Saturday, 23 February 2013

Country Billboard Chart News February 7, 2013

Country Billboard Chart News February 7, 2013

Justin Bieber in this chart week (Feb 16, 2013) becomes the first artist in chart history to land five #1 albums or EPs while still in his teens. The 18-year old achieves the feat as BELIEVE ACOUSTIC (ISL) enters The Billboard 200 at #1. The album follows My World 2.0, the EP Never Say Never: The Remixes, Under The Mistletoe and Believe.
Miley Cyrus landed four #1 albums while still in her teens (counting Hannah Montana albums). She scored with Hannah Montana, Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus, Breakout and the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack, all by age 16. In third place is Britney Spears, who landed three #1 albums while still in her teens. She scored with …Baby One More Time, Oops!...I Did It Again and Britney, all by age 19.
In addition, Bieber becomes the first Canadian artist in chart history to land five #1 albums. He surpasses Neil Young, who has had four. Young scored with the 1972 classic Harvest and also with three albums with Crosby, Stills Nash & Young: Déjà vu, 4 Way Street and So Far.

The 211,051 tally for Believe Acoustic in its includes 158K digital copies, which also put it at #1 on Top Digital Albums. That’s the biggest one-week digital tally in history for a teen act. He broke his own record: Believe sold 139K digital copies in its first week. (Taylor Swift’s Fearless is in third place. It sold 129K digital copies in its debut week.)
Believe Acoustic sold 211K copies in its first week. This is the heftiest tally for an album released in the month of January since Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now sold 481K copies in the week ending Jan. 31, 2010.

Gary Allan’s SET YOU FREE (MCAN) sold 33,921 copies, down 68% in its 2nd week at retail (140,124 total) drops from #1 to #8 on the Billboard Top 200.
It’s #1 on Top Country Albums for the second week. It’s Allan’s first album to spend two weeks on top of the Billboard Country Chart. 2005’s TOUGH ALL OVER and 2007’s GREATEST HITS each had one week at #1. Allan’s #1 streak will end next weeks as Tim McGraw’s new album with arrive on the Big Machine label.
Taylor Swift’s RED hold the No. 2 Country album place (#10 top 200) selling 29,047 copies in its 15th week to reach 3,328,794

Kris Kristofferson’s FEELING MORTAL which was released later in America than the UK debuts with sales around 2,000 copies sold.

New trio Blue Sky Rider,s released their album FINALLY HOME. It did not appear on The Billbord Top 200 or Country Top 25 but is believed to have charted at #9 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.
The group consist of a “veritable who's who of music royalty”, and counts the iconic Kenny Loggins, Nashville hitmaker Georgia Middleman (who has penned songs for Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney and others) and highly respected award-winning songwriter Gary Burr its ranks.
Blue Sky Riders-TV-The Tonight Show-Jay Leno

Burr began his career as a member of the group Pure Prairie League from 1982 to 1985, taking over after Vince Gill departed the group. Burr has penned hits for a plethora of country artists (and a few Pop and Rock artists).
Burr's first Top-10 hit as a songwriter was "Love's Been A Little Bit Hard On Me" released by Juice Newton; the single reached #7 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1982. Other notable country crackers include:
Watch Me" - Lorrie Morgan , "Sure Love" - Hal Ketchum , "We Don't Have to Do This" - Tanya Tucker , ""I Try to Think About Elvis" - Patty Loveless , "Bus Ride"- Suzy Bogguss, "Can't Be Really Gone" - Tim McGraw  and "To Be Loved by You" - Wynonna .
Gary Burr blogs : “We were the number one selling country rock CD on Amazon!!! I believe “country rock” is a category for bands like Pablo Cruise and Commander Cody. But we’ll take it
The creative spark that ignited Blue Sky Riders was struck when Loggins and Burr began working on songs together. Their chemistry inspired them both to "get back on the horse" and start a new band. Loggins welcomed the challenge but wanted to add a third, female voice. Burr, whose accolades include being named Songwriter of the Year by ASCAP, Billboard and NSAI, suggested Middleman. She quickly accepted their invitation and Blue Sky Riders were born.
The group recently performed at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café in Park City, Utah during the prestigious film festival. Backstage they talked about the joys of combining their three voices, trusting each other’s instincts and what their newfound collaboration means to them  >>  YouTube - Album Review - HI Res Audio tracks
On Jan 24, 2013 as part of promoting the album they officially nailed their first performance on late night TV appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Watch “I Get It” (A Valentine from Blue Sky Riders) >> Lyric/Art Video
FINALLY HOME is available on Amazon UK

Billboard Top 200  (week of February 16, 2013)

(Country Album positions #1 - #25)

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

Future Album Releases:
Jadia Dreyer I Am Jadia Dreyer (Feb/26)
Ashley Monroe Like A Rose (March/5)
Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer Different Park (March/19)
Blake Shelton Based On A True Story ... (March/26)
Thompson Square Just Feels Good (March/26)
Maggie Rose Cut To Impress (March/26)
The Band Perry TBA (April/2)
Gretchen Wilson Right On Time (April/2)
Brad Paisley Wheelhouse (April/9)
Eric Church Caught In The Act: Live (April/9)
Willie Nelson Let's Face The Music And Dance (April/16)
Kenny Chesney Life On A Rock (April/30)
Natalie Maines Mother (May/7)

Country Album Chart History

The top selling CDs during the first week of February during the 1990s:
1990: Killin' Time  Clint Black  (RCA)
1991: No Fences   Garth Brooks  (Capitol)
1992: Ropin' The Wind  Garth Brooks  (Capitol)
1993: Some Gave All  Billy Ray Cyrus  (Mercury)
1994: Common Thread: The Songs Of The Eagles  Various Artists   (Giant)
1995: The Hits   Garth Brooks  (Capitol)
1996: The Woman In Me   Shania Twain   (Mercury)
1997: Blue  LeAnn Rimes   (Curb)
1998: You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs   LeAnn Rimes   (Curb)
1999: Wide Open Spaces  Dixie Chicks  (Monument)

Billboard Top Ten Country Albums For Week Ending February 8, 1986:
1. Greatest Hits Volume 2   Hank Williams, Jr.  (Warner Bros)
2. Hang On To Your Heart-Exile-Epic
3. Streamline-Lee Greenwood-MCA
4. The Heart Of The Matter-Kenny Rogers-RCA
5. Rockin' With The Rhythm-the Judds-RCA
6. Sweet Dreams-The Life And Times Of Patsy Cline-Soundtrack-MCA
7. Shakin'-Sawyer Brown-Capitol
8. Greatest Hits-Earl Thomas Conley-RCA
9. Won't Be Blue Anymore-Dan Seals-EMI America
10. I Have Returned-Ray Stevens-MCA

Top 25 Hot Country Songs (week of February 16, 2013)

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:

The Band Perry’sBetter Dig Two” (Republic Nashville) in its 14th chart week, returns to the Hot Country Songs summit for a second week after being replaced last week by Gary Allan’s “Every Storm (Runs out of Rain)” (MCA Nashville) which drops to No.2.

Kenny Chesney ropes the Hot Shot Debut at No. 35 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs with “Pirate Flag” (Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville), the lead track from his upcoming LIFE ON A ROCK album, due April 30. The new track premiered Jan. 31 on Chesney’s No Shoes Radio stream, and a videoclip debuted on Feb. 8 on cable outlets CMT and GAC platforms.
The swirl of activity surrounding “Flag” builds excitement for Chesney’s No Shoes Nation tour, which kicks off March 16 in Tampa, Fla. Released digitally on Feb. 5, “Flag” should experience a strong second-week improvement in rank on Hot Country Songs. A similar bump (chart wise not belly1) is expected for Lady Antebellum’s Downtown” (Capitol Nashville), which arrived at digital retailers the same day.
“Downtown” flies 42-34 in its second week on Hot Country Songs, where it draws Greatest Gainer applause for the chart’s biggest overall airplay surge (up 75% to 14.5 million audience impressions).

Top 25 Hot Country Songs (week of February 16, 2013)

The Band Perry with “Better Dig Two” return to the Top The Chart, up one slots, #2 - #1
Gary Allan with last weeks #1, “Every Storm” (Runs Out Of Rain) is down one, #1 - #2
Hunter Hayes with former number one “Wanted” stays at #3
Blake Shelton with “Sure Be Cool If You Did” is up three places, #7 - #4 
Jason Aldean (w Luke Bryan & Eric Church) and “The Only Way I Know” stays at #5
Florida Georgia Line with former #1 “Cruise” drops to slots, #4 - #6
Tim McGraw with “One Of Those Nights” is up one, #8 - #7
Carrie Underwood with “Two Black Cadillacs” is up two, #10 - #8
Randy Houser with “How Country Feels” is down three notches, #6 - #9
Little Big Town with “Tornado” is up one, #11 - #10
Brad Paisley with “Southern Comfort Zone” is up one slot, #12 - #11
Taylor Swift with former #1 ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is down, #9 -#12
Hunter Hayes with “Somebody’s Heartbreak” stays at #13
Kacey Musgraves with “Merry Go ‘Round” is up one,  #15 - #14
Lee Brice with “I Drive Your Truck” is up three places, #18 - #15
Dierks Bentley with “Tip It On Back” is up one slot,  #17 - #16
Taylor Swift with “Begin Again” is up two, #19 - #17
Zac Brown Band with “Goodbye In Her Eyes”, is down four, #14 - #18
Carrie Underwood with “Blown Away”, drops 3 places, #16 - #19
Miranda Lambert with “Mama’s Broken Heart” is up five, #25 -#20
Thompson Square with “If I Didn’t Have You” stays at #21
Luke Bryan with “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” is down two places, #20 - #22
Florida Georgia Line with “Get Your Shine On” moves up four, #27- #23
George Strait with “Give It All We Got Tonight” is up 2 slots, #26 - #24
Casey James with “Crying On A Suitcase” drops one place,  #24 - #25

Hot Country Songs
*** No. 1 (2 weeks)  ***  “Better Dig Two”  The Band Perry
Greatest Gainer/Digital  No. 4 “Sure Be Cool If You Did”  Blake Shelton
Greatest Gainer/Streaming  No. 23 “Get Your Shine On”  Florida Georgia Line
Greatest Gainer/Airplay  No.34 “Downtown”  Lady Antebellum
Hot Shot Debut  No. 35 “Pirate Flag”  Kenny Chesney
Debut No.46  “Hey Pretty Girl”   Kip Moore
Debut No. 49 “All Over The Road”  Easton Corbin
Debut No.50 “Home To Me”  Sarah Darling

Billboard Top Ten Hot Country Songs for week ending February 8, 1986:

1. Hurt Juice Newton (RCA 14199) ** 1 week at No.1 ** / 14 weeks on the chart
2. Makin' Up For Lost Time Crystal Gayle And Gary Morris (Warner Bros 7-28856)
3. There's No Stopping Your Heart Marie Osmond (Capitol/Curb 5521)
4. Come On In (You Did The Best You Could) The Oak Ridge Boys (MCA 52722)
5. You Can Dream Of Me Steve Wariner (MCA 52721)
6. The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song) George Jones (EPIC 34-05698)
7. Just In Case The Forester Sisters (Warner Bros. 7-28875)
8. Think About Love Dolly Parton (RCA 14218)
9. It's Just A Matter Of Time Glen Campbell (Atlantic 7-99600)
10. I Love You By Heart  Sylvia & Michael Johnson (RCA 14217)

Billboard Country Airplay Chart Week of February 16, 2013

Jason Aldean adds to his own No. 1 count and helps the scores for his buddies and featured artists
Luke Bryan and Eric Church, as “The Only Way I Know” (Broken Bow) gains 403,000 audience impressions and steps 2-1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, in the songs 16th chart week.

The new leader is the ninth for Aldean—plus the fifth for Bryan and the third for Church—and follows three weeks at No. 1 for the lead artist’s “Take a Little Ride” last October.
Both songs are from NIGHT TRAIN, Aldean’s fifth studio album, which became his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and his third on Top Country Albums when it bowed atop both charts last November with 409,000 sold. With well more than 1 million copies sold so far, Train sold 16,000 in its 15th week on the Top Country Albums chart dated Feb. 9, while “The Only Way I Know” moved 32,000 downloads during the Jan. 21-27 tracking week.
Aldean’s new No. 1 is only the second chart-topper during the Nielsen BDS era (since January 1990) to contain more than one featured artist. That hasn’t happened since Alison Krauss and Billy Dean shared second billing on Kenny Rogers’ “Buy Me a Rose,” which crowned the May 13, 2000, chart. In the years before BDS and Billboard pioneered technology-based radio charts (1944-1989), the most artists in a No. 1 listing was four, noted when Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson led with “Highwayman” in 1985. Two years later, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris reached the summit with “To Know Him Is to Love Him.”

Top local audience contributors for “The Only Way I Know” during the Jan. 28-Feb. 3 BDS tracking week are led by 1.4 million impressions at KKGO Los Angeles, and include KKBQ Houston

 (868,000), KILT Houston (809,000), WYCD Detroit (784,000) and WUSN Chicago (753,000).
With 852 total plays since Oct. 12, 2012, BDS-monitored national delivery platforms are led by SiriusXM’s “The Highway.” Those plays are tabulated in the Billboard Country Indicator chart, where the song steps 3-2. The Band Perry with “Better Dig Two” lead on that particular chart moving 2-1 (3507 Plays / +94 / 1.092 audience)

Jason’s country rap collaboration was first released on November 12, 2012 on his Broken Bow label. It was written by David Lee Murphy and Ben Hayslip and produced by Michael Knox.
Review: Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave "The Only Way I Know" a four-star review, saying that it "sounds best at neighbor-irritating volumes."
Broken Bow now has ten chart topping hits. Craig Morgan has one with “That's What I Love About Sunday” (2005) the rest are bagged by Aldean: “Why” (2006), “She's Country” (2009), “Big Green Tractor” (2009), “The Truth ( #1 2010), “Don't You Wanna Stay” with Kelly Clarkson (2011), “Dirt Road Anthem” (2011), “ Fly Over States” (2012), “Take A Little Ride” (2012) and now “The Only Way I Know”in 2013.

[LISTEN] Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church - "The Only Way I Know"
If its your “Kinda Party” you can get it on NIGHT TRAIN album the Amazon UK
The track is available as an MP3 on

Taylor Swift’s, “Begin Again” is at #8* and climbing Billboard’s Top 10, with more than 26 million audience impressions this week alone. “Begin Again” is  at #1 on the Great American Country Top 20 Video Countdown, is at #3 at CMT, and is Top 10 at radio in Australia and Canada.
Taylor also spent her third consecutive week at #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart with “I Knew You Were Trouble.”

Kenny Chesney posts the Hot Shot Debut for this week adding Breaker, Most Increased Audience (+10.97 millions / +1449 gain for most increased plays) and Most Added honors (+65)—at No. 22 with “Pirate Flag” (Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville), the lead track from a new studio album, titled LIFE ON A ROCK due April 30. It’s Chesney’s record-extending eighth song to open in the chart’s top 25 in the Nielsen era. Garth Brooks, with four top 25 debuts, ranks second. Chesney’s best start was when “Feel Like a Rock Star” (duet with Tim McGraw) bowed at No. 13 last spring. He’s also had higher entries with the No. 16 debut of “Don’t Blink” in 2007 and “The Boys of Fall” at No. 17 three summers ago. Of his eight top 25 debuts, only “Rock Star” (No. 11 peak) and “Ain’t Back Yet (No. 23 debut and No. 3 peak in 2010) failed to reach the summit.

Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (1 week)*** "The Only Way I Know" Jason Aldean With Luke Bryan & Eric Church
** Hot Shot Debut/Most Increased Audience/Most Added ** No. 22 "Pirate Flag" Kenny Chesney
Debut No. 53 "Pretty Little Lie" Blackberry Smoke
Debut No. 58 "Carolina" Parmalee
Debut No. 59 "Redneck Crazy" Tyler Farr

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart Week of February 16, 2013

Blake Shelton’sSure Be Cool If You Did” (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville) reclaimed its former No. 1 peak on Country Digital Songs (3-1), where it sold 65,331 copies, up 8% on the previous week and a total to date of 286,517  downloads in 4 weeks.

The Band Perry remain at #2 once again this week with “Better Dig Two” with 60,225 cpies sold (-11%) and a 14 week tally of 924,810
Gary Allan’sEvery Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)” slid down from the #1 sales slot to #3. The 57,015 copies sold showed a 19% sales dip. He has amassed 870,566 downloads in 18 weeks.
Hunter Hayes’ crossover song  Wanted” held the No.4 placement and with 2,497,146 copies sold is very close to the 2.5-million mark.

Little Big Town with “Tornado” held steady at No.11. They sold another 29,617 copies to blow past the ½-million Gold RIAA status having reached a total of 509,547.

Miranda Lambert saw a sales boost of 19% for her latest single “Mama's Broken Heart” and moved 17-10 in her 5th retail week, selling 30,085 copies.

Old Crow Medicine Show’sWagon Wheel” broke the Top 30 with their own cut (1,067,000 total to date) as Darius Rucker at No.17 with his cover of the song sold 24,028 (-12%)  to reach 115,822 downloads in 4 weeks.  O.C.M.S’s song is a platinum-selling success for the string band and has picked up recent sales gains thanks to new exposure from Mr. Rucker’s high profile.

Top 30 Digital Singles In Country Music (February 7, 2013)

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


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