Over 25,000 For The Festival's Final Show

Superstar country duo Florida Georgia Line continued their history-making streak on Saturday (7/30), shattering the Cheyenne Frontier Days concert attendance record during the legendary Western festival's grand finale show.

Packing an astounding 25,011 fans into Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena, the hit-making team of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley topped a mark previously set by Jason Aldean, more evidence that FGL has arrived as one of the genre's premiere touring acts.

"Saturday night's show in Cheyenne was truly amazing, setting the new record for concert attendance," said Bob Romeo, President of Romeo Entertainment Group. "It was incredible to see how much Florida Georgia Line has grown into a polished, undeniable headline act in just a few short years. Everything from the production to their energy on stage was spot on and the fan response was overwhelming. I'm so proud of Brian and Tyler and all that they have accomplished."

Tallying over 1.5 million concert tickets sold in 2015, this summer has seen the duo rise to even greater heights with their DIG YOUR ROOTS Tour, selling out venue after venue with a high-octane bill that also includes Kane Brown, The Cadillac Three and Cole Swindell. Fans and media alike have responded with raves and praises for the concerts, with outlets such as the Oakland Press writing that the shows are further "cementing FGL as a bona fide headliner after just two albums."

Meanwhile, Hubbard and Kelley's latest single "H.O.L.Y" has now been at No. 1 for 12 weeks on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and also reached the top spot at country radio, marking their 11th No. 1 hit as artists and songwriters. The song is the first taste of the boundary-pushing duo's third studio album, DIG YOUR ROOTS, which is set for release August 26 on Big Machine Label Group and features collaborations with Tim McGraw, Backstreet Boys and Ziggy Marley.

Since breaking out in 2012 with the mega smash "Cruise," FGL have solidified their place as one of the elite acts in country music, earning prestigious honors from the AMA, ACM Awards, CMA Awards, Billboard Music Awards and CMT. Their previous releases - 2X PLATINUM debut HERE'S TO THE GOOD TIMES and PLATINUM ANYTHING GOES - have attributed to sales nearing 26 million tracks, over 3.5 million albums worldwide and RIAA DIAMOND-certification for "Cruise," solidifying the hit as the only country single to ever reach sales of over 10 million copies. Their massive debut also overtook the record for longest #1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.

This week Billboard took a look at the genre’s all-time biggest artists, albums and songs — as ranked for the first time by performance on Billboard’s charts during the past six decades. Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” crowned the all-time songs list.
See the All-Time Country Songs chart

#1 Cruise Florida Georgia Line 
#2 Walk On By Leroy Van Dyke
#3 Wanted Hunter Hayes
#4 Take Your Time Sam Hunt 
#5 There Goes My Everything Jack Greene

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Leroy Van Dyke's "Walk On By" scores Billboard's No. 2 spot on 'Greatest Of All-Time Country Songs' Chart


15 Webster PR Artists Notch Iconic Country Songs on Billboard List

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 2, 2016) 

Leroy Van Dyke’s smash No. 1 hit “Walk On By” continues to lead the country format as one of Billboard’s Greatest All-Time Country Songs. Van Dyke is just one of 15 current and/or deceased Webster Public Relations artists who landed a coveted spot along with Johnny Cash, Charley Pride, Mark Wills, Dolly Parton, Ray Price, Kenny Rogers, John Michael Montgomery, T.G. Sheppard, Crystal Gayle, Collin Raye, Johnny Lee, John Anderson, Randy Travis and Hank Williams Jr.

“Wow! Another impressive list of our acts whose songs defined Country Music. These legendary artists we represent on Billboard’s Greatest of All-Time Country Songs are touring, recording and entertaining fans with the same fire and enthusiasm as they did when these songs were on top of the charts!” said Wester Public Relations president Kirt Webster.

Billboard's list includes current and deceased Webster PR clients:

No. 2   – “Walk On By” – Leroy Van Dyke
No. 10 – “Daddy Sang Bass – Johnny Cash
No. 11 – “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’” – Charley Pride
No. 17 – “19 Somethin’” – Mark Wills
No. 23 – “Here You Come Again” – Dolly Parton
No. 28 – “Heartaches By The Number” – Ray Price
No. 32 – “Islands In The Stream” – Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
No. 41 – “I Swear” – John Michael Montgomery
No. 47 – “Coward Of The Country” - Kenny Rogers
No. 57 – “Party Time” – T.G. Sheppard
No. 62 – “I’ll Get Over You” – Crystal Gayle
No. 68 – “Love, Me” – Collin Raye
No. 69 – “Lookin’ For Love” – Johnny Lee
No. 70 – “Black Sheep” – John Anderson
No. 73 – “It’s Just A Matter of Time” – Randy Travis
No. 84 – “(I’m So) Afraid of Losing You Again” – Charley Pride
No. 93 – “Mind Your Own Business” – Hank Williams Jr.

According to Billboard, the
 Greatest of All-Time Country Songs rankings are based on weekly performance on Hot Country Songs (from its Oct. 20, 1958 inception through June 4, 2016). Titles are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at lower spots earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates over various periods.

Country Bites News snippets July 25 - July 31, 2016


Sunday, 31 July 2016

Shantell Ogden: Video World Premiere Exclusive "Truth About Trains"

31st July 2016 (Expanded Press Release) Spotlight Artist Feature

Award-winning artist/songwriter and Shantell Ogden is releasing “Truth About Trains," the lead single from her upcoming album, to be released on Sept 13, 2016 called THE ROAD THAT DRIVES ME (Cover Art) .

We’ve got the video world premiere for you right here! 

Truth About Trains (Hip Farm Chic) 

is now available in Europe  for download:
released 20 July 2016
Amazon UK 
UK iTunes 

Shantell co-wrote it this fab song with Bill DiLuigi and Sarah Allison Turner.

Ogden recently completed a highly successful UK/ Ireland tour where she played at notable festivals such as Buckle and Boots in Manchester (Sat 25th June: The Acoustic Stage). The new video features a live in-studio performance with her band in Nashville, as well as some train footage with a bit of a backstory.

“While I was on tour between England and Ireland in June and July, I stopped over at the Isle of Man for a couple of days,” said Shantell. “They have a fantastic old-time steam train there, and I couldn’t resist capturing the ride on film. When I got together with Neal Ebanks back in Nashville who directed the video, we decided we should play off the song’s theme and use some of the footage I took. It was a really fun project!” (Find Isle of Man Steam Railway Supporters' Association Website | Facebook)

Truth About Trains" is being promoted by Lee Williams of CMR Nashville/Django Promotions and will be hitting the airways on HotDisc stations beginning August 1. 

I love the song and we’re really excited about continuing to promote Shantell’s new music worldwide,” said Lee Williams.

Hotdisc #212 August 2016
Cover Art Click to Enlarge
Fans of Shantell should request to hear her new single (Track 12 on August’s Hotdisc #212) to their local BBC country shows, community radio station and favourite Internet country stations and shows.

Hotdisc goes out to just under 1000 DJs, Magazine, Media contacts across the UK, Europe & beyond (both as Physical CD with Sleeve + Digital download option). DJs rate the tracks from 1 -10 with the option to play them. From that data a Top 40 Hotdisc chart is compiled (see latest).

The Hotdisc Top 30 Radio Show is syndicated around the world every week on a number of radio stations.

** NOTE ** When “Truth About Trains" reaches the Top 20 it would qualify to be shown on the Hotdisc TV Show broadcast across the UK! It airs across the UK three times a week on Sky TV Channel 389, FreeSat 516 and regionally on FreeView Channel 87: Mondays at 6pm, Thursdays at 4pm, Friday nights into Saturday mornings at 1am.
The show is also available to watch in glorious HD online on Vimeo . Go to this page to find the very latest show.

Click here to see the Flyer for Shantell’s 2016 England & Ireland Tour. One of the highlights was playing with Pete Kennedy and Marcum Stewart in Tullamore, Ireland as part of a Nashville Songwriters Triple Bill (by KEMC Global) at Hugh Lynch's Pub.
Shantell kindly shares her highlights from a fantastic tour saying: Thank you to all the people who made this possible!

Lee Williams President of the British Country Music Awards and CEO of Django Promotions and owner of CMR Nashville (“Europe’s #1 country music station”) had a chat with Shantell at Heathrow Airport prior to her Buckle & Boots Festival appearance. It was first broadcast on Fri June 17, 2016. Listen here, Click PLAY twice:

Shantell said: "I'm thrilled to be playing the festival along with so many great artists at the Buckle and Boots Country Festival in Manchester! I appreciate the festival staff and the fans for making such a great event possible."

Last year she promoted her single “God Counts Every Tear” (Joe Doyle/ Brian Kolb/ Shantell Ogden) across the UK & Europe courtesy of the June 2015 HOTDISC #198 promo disc. She made a debut at #34 on the Hotdisdc Top 40 debut spending 9 weeks on the chart climbing to No.21. The song, promoted by Lee Williams, was hard-hitting singer-songwriter fare with a nice spacious production. For The Country Record featured the track and in review said that it was: “grounded in a more modern and commercial country pop sound than perhaps her other material is. Still, even though there are multiple guitars involved in the arrangement, each one is given its own timbre and “voice”, allowing a balanced mix with room for variety instead of chaos. As a result, Shantell’s distinctive vocals are able to cut through with crystal clarity, even when things build up for the passionate chorus. The lyrics are heavy but have an uplifting effect, assuring the listener that God is listening to all our pain and hurt, and that no prayers go ignored.

Her previous Hotdisc Top 40 outings were “Love Shouldn't Hurt” (HD185; May 2014; #19 debut) which reached #18 and “Looking For My Last” (HD183; Feb 2014; #28 debut) peaked at No.21. “The best thing about making music is sharing it with others, and I’m so excited to be releasing a single with the help of CMR Nashville,” said Shantell. “Looking for My Last is about being a ‘last love’ for someone instead of a first.
On 28th April 2015 she released her 8 track GHOSTS IN THE FIELD (Hip Farm Chic Records) which contained the standout title cut and “Be My Rain”. 
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ABOUT Shantell Ogden
She is a singer-songwriter from Nashville, TN. 
Shantell's songs have received airplay on more than 800 country and Americana radio stations internationally, reaching Top 2 chart positions both in the U.S. and Europe.
Her songs have also appeared on the TV series Hart of Dixie and in several feature films. 
As a performing and touring Americana artist, Shantell has been praised by Maverick Magazine, For the Country Record and other notable media.
She's won honors for Songwriter of the Year and Americana Song of the Year ('Ghosts in the Field') in the 2015 IMEA Awards, and Americana Album of the Year for Better at Goodbye in the 2014 IMEA Awards.
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