Saturday, 16 June 2012

Country Album Billboard Top 200 Chart News June 14, 2012

Country Album Billboard Top 200 Chart News June 14, 2012

Back on the Billboard 200, Adele's "21" returns to No. 1 for a 24th week, selling 75,048 copies (up 30%). The set is basking in the glow of the singer's NBC TV special, "Adele Live in London," which aired on June 3. "21" holds the most frames at No. 1 since Prince & the Revolution's "Purple Rain" soundtrack also spent 24 weeks atop the list in 1984 and 1985. Only eight albums including "21" have ruled for at least 24 weeks.

Country king Alan Jackson debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart with his latest effort, "THIRTY MILES WEST." The set sold 72,848 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album is his first for EMI Nashville after more than 20 years with his previous (and only) record label, Arista Nashville.

Alan Jackson
Amazon Cover artwork

THIRTY gives Jackson an even dozen top 10 albums on the Billboard 200. He was last in the top 10 with 2010's "Freight Train," which debuted and peaked at No. 7 with 72,000.  Jackson’s Thirty Miles West has debuted at the top of Billboard’s Top Country Albums sales chart, making it his 13th album to debut in the #1 spot on release week.

The album also bows at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums sales chart that includes all genres of music, bested only by chart-blazing Adele’s 21. This is the best first-week sales for Jackson since the release of his platinum-selling GOOD TIME in 2008. Released on June 5, THIRTY MILES WEST is Jackson’s first new release on ACR (Alan’s Country Records)/ EMI Records Nashville; the album was produced by Keith Stegall.

THIRTY MILES WEST is already proving itself as an acclaimed recording. “Jackson handles both real-life drama and sly humor with laid-back grace – making Thirty Miles West another example of how to keep traditional country music relevant in modern times,” says the Associated Press, which also notes, “No other artist of his generation deserves this destiny more, for no other has better represented the traditions of country music than this Georgia native.”

THIRTY MILES WEST is built on the twin pillars of Jackson’s trademark sound: country-soul ballads and twanging modern honky-tonk,” says the Chicago Tribune, adding, “He may be surrounded on the charts by a sea of Nashville pop and rock artists, but Jackson remains a country traditionalist to the bone.”

The new album resonates with “the straightforward, down-to-earth style that has helped to make him, both artistically and commercially, such an enduring success,” says the Philadelphia Inquirer…People notes, “Thirty Miles West is a journey worth taking”…and the New York Times says, “Jackson does sublimely expressive things with the album’s lead single, ‘So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore,’ a fine, old-fashioned tear-jerker that captures a distinctly masculine blend of gallantry, taciturnity and martyrdom.”

Jackson wrote six of the 13 songs included on THIRTY MILES WEST. Writing about the new album, Billboard reported, “Jackson is in an elite group of songwriters, including Paul McCartney and John Lennon, who’ve written more than 20 of their own chart-topping tunes. In the country format, he’s second only to Merle Haggard in terms of writing or co-writing number one hits that he’s also recorded.”
Thirty Miles West is Jackson’s 14th studio album; it’s the latest in an unbroken string of 20 albums that have reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart – that list also includes three hits collections, two holiday albums, and his acclaimed 2006 gospel album, Precious Memories, which remains one of the Top 3 best-selling Catalog Country Albums this week.
( Source - NASHVILLE, Tenn.  June 13, 2012 www.alanjackson.com/news )

[Listen] to Alan Jackson ‘Long Way To Go’ 
Alan’s album THIRTY MILES WEST is available on:

Carrie Underwood's BLOWN AWAY falls from three to No. 9 on the Top 200 (#2 Billboard Country album). The album sold 27,422 copies a week on week sales dip of 13. 

Also of note with debut albums are Neil Young who grabs his second-highest-charting album as AMERICANA debuts at No. 4 with 43,757 copies. His only other set to surpass that ranking was 1972's HARVEST, which spent two weeks at No. 1. AMERICANA, recorded with Crazy Horse, is mostly a collection of folk standards.

Alt Country/ Folk Rock Brandi Carlile's BEAR CREEK is new at No. 10 with debut sales of 27,190 copies . Her previous high-water mark was the No. 26 debut and peak of her last full-length studio set, 2009's Give Up the Ghost, with a 25,000 bow.

64-year-old veteran guitar slinger and part-time Eagle Joe Walsh debuts at number 12 with ANALOG MAN his first solo record in 20 years, probably selling around 24,000 copies sitting behind Luke Bryan’s Tailgates & Tanlines at #11.
This compares to Walsh’s Eagles buddy Glenn Frey who with his 2012 solo album AFTER HOURS made its debut at #116 at the end of May and quickly fell off the Top 200.

Singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin makes her Billboard appearance at #126 with her new album ALL FALL DOWN.  Colvin has been touring again with Mary Chapin Carpenter in the States.

Back strictly to country matters we find Jana Kramer debuts at #5 (#19 overall on Top 200) this week with her self-titled Elektra Nashville debut album selling just over 16,000 copies for the “Why Ya Wanna” singer. Nashville's favorite new singer-songwriter, Jana released her self-titled album released June 5th, 2012.  The album, produced by Scott Hendricks (Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn), also ranked as the No. 2 selling digital release, behind none other than Alan Jackson, in the country genre.
Jana Kramer

While she's a beautiful brunette, Jana adds a solid vocal, song-writing skills on top of her model looks. It's a potent package that certainly should find favour with plenty of female and male fans alike.

Her debut single "Why Ya Wanna" finds the Michigan native currently at #17 on the Billboard Country Songs chart and at
#11 on the Digital Singles Chart selling 280,000 singles to date.


Find Jana’s album on:
Amazon.uk CD FormatAmazon.uk MP3 SingleAmazon.com

Kip Moore’s UP ALL NIGHT at #8 on the country chart has now amassed sales of 114,000, giving him the best-selling debut country album of 2012 to date.  

Willie Nelson’s Heroes due a post-CMT Music Awards sales bump. The Pistol Annies also received a big sales bump thanks to a CMT performance and flew up the Top 200 chart doubling last weeks sales figures.

The Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr collaboration titled KIN debuts at #172 on the SoundScan Top 200 and #32 on the Country Album Chart with 3,000 copies sold.

Next week we will see how high the new albums by Josh Turner and Edens Edge will chart.

The Billboard 200


LW
TW
Artist
Album
TW
Sales
LW
Sales
Total
Sales
Country
NEW
2
Alan Jackson
Thirty Miles West
72,848
-
72,848
#1
6
9
Carrie Underwood
Blown Away
27,422
31,530
544,578
#2
9
11
Luke Bryan
Tailgates & Tanlines
25K
24,354

#3
10
16
Lionel Richie
Tuskegee
18K
21,538
862K
#4
NEW
19
Jana Kramer
Jana Kramer
16K
-
16K
#5
14
20
Eric Church
Chief
16K
15,073
856K
#6
21
23
Jason Aldean
My Kinda Party
14K
12,878
2,628,000
#7
38
37
Kip Moore
Up All Night
9K
9,752
114K
#8
45
38
Lady Antebellum
Own The Night
9K
8,399
1,631,000
#9
41
40
Lee Brice
Hard 2 Love
9K
8,963
126K
#10
48
48
Rascal Flatts
Changed

8,098

#11
27
49
Johnny Cash
Opus Collection:
The 80th Anniversary

10,813

#12
61
65
Brantley Gilbert
Halfway To Heaven

6,597

#13
74
67
Zac Brown Band
You Get What You Give
6k
5,520
1,296,000
#14
62
68
The Band Perry
The Band Perry

6,620

#15
85
73
Willie Nelson
Heroes
6K
5,315
37K
#16
78
77
Blake Shelton
Red River Blue

5,546

#17
188
81
Pistol Annies
Hell On Heels
5K
2,570
332K
#18
104
94
Hunter Hayes
Hunter Hayes
5K
4,637
135K
#19
96
102
Toby Keith
Clancy's Tavern

4,781

#20
117
103
Miranda Lambert
Four The Record

3,963

#21
92
105
Scotty McCreery
Clear As Day

4,904

#22
119
120
Tim McGraw
Emotional Traffic

3,916

#23
103
121
Dierks Bentley
Home

4,388

#24
138
166
Eli Young Band
Life At Best

3,459

#25
101
171
Ronnie Dunn
Ronnie Dunn Deluxe

4,550

#26
43
176
Wade Bowen
Given

8,747

#27
164
177
Jake Owen
Barefoot Blue Jean Night

2,787

#28
68
182
Kevin Costner
& Modern West
Hatfields & McCoys:
(Soundtrack)
Famous For Killing Each Other

5,677

#29



Albums Due To Drop
June 12
Edens Edge/Edens Edge/Republic Nashville
Josh Turner/Punching Bag/MCA

June 19
Kenny Chesney/Welcome to the Fishbowl/BNA
Marlee Scott/Beautiful Maybe/Big Ride Entertainment

June 26
Mindy Smith/Mindy Smith/Giant Leap/TVX Records
Aaron Lewis/The Road/R&J Records

BILLBOARD HOT COUNTRY SINGLES NEWS

Eric Church
Single Artwork
Eric Church is the boss of Country Songs, as his third single, “Springsteen,” from critically-acclaimed record, CHIEF "Springsteen" rocks 2-1. It's his second leader and second in a row: "Drink in My Hand" topped the Jan. 28 chart.  Both songs were co-writes for Church. In addition, "Springsteen" celebrates over one million in sales this week, officially reaching RIAA Platinum certification as his debut album, Sinners Like Me, reaches Gold status selling over 500,000 copies worldwide. Church penned “Springsteen” with bandmate Jeff Hyde, who also co-wrote his hit "Smoke A Little Smoke," and Nashville songwriter Ryan Tyndell.  The record was produced by Jay Joyce and has earned 2012 ACM and GRAMMY nominations. (EB Media) . The song refers to several allusions to rock icon Bruce Springsteen songs but in the main concerns memories of a relationship past. Eric Church stated in an interview that the song isn't actually about Bruce Springsteen, reportedly choosing Springsteen due to his own reverence and respect for Bruce as an artist.

SPIN Magazine  named CHIEF their No. 1 Country Album of 2011 and "THE BLOOD, SWEAT & BEERS TOUR" a Top 20 tour of 2012: “Church offers that rarest of combos — impeccable songwriting and musicianship, plus genuine ornery attitude, and his anthemic, Boss-inspired can of corn, 'Springsteen,' is the finest addition to the doomed exurban-bandana-romance catalog since Steve Earle's I Feel Alright rebirth.” Rolling Stone said, “Name-checking "Born to Run" and "I'm on Fire," the tough North Carolina country singer pays tribute to the Garden State's greatest rocker – and the memories of teenage romance his songs evoke.” American Songwriter added, “It’s about music in general, and the singular ability a pop song has to anchor us to a place and time, no matter how fleeting or carelessly discarded that moment may have been. Which is the genius of “Springsteen,” really.”  Maxim proclaimed, “If the American flag could sing, it’d probably sound like this” when referring to the hit.  
Eric’s “The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour,” has sold over 450,000 tickets thus far in 2012.

> >  [LISTEN] to Eric Church  "Springsteen". 
       The track is available on Amazon.uk &  Amazon.com

Eric Church with “Springsteen” moves up 1  spot, #2 - #1 to top the chart!
Luke Bryan with ‘Drunk On You’ moves up 3 places #5 - #3
Brantley Gilbert with “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” makes a big move, #7 - #3
Carrie Underwood with last weeks #1  “Good Girl” falls #1 - #4
Eli Young Band with “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” is up 3 notches, #8 - #5
Tim McGraw with “Better Than I Used To Be” stays put #6
The Zac Brown Band with “No Hurry” drops down again #3 - #7
Kip Moore with former #1 “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck drops to #4 -#8
Toby Keith with ‘Beers Ago’ moves up one place, #10 -#9
Dierks Bentley with ‘5-1-5-0’ enters he Top 10, up one place #11 -#10
Glorianna and “(Kissed You) Good Night” is up one, #12 - #11
Kenny Chesney with “Come Over” moves up one spot, #13-#12
The Band Perry with “Postcard From Paris” is up one spot, #14 -#13
Josh Turner with ‘Time Is Love” is up on place #15 - #14
Love And Theft with “Angel Eyes”  is up 2 places, #17 - #15
Keith Urban with “For You” stays at #16
Jana Kramer with “Why Ya Wanna” is up one, #18 - #17

Greatest Gainer/Hot Shot Debut this week - No. 27 "The Wind" by Zac Brown Band

Singles due to drop
June 18
Gwen Sebastian/Met Him In A Motel Room/Flying Island
Craig Morgan/Corn Star/Black River
Casey James/Crying On A Suitcase/19/BNA
Denae Gardner/Welcome To America/4D Records

June 25
Trace Adkins/Them Lips (On Mine)/Show Dog-Universal
Miranda Lambert/Fastest Girl In Town/RCA
Maggie Rose/I Ain’t Your Mama/RPM
Stephanie Grace/Hey There
 
Top 30 Digital Singles In Country Music (13th June 2012)

Luke Bryan’sDrunk On You” gained a 8% weekly increase selling 109,000 digital singles this week and retains the #1 position on the Country chart and #11 on the Billboard Hot Digital Songs Chart.

Little Big Town with “Pontoon” made weekly gains of 300% due to a promotional video ( >> YouTube) and their CMT Music Awards performance. They leapt up 11 places to the #2 spot with sales of 81,000 (54,000 sales increase) which represents shifting 101 singles per radio airplay spin!

Eric Church with platinum single “Springsteen” has the #1 position at country radio this week and drops one place on the digital sales chart to #3

Kenny Chesney’sCome Over” drew a 72% weekly increase (74,000 sales) and moved up to #4 this week. He gained 33,000 sales over last week’s #6 sale of 43,000.
Kip Moore’s former airplay #1 single rounds out the Top 5 with “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck” which has now amassed a total of 937,000 singles

At #6 is Carrie Underwood’sGood Girl” which sold another 54,000, and with a total of 1,036,000 has now officially sold Platinum.
Dierks Bentley’s5-1-5-0” made some weekly gains and now passes the 200k mark with a current total of 205,000 and he moves up to is up to #8 this week.
Eli Young Band had a weekly increase of 5% (43,000 sales) and with a tally of 528,000 gain the Gold single status with “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”.
Gloriana have now sold 409,000 singles and they too have a gold single in their sights with “(Kissed You) Good Night”.

The Band Perry’sPostcards From Paris” picked up speed with a 64% sales boost and moved up 14 places to #15.  This is the band’s fifth (and final) single from their 2011 debut .
Zac Brown Band’sThe Wind” which is the lead off single from their new album UNCAGED has debuted at #18 this week with 26,000 fans downloading the song.

Rising fast is Keith Urban with his single “For You” from the ACT OF VALOR soundtrack and moved up from #40 to #27.

LW
TW
Artist
Song Title
TW Sales
LW Sales
Total Sales
1
1
Luke Bryan
Drunk On You
109K
101K
1,225,000
13
2
Little Big Town
Pontoon
81K
27K
140K
2
3
Eric Church
Springsteen
78K
79K
1,130,000
6
4
Kenny Chesney
Come Over
74K
43K
216K
3
5
Kip Moore
Somethin' Bout A Truck
56K
57K
937K
4
6
Carrie Underwood
Good Girl
54K
50K
1,036,000
5
7
Hunter Hayes
Wanted
50K
48K
416K
10
8
Dierks Bentley
5-1-5-0
44K
38K
205K
8
9
Eli Young Band
Even If It Breaks Your Heart
43K
41K
528K
7
10
Gloriana
(Kissed You) Good Night
38K
42K
409K
12
11
Jana Kramer
Why Ya Wanna
38K
26K
280K
9
12
Jason Aldean
Fly Over States
34K
39K
703K
16
13
Love and Theft
Angel Eyes
32K
24K
222K
14
14
Toby Keith
Beers Ago
31K
25K
202K
29
15
The Band Perry
Postcards From Paris
28K
17K
166K
11
16
Taylor Swift
Eyes Open
27K
34K
927K
15
17
Luke Bryan
I Don't Want This Night To End
27K
25K
1,714,000
NEW
18
Zac Brown
Band The Wind
26K
0
26K
18
19
Dustin Lynch
Cowboys & Angels
25K
23K
206K
24
20
Lee Brice
Hard To Love
25K
20K
164K
23
21
Tim McGraw
Better Than I Used To Be
23K
21K
553K
17
22
Josh Turner
Time Is Love
23K
23K
273K
22
23
Miranda Lambert
Over You
23K
22K
834K
25
24
Toby Keith
Red Solo Cup
22K
19K
1,901,000
20
25
Kenny Chesney/
Tim McGraw
Feel Like A Rock Star
22K
22K
366K
21
26
Brantley Gilbert
You Don't Know Her Like I Do
21K
22K
565K
40
27
Keith Urban
For You
21K
13K
140K
26
28
Luke Bryan
Country Girl (Shake It For Me)
19K
17K
1,939,000
28
29
Jason Aldean
Dirt Road Anthem
18K
17K
3,093,000
32
30
Easton Corbin
Lovin' You Is Fun
18K
14K
111K

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