Friday, 25 January 2013

Country Billboard Chart News January 10, 2013

Country Billboard Chart News January 10, 2013

The "Les Miserables" soundtrack album Les Misérables: Highlights From the Motion Picture Soundtrack (Polydor/Republic), jumped to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week selling 92,481 copies, down 32% on last weeks’s 135,670 haul sold according to Nielsen SoundScan.

It's the first No. 1 soundtrack on the Billboard 200 since the "Hunger Games" album opened atop the April 7, 2012 list. The last musical film soundtrack to the lead the list, was "Hannah Montana: The Movie" back on May 2, 2009. The last stage musical-turned-movie musical to see its companion album reach No. 1 was "Mamma Mia!" in 2008.
Les Miserables’ music is composed by Claude-Michel Schonberg with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. It opened on Broadway: March 12, 1987. The movie opened on Dec. 25, 2012. The Key songs are: “I Dreamed A Dream,” “Do You Hear The People Sing?”

At No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200  is , Mumford & Sons' former No. 1 album "BABEL" which moved 8-2 with sales of 91,042 (up 34%). The title was sale priced for $6.99 in the iTunes Store last week for a limited time and received major promotion from the retailer. 75,653 are attributed to Digital sales (+143%) .
The UK stadium/folk group are actually charting a single on the Billboard Country Airplay chart this week.

The decline in this week are credited to the usual post-Christmas slowdown in the marketplace. Overall album sales were down by 36% as compared to the previous frame.

Last week's Billoard Top 200 No. 1 album, Taylor Swift's "RED," slips to No. 3 with 68,733 copies sold  (down 72%). Its sales of 241,202 a week ago were boosted by a one day $1.99 sale tag on Dec. 24 in the Amazon MP3 store, so her retail numbers took a hit in this chart week. 
Taylor Swift Live at KIIS FM's 2012
Jingle Ball LA

Breaking down Taylor’s RED album sales of 68,733 reveals 30,605 were Digital sales (-77% / 893,891 Total) and the remaining Physical sales were 38,128 (-66% / 2,282,090 Total)  to give total sales of 3,175,982 since the October 22, 2012 release
In its 11th retail week RED easily held onto the No.1 on The Billboard Country Chart for an 11th straight week, over 45,000 ahead of her nearest rival which comes from Carrie Underwood’s BLOWN AWAY at No.2 which sold 23,277 copies (down 37%) .  
Florida Georgia Line who continue to top the Country singles charts saw HERE'S TO THE GOOD TIMES move 4-3 with sales of 20,491 (-35%) and passed the 200K mark reaching  201,780.

The soundtrack from ABC TV’s “Nashville” jumped up 4 places to No.6 selling 19,082 copies (-16%). The album is 2 places ahead of 2012 CMA Album of the Year “CHIEF” from Eric Church who is soon due to release “Like Jesus Does” as the fifth single to country radio.

Kenny Chesney’s WELCOME TO THE FISHBOWL (CLNV) went past the 600K mark this week shifting 8,586 copies (-21%) to reach a 600,872 tally.

Lady Antebellum at No.12 with OWN THE NIGHT (CAPN)  are less than 4,000 copies away of the 1.8 million mark selling a further 8,443 copies (+15%) . This is in contract to sales for their top selling 2012 country seasonal album ON THIS WINTER'S NIGHT which nosedived to 1,745 units a weekly drop of 92% on the previous weeks posting of 22,491 copies, yes Christmas is well and truly over! 441,183 reports that Country music outperformed the industry as a whole during the fourth quarter of 2012—and during the entire calendar year though much of the genre’s good fortune can be attributed to one blockbuster album: Taylor Swift’s RED selling 3.1 million copies in 9 weeks through Dec. 30 (the end of the Nielsen SoundScan tracking year) easily eclipsing the competition to make it the best-selling country album of 2012!  In the process, it helped country rack up 16.5 million fourth-quarter album sales, a 16.2% increase over fourth-quarter 2011. Country claimed 44.7 million albums sold during the entire year, a 4.1% bump over 2011.
The overall industry experienced a continued album decline. Some 97.5 million albums were sold overall in the fourth quarter, representing a 4.5% slide from fourth-quarter 2011. The business dropped 4.4% across all of 2012 by selling 316 million albums.
Country outshone the overall industry in digital track sales, too. In the fourth-quarter of 2012, a hefty 17.3% jump over fourth-quarter 2011. Across the entire year, three titles sold more than 2 million downloads apiece: Taylor Swift’s smash “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (3.1 million), Hunter Hayes’Wanted” (2.2 million) and Luke Bryan’sDrunk on You” (2.1 million)—as country tracks totalled 166.7. million downloads, up 16.0% from 2011.
While Swift owned the most dramatic album sales story of 2012, there were other bright spots. Five country albums—RED, Bryan’s TAILGATES & TANLINES, Carrie Underwood’s BLOWN AWAY, Lionel Richie’s TUSKEGEE and Jason Aldean’s NIGHT TRAIN—each sold more than 1 million units during the calendar year.
In 2011, only two albums topped the million mark: Aldean’s MY KINDA PARTY and Lady Antebellum’s OWN THE NIGHT.

Top-Selling Country Albums, 2012
1) Taylor Swift, Red 3,107,249
2) Carrie Underwood, Blown Away 1,202,779
3) Luke Bryan, Tailgates & Tanlines 1,105,000
4) Lionel Richie, Tuskegee 1,071,000
5) Jason Aldean, Night Train 1,023,988
6) Eric Church, Chief 764,000
7) Zac Brown Band, Uncaged 718,447
8) Little Big Town, Tornado 605,065
9) Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party 594,000
10) Kenny Chesney, Welcome to the Fishbowl 592,286

Top-Selling Country Albums, Fourth Quarter 2012
1) Taylor Swift, Red 3,107,000
2) Jason Aldean, Night Train 1,024,000
3) Lady Antebellum, On This Winter’s Night 439,000
4) Blake Shelton, Cheers, It’s Christmas 428,000
5) Little Big Town, Tornado 408,000
6) Carrie Underwood, Blown Away 380,000
7) Scotty McCreery, Christmas With Scotty McCreery 357,000
8) Luke Bryan, Tailgates & Tanlines 303,000
9) Hunter Hayes, Hunter Hayes 248,000
10) Eric Church, Chief 241,000

Top-Selling Country Albums, Fourth-Quarter 2011
1) Scotty McCreery, Clear As Day 855,000
2) Lady Antebellum, Own the Night 656,000
3) Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party 379,000
4) Miranda Lambert, Four the Record 370,000
5) Toby Keith, Clancy’s Tavern 336,000
6) Luke Bryan, Tailgates & Tanlines 309,000
7) The Band Perry, The Band Perry 282,000
8) Taylor Swift, Speak Now: World Tour Live 251,000
9) Taylor Swift, Speak Now 248,000
10) Lauren Alaina, Wildflower 221,000

Billboard Top 200  (week of January 19, 2013)

(Country Album positions #1 - #25)

(TW) This Week, (LW) Last Week, Co (Country Album Chart placing / Movement)

Top 25 Billboard Hot Country Songs 

On Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart - which blends:
a) All-format airplay, as monitored by BDS  b) Sales, as tracked by Nielsen SoundScan and c) Streaming, according to BDS it results in:

Florida Georgia Line return to the No.1 shot with “Cruise” (Republic Nashville) for their 4th week in their  24th chart week. 

The duo interrupted Taylor Swift’s No. 1 streak for three weeks on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, where the rookie duo again replaces the crossover star following a Christmas-week digital surge that pushed her back to the summit for a 10th cumulative week.
Taylor’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (Big Machine) basks in the Greatest Gainer/Streaming spotlight for the chart’s biggest overall streaming spike.
While all three of the chart’s drivers (digital, streaming and radio) settle back into normal post-holiday

Jason Aldean’sThe Only Way I Know” (Broken Bow), at No. 8 gains the biggest audience increase in its 12th week on the chart. Aldean’s track (which features Luke Bryan and Eric Church) posts the second-largest gain on the Nielsen BDS-fueled Billboard Country Airplay chart (up 6.8 million impressions).
Miranda Lambert’sMama’s Broken Heart” (RCA Nashville) cracks the top 40 (46-40) in its second chart week on Hot Country Songs, where it grabs Greatest Gainer/Digital honour. This is the fourth radio single from her album FOUR THE RECORD. Previous singles “Baggage Claim” peaked at No. 3, “Over You,” was a No.1 and “Fastest Girl in Town” peaked at No. 7.

After Blake Shelton almost gained his career-best start on Country Airplay earlier this week with “Sure Be Cool If You Did” (Warner Bros./WMN), the song opens at No. 45 on Hot Country Songs, outpaced only by Jana Kramer’s Hot Shot Debut at No. 44 with “Whiskey” (Elektra Nashville/WMN). Her first single, “Why Ya Wanna,” peaked at No. 3 on Hot Country Songs in October 2012 and has sold 733,000 downloads, to date

Florida Georgia Line with “Cruise” are back at No.1!
Taylor Swift with former #1 ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” falls one, #1 - #2
Hunter Hayes with former number one “Wanted” stays at #3
The Band Perry with “Better Dig Two” are up one slot, #5 - #4
Gary Allan with “Every Storm” (Runs Out Of Rain) is up, #6 - #5
Zac Brown Band with “Goodbye In Her Eyes”, is up four, #10 - #6
Randy Houser with “How Country Feels” is up one slot, #8 - #7
Jason Aldean (w Luke Bryan & Eric Church) and “The Only Way I Know” is down, #7 - #8
Carrie Underwood with “Blown Away”, falls 5 slots, #4 - #9
Kip Moore with “Beer Money” is up two, #12 - #10
Little Big Town with “Tornado” are up four, #15 - #11
Justin Moore with “Til My Last Day” is down one, #11 - #12
Hunter Hayes with “Somebody’s Heartbreak” falls four, #9 - #13
Brad Paisley with “Southern Comfort Zone” is up four, #18 - #14
Tim McGraw with “One Of Those Nights” is up six, #21 - #15
Carrie Underwood with “Two Black Cadillacs” is up four, #20 - #16
Luke Bryan with “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” drops three, #14 - #17
Taylor Swift with “Begin Again” is down five, #13 - #18
Lee Brice with “Hard To Love” is down three, #16 - #19
Kacey Musgraves with “Merry Go ‘Round” is down one,  #19 - #20
Eric Church with “Creepin” is down four places, #17 - #21
Dierks Bentley with “Tip It On Back” is up two,  #25 - #22
Kenny Chesney with “El Cerrito Place” is up one, #24 - #23
Jake Owen with “The One That Got Away” is down one, #23 - #24
Lee Brice with “I Drive Your Truck” is up two places, #27 - #25

Hot Country Songs
*** No. 1 (4 weeks)  ***  Cruise” Florida Georgia Line
** Greatest Gainer/Streaming ** No. 2 “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
Greatest Gainer/Airplay No. 8 "The Only Way I Know” Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan & Eric Church
** Greatest Gainer/Digital” No.40 “Mama’s Broken Heart” Miranda Lambert   
** Hot Shot Debut ** No. 44 “Whiskey” Jana Kramer
Debut No.45 “Sure Be Cool If You Did” Blake Shelton
Debut No.49 “Only God Could Love You More” Jerrod Niemann  

Billboard Country Airplay Chart Week of January 19, 2013

The Country Airplay list is topped again this week by Zac Brown Band’sGoodbye in Her Eyes” (Atlantic/Southern Ground). The song holds No.1 for a second successive week.
The single is the band’s 10th chart-topper, and the first for the new Southern Ground Artists promotion team.
Gary Allan’sEvery Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)” on  MCA Nashville posted a +6.842 million gain, sitting at No. 6 to nab this weeks honour for Greatest Gainer/ Most Increased Audience.

CMA 2012 Entertainer of the Year Blake Shelton welcomed the new year by releasing a new song on Jan. 1, narrowly missing his career-best start on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart with “Sure Be Cool If You Did” (Warner Bros./WMN), which takes the Hot Shot Debut at No. 32.
Shelton achieved his highest debut on the Nielsen BDS-driven tally when “Honey Bee” arrived at No. 31 on April 23, 2011—it spent four weeks atop the chart in June and July of that year, and remains his best-selling digital song, with Nielsen SoundScan reporting 2.2 million downloads.
 “Cool” bows with airplay at 88 of the 125 stations monitored for the chart, with the heaviest play noted at KAJA San Antonio (70 spins), KMLE Phoenix (44), KSKS Fresno, Calif. (32), KEEY Minneapolis (30) and KEGA Salt Lake City (23).  
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Darius Rucker opens at No. 51 with “Wagon Wheel” (Capitol Nashville), the second radio single from his third country solo album,TRUE BELIEVERS, which has now been put back from a January to a June release. The lead single/title track peaked at No. 20 on the Nov. 20 Country Airplay list. New song “Wagon Wheel” is a cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s original version, which initially appeared on the acoustic jam band’s 2004 album, O.C.M.S., and quickly became a singalong party anthem among the group’s mostly college-age touring audiences. The band’s version was certified gold (500,000 copies) by the RIAA in November 2011, more than seven years after its release. It was written in the mid-’90s by Old Crow Medicine Show co-founder Keith Secor after he heard Bob Dylan singing one of the chorus lines in a studio session outtake for the soundtrack to “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.” Thus, Dylan is credited as Secor’s co-writer.  Listen to Darius’ take of “Wagon Wheel” >>  Audio Link

Mumford & Sons’ album BABEL (Gentleman of the Road/Glassnote), sold 91,000 this week. Of note a track from that album, first single “I Will Wait,” sits at No. 54,  as a re-entry, in its fifth week on Country Airplay, where BDS tracks spins at eight stations monitored for the chart. It received 142 plays (0.858 million auience). “Wait” topped the Oct. 13 Hot Rock Songs chart.

Country Airplay
*** No. 1 *** "Goodbye In Her Eyes" Zac Brown Band
** Most Increased Audience ** Greatest Gainer No. 6 "Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)" Gary Allan
* Hot Shot Debut * No. 32 "Sure Be Cool If You Did" Blake Shelton
Debut No. 51 "Wagon Wheel" Darius Rucker
Debut No. 53 "Anywhere With You" Jake Owen
Debut No. 58 "Like Jesus Does" Eric Church
Debut No. 59 "All Over The Road" Easton Corbin
Debut No. 60 "Hey Pretty Girl" Kip Moore

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart Week of January 19, 2013

On the Digital Songs chart, after last week's gift card redemption frenzy wreaked havoc on the charting numbers, things have somewhat calmed down. The post-Christmas sale rise is nearly over, with significant sales dips, settling the charts without the sales distortions.
In this week saw Florida Georgia Line return to #1 with “Cruise” selling 102,588 tracks (-51%) to reach 1,738,877.
The duo swapped places with Taylor Swift at #2 as “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” sold 95,900 downloads (-59%) to reach 3,150,431. Away from the Country Digital chart Taylor’s "I Knew You Were Trouble" held at No. 1 on the Digital Songs Chart selling 326,305 (down 44%) to reach 2,367,698 downloads for her latest single.  This is its third week with sales north of 300K making her just the second female artist to top 300K in weekly sales three or more times (as a lead artist)

The Band Perry are at No.3 with their latest Gold-selling single “Better Dig Two” (R-RN). In its 10th chart week it sold 78,281 downloads (-37%) with a now tally of 656,875.

Lee Brice had the Riser of the Week, as “I Drive Your Truck” moved 35-18 .
Jason Aldean’sTake A Little Ride” passed the 1-million Platinum certification mark and Eric Church sold another 21,000 downloads for “Springsteen” to land him Double Platinum status having reached 2,009,000 units.

Looking back at the Billboard Country Digital Stats reveals:

Top-Selling Country Digital Songs, 2012:
1) Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” 3,055,000
2) Hunter Hayes, “Wanted” 2,170,000
3) Luke Bryan, “Drunk on You” 2,089,000
4) Eric Church, “Springsteen” 1,959,000
5) Little Big Town, “Pontoon” 1,786,000
6) Florida Georgia Line, “Cruise” 1,636,000
7) Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away” 1,636,000
8) Carrie Underwood, “Good Girl” 1,527,000
9) Kip Moore, “Somethin’ ’Bout a Truck” 1,316,000
10) Toby Keith, “Red Solo Cup” 1,293,000

Top-Selling Country Digital Songs, Fourth-Quarter 2012
1) Florida Georgia Line, “Cruise” 1,109,000
2) Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” 1,080,000
3) Hunter Hayes, “Wanted” 745,000
4) Taylor Swift, “Red” 729,000
5) Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away” 693,000
6) The Band Perry, “Better Dig Two” 579,000
7) Gary Allan, “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)” 563,000
8) Taylor Swift, “Begin Again” 455,000
9) Little Big Town, “Pontoon” 418,000
10) Lee Brice, “Hard to Love” 414,000

Top-Selling Country Digital Songs, Fourth Quarter 2011
1) Toby Keith, “Red Solo Cup” 904,000
2) Luke Bryan, “I Don’t Want This Night to End” 741,000
3) Blake Shelton, “God Gave Me You” 622,000
4) Lady Antebellum, “Just a Kiss” 542,000
5) The Band Perry, “If I Die Young” 525,000
6) Taylor Swift, “Ours” 480,000
7) Jason Aldean, “Dirt Road Anthem” 425,000
8) Eli Young Band, “Crazy Girl” 412,000
9) Rascal Flatts featuring Natasha Bedingfield, “Easy” 399,000
10) Jason Aldean, “Tattoos on This Town” 377,000

Top 30 Digital Singles In Country Music (January 10, 2013)

(LW) Last Week  (TW) This Week 
*Numbers are rounded to nearest 1000th


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