Thursday, 24 November 2011

Country Album Billboard Top 200 Chart News November 23rd, 2011

Country Album Billboard Top 200 Chart News November 23rd, 2011


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With David Nail’s The Sound of A Million Dreams being the major new release of the week it didn't trouble the top 5 positions over the past few weeks allowing Mr Scotty McCreery’s album to return to #1 on the Billboard Country Chart with a #13 place on the Top 200 Album chart. His album officially scanned gold this week (499626 sales) and could be heading for a  Platinum album status for CLEAR AS DAY as it is one of many of what are called Doorbuster CDs on Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving in the USA). 

 Lady Antebellum’s OWN THE NIGHT  has breezed past the 800k scanned mark with 814,208 fans taking it home and should certainly gain certified platinum sales by the end of holiday gift-giving season.

Miranda Lambert passed the 200,000 sold mark ( 214,688) in just three weeks with FOUR THE RECORD while Luke Bryan’s (468745 copies) inching ever so closely to scanning Gold, with Tailgates & Tanlines,

Jason Aldean is the #5 Top country album this week as he, too, has bypassed a sales mark (2,023845 copies) recently as the album with “Tattoos On This Town,” “My Kinda Party” “Don’t You Wanna Stay” and “Dirt Road Anthem” has pleased over over 2,000,000 fans.

Thanks to a viral hit in "Red Solo Cup", currently the biggest selling country digital single,  Toby Keith has a lot to be thankful for this year as his latest album CLANCY'S TAVERN has two solid hits on it.

CMA big winners  The Band Perry on  860224 copies sold have an outside chance of getting past the 1,000,000 scanned mark this holiday season with their self-titled debut album (which features “All Your Life,” the triple platinum “If I Die Young,” and “You Lie”).

David Nail debuts at #8 on the country chart (#44 Top 200 SoundScan)  this week with  THE SOUND OF A MILLION DREAMS . The album sold 13,376 copies to give him a right to be happy about reaching fans as his lead single “Let It Rain” is a Top 10 hit on nearly all major country radio charts this week.

Taylor Swift’s Speak Now continues to sell well while she just released the Speak Now: World Tour Live” CD/DVD set that is expected to bow at #1 on this chart next week.

Eric Church rounds out the Top 10 this week with his third album Chief.

Blake Shelton with (405689 ) has sold over 400,000 copies of Red River Blue.
With sales of 246745 George Strait’s about halfway to a Gold Record but like McCreery, he has a Doorbuster this holiday shopping season with Here For A Good Time and a shot  at hitting the Gold sales mark. 
Lauren Alaina’s “Wildflower” has now sold 145,000 copies (144766) as her fun new single “Georgia Peaches” moves up the charts.  Her album has sold more than Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox’s Idol albums from last year.

Brantley Gilbert has now sold over 300,000 copies of Halfway to HeavenThe Civil Wars have now sold over 211,000 copies of future Grammy nominee Barton Hollow.

With the Holiday season fast approaching fans are checking out the Christmas racks with Taylor Swift making the biggest gains of the Catalog albums with sales of 7556 copies. Such is the popularity of Martina McBride's WHITE CHRISTMAS album it has with 6920 copies this week remarkably sold more than her latest album ELEVEN at 6441 copies!

Other back country Christmas issues have also re-entered the Top 200 chart

LW     TW   Artist                   Album 
14      13    Scotty McCreery  Clear As Day -- #1 Billboard Country sold 33,129 copies (499626 total)
17      16    Lady Antebellum  Own The Night -- #2 Country Album selling 31,972 (814K total)
11      20    Miranda Lambert  Four The Record -- #3 Country Album selling 28270 copies (215K total)
25      26    Luke Bryan          Tailgates & Tanlines -- #4 Country Album selling 21717 copies
20      29    Jason Aldean       My Kinda Party -- #5 Country Album selling 20588 copies

24      30    Toby Keith           Clancy's Tavern  -- #6 Country Album selling 19445 copies
26      35    The Band Perry    The Band Perry -- #7 Country Album selling 16971 copies
NEW  44    David Nail            Sound of a Million Dreams  -- #8 Country Album selling 13376 copies
47      45    Taylor Swift         Speak Now  -- #9 Country Album selling 12598 copies
35      46    Eric  Church         Chief -- #10 Country Album selling 12197 copies

Of Note:
40      53    Blake Shelton      Red River Blue -- #11 Country Album selling 10907 copies (405689 total)
65      65    George Strait       Here For A Good Time
48      67    Brad Paisley        This Is Country Music
45      68    Lauren Alaina       Wildflower  --- 145,000 albums sold and more than Idols Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox from 2010
74      83    Pistol Annies         Hell On Heels 7639 159323  ---  now sold nearly 160K copies
86      109  Vince Gill             Guitar Slinger

Others: Christmas albums in RED ,

LW TW  Artist / Title / TW Sales / % move / LW Sales / TOTAL sales
100 94  Martina McBride White Christmas 6920 28% gain 5402  1545023
72  98 Martina McBride Eleven   6441 -23% loss 8403 91026
127 99  Lady Antebellum Merry Little Christmas 6390 40% gain  4564  296974 
116 127 Justin Moore Outlaws Like Me 5002 0 4991 293546
103 136 BROWN*ZAC BAND FOUNDATION 4640 -13% loss 5309 2775418
120 143 Various Now Country 4 4397 -8% loss 4789 198974
198 144  Amy Grant  Amy Christmas Collections 4317 33% gain  3241 218315

141 158 Jake Owen  Barefoot Blue Jean Night 4132 2% gain 4070 147775
136 175 Civil Wars Barton Hollow 3822 -13% loss 4389 211731  
148 178  Eli Young Band   Life At Best 3734 -6% loss 3981 117467
-     181   VARIOUS NOW COUNTRY CHRISTMAS  3718 30% gain 2854  191286
-     189   Rogers/Parton  Once Upon A Christmas 3602 17% gain 3066 743329
144 190  Rascal Flatts  Nothing Like This 3598 -11% loss 4060 1004935
-      195  Taylor Swift   Taylor Swift 3504 10% gain 3194 5096011

Top Catalog Albums  -  Week Ending November 20, 2011
LW TW Artist Name Album Title TW % CHG LW Total
14 12 SWIFT*TAYLOR THE HOLIDAY COLLECTION 7556 40% gain  5410 798231
15 14 MCBRIDE*MARTINA WHITE CHRISTMAS 6920 28% gain  5402 1545023


NEW ALBUM RELEASES due to drop
Taylor Swift’s Speak Now: World Tour Live” CD/DVD


COUNTRY SINGLES NEWS

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Brantley Gilbert moves up 2 places to  top of the Billboard Country Songs chart with Country Must Be Country” as he celebrates his  first chart topper. The song is the lead off  from Brantley's sophomore album "Halfway to Heaven Deluxe," which made it’s debut on Sept 21, 2011  with a second place on the Billboard Country Albums chart.  The album was originally a release for Average Joes Entertainment in 2010, then The Valory Music re-issued it with a Deluxe Edition featuring a remixed album and re-recorded version of the now #1 hit “Country Must Be Country Wide” along with three other new tracks produced by Dann Huff.

Of his success Brantley said - "This is and will always be one of the proudest moments of my life. I've only dreamed of this, and now it's really happening. I am always amazed by how many fans come out to our shows. To see the fans combined with Country Radio earn me and the band a number one song, it's just unbelievable. I am so incredibly thankful."  [[ Watch on YouTube ]]

As a writer, Gilbert has achieved success  composing scores  for Jason Aldean, including My Kinda Party and Dirt Road Anthem (co-written and originally recorded by Colt Ford) . Gilbert received his first nomination at this year's 45th annual 2011 CMA Awards for Song of the Year. In January 2012, Gilbert will be hitting the road out on The Blood, Sweat & Beers tour with Eric Church.

Brantley Gilberts “ Country Must Be Country Wide” moves up 2 places to take the #1 spot.
Jason Aldean with  "Tattoos On This Town" makes a big move from #6 to the #2 place
Lady Antebellum and “We Owned The Night” moves up 2 places to #3

Miranda Lambert's “Baggage Claim” after falling 2 places now goes back up from #7 to #4
For Taylor Swift the sparks have faded as “Sparks Fly” drops from the #1 spot to land at #5

Former number 1 Blake Shelton’s  “God Gave Me You” falls from #2 to #6
Another chart topper Eli Young’s Band with “Crazy Girl” drops down from #4 to #7

Zac Brown Band with “Keep Me In Mind” stays fixed to the #8 place

Thompson Square with “I Got You” is a non mover at #9  
Rascal Flatts “Easy” featuring Natasha Bedingfield holds its place again at #10

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