Sunday, 29 July 2012

Country Billboard Chart News July 25, 2012


Country Billboard Chart News July 25, 2012

Hip-hop veteran Nas achieves his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as LIFE IS GOOD made its debut with 148,716 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Entering at #1, it is little more than 16 years after he first topped the chart with It Was Written (1996).

Zac Brown UNCAGED
 artwork Amazon

Last week's No. 1 all genre album on the Billboard Top 200, Zac Brown Band's UNCAGED," falls to No. 2 with 78,260 (A drop of 67% on its 2nd chart week). The album remains at #1 on Top Country Albums for the second week running.
***  Find Zac Brown Band’s UNCAGED album on:

WELCOME TO THE FISHBOWL (5th week on the chart) from Kenny Chesney and Luke Bryan’s TAILGATES & TANLINES (50 chart weeks) remain #2 and #3 on the Billboard Country Album chart.
After the Amazon $3.99 week the previous week country sales were down significantly this week ranging between 10 to 40% sales losses.
Hank Williams Jr. in his second week with OLD SCHOOL NEW RULES dropped from #12 to 38 on the Top 200 and lands at number eight on the Country album chart with sales of 9,331 (63% weekly loss) .

With a sales figue of 17,020, Nashville based Americana string band Old Crow Medicine Show debut at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart and at #4 on the Country Chart with the July 17th ATO Records release of their newest album, CARRY ME BACK. The album was recorded at the legendary Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville and was produced by Ted Hutt. On this their fourth studio album, Carry Me Back, the veteran string band doubles down on their traditional roots, drifting deeper into the stories and sounds of yesterday than ever before. 
Carry Me Back Album Artwork
Amazon


"I wish that I was born about 75 years ago. Then I could have made my debut on the Opry in 1935," says bandleader Ketch Secor. "But that is not the case, and there is a country music story being told in these times. It's worth telling, maybe even more so than ever before. People are being displaced, their jobs are being moved far away. The cultural epitome is disappearing. When grandpa dies, it's sort of like when Porter Wagoner died. That breed of American man, they don't make them anymore."...(Read more at cmt.com)


People are fickle, and people have short attention spans," says fiddler Ketch Secor, "Especially in 2012. So if you can get 'em to stop, if you can get 'em to think about something, if you can get 'em to listen with a song, then you've got yourself a keeper. And that's the street-corner test." He happens to also be co-founder and de facto leader of Old Crow. ( band photo)
And the performance philosophy he's espousing is a central part of the band's backstory...... The spirit of the new songs — all written by band members, with Jim Lauderdale and Jason White contributing a bit of co-writing — and, in a sense, of the Crows' entire repertoire, is tugged toward the pre-urban migration way-back-when, but also invested in the fragmented, living, breathing here and now.
Musically, too, the guys have returned to home base: hearty acoustic revelry, and a potent, polished dose of it at that. ( www.nashvillescene.com)

NZ Herald writes: “The knees-up fervour of Carry Me Back To Virginia, the opening track from Old Crow Medicine Show's fourth album, is typical of the sound the Nashville band conjure up. This is old-time American roots music at its best. However, in contrast to previous album, 2008's Tennessee Pusher, a thrilling, rabble-rousing record about drug users, hustlers and the disaffected, CARRY ME BACK has a more down-home feel to it. It moves from a gentle, toe-tapping porch song mood on tracks like the pleading and twangy Ain't It Enough and Genevieve, which has an emotional bite to it with lines like "your love like fire and your heart like a guillotine", to a thigh-slapping jaunt on the lovely fiddle-driven ditty Levi.
***  Find Old Crow Medicine Show’s album on:

Yes their CD’s are hot - Old Crow Medicine Show would like help getting stolen merchandise van recovered
Hey man, whoever swiped Old Crow Medicine Show's merch-mobile, they'd really like it back please.
The band posted on their Facebook and Twitter in the week: Our merch van was stolen out of the parking lot at The Pageant in St. Louis, MO last night (july 20). White 2009 Honda Odyssey with an Alabama license plate 61M4T.  

The Farm, who scored a Top 15 hit with “Home Sweet Home,” debuted at #183 on the Top 200 with a rather disappointing opening week of 2,749 copies sold of their self titled album. The Farm, made up of Nick Hoffman (vocals, fiddle), Damien Horne (vocals, keyboard, guitar) and Krista Marie (vocals, guitar), formed in Spring 2010 after an impromptu writing session – which must’ve sounded something like the wild combination of Big & Rich and Little Big Town in the midst of a massive hoe-down  and released their debut album on July 17. Co-produced by Nick with Danny Myrick, members of The Farm wrote or co-wrote nine of the record’s 11 songs

Next week Love and Theft’s brand new album should make a more healthy chart debut.

Billboard Top 200 (Country Album positions #1 - #25)

LW
TW
Artist
Album
TW
Sales
%
CHG
Total
Sales
Co
1
2
Zac Brown Band
Uncaged
78,260
-67
312,750
#1
10
16
Kenny Chesney
Welcome To The Fishbowl
23,423
-26
352,638
#2
11
18
Luke Bryan
Tailgates & Tanlines
21,848
-22
1,296,358
#3
NEW
21
Old Crow Medicine Show
Carry Me Back
17,020
999
17,264
#4
20
26
Carrie Underwood
Blown Away
13,303
-5
644,175
#5
15
28
Eric Church
Chief
13,065
-30
953,124
#6
39
37
Jason Aldean
My Kinda Party
9,654
-2
2,690,936
#7
12
38
Hank Williams, Jr.
Old School New Rules
9,331
-63
34,388
#8
16
43
Zac Band Brown
You Get What You Give
8,421
-49
1,563,635
#9
44
45
Lionel Richie
Tuskegee
8,393
-4
951,282
#10
36
47
Alan Jackson
Thirty Miles West
7,994
-24
180,101
#11
34
51
Hunter Hayes
Hunter Hayes
7,428
-30
178,422
#12
42
54
Various
Now Country 5
7,210
-22
84,575
#13
33
62
Lee Brice
Hard 2 Love
6,494
-40
173,254
#14
46
67
Brantley Gilbert
Halfway To Heaven
6,281
-26
636,462
#15
35
68
Josh Turner
Punching Bag
6,280
-41
100,097
#16
47
77
Kip Moore
Up All Night
5,633
-34
160,236
#17
71
79
Lady Antebellum
Own The Night
5,484
-12
1,686,749
#18
70
81
Rascal Flatts
Changed
5,433
-14
320,257
#19
64
94
The Band Perry
Band Perry
4,386
-34
1,341,157
#20
50
97
Blake Shelton
Red River Blue
4,306
-46
740,660
#21
85
109
Skylar Laine
American Idol:
Season 11: Highlights (EP)
3,836
-31
17,341
#22
69
111
Toby Keith
Clancy's Tavern
3,817
-40
559,512
#23
93
126
Scotty McCreery
Clear As Day
3,611
-29
1,091,989
#24
101
129
Pistol Annies
Hell On Heels
3,538
-24
354,267
#25


Albums due to Drop 
July 24
Love And Theft/Love And Theft/RCA

July 30
Kasey Chambers/Storybook/Sugar Hill

BILLBOARD HOT COUNTRY SINGLES NEWS

Dierks Bentley celebrates his 10th career No. one song as an artist and songwriter today as his foot-stomping hit “5-1-5-0” tops both the Billboard and Mediabase charts.
I have to admit, it’s been a 5150 kinda summer,” said Bentley. “The tailgating before shows has been turned up a notch, and the fans are ready to get crazy. You can’t ever take for granted the power of a fun, uptempo song that isn’t meant for anything other than kicking off a party. I’ll also never take for granted having 10 No. one hits on country radio…those guys and the fans have given me an unbelievable career so far.”
“5-1-5-0” is the third consecutive chart-topping hit off Bentley’s critically acclaimed Home, which debuted at No. one earlier this year.  (Source - dierks.com/news)
5-1-5-0 Single artwork

The single released by Capitol Nashville on April 9, 2012 and written by Dierks Bentley, Brett Beavers and
Jim Beavers marks the third single from Bentley’s 2012 album HOME.
Brett Beavers is a long-term frequent writer and producer for Bentley and has co-writing credits on a number of his previous hits including "Come a Little Closer," "Feel That Fire" and "Home."

The origins of the song - The songs co-writer Jim Beavers in conversation with Taste of Country said the idea for "5-1-5-0" came about when he and Bentley were discussing Van Halen's album 5150. Bentley had written - "let's get crazy, let's get fifty-one-fifty" with what was to be a bonus track song "Country and Cold Cans," . Bentley recalled to The Boot: "I was telling it to a friend of mine and he said, 'What does that mean?' And I told him it was Van Halen; it's California police code for criminally insane. The next day, he was singing, '5-1-5-0, somebody call the po-po.' I just started laughing because I thought that was the stupidest thing I'd ever heard. And he said, 'I'm tellin' ya, my kids cannot stop singing that.' I said, 'I don't know, man.'" Beavers said that he changed the pronunciation from "fifty-one-fifty" to "five-one-five-oh", and rhymed it with "somebody call the po-po" after seeing a police car
Punctuated by sharp acoustic riffing and tight banjo, Dierks entertains with his sense of humour and twists.

So what does "5-1-5-0" refer too? The title makes  reference to the 5150 "involuntary psychiatric hold" the California Welfare and Institutions Code. In the songs its narrator sings that his lover is making him "crazy"! - 5-1-5-0, just this side of loco/ I’m goin’ crazy / Think I love you, baby, he sings through lyrical dips and dives.
5150 = Mental case. A play on the digits perhaps? 10-50 = Under influence of drugs and 10-51 = Drunk (police-codes)

The song's music video was directed by Wes Edwards and shot at Big Nasty ATV Park outside of Savannah, Georgia. It features mud-bogging fanatics attempting to be the one who drives the farthest distance in the mud pit in their vehicles, which include Bentley's own old pickup truck. "I have never had so much fun or gotten so dirty at a video shoot," said Bentley. "It's hard to call it 'work' when you get to drive trucks and four wheelers through the mud all day. The fans who came out to this shoot were ready to get 5-1-5-0, so we basically just pulled up a bunch of trucks, threw some gear in the back, turned up the speakers and then let them do their thing. It was pretty wild!"

>>   [LISTEN] Dierks Bentley  "5150"
Watch the video >>  YouTube
 The track is available for Download at Amazon UK MP3  -   Amazon.com MP3

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

Hunter Hayes with “Wanted” is up 1 place, #19 - #18
Jason Aldean with ‘Take A Little Ride’ debuts at #19
Big & Rich with ‘That’s Why I Pray’ stays at #20

Country Songs
*** No. 1 *** "5-1-5-0" Dierks Bentley
Greatest Gainer/Hot Shot Debut No. 19 "Take A Little Ride" Jason Aldean
Debut No. 55 "Eighteen Inches" Lauren Alaina
Debut No. 57 "You're All That Matters To Me" Miss Willie Brown
Debut No. 59 "American Beauty" The Lost Trailers
Debut No. 60 "Kick It In The Sticks" Brantley Gilbert

Singles Due To Drop

July 23
Tyler Barham feat. Casey Walker/Meet Me In Montana/YN Records
Cloverdayle/Like We Were Kids Again/New Voice
Sarah Jarosz/Annabelle Lee/Sugar Hill
Brian Milson/Too Damn Young/Permian-Quarterback
Jaida Dreyer/Confessions/Streamsound
Sara Evans/Anywhere/RCA
Rich O’Toole/Red Wine On Your Lipstick/Triple Crown
Doug Briney/It’s All Country/DB Songs

TOP 30 DIGITAL  SINGLES In Country Music (25 July 2012)

Jason Aldean’s upcoming fifth studio album is off to a racing start, Jason's new single "Take a Little Ride" climbs in at No. 2 on the Billboard Digital Digital Singles Chart for all genres with 189,000 downloads representing  the largest debut sales week ever for a digital song by a male country artist.
Jason Aldean artwork
He betters 2011 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery's with his debut "Love You This Big" which launched with 171,000 in June 2011.
Take A Little Ride"also  storms onto the Billboard Hot 100 Chart at #12 this week. It is this week's Hot Shot Debut as well like it was on Country Songs which was #19 for Country.

The song has 116 stations on board a week before its official add date (July 31).  
I am honestly just blown away,” said Aldean. “I had a whole year of ‘firsts’ last year…things like my first arena tour selling out and taking home my first CMA awards, but I still feel like I’ve got a long way to go, so having two more ‘firsts’ come this week is really exciting for me. I love this single, and there are 14 more songs that I’m really proud of coming right behind it!” (Source - Broken Bow Records)

Blurb: “Take A Little Ride,” written by Dylan Altman, Rodney Clawson and Jim McCormick, carries Aldean’s distinct electric sound to a carefree summer night spent driving down country roads with a summer love and a six-pack.
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Unofficial Lyric Video - Take a Little Ride Lyrics  >>  YouTube   

The track is currently available in America only, Download at  Amazon.com MP3 - US iTunes

Little Big Town with the hit of the summer “Pontoon” who have held onto the #1 spot the past two week’s drop down to #2 with a track that has sold 600,000 copies to date.

2012 Teen Choice Winner Hunter Hayes with “Wanted” made a weekly gain of 11% (69,000 sold) now finds himself at #3 and passes the ¾ million mark. Hunter received his Gold Plaque for the single on CBS TV’s The Talk this week.
Eric Church with “Springsteen” at #6 has passed the 1.5 million sales mark.  

Carrie Underwood’sBlown Away” now Top 30 at country radio, makes a big move, up 16 places from #31- #15 slots this week. She makes a weekly gain of 53% selling an extra 9,000 digi singles.

Republic Nashville duo Florida Georgia Line are up 4 places to make the Top 20 for the first time in thier career with the single “Cruise”.

The Top 30 SoundScan Digital Singles for The Week of July 25, 2012. Digital sales rounded to nearest thousand.

 (LW) Last Week. (TW) This Week

LW
TW
Artist
Song Title
TW
Sales
LW
Sales
Total
Sales
NEW
1
Jason Aldean
Take A Little Ride
189K
1K
190K
1
2
Little Big Town
Pontoon
79K
84K
600K
4
3
Hunter Hayes
Wanted
69K
62K
761K
3
4
Kenny Chesney
Come Over
58K
66K
619K
2
5
Luke Bryan
Drunk On You
56K
66K
1,681,000
5
6
Eric Church
Springsteen
47K
55K
1,506,000
6
7
Love and Theft
Angel Eyes
41K
42K
435K
7
8
Dierks Bentley
5-1-5-0
40K
41K
463K
9
9
Tim McGraw
Truck Yeah
39K
39K
131K
8
10
Gloriana
(Kissed You) Good Night
38K
39K
635K
10
11
Eli Young Band
Even If It Breaks Your Heart
32K
36K
763K
12
12
Lee Brice
Hard To Love
32K
31K
341K
14
13
Dustin Lynch
Cowboys and Angels
27K
28K
367K
13
14
Blake Shelton
Over
27K
29K
238K
31
15
Carrie Underwood
Blown Away
26K
17K
263K
18
16
Jana Kramer
Why Ya Wanna
25K
25K
430K
17
17
Keith Urban
For You
25K
25K
285K
15
18
Kip Moore
Somethin' 'Bout A Truck
24K
28K
1,156,000
22
19
Zac Brown Band
The Wind
23K
21K
142K
24
20
Florida Georgia Line
Cruise
22K
20K
138K
16
21
Carrie Underwood
Good Girl
22K
26K
1,233,000
19
22
Toby Keith
Beers Ago
21K
23K
354K
20
23
Josh Turner
Time Is Love
20K
22K
417K
29
24
Chris Young
Neon
18K
18K
176K    
25
25
Luke Bryan
Country Girl (Shake It For Me)
18K
19K
2,048,000
26
26
Luke Bryan
I Don't Want This Night To End
18K
19K
1,840,000
28
27
Brantley Gilbert
You Don't Know Her Like I Do
16K
19K
683K
36
28
Thompson Square
Glass
16K
16K
221K
37
29
Jake Owen
The One That Got Away
16K
15K
94K
21
30
Toby Keith
Red Solo Cup
16K
22K
2,028,000

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