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Country Billboard Chart News March 21, 2013

Country Billboard Chart News March 21, 2013

Bon Jovi scored its fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as WHAT ABOUT NOW debuts with 95,798 sales in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the act's third straight studio album to debut at No. 1, following "The Circle" (2009) and "Lost Highway" (2007). They previously claimed No. 1s with "New Jersey" (1988) and "Slippery When Wet" (1986).
The veteran band beat the also-debuting David Bowie, arrived at a career-high No. 2 in Americawith "The Next Day," selling 84,764. The rock legend's new album -- his first studio set since 2003 -- earns his largest sales week for an album since SoundScan started tracking data in 1991. (Bowie's previous best SoundScan-era sales frame came when 2002's "Heathen" started with 55,000 at No. 14.)
The Next Day debuts at #1 on The Official U.K. Album chart. It’s Bowie’s ninth #1 album in his home country; his first since Black Tie White Noise in April 1993. Bowie first topped the U.K. chart in May 1973 with Aladdin Sane, giving him a nearly 40 year span of U.K. #1 albums. (What About Now debuted at #2 in the U.K., which means both countries favored their native born acts.)
The New Jersey-based rockers Bon Jovi have country music connections when certified platinum country trio Sugarland united with them for an episode of the critically acclaimed series CMT Crossroads. Before an invitation-only audience at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, Bon Jovi and Sugarland performed songs from both groups, including the Bon Jovi hits "Livin' on a Prayer," "Wanted Dead or Alive" and "You Give Love a Bad Name," as well as Sugarland's hit, "Baby Girl." The episode also included the premiere live performance of "Who Says You Can't Go Home?" -- a collaboration from Bon Jovi's album, HAVE A NICE DAY, featuring Sugarland lead singer, Jennifer Nettles who scored a No. 1 country single with it in 2005. The Jon Bon/Jennifer pairing had stretched out at different awards shows to perform Beyoncé's "Irreplaceable," the Dream Academy's Britpop hit "Life in a Northern Town" and the B-52s' "Love Shack."
The song was nominated and won at the Grammys 2007 Best for Country Collaboration With Vocals giving Jon Bon Jovi his 18th career Grammy.
At the 39th Annual CMA Awards on Nov. 15, 2005 the awards took over The Big Apple, as Brooks & Dunn hosted the celebration from New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden. Watch Bon Jovi & Sugarland perform the song live >> YouTube
Last year Rose Falcon's country EP 19th Avenue was released on May 1, 2012 and received a major endorsement from Jon Bon Jovi.

On strictly country music maters last week's No. 1, Luke Bryan's "Spring Break . . . Here to Party," fell to No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 but retained its No.1 place on Bilboard Country Album chart with 60,682 sales, down 59%, giving him a 2-week total of 210,485.
Bryan’s previous album, Tailgates & Tanlines, logged four weeks at #1 on the country chart.
Springbreakers: Luke Bryan took a break from his Dirt Road Diaries Tour to climb up on a speaker and perform to a sea of babes and bros in Panama City Beach, FL.
Watch the Spring Break edition of Bryan's LBTV
>>  YouTube = Havin' fun and gettin' drunk?!!
Luke is slated to showcase a brand new song from a forthcoming album at the ACM Awards April 7th at which he will co-host with Mr.Blake Shelton.

On the Top 200 the country placings were largely negative. Holding with steady sales of 26,081 at No.2 on the Country chart is Florida Georgia Line with HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES which past the 400K mark to reach 411,389.
Staying at No.3  in her 21st chart week is Taylor Swift’s RED. Its sales of 18,529 were down 7% to reach a new tally of 3,526,565
Taylor Swift’s career album sales tally is now 20,737,000.
That puts her in third place among female country artists since 1991.  
(Source Paul Grein Yahoo)
1. Shania Twain (34,250,000)
2. Reba McEntire (30,118,000)
3. Taylor Swift (20,737,000)
4. LeAnn Rimes (20,500,000)

Tim McGraw’s Two Lanes Of Freedom moved 4-5, sales of 13,180 were down 18% to reach 226,368 in 6 chart weeks.

Looking at some of recent chart entries Emmylou & Rodney Crowell’s OLD YELLOW MOON at No. 13 sold 5,733 (down 41%; 31,415 sold in 3 weeks). Ashley Monroe in her second week with LIKE A ROSE dropped 10-18 (4,315 sales; down 60%; 15,066 total) and The Mavericks dropped 16-20 with IN TIME selling 3,593 copies (down 34%, 22,822 sold in 3 weeks)

Shooter Jennings was the only new entry on the Top 25 and got the Hot Shot Debut at No. 19 on the Country Chart (No.130 BB Top 200) with THE OTHER LIFE (Black Country Rock/eOne), which sells 3,947 copies. Jennings’ history on Top Country Albums includes six previous entries—his best rank was a No. 10 peak with FAMILY MAN a year ago.
Extract Reviews for Shooter Jennings - The Other Life
The new Shooter Jennings album ”The Other Life” is a conversation starter. Specifically it is a catalyst for two related reflections. The first is family. The second is the current state of the Country Music industry. With Nashville as a hub, these two conversations create a coherent theme......“The Other Life”, does not get bogged down in the politics of Country Music History. There is a balanced mix of Outlaw Country and Rock. He also is joined by other singers such as Patty Griffin (“Wild and Lonesome”) and Scott H. Biram (“The White Trash Song”). With his own vision of the future and a nod the past, we see Shooter Jennings standing above the crowd as he hits his stride....... He fully realizes here what he's been attempting all along. Box these sounds whichever way you want to, but they are all Shooter Jennings, and as music, The Other Life is all killer, no filler.

GAC Album Review by Daryl Addison: He may be the son of one of country music’s most heralded outlaws, but don’t use that label to describe Shooter Jennings. For the 33-year old Shooter, whose new album The Other Life hit stores on March 12, the current landscape of outlaw-inspired country lacks the fiercely independent spirit of his iconic father, Waylon, and the gang of musicians originally given that name. Seemingly always at odds with the mainstream, Shooter portrays himself more as an outsider by choice on his new 11-song set through a mix of Americana roots/rock, traditional country and a strong dose of 1970s psychedelia.
Many of the cuts on The Other Life came out of sessions for Shooter’s 2012 record, Family Man, which marked a return to a more country foundation after his industrial rock-influenced record, Black Ribbons. Opening with the mostly instrumental sci-fi theme, “Flying Saucer Song,” Shooter proclaims himself a misfit as dramatic piano and a Pink Floyd-esque chord progression fill the air. The rest of the project leans decidedly more country, but this serves as an early sign that The Other Life is Shooter’s most complete record to date, pulling sounds from all over his extremely diverse catalog....... However, the songs here are packed with attitude, as on the gritty barn burner, “The Low Road,” which advocates bringing the fight when necessary. Shooter himself brings both the fight and a biting independence on The Other Life, his best record since 2006’s Electric Rodeo, and a rugged outlier in today’s country music landscape.

Allmusic (4 STARS) : Shooter Jennings has always demanded to be taken on his own terms. If 2012's Family Man was his most "country" album, The Other Life is its companion and mirror, not its follow-up. Six of these tracks were cut at the earlier album's sessions, including the firebrand "Outlaw You," the tune for the music video that was a musical middle finger to Eric Church and Jason Aldean (which has curiously gone unanswered). The Other Life is wilder, darker, rowdier, and more diverse than its predecessor. ....Jennings truly came into his own on Family Man, but on The Other Life, he pushes the boundaries further, offering some of the finest songs he's written to date. He fully realizes here what he's been attempting all along. Box these sounds whichever way you want to, but they are all Shooter Jennings, and as music, The Other Life is all killer, no filler.

Watch: Wielding only his acoustic guitar and whiskey-soaked voice, Shooter Jennings fires off a powerful version of the title track from his new album, "The Other Life" see the video at

The “Other Life”  [Import] 11 tracks Time: 47:38 is available at Amazon UK CD -  Amazon UK MP3

In his 81st chart week Jake Owen’s BAREFOOT BLUE JEAN NIGHT (RCNA) rounds out the Top 25 country albums. His sales of 2,382, up 16%, takes him past 400K with a new retail tally of 401,014

Of note, Award-winning recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman’s new CD with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, DEEP ROOTS, debuted at No. 68 on Billboard Top 200 and landed a #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart and #2 on the Contemporary Christian Chart. The CD, released on March 11, was available exclusively at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations, iTunes, and
Chapman had long dreamt of releasing a country/bluegrass-infused album that would allow him to revisit his Kentucky roots. He does just that on Deep Roots with all new recordings of several beloved hymns such as "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" featuring Ricky Skaggs and “Life is Like a Mountain Railroad (Life’s Railway to Heaven),” featuring Herb Chapman Sr. and Herb Chapman, Jr. New versions of some of his greatest hits including “His Eyes,”“Be Still and Know,” and “Cinderella,” are also featured...EB Media PR Press Release

Related Post The Billboard 615 (by Chuck Dauphin): Steven Curtis Chapman Unplugs for 'Deep Roots' Album

Billboard Top 200  (Issue dated Chart week of March 30, 2013)

(Country Album positions #1 - #25)

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

Top 25 Hot Country Songs (week of March 30, 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:

Blake Shelton logs a fourth straight week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs with “Sure Be Cool If You Did,” (Warner Bros./WMN)

The No. 3 title is Miranda Lambert’sMama’s Broken Heart” (RCA Nashville). Lambert is looking to unseat her husband to gain her first No. 1 on Hot Country Songs since the chart’s ranking method changed last fall from core country radio audience to a digital/streaming/airplay hybrid with an expanded radio panel. She most recently topped the HCS tally with “Over You” last May.

The Band Perry draws Hot Shot Debut applause at No. 23 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs with “DONE.” (Republic Nashville), the second single from PIONEER, the sibling trio’s sophomore album, due April 2. The threesome debuted higher just once, when the album’s lead single, “Better Dig Two,” opened at No. 9 last November on its way to two weeks at No. 1 in February. The new song also posted the highest start of the week at No. 11 on Country Digital Songs, where it bows with 32,000 downloads.
Awww!! Recent big congrats were in order to ASCAP songwriters and best buds Shane McAnally, Brandy Clark and Trevor Rosen, who co-wrote The Band Perry's recent #1 smash, "Better Dig Two" which stands at No.12. The song marks Shane's 5th and both Brandy and Trevor's first #1!

Also noteworthy on Hot Country Songs is the Digital Gainer nod for Tim McGraw’sHighway Don’t Care” (Big Machine), his collaboration with Taylor Swift, which jumps 26-21 with a 31% spike (42,000 sold, up 10,000). The track also surges 13-6 on Country Digital Songs, where it debuted at No. 1 on the Feb. 23 chart.
Up 15% in audience impressions, Chris Young’sI Can Take It From There” (RCA Nashville) gets the Airplay Gainer nod (21-18), marking his highest rank since “You” led the chart for one week a year ago.
Luke Bryan’sBuzzkill” (Capitol Nashville) bullets at No. 29 in its second week on Hot Country Songs,
picking up the Streaming Gainer trophy during its first full week of streaming availability.

Darius Rucker’s cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel” (Capitol Nashville) made a consecutive weekly jump, 11-5 in its 10th chart week. It also moved up 3-2 on Country Digital Songs, to gain valuable sales points with 61,000 copies sold.
With her first solo appearance in nine years, Sheryl Crow opens at No. 43 on Hot Country Songs with “Easy,” her first release on Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville.

Top 25 Hot Country Songs (week of March 30, 2013)

Blake Shelton with “Sure Be Cool If You Did” stays Top The Chart for a 4th week, #1
Lady Antebellum with “Downtown” is up one, #3 - #2 
Miranda Lambert with “Mama’s Broken Heart” is down one slot, #2 - #3
Carrie Underwood with “Two Black Cadillacs” stays parked at #4
Darius Rucker  with “Wagon Wheel” jumps up from #11 - #5
Lee Brice with “I Drive Your Truck” is up three, #9 - #6
Florida Georgia Line with “Get Your Shine On” is up one, #8 - #7
Hunter Hayes with “Somebody’s Heartbreak” is up two slots, #10 - #8
Hunter Hayes with former #1, “Wanted” drops four, #5 - #9
Kenny Chesney with “Pirate Flag” is up four, #14 - #10
Florida Georgia Line with former #1 “Cruise” is up two, #13 - #11
The Band Perry with former #1 “Better Dig Two” is down, #7 - #12
Tim McGraw with “One Of Those Nights” is down, #6 - #13
Thompson Square with “If I Didn’t Have You” is up one,  #15 - #14
Little Big Town with “Tornado” is down three , #12 - #15
George Strait with “Give It All We Got Tonight” is up one, #17 - #16
Kacey Musgraves with “Merry Go ‘Round” is down one,  #16 - #17
Chris Young with “I Can Take It From Here” is up three, #21 - #18
Gary Allan with former #1, “Every Storm” (Runs Out Of Rain) drops, #18 - #19
Taylor Swift with former #1 ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is down, #19 - #20
Tim McGraw & Taylor Swift with “Highway Don’t Care” is up five, #26 - #21 
Eric Church with “Like Jesus Does” is up one place, #23 - #22
The Band Perry with “Done” debuts at #23
Jason Aldean (w Luke Bryan & Eric Church) and “The Only Way I Know” drops #22 - #24
Randy Houser with “How Country Feels” stays at #25

Hot Country Songs
*** No. 1 (4 weeks)  ***  “Sure Be Cool If You Did”  Blake Shelton
** Greatest Gainer/Airplay  ** No.18 “I Can Take It From There” Chris Young
** Greatest Gainer/Digital ** No.21 “Highway Don’t Care”  Tim McGraw & Taylor Swift
** Hot Shot Debut  **  No. 23  “Done”  The Band Perry
** Greatest Gainer/Streaming ** No.29 “Buzzkill”  Luke Bryan
Debut No.43 “Easy” Sheryl Crow
Debut No.48 “Lindy” Kenny Chesney

Billboard Chart History
Billboard Top Ten For Week Ending March 20, 1993:
1. Heartland (MCA) - George Strait  >>  YouTube
2. It's A Little Too Late (Capitol) - Tanya Tucker
3. Once Upon A Lifetime  (RCA) - Alabama
4. Passionate Kisses  (Columbia) - Mary Chapin Carpenter
5. When My Ship Comes In  (RCA) - Clint Black
6. What Part Of No  (BNA) - Lorrie Morgan
7. Let That Pony Run  (Arista) - Pam Tillis
8. Learning To Live Again (Capitol) - Garth Brooks
9. Old Country  (MCA) - Mark Chesnutt
10. Hard Workin' Man (Arista) -  Brooks & Dunn

Billboard Country Airplay Chart Week of March 23, 2013

Three weeks after it reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs, Blake Shelton’sSure Be Cool If You Did” (Warner Bros./WMN) becomes the artist’s 13th leader on the Country Airplay chart, where it steps 3-1 in its 11th week on the Country Airplay chart.
It drew an audience of 38.346 million (+2.323) with 6,174 plays (+372 plays).  That marks Shelton’s second-fastest No. 1 ascent, outpaced only by “Honey Bee,” which reigned in its 10th chart week two years ago. He posted his longest chart-topping trek with “She Wouldn’t Be Gone,” which dominated in its 25th week on the chart dated Feb. 7, 2009.
Top local-audience contributors for “Cool” weree led by 1.4 million audience impressions at WUSN Chicago, followed by KKBQ Houston (1 million), KILT Houston (733,000), KSD St. Louis (701,000) and WYCD Detroit (692,000). Among Nielsen BDS-monitored national delivery platforms, SiriusXM’s Highway channel leads in total plays with 456 spins since Jan. 2. (Those plays are tabulated on Billboard’s Country Indicator chart.)
Shelton most recently crowned the BDS-fueled Country Airplay chart with “Over,” which spent two weeks at the summit last fall. The Oklahoman set a new career benchmark for his shortest No. 1 sprint on Hot Country Songs when “Sure Be Cool If You Did” led in its eighth week on the March 9 chart.
Shelton’s lead-off track from his album BASED ON A TRUE STORY, is due March 26 as it spends five weeks at No. 1 on Country Digital Songs.

His wife Miranda Lambert’s song Mama’s Broken Heart reaches a new peak with a 13-11 rise in its 13th week on Country Airplay.

Kenny Chesney claimed his 45th top 10 as “Pirate Flag” (Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville) gains 876,000 impressions and steps 11-10 in its seventh chart week. Chesney remains in fourth place among all artists with the most top 10’s during the BDS era (since January 1990), a list topped by George Strait’s 60 top 10s during that time frame. Alan Jackson is second with 51, while Tim McGraw is third with 48 and Toby Keith ranks fifth with 42. Since his first top 10 week in June 1995, Chesney has the most top 10’s, followed by McGraw (43), Strait (41), Keith (36) and Jackson (33). Chesney’s track is the first single from LIFE ON A ROCK, due April 30.

The Band Perry received the week’s “Most Added” trophy as “Done” (Republic Nashville), moved up 31-26 in its third chart week. It gained 46 station ADDS reaching an audience of 8.491 million (+3.339)  with  1,388 plays (+660)
The Hot Shot Debut cup at No. 57  with "Point At You" was held aloft by Justin Moore with an audience of 0.545 million; gaining 167 plays (+94)

*** No. 1 (1 week)*** "Sure Be Cool If You Did" Blake Shelton
** Most Increased Audience *** No. 6 "Downtown" Lady Antebellum  
** Most Added **  No.26 “Done”  The Band Perry
** Hot Shot Debut ** No. 57 "Point At You" Justin Moore
Debut No. 58 "Power Of A Love Song" Tate Stevens 
Debut No. 60 "Thank A Farmer" James Wesley

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart Week of March 30, 2013

Blake Shelton in his 10th week on the chart has the #1 once again with 5 non-consecutive weeks in the top slot with “Sure Be Cool If You Did” (Warner Bros.). The single sold another 68,962 copies (down 6%; 10-week total of 715,465).
Darius Rucker with his cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel” (Capitol Records) moves 3-2 with sales of 60,953 (up 10%; 10-wek total 353,545)

Miranda Lambert’s switched places with Darius as “Mama’s Broken Heart” (Republic Nashville) sold 56,788 (-3%) and is set to go Gold next week.
Lady Antebellum at No.4 continue with steady sales for “Downtown” (Capitol Records) with a 6-week total of 318,000 for the lead off track from the May 7th release from GOLDEN.
Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift’sHighway Don’t Care” former Digital No.1(which features Keith Urban on guitar) moving back up the chart as it begins to make waves at country radio as an official single. Sales of 41,221 were up 31%, reaching 223,255 in 6 chart weeks.
The Band Perry round out the Top 10 with “Better Dig Two,” and debut at No.11 with their follow-up single “Done” which sits at #11 logging sales of 31,371 as part of an iTunes album pre-sale promotion

New at No.37 was Sheryl Crow who debuts with “Easy” (Warner Bros./WMN) selling 11,043 units and Kenny Chesney bowed at No.38 with “Lindy” selling 10,598 downloads

Down eight places from 25-33 was Brad Paisley’sBeat This Summer”, its sales of 11,785 were down 40% in its 2nd retail week. Luke Bryan’s tracks “In Love With The Girl” and “Just A Sip” also dropped off the Top 30.

Top 30 Digital Singles In Country Music (March 21, 2013)

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


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