Saturday, 14 July 2012

Country Billboard Chart News July 12, 2012

Country Billboard Chart News July 12, 2012

Chris Brown earns his second No. 1 album on the Billboard Top 200 chart. His album FORTUNE debuts atop the chart, selling 134,642 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. It follows his last release, and first No. 1, 2011's "F.A.M.E." That album launched atop the list with 270,000 which is more than double the start of "Fortune." Brown is the second R&B hitmaker in a month to debut at No. 1 with a comparably soft launch.

Kenny Chesney's WELCOME TO THE FISHBOWL is down from #6 - #8 on the Top 200 with 42,616 copies sold (A weekly drop of 30%). In his first 3 weeks Kenny has shifted 297,638 of FISHBOWL and he remains at the top of the Billboard Country albums chart.

Zac Brown Band are highly likely to unseat Kenny’s number one ride next week when they debut their third major-label album UNCAGED. The last ZBB last album YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE has moved up the charts to a number eight place. With sales of 10,000 this week the total sales rank at 1,539,000 for an album first released on September 21, 2010. The Associated Press described it as "one of the best country albums of the year" and called it "country-plus".
Industry sources indicate UNCAGED could top the Billboard 200 with between 200,000 and 220,000 copies sold by the end of the tracking week on July 15. That number is a little larger than expected, thanks to Amazon MP3 sale pricing the 11 track set for just $3.99 (Amazon.com LINK) . The retailer has discounted the title since its July 10 release.

Lionel Richie’s TUSKEGEE moved up 12 places on the Top 20 and 5 places on the Country chart landing a #2 position. This 111% boost in sales (22K sold) was due to a pre-4th of July $1.99 and 99¢ sale at Amazon.com. He has now sold 934,000 copies in the album.
At #40 on the Top 200 is Alan Jackson with THIRTY MILES WEST. After three weeks in the Top 5 Country chart he finds himself at #6 with sales this week of 13k (16% weekly loss) that is 162,000 sold in 5 weeks since its release.
Skylar Laine
EP Cover artwork


18 year old Skylar Laine who was placed fifth on the eleventh season of American Idol has released her American Idol: Season 11 Highlights EP.
The 5 tracks include:
“Where Do Broken Hearts Go”, “Gunpowder And Lead”, “Wind Beneath My Wings”, “Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You” and “Islands In The Stream” - Featuring Colton Dixon.
This Walmart exclusive has sold 8,000 copies in its first week and she debuts at #12 on the Country chart (#68 on the Top 200)



Billboard Top 200 ( Country Album positions #1 - #20)

(LW) Last Week. (TW) This Week, Co (Country Album Chart placing)
 
LW
TW
Artist
Album
TW
Sales
LW
Sales
Total
Sales
Co
6
8
Kenny Chesney
Welcome To The Fishbowl
42,616
61,084
297,638
#1
36
22
Lionel Richie
Tuskegee
22K
10,410
934K
#2
13
24
Luke Bryan
Tailgates & Tanlines
20K
21,622
1,246,000
#3
24
35
Carrie Underwood
Blown Away
15K
15,172
617K
#4
25
37
Eric Church
Chief
14K
15,140
921K
#5
22
40
Alan Jackson
Thirty Miles West
13K
15,505
162K
#6
28
47
Various
Now Country 5
11K
13,475
68K
#7
71
51
Zac Band Brown
You Get What You Give
10K
6,014
1,539,000
#8
39
53
Jason Aldean
My Kinda Party
9K
9,788
83K
#9
32
56
Josh Turner
Punching Bag
9K
11,414
83K
#10
27
60
Chris Cagle
Back In The Saddle
8K
14,719
23K
#11
NEW
64
Skylar Laine
American Idol:
Season 11: Highlights (EP)
8K
-
8K
#12
57
71
Lee Brice
Hard 2 Love
7K
7,099
156K
#13
63
75
Brantley Gilbert
Halfway To Heaven

6,789

#14
60
79
Kip Moore
Up All Night

6,914

#15
66
84
Lady Antebellum
Own The Night

6,408

#16
69
87
Hunter Hayes
Hunter Hayes
6K
6,231
160K
#17
67
89
Rascal Flatts
Changed

6,293

#18
90
104
The Band Perry
Band Perry

4,825

#19
121
114
Toby Keith
Clancy's Tavern

4,060

#20


BILLBOARD HOT COUNTRY SINGLES NEWS

Brantley Gilbert, lands his second career and consecutive No. 1 single with "You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” this week.
It was first released on December 12, 2011 by Valory Music Group as the second single from the 2011 deluxe edition of his 2010 album HALFWAY TO HEAVEN. It was written by Brantley along with Jim McCormick and was produced by Dann Huff. 
Brantley Gilbert
Single artwork

(Press Release Big Machine Music July 9,  2012)  The GOLD-certified ballad shows a softer side of Country music’s newest bad boy and continues a winning streak set late last year with his first #1 – the GOLD-certified, fist-pumping “Country Must Be Country Wide.”
With his rough-and-tough exterior and moments of vulnerability when referencing the fairer sex, it’s clear why Gilbert has such mass appeal to a variety of fans. Recently, he was also named “Country Music’s Most Eligible Bachelor” (photo!) in a Taste Of Country poll – besting Kenny Chesney, Chris Young and Scotty McCreery – nabbing the title with over 30% of the votes.
Man I can’t believe it; this is just so amazing … what an incredible ride this past year has been! I can’t begin to thank everyone involved enough,” said Gilbert. “Thanks so much to Country radio, my management team, the great folks at Valory and most importantly the BG Nation; we are here because of you.”

Later this month, Gilbert will share the third single from his GOLD-certified album, HALFWAY TO HEAVEN. Proving to be a fan favorite, “Kick It In The Sticks,” has surpassed 11.2 million views on YouTube. The hit-maker is currently playing the tune while on tour with Toby Keith.
While still revelling in the excitement of his second consecutive #1 hit, Brantley announced on July 11 his first headlining tour on. The HELL ON WHEELS TOUR will kick off Thursday, September 27 in Lafayette, IN. Special guest Uncle Kracker, Greg Bates and Brian Davis will be featured on various dates.
The hot Country rebel has already received much praise for his fist - pumping, high - energy live show as an opener on both Eric Church and Toby Keith’s tours.
“In the past few years, the Georgia native has developed into one of country's hottest newcomers. In front of a big, rowdy crowd, he wore that rebellious streak on his sleeve and in the songs from his sophomore album, "Halfway to Heaven." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Further eading / Audio: Brantley joined 100.3 KILT’s Foley & Thunder morning show to catch up on how crazy things have gotten for him… especially at his shows! - Link

>>   [LISTEN] Brantley Gilbert  "You Don't Know Her Like I Do"
        The track is available for Download on  US iTunes and as an MP3 on  Amazon.com  

Brantley Gilbert with “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” jumps up 2 slots to Top the chart!
Eli Young Band with “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” stays at #2
Dierks Bentley with ‘5-1-5-0’ moves up one place, # 4 - #3
Kenny Chesney with “Come Over”, is up one #5- #4
Luke Bryan with last weeks #1 ‘Drunk On You’ drops to #5
Glorianna with “(Kissed You) Good Night”, is up one, #7- #6
Toby Keith with ‘Beers Ago’ is up one notch, #8 - #7
Eric Church with former #1 “Springsteen” drops from #6 - #8
Love And Theft with “Angel Eyes” is up one, #10 - #9
The Band Perry with “Postcard From Paris” is down, #9 - #10
Blake Shelton with “Over” stays at #11
Josh Turner with ‘Time Is Love” stays put at #12
Keith Urban with “For You” stays at #13
Jana Kramer with “Why Ya Wanna” remains at #14
Dustin Lynch with Cowboys And Angels sticks at #15
Thomas Rhett with Something To Do With My Hands stays at #16
Zac Brown Band with “The Wind” is up one, #18 - #17
Thompson Square with “Glass” is up down one place, #17 - #18
Hunter Hayes with “Wanted” is up one spot, #20 - #19
Little Big Town with “Pontoon” jumps up from #24 - #20

Singles due to drop


July 16
Lauren Alaina/Eighteen Inches/Mercury Nashville-19 Recordings-Interscope
Kelleigh Bannen/Sorry on the Rocks/EMI Nashville
Levi Riggs/There’s Still A Place For That/Flying Island
Lonestar/The Countdown/4 Star Records
Shooter Jennings/The Real Me/eOne
John Karl
/Redneck Rich (Hillbilly Happy)/Pour Boy
Don Williams feat. Alison Krauss/I Just Come Here For The Music/Sugar Hill
Brinn Black/Should Have Been Us/SMG Records.


TOP 30 DIGITAL SINGLES in Country Music (11 July 2012)

LBT are making waves this week and having a party! Little Big Town‘sPontoon”, the first single from their forthcoming fifth studio album has topped the Billboard Digital Singles Chart selling 86,000 downloads. With a tally of 437,000 it might well hot gold next week reaching ½-million sales.
Little Big Town
Single Cover artwork
(amazon)

The song written by Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird and Barry Dean was first released on April 30, 2012 by Capitol Nashville. The song is already being hailed as “the single of the summer” by numerous media outlets.

The inspiration behind the lyrics to Little Big Town‘s forthcoming single ‘Pontoon’ were a bit of a mix up, but for the band and the writers, it has proved to be a very, very good mix-up!  ‘Pontoon’ was crafted by the amazing minds of Luke Laird, Natalie Hemby and Barry Dean.
Natalie and I wrote a song called ‘Fine Tune’ for Miranda Lambert, and it’s on her ‘Four the Record’ album,” said Luke Laird. “We wrote the song, and Natalie’s publisher had heard about it and asked, ‘What’s this song you and Luke wrote called ‘Pontoon’?’ And she was like, ‘No, it’s called ‘Fine Tune.”
After Hemby corrected him, the two thought that they had a cool idea to write a song called "Pontoon”!

Back that hitch up into the water / Untie all the cables and rope / Step onto the Astro Turf / Get yourself a koozie, let’s go

>>   [LISTEN]  Little Big Town - "Pontoon" 
        The track is available as an MP3 download on Amazon.uk &  Amazon.com

Capitol Nashville artists Little Big Town—consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman and Phillip Sweet also made the news this week, (Monday, July 9), as they unveiled another fun creation recently recording the promo campaign and theme song for a new ABC show “Good Afternoon America”.  The song entitled “Good Afternoon” was co-written by Little Big Town, Brett Warren and Brad Warren and produced by Jay Joyce (Little Big Town/Eric Church/Wallflowers) this past Monday in Nashville, TN. "Sometimes you get unexpected opportunities as an artist," said Karen Fairchild. "We loved getting the chance to write and record a song for such a cool show."  >>  YouTube Clip

The top 10 songs remain mostly the same the same as last week
Luke Bryan drops down to #2 with “Drunk On You” (another 72,000 copies sold) and he has now passed 1.5 million mark (1,559,000).
Kenny Chesney’sCome Over” at number three is a mere 6,000 sales from Gold certification too.
Hunter Hayes stays at #5 with “Wanted” and passed the 600,000 sales mark (630K)

Tim McGraw‘s first single for Big Machine Records, “Truck Yeah,” debuted at No. 22 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart, his best debut and with 54,000 copies sold, Tim’s single lands at #6 on the Digital Singles chart.

Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup” made weekly gains of 36% with an additional 8,000 copies being shifted by Keith’s thirsty Summertime fans. It is just 10,000 downloads away from  the double platinum 2-million mark.

Florida Georgia Line’sCruise” moved up 5 places to #24 and at 97k copies sold will flew past 100,000 next week. 

The Zac Brown Band’sThe Wind” drew a weekly 143% weekly increase in sales (34,000 copies sold) and leapt up 21 places returning to the Top 30 at #12. The single is currently Top 20 at country radio as the lead off single from the brand new album UNCAGED.

Fourth of July week prompted a 400% sales boost for Lee Greenwood’sGod Bless The USA” moving up 64 slots on the chart.
Likewise Toby Keith re-entered the chart at #46 with “Courtesy of the Red White And Blue”. Some 10-years ago on July 20, 2002 Keith occupied the #1 position on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It was inspired by Keith's father's death in March 2001, as well as the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. The single is now 21,000 sales away from Platinum certification.

The Top 30 SoundScan Digital Singles for The Week of July 11, 2012.
Digital sales rounded to nearest thousand.

 (LW) Last Week. (TW) This Week 

LW
TW
Artist
Song Title
TW
Sales
LW
Sales
Total
Sales
2
1
Little Big Town
Pontoon
86K
72K
437K
1
2
Luke Bryan
Drunk On You
72K
77K
1,559,000
3
3
Kenny Chesney
Come Over
71K
66K
494K
4
4
Eric Church
Springsteen
64K
64K
1,404,000
5
5
Hunter Hayes
Wanted
56K
54K
630K
NEW
6
Tim McGraw
Truck Yeah
54K
0
54K
6
7
Dierks Bentley
5-1-5-0
45K
43K
382K
7
8
Eli Young Band
Even If It Breaks Your Heart
42K
41K
695K
9
9
Gloriana
(Kissed You) Good Night
39K
37K
558K
8
10
Kip Moore
Somethin' 'Bout A Truck
36K
38K
1,104,000
11
11
Love and Theft
Angel Eyes
36K
30K
352K
33
12
Zac Brown Band
The Wind
34K
14K
98K
19
13
Toby Keith
Red Solo Cup
30K
22K
1,990,000
12
14
Lee Brice
Hard 2 Love
30K
30K
279K
10
15
Carrie Underwood
Good Girl
29K
35K
1,186,000
13
16
Blake Shelton
Over
28K
28K
182K
15
17
Keith Urban
For You
27K
26K
236K
14
18
Dustin Lynch
Cowboys & Angels
27K
26K
312K
17
19
Toby Keith
Beers Ago
26K
25K
310K
16
20
Jana Kramer
Why Ya Wanna
26K
25K
381K
85
21
Lee Greenwood
God Bless The USA
25K
5K
738K
18
22
Josh Turner
Time Is Love
22K
22K
375K
21
23
Luke Bryan
I Don't Want This Night To End
20K
21K
1,803,000
29
24
Florida Georgia Line
Cruise
20K
16K
97K
23
25
Brantley Gilbert
You Don't Know Her Like I Do
19K
19K
647K
20
26
Jason Aldean
Fly Over States
19K
21K
795K
22
27
The Band Perry
Postcards From Paris
18K
20K
252K
36
28
Zac Brown Band
Chicken Fried
18K
12K
3,385,000
25
29
Luke Bryan
Country Girl (Shake It For Me)
18K
17K
2,011,000
27
30
Chris Young
Neon
17K
16K
140K

Country Digital Singles News Story

Luke Bryan's "Rain Is A Good Thing" this week become the 100th country song to sell 1 million digital copies. It's Bryan's fifth million-seller, which puts him in a tie with Jason Aldean for the most among male country solo artists. Taylor Swift comes out on top with 15 million-sellers, Carrie Underwood with 10 is second place followed by Zac Brown Band with seven.
All but five of the top 100 digital hits are songs from the past 10 years. Each decade since the 1950s is represented with a million-seller except the 1980s

Best-selling country songs in digital history are:
#1 Lady Antebellum - "Need You Now" (5,861,000)
#2 Taylor Swift - "Love Story" (5,357,000)
#3 The Band Perry - "If I Die Young" (4,216,000)
#4 Taylor Swift - "You Belong With Me" (4,090,000)
#5 Carrie Underwood - "Before He Cheats" (3,518,000)
#6 Zac Brown Band - "Chicken Fried (3,385,000)
#7 Jason Aldean - "Dirt Road Anthem" (3,158,000)
#8 Taylor Swift - "Our Song" (2,990,000)
#9 Rascal Flatts - "Life Is A Highway" (2,887,000)
#10 Taylor Swift - "Teardrops On My Guitar" (2,711,000)

The top duo are Sugarland: "Stuck Like Glue" (2,489,000), "Stay" (1,860,000) and "All I Want To Do" (1,323,000)
Big & Rich, The Civil Wars and Thompson Square are the 3 other duos who each had one digital million-seller.
Country's only husband and wife team who have each had a digital million-seller are Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill currently just fall short, Faith’s solo hit, "Breathe," (sold 740K) and their duet "It's Your Love," has sold 955K to date.

Johnny Cash is the only deceased country artist who has digital million-sellers: “Ring Of Fire" (1,553,000), "Hurt" (1,365,000) and "I Walk The Line" (1,210,000).

Top-selling country collaborations include: Jason Aldean/Kelly Clarkson “Don't You Wanna Stay" (2,110,000), Zac Brown Band/Jimmy Buffett "Knee Deep" (1,683,000), " Brad Paisley/Carrie Underwood “Remind Me" (1,584,000), Brad Paisley/ Alison Krauss "Whiskey Lullaby" (1,371,000); Taylor Swift/The Civil Wars "Safe & Sound" (1,224,000), Kenny Chesney/Grace Potter "You And Tequila" (1,164,000), Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffett "It's Five O'Clock  Somewhere"(1,139,000), Zac Brown Band/ Alan Jackson "As She's Walking Away" (1,029,000) and Billy Ray Cyrus/Miley Cyrus "Ready, Set, Don't Go" (1,006,000). (Yahoo.com)

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