Friday, 25 January 2013

Country Billboard Chart News January 17, 2013

Country Billboard Chart News January 17, 2013

Singer/songwriter Chris Tomlin claims his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as his "BURNING LIGHTS" (SXSP) opens atop the list with 72,567 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Christian music veteran's new set also arrives at No. 1 on the Christian Albums chart, giving Tomlin his fourth leader on that tally. Tomlin's debut earns the largest sales week for any Christian or gospel set since Casting Crowns' "Come to the Well" debuted at No. 2 on the Nov. 5, 2011 chart with 99,000.
Last week's No. 1 album, the "Les Miserables" soundtrack, slips to No. 3 with 51,528 (down 44%)

Taylor Swift's "RED" dropped one place on the Top 200 to No. 4 with 48,948 copies sold (down 29%) in her 12th chart week. RED, leads the Top Billboard Country Albums chart for a 12th week (its entire chart life).

This  pushes its to-date total to 3,224,930 copies sold. Of the 48,948 copies sold in this retail week 28,551 were Physical Albums (-25% / 2,310,641 total) and the remaining 20,397 copies were Digital Albums (-33% / 914,288 total)

RUSSELL MOORE & IIIRD TYME OUT bowed at #161 on the Top 200 with TIMELESS HITS FROM THE PAST  (CB) selling 2,897 copies of the Cracker Barrel exclusive album and celebrated a No. 1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart.  The album, made up of classic country hits re-recorded in the band's signature bluegrass style, gives a modern flare to the popular music originally recorded by Elvis, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, and Tammy Wynette, among others.  

All the Top 25 Country albums suffered double digit sales dips . Luke Bryan with TAILGATES & TANLINES moved up 2 places to No.3 with sales of 16,430 (-16%). In 75 chart weeks he has compiled a 1,792,125 tally
The soundtrack for ABC TV’s “Nashville” moved 6-4 to enter the Top 5 for the first time. It sold 16,358 (-14% / 155,791 total). This gave the Big Machine Label Group 3 of the Top 5 albums on this chart joining label sweetheart Taylor Swift & FGL’s HERE'S TO THE GOOD TIMES which sold 18,047 (-12% / 219,827 total)

Carrie Underwood took a chart tumble in this week, from #2 to #9, as the iTunes and Amazon sales ceased. BLOWN AWAY (ARNV), in its 37th chart week, sold 10,893 copies, down 53%, the album has so far sold 1,236,949.

Brantley Gilbert, who just got engaged, saw his sales of HALFWAY TO HEAVEN (VALO) pass the 800K mark after 70 chart weeks to reach 800,411.

To coincide with the FX drama's fourth-season premiere, Madison Gate Records released the first official soundtrack album Justified: Music From The Original Television Series (MADG) on January 8, 2013.  The FX series starring Timothy Olyphant began its fourth season last week. The album features a collection of 13 hand-selected and fan-favorite songs from the Sony Pictures Television/FX Productions original series, JUSTIFIED.
The album sold 727 copies in its debut week with a #99 place on the Inde Chart and a #45 slot on the Billboard Soundtrack Chart. The album includes:
The main title theme "Long Hard Times To Come," by Gangstagrass featuring T.O.N.E.-z.
A recording of "Stand By Your Man" by Beverley Staunton (from Season 1's 'Hatless')
"Harlan County Line" by Dave Alvin (from Season 2's 'The Life Inside' and 'The I of the Storm')
"Justified" from the Cumberland River Band (from Season 2's 'For Blood or Money')  
>>  YouTube
"We Lost It" by Brennen Leigh and Jesse Dayton (from Season 2's 'Bloody Harlan')
See the full track list on UK iTunes . The Justified - Season 3 [DVD] Box Set is released on 25 Feb 2013

Katie Armiger’s album “FALL INTO ME”, released on January 15th on the Cold River Records label should hopefully impact on the chart next week. It’s the 21 year old’s fourth album of her career.

Billboard Top 200  (week of January 26, 2013)

(Country Album positions #1 - #25)

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

Billboard Country Album Chart History
#1 CDS: The top selling CDs in 2008, 2003, 1998, 1993, and 1988 were:

2008: TAYLOR SWIFT   Taylor Swift  (Big Machine)
2003: HOME   The Dixie Chicks (Monument)
1998: SEVENS  Garth Brooks (Capitol)
1993: THE CHASE Garth Brooks (Capitol)
1988: ALWAYS & FOREVER Randy Travis (Warner Bros)

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 Top the chart with “Cruise” for a fifth non-consecutive week. This massively successful single has now spent 25 weeks on Hot Country Songs and 31 weeks on the Country Digital Songs selling 1,810,398 copies.

Blake Shelton soars from No. 45 to No. 6 in his second week on Hot Country Songs chart with “Sure Be Cool If You Did” (Warner Bros./WMN). This dramatic  leap is fueled heavily by a No. 1 bow on Country Digital Songs, where it starts with 97,557 copies first-week downloads sold.
“Sure” is currently available as a stand-alone single and claims Airplay Gainer honors on Hot Country Songs, as it charges 32-23 on Country Airplay with a 155% increase to 10.7 million audience impressions among the panel’s 126 reporters, according to Nielsen BDS.
“Sure” marks Shelton’s 16th Hot Country Songs top 10, 12 of which have reached No. 1. Prior to his latest top 10, his last seven such hits rose to the top, a streak most recently kept intact with “Over,” which led for two weeks in September.

Brad Paisley also adds to his Hot Country Songs top 10 total. His “Southern Comfort Zone” (Arista Nashville) , after 17 weeks on the chart, moved  14-10 and lifts 8-5 (29 million, up 6%) on Country Airplay. It’s his 29th Hot Country Songs top 10 and first since “Remind Me,” with Carrie Underwood, led the Sept. 10, 2011, chart (becoming his 18th No. 1). “Zone” could start a new top 10 streak for Paisley, who peaked at No. 15 with his last entry, “Camouflage,” in December 2011. Previously, he reached the top tier with 27 consecutive radio-promoted singles (excluding holiday fare), from 2000’s two-week No. 1 “We Danced” through “Remind.” 
** “Southern Comfort Zone” is available on  Amazon UK  **

Taylor Swift debuts onto Hot Country Songs with “The Moment I Knew” (Big Machine) at No. 16. The song starts at No. 2 on Country Digital Songs (79,214 copies sold)

A folk music icon enters Hot Country songs as a writer, as Darius Rucker’s recording of “Wagon Wheel” (Capitol Nashville) debuts at No. 32. Bob Dylan wrote the song’s chorus, with Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor finishing it. The bluegrass/folk band’s version of the track spent a week on Country Digital Songs at No. 43 the week of Oct. 13, 2012. Rucker’s start marks Dylan’s first Hot Country Songs appearance as a writer since 1998, when Garth Brooks’ cover of Dylan’s 1997 composition “To Make You Feel My Love” reigned for a frame.

Train’sBruises” (Columbia/Nine North), which bows at No. 50 on Hot Country Songs. The cut, featuring Ashley Monroe, from the Pistol Annies, is the band’s second chart entry: Its No. 3 Billboard Hot 100 hit “Hey, Soul Sister” reached No. 52 in 2010.

Florida Georgia Line with “Cruise” stay at No.1!
Hunter Hayes with former number one “Wanted” is up, #3 - #2
The Band Perry with “Better Dig Two” are up one slot, #4 - #3
Gary Allan with “Every Storm” (Runs Out Of Rain) is up one, #5 - #4
Taylor Swift with former #1 ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” falls three, #2 - #5
Blake Shelton with “Sure Be Cool If You Did” leaps up 39 places, #45 - #6  
Jason Aldean (w Luke Bryan & Eric Church) and “The Only Way I Know” is up, #8 - #7
Randy Houser with “How Country Feels” is down one slot, #7 - #8
Zac Brown Band with “Goodbye In Her Eyes”, is down three, #6 - #9
Brad Paisley with “Southern Comfort Zone” is up four, #14 - #10
Tim McGraw with “One Of Those Nights” is up four, #15 - #11
Little Big Town with “Tornado” are down one, #11 - #12
Hunter Hayes with “Somebody’s Heartbreak” stays at #13
Carrie Underwood with “Blown Away”, falls 5 slots, #9 - #14
Carrie Underwood with “Two Black Cadillacs” is up one, #16 - #15
Taylor Swift with “The Moment I Knew” debuts at #16
Kip Moore with “Beer Money” falls seven, #10 - #17
Justin Moore with “Til My Last Day” is down six, #12 - #18
Kacey Musgraves with “Merry Go ‘Round” is up one,  #20 - #19
Taylor Swift with “Begin Again” is down two, #18 - #20
Luke Bryan with “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” drops four, #17 - #21
Dierks Bentley with “Tip It On Back” stays at #22
Lee Brice with “Hard To Love” is down four, #19 - #23
Lee Brice with “I Drive Your Truck” is up one place, #25 - #24
Thompson Square with “If I Didn’t Have You” are up two slots, #27 - #25

Hot Country Songs
*** No. 1 (5 weeks)  ***  Cruise” Florida Georgia Line
** Greatest Gainer/Streaming ** No. 2 “Wanted” Hunter Hayes
Greatest Gainer/Airplay No. 6 “Sure Be Cool If You Did” Blake Shelton
** Hot Shot Debut ** No. 16 “The Moment I Knew” Taylor Swift
** Greatest Gainer/Digital” No.40 “If I Didn’t Have You” Thompson Square   
Debut No.32 “Wagon Wheel” Darius Rucker
Debut No.35 “Change Your Mind” Clare Bowen & Sam PalladioJerrod Niemann 
Debut No.48 “Changed” Rascal Flatts
Debut No.50  “Bruises” Train featuring Ashley Monroe

Chart History
Dolly Parton 67th birthday was on January 19. Back in 1979, turning the clock back 34 years, she had a No.1 Hot Country Single with the double-A-sided single “I Really Got The Feeling” / ”Baby I'm Burning” (flip side).

This how the Top 10 chart looked at the time

Billboard Top Ten For Week Ending January 20, 1979:
1. “I Really Got The Feeling”/ “Baby I'm Burning” Dolly Parton (RCA)
      >> YouTube
2. “Why Have You Left The One You Left Me For” Crystal Gayle (United Artists)
3. “Your Love Had Taken Me That High” Conway Twitty (MCA)
4. “Every Which Way But Loose” Eddie Rabbitt (Elektra)
5. “The Official Historian On Shirley Jean Burrell” Statler Brothers (Mercury)
6. “Back On My Mind Again”/ “Santa BarbaraRonnie Milsap (RCA)
7. “Come On In” Oak Ridge Boys (ABC)
8. “Lady Lay Down” John Conlee (ABC)
9. “Texas When I Die” Tanya Tucker (MCA)
10. “I've Done Enough Dying Today” Gatlin Brothers (Monument)

Billboard Country Airplay Chart Week of January 26, 2013

Zac Brown Band’sGoodbye in Her Eyes” (Atlantic/Southern Ground) heads the Country Airplay for a third week, despite a less than 1% decrease to 36.7 million impressions.

The group has logged the second-longest rule of its nine No. 1s. The band led the longest with its previous topper: “Keep Me in Mind” began a four-week domination the week of Dec. 24, 2011. Of its first seven No. 1s, Zac Brown Band led for two weeks with four titles—including its first leader, “Chicken Fried” (2008), Their other three No. 1s held for one week.
“Goodbye” sold 25,329 downloads in this chart week, down 20% and has reached a figure of 358,039. It holds a No.16 placement on the Country Digital Chart.

Randy Houser withHow Country Feels” (Stoney Creek), which rose 3-2 (34.8 million, up 6%) . His first top ten, “Boots On” peaked at #2 in 2009
Gary Allan’s “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)” (MCA Nashville) rounds out the top three, climbing 6-3 (33.3 million, up 11%).
Blake Shelton after his debut last week on Country Airplay at No. 32—marked his second-best bow among 31 career entries—moving 32-22 with Greatest Gainer/Most Added honors (+6.533 Gain in Millions/71 ADDS/+1331 increased plays) for “Sure Be Cool If You Did” (Warner Bros./WMN) written by R.Clawson, C.Tompkins and J.Robbins. The song soared by 155% to 10.7 million impressions, led by 63 plays last week at KAJA San Antonio, 53 at KMLE Phoenix and 45 at KSSN Salt Lake City.

Tim McGraw notched his 48th top 10 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, as  One of These Nights” (Big Machine) lifts 12-9 in its 11th week, gaining by 10% to 24 million audience impressions among the chart’s 126 reporting stations during the Jan. 7-13 tracking week. The song marks McGraw’s 48th Country Airplay top 10, dating to his first, “Indian Outlaw,” which reached the region the week of March 26, 1994. Since the chart adopted BDS-monitored data the week of Jan. 20, 1990, only George Strait (60) and Alan Jackson (51) have totaled more top 10s.
McGraw’s previous chart entry, and first top 10 for Big Machine, “Truck Yeah,” which reached No. 10 the week of Oct. 27, 2012. The singles grant McGraw his first consecutive top 10 charted titles since “Let It Go” (which rose to No. 2) and “Nothin’ to Die For” (No. 5) in 2008-2009.

Two titles debut on Country Airplay this week, led by Taylor Swift’sAll Too Well” (Big Machine) at No. 58. The song is the third entry from her album RED.  “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” peaked at No. 13 on Country Airplay, while “Begin Again” spends a fourth week at its No. 10 peak (to date) this week.

Charlie Worsham starts at No. 60 on Country Airplay with “Could It Be Me” (Warner Bros./WAR), his first chart entry. Watch his Grand Ole Opry performance of the song on

Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (3 weeks) *** "Goodbye In Her Eyes" Zac Brown Band
** Most Increased Audience/ Most Added ** No.22 "Sure Be Cool If You Did" Blake Shelton
* Hot Shot Debut * No. 58  "All Too Well" Taylor Swift >> Audio
Debut No. 60 "Could It Be" Charlie Worsham

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart Week of January 26, 2013

Blake Shelton debuts at #1 on the Billboard Digital Singles Chart.
His new single “Sure Be Cool if You Did” sold 97,557 copies this week. This is Blake’s first leader on the chart since “God Gave Me You” reigned for four weeks in October/November 2011.
>> [LISTEN] Blake Shelton - "Sure Be Cool If You Did"
It's available on & US iTunes only

Taylor Swift with “The Moment I Knew,” one of the few previously Target-exclusive bonus tracks from “RED” sold 79,214 copies to debut at No.2.
Taylor will be eyeing sales figures on more albums than her own RED. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, which fell 2-7 (selling 54,839 copies, -43%) has been added to two compilations: 2013 Grammy Nominees (due Jan. 22) and Now That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 45 (Feb. 5).
Her song “Ours” also appears on Now That’s What I Call Love Songs (Feb. 5).
Her second country radio single from RED “Begin Again” fell 17-21, selling 21,272 (-31%) and has reached a total sales figure of 727,465.
Over on the Digital Songs chart her ‘dubstep’ creation “I Knew You Were Trouble in its 13th retail week holds the #2 slot with sales of 261,324 (-20%) with a total tally of 2,629,022.

As Taylor Swift bullets at No. 4 (with Airplay Gainer honors) on the Hot 100 with"I Knew You Were Trouble.," she debuts another "knew" track: "The Moment I Knew"which started at No. 64. The latter song bows after being released digitally in the iTunes Store. It's also on the U.S. Target-exclusive deluxe physical edition of parent album "Red." It was previously available digitally in North America on the set's Canadian version.
The new "Knew" marks Swift's 57th Hot 100 entry, pushing her past Madonna and Dionne Warwick for the second-most appearances among women in the chart's 54-year history. With 73, only Aretha Franklin has more. (Among all acts, the "Glee" cast leads with 205.)
Notably, Swift has benefited from charting in an era in which album cuts, as opposed to only commercially-available singles (often promoted to radio), can appear on the Hot 100 (a rule change enacted the week of Dec. 5, 1998). Of her 57 Hot 100 hits, 20 have spent just one week on the chart, a majority of which arrived thanks to hefty digital sales the weeks that her albums "Fearless" (2008), "Speak Now" (2010) and "Red" (2012) debuted atop the Billboard 200 album chart.

Still, Swift's top 10 total - 14 - is in line with most of the other women with the highest sums of Hot 100 visits. While Madonna has tallied a Hot 100-record 38 top 10s, Franklin has collected 17 and Warwick, 12.
Updated ranking of the women with the most charted Hot 100 titles:
73, Aretha Franklin / 57, Taylor Swift / 56, Madonna /56, Dionne Warwick /
53, Connie Francis / 48, Brenda Lee /44, Mariah Carey /42, Nicki Minaj /
41, Barbra Streisand /40, Mary J. Blige /40, Diana Ross /39, Janet Jackson / 39, Rihanna

Back to the Billboard Country Digital Chart, last week’s #1, “Cruise” from Florida Georgia Line dropped 1-3, selling 71,521 units, down 30% on the previous week haul of 102,588 downloads. It has now sold 1,810,398 copies.

The Band Perry’sBetter Dig Two,”, at No.4, sold another 70,135 copies of their lead single from their as-yet-unnamed second album.
Hunter HayesWanted” sold 60,947 units, down 22%, and holds the #5 slot this week. The single is gaining traction on the Pop and Adult Contemporary radio charts which is helping his former Hot Country Song number one rise back up on that chart to No.2. The track has now sold 2,338,246 copies.

Other new songs on the Top 30 were Darius Rucker who sold 24,603 downloads and debuts at #17 with “Wagon Wheel,” his second single taken from from the upcoming “TRUE BELIEVERS” album, his third for Capitol Nashville due out in June.  >> [LISTEN] to "Wagon Wheel"

The Clare Bowen/Sam Palladio duet “Change Your Mind” (BGMA) from ABC TV’s “Nashville” bows at #19 with sales of 23,699.

Top 30 Digital Singles In Country Music (January 17, 2013)

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



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