Saturday, 25 August 2012

Country Billboard Chart News August 22, 2012

Country Billboard Chart News August 22, 2012

Rapper 2 Chainz sees his debut studio album "Based on a T.R.U. Story" debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 146,626 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Despite a drop of 3 places for Zac Brown Band's UNCAGED its 24,879 copies sold this week (down week on week by 20%) was enough to secure the Top the Billboard Country Chart once more ousting last weeks #1 Colt Ford's country/rap induced DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE which sold 16,306 copies (weekly drop in sales of 48%) in its second week, and dropped from number five to number 20 on The Top 200 and landing at #4 on the Country chart.
This is the fifth week on top of the country chart for UNCAGED, a total matched in 2012 by just two albums: Lady Antebellum's Own The Night (which had six weeks at #1 this year, on top of seven weeks at #1 in 2011) and Carrie Underwood's BLOWN AWAY (five weeks).

Carrie experiences some sales gains reaching another 17,899 fans moving up to #2 and with a 706,736 tally blows right past the 700,000 marker.
Lionel Richie’s duets project TUSKEGEE benefited from Amazon and Best Buy sales. With a 160% sales boost it leapt up from #68 - #24 on The Top 200 and #13 - #5 on the country placings.

Eric Church with CHIEF (#7 Country) sold another 12,117 copies to gain his first Platinum album with a total retail sales haul of 1,001,355.

Jason Aldean rounds out the Top 10 as MY KINDA PARTY enjoys its 94th week on the Top 200 and it has become the first album by a male country solo artist to top the 500K mark in digital sales out of a 2,724,609 total.

Atlanta, Georgia Southern Country Rockers Blackberry Smoke made a good debut at number 40 on The Top 200 and landed at #8  with their album The Whippoorwill. It sold 9,363 copies with a further 1,000 fans grabbing the album up at the band’s summer shows  giving them 10k total.

Blackberry Smoke
Album Artwork

The lineup consists of Charlie Starr (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Richard Turner (Bass, Vocals), Brit Turner (Drums), Paul Jackson (Guitar, Vocals), and Brandon Still (Keyboards).
The members of Southern Rock quintet Blackberry Smoke are no strangers to hard work playing up to 250 dates each year. They have toured with and befriended idols such as Zac Brown Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, ZZ Top (with Billy Gibbons jamming with the band on a Florida stop), Lynyrd Skynyrd and George Jones.
The band was even invited to play for Jones on his 80th birthday, not long after the country legend turned in a guest appearance on the band’s sophomore album. They’ve toured Europe thrice over and had their songs featured in films (Swing Vote).
Blackberry Smoke spent several years as an independent band, before signing with Zac Brown's label, Southern Ground, last year. But while the band admits it's a relief to finally be signed with a label that is completely supportive of their genre-bending music, they say they would still continue making music even without the support of a record company, thanks to their dedicated fan base. "I give the fans all the credit, because they are the ways and means by which we are able to keep making a living," lead singer Charlie Starr told The Boot - Read more

Website Blurb: Mixing elements of gospel, bluegrass, arena rock, soul and more than a touch of outlaw country, Blackberry Smoke has earned a passionate fanbase that continues to grow as the band itself evolves. The band is as blue collar as the bandanas its members wear.
Our fanbase is as organic as you can get,” says drummer Brit Turner. “Each fan has been won by live performance or good old word of mouth.”

Blackberry Smoke

In a little more than a decade together, Blackberry Smoke has released three full-length albums:
 The Whippoorwill, two EPs and a live DVD, Live at the Georgia Theatre, which serves as the perfect showcase for the band’s raucous, rockin’ good-times-for-all take on rock ’n’ roll.

The album The Whippoorwill is available from:
 Amazon UK   

Next week we’ll see debuts from JT Hodges and Dustin Lynch with thier self-titled albums released this week. Also due to make its debut on the chart with be Dierks Bentley’s Cold Cans & Country EP.

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

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Albums due to drop
August 28
Caroline Herring/Camilla/Signature Sounds
Jerry Salley/Showing My Age/Very Jerry
The Flatlanders/The Odessa Tapes/New West
The Roys/New Day Dawning/Rural Rhythm 


Blake Shelton makes it seven out of seven with his latest singles to hit radio. His emotional hit "Over" tops the charts this week, making for his seventh consecutive single to claim the No. 1 bragging rights.
Blake Shelton
Album artwork

Written by David Elliott Johnson and Paul Jenkins, "Over" is the fourth song released from Blake's platinum-selling RED RIVER BLUE album. It follows on from the No. 1 hits "Honey Bee," "God Gave Me You," "Drink on It," "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking," "All About Tonight" and "Hillbilly Bone."

It was released on May 21, 2012 by Warner Bros. as the fourth single from his sixth studio album.
The smooth baritone singer can deliver most songs with authenticity and with “Over” he promises he’ll do anything to win a woman.

The chorus is somewhat forceful
So tell me what I gotta do to win you over
You'll never have to wonder if you need another
You'll never have to wonder if I understand
And every time you reach for me you'll find a hand out
The country superstar is now gearing up for the Sept. 10 season premiere of the US TV Series "The Voice," followed by the Oct. 2 release of his first holiday album.

>>  [LISTEN] Blake Shelton - "Over"
Available from: Amazon UK MP3

Blake Shelton with “Over” jumps from #4 to Top of the chart!
Love And Theft with last weeks #1,“Angel Eyes” drops to #2
Little Big Town with “Pontoon”moves up from #5 - #3
Josh Turner with ‘Time Is Love” is up two places, #6 -#4
Glorianna with “(Kissed You) Good,  Night”, are down 3 spots,  #2 -#5
Kenny Chesney with former #1 “Come Over”, drops #3 - #6
The Band Perry with “Postcard From Paris” stays at #7
Hunter Hayes with “Wanted” is up two, #10 - #8
Jana Kramer with “Why Ya Wanna” down 1 spot, #8 -#9
Keith Urban with “For You” is down one notch #9 - #10
Dustin Lynch with Cowboys And Angels stays put at #11
Jason Aldean with ‘Take A Little Ride’ is up one, #13 - #12
Taylor Swift with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” debuts at #13!
Zac Brown Band with “The Wind” drops 2 placesup #12 - #14
Tim McGraw with “Truck Yeah’ is down, #14 - #15
Carrie Underwood with “Blown Away” moves up 1 place, #17 - #16
Easton Corbin with “Lovin’ You Is Fun” drops 1 place, #16 -#17
Miranda Lambert with “Fastest Girl In Town”stays at #18
Big & Rich with ‘That’s Why I Pray’ holds firm at #19
Thompson Square with “Glass” is up one place #16 - #15
Lee Brice with “Hard To Love” sticks at  #20

Country Songs
*** No. 1 *** "Over" Blake Shelton
Hot Shot Debut/Greatest Gainer No. 13 "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" Taylor Swift
Debut No. 49 "Say Goodnight" Eli Young Band
Debut No. 50 "Tip It On Back" Dierks Bentley
Debut No. 56 "Down By The River" D. Vincent Williams
Debut No. 59 "Met Him In A Motel Room" Gwen Sebastian
Debut No. 60 "Hauled Off And Kissed Me" Steve Holy

TOP 30 DIGITAL SINGLES In Country Music (22 August 2012)

Not that they’ve ever been fans of Taylor Swift, but country music’s traditional fans may never ever (want) to get back together with her but the 22-year old is most certainly a much sought after commidity in the nicest sense of the word. She is flying high this week as her brand new punky country-pop anthem single "We Are Never Ever Get Back Together," her lead single from RED , debuted at #1 on all genres, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This was enough for Taylor to score her first ever Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit

Taylor Swift single artwork

Taylor Swift has set the record for the biggest digital sales week ever for a song by a woman.
"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" sold 623,000 in the week ending Aug. 19, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and it thus debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Digital Songs chart.
Not only is it the best week ever for a woman, but the second largest ever. Only Flo Rida's "Right Round" has sold more in a week, when it debuted at No. 1 with 636,000 on the Digital Songs chart dated Feb. 28, 200.

The previous high-water mark among female acts was Ke$ha's "TiK ToK," which moved 610,000 on the chart dated Jan. 9, 2010 (reflecting the busy post-Christmas week of 2009). Swift also nets the largest debut week among women. Previously that feat was held among female acts by Lady Gaga's "Born This Way", having launched at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Digital Songs chart with 448,000, back in the week of Feb. 26, 2011. A figure racked up that after only three days on sale.
Taylor’s “Never” starts with a little over six days' worth of sales.
The enters a host of genre airplay charts this week, including Country Songs, where its No. 13 launch is the highest by a woman in the 22 years that BDS data has powered the survey.

As for Swift, her best previous sales week was racked by "Love Story," which sold 360,000 over Christmas of 2008 (Digital Songs chart dated Jan. 10, 2009).
Her highest debut week came with "Today Was a Fairytale," which sold 325,000 on the Feb. 6, 2010 chart.
Here is a look at the 10 top overall digital sales weeks since SoundScan began tracking digital sales:

Sales, Title, Artist, Billboard Chart Date
636,000, "Right Round," Flo Rida, Feb. 28, 2009
623,000, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," Taylor Swift, Sept. 1, 2012
610,000, "TiK ToK," Ke$ha, Jan. 9, 2010
559,000, "Grenade," Bruno Mars, Jan. 8, 2011
542,000, "Somebody That I Used To Know," Gotye featuring Kimbra, April 28, 2012
521,000, "Boyfriend," Justin Bieber, April 14, 2012
509,000, "Born This Way," Lady Gaga, March 5, 2011
509,000, "Firework," Katy Perry, Jan. 8, 2011
493,000, "Payphone," Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa, May 5, 2012
467,000, "Low," Flo Rida, Jan. 12, 2008

Taylor has sold 17.8 million albums in the U.S. and 50 million downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan, since arriving with her self-titled debut album and introductory single, "Tim McGraw," six years ago.
(Source Billboard Biz)

In the wake of the mighty “Never” debut is Tay’s fellow crossover star Carrie Underwood who with sales of 87K passed the 500,000 mark with a current total of 523K has therefore surpassed Gold status with the title track to her fourth album BLOWN AWAY. It looks like Carrie will have to be happy with #2 for quite a while.
The Little Big Town hit of the country summer, “Pontoon,” drops from #1 to #3 and will float past platinum single sales next week.  
Jason Aldean’sTake A Little Ride,” at number #5 is also ready to motor past the Gold certification mark next week.

At #14 Dustin Lynch’sCowboys And Angels” may just achieve the Certified Gold figure next week too or Platinum next week having currently sold 476K copies
By a mere 2,000 copies Josh Turner’sTime Is Love” just fell short this week of a Gold single with his Top 10 radio hit.

Will Taylor Swift’s single, already Gold in week one, make it to Platinum in week two for an artist that does much to boost the country music scene.

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