Friday, 26 April 2013

Country Billboard Chart News April 18, 2013

Country Billboard Chart News April 18, 2013

In Brief

Billboard Country Album Chart ** No. 1 (1 week)**  WHEELHOUSE  Brad Paisley
Billboard Hot Country Songs ** No. 1 (7 weeks) ** “Cruise”  Florida Georgia Line
Billboard Country Airplay ** No. 1 (1 week)** "Downtown" Lady Antebellum
Billboard Hot Country Digital ** No. 1 **  “Cruise”  Florida Georgia Line

RIAA Certifications
Lady Antebellum's 2010 album NEED YOU NOW certified 4x Platinum for shipments of 4 million copies
Florida Georgia Line's HERE'S TO THE GOOD TIMES certified GOLD for shipments of 500,000 copies.
Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" single reached 4x Platinum and "Begin Again" hit the Platinum level
Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away" and "Cowboy Casanova" achieved 2x Platinum status
Gary Allan received his first-ever Platinum single for "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)."
Singles certified GOLD were:
Florida Georgia Line's "Get Your Shine On” ; Miranda Lambert's "Mama's Broken Heart”; Tim McGraw's "One of Those Nights"; Kacey Musgraves' "Merry Go 'Round”; Blake Shelton's "Sure Be Cool If You Did”; Taylor Swift’s Swift's "22" and Carrie Underwood's "Two Black Cadillacs

2013 Billboard Music Awards - Nominations
Taylor Swift, fun. and Maroon 5 lead the finalists for the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, which will air live on Sunday, May 19 beginning at 8/7c on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
While all three artists are finalists in a whopping 11 categories this year, Swift and Maroon 5 will also compete for the coveted Top Artist prize at this year's ceremony.
Taylor is coming off of another blockbuster year in which her album RED notched the biggest debut sales week of any album in 2013, while Maroon 5 added more hits to its arsenal with songs like "Payphone," "One More Night" and "Daylight." fun., scored its first No. 1 single with the anthem "We Are Young."

As the biggest names in music go head-to-head the list includes a pair of very famous exes! Both Taylor Swift and Harry Styles (with his band, One Direction) have both found themselves nominated for several major awards. Host 44-year-old comedian Tracy Morgan will need to keep the mood light!
The UK boyband are up for eight prizes, including Top Artist - and will face competition from Taylor, Rihanna and Justin Bieber.
Taylor has also advanced to the final round of the fan voted Billboard Milestone Award! Fans can vote everyday at until May 19th.
Eight of Swift’s nominations are in non-country fields:
Top Artist, Top Album, Top Female, Top 100 Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Digital Songs Artist, Top Social Artist, Top Streaming Song (Video) "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

The main 2013 Billboard Music Awards Nominations
Top Artist: Justin Bieber; Maroon 5; One Direction; Rihanna; Taylor Swift
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Adele; Justin Bieber; Mumford & Sons; One Direction; Taylor Swift
Top Female Artist: Adele; Carly Rae Jepsen; Nicki Minaj; Rihanna ;Taylor Swift
Top Male Artist: Jason Aldean; Justin Bieber; Drake; Flo Rida; Bruno Mars

2013 Billboard Music Awards Country Nominations
Top Country Artist: Jason Aldean; Luke Bryan; Hunter Hayes; Taylor Swift; Carrie Underwood
Top Country Album: Jason Aldean "Night Train"; Luke Bryan "Tailgates & Tanlines"; Lionel Richie "Tuskegee"; Taylor Swift "Red" ; Carrie Underwood "Blown Away"
Top Country Song: Luke Bryan "Drunk on You"; Eric Church "Springsteen"; Florida Georgia Line "Cruise", Hunter Hayes "Wanted"; Taylor Swift "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"

For a complete list of the nominations visit or
* Nominations are based on album and single sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social media interactions with data tracked by Billboard, Nielsen and Next Big Sound.

Jason Aldean the newly crowned 2013 ACM Male Vocalist of the Year swept up three 2013 Billboard Music Awards nominations highlighted by the all-genre Top Male Artist alongside Justin Bieber, Drake, Bruno Mars and Flo Rida.  Aldean is also a finalist for Top Country Album, a category he won last year with his Double Platinum album MY KINDA PARTY, as well as Top Country Artist.
"I'm really proud to be the guy that gets to represent our genre in that 'Top Male' category and wave that flag for country music," said Aldean.  "Our genre is bigger and more diverse than ever, and it's just cool to be part of this movement that's happening right now.  I've been so focused on getting the tour going this year and just making certain our first run of stadiums is everything the fans expect it to be, that this totally caught me be surprise.  Thanks to everyone who has bought a ticket or downloaded an album…I'll do my best to represent and make y'all proud! "

Billboard Top 200 / Billboard Country Album (Chart week of April 27, 2013)

Rock band Paramore bagged its first No. 1 album on the Billboard Top 200 (BB200) this chart week, beating out Brad Paisley, who debuts at No. 2. with WHEELHOUSE. For Paramore, who sold 106,308 copies, it's the trio's first album since 2009's Brand New Eyes, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 with a 175,000 start.
Paisley who has yet to tally a No. 1 on the BB200 grabs his fourth No. 2 album with Wheelhouse. (All four of Paisley's No. 2 sets have debuted in the runner-up slot.) He's now tied with Sheryl Crow for the most No. 2 albums without a No. 1. Crow strung together four consecutive No. 2 sets between 2002 and 2008.

Paisley’s WHEELHOUSE, released April 9th, launched with sales of 100,441 to top the Billboard Country Album chart making it his lucky seventh No. 1 on the tally. His last album THIS IS COUNTRY MUSIC, released May 23, 2011,  opened with 152,598 sales. As of November 2012 the Gold album had sold over 702, 000 units.

For Brad “Wheelhouse” is the smallest opening-week sum with a non-instrumental studio set since "Mud on the Tire"s debuted atop the country chart with 86,000 10 years ago. Paisley scored his biggest weekly sales figure when "5th Gear" blew in with 197,000 in 2007. 
In promoting the album he made TV appearances on CBS at 48th Annual ACM Awards; The Ellen DeGeneres Show, ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Friday, April 12 on ABC’s Good Morning America.
The album's lead single, "Southern Comfort Zone," topped out at No. 2 on the Country Airplay chart in February, while its follow-up, "Beat This Summer," rises 15-14 this week.
The country singer stretches beyond his comfort zone, prodding the genre into the here and now, lyrically and musically. Its guest lineup ranges from comedian Eric Idle, Charlie Daniels, Mat Kearney, Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes and the late Roger Miller to LL Cool J.
Paisley's self-produced new set  tackles topics that would have been dealt with only on the fringes a few years ago (if at all), including domestic violence (“Karate” >> YouTube),  racism (“Accidental Racist”), xenophobia (“Southern Comfort Zone”) and religion (“Those Crazy Christians”).
"I wrote a bunch of songs that aren't comfortable," he confessed. "And that was the point, really -- for them to be vocally, musically, lyrically, thematically uncomfortable -- or at least new enough to me that I think I had to stretch."

Accidental Racist,” a track from Wheelhouse, has stirred considerable buzz and controversy. (The consensus is that it was a well-intentioned, but clumsy, attempt to start a conversation about race.) 
LL Cool J (L) and Brad

The track, a collabo with LL Cool J, enters Hot Digital Songs at #50 (based on sales of 43K copies). That puts it ahead of “Beat This Summer,” the first single from the album, which sold 32K copies which Paisley described as "one of the most fun grooves I've ever recorded."

Critical reviews for Wheelhouse
Taste Of Country  3.5 STARS : Brad Paisley‘s ‘Wheelhouse’ delivers a familiar mix of humor, life lessons and scorching guitar solos, but it does it in a way different from any of the other eight albums the ‘Beat This Summer’ singer has released. He took his old formula, balled it up, lit it on fire and tossed the ashes in the garbage. The result is a meaty and ambitious project that doesn’t always click, but clears new ground when it does....Seventeen tracks are too many, even if a few are little more than interludes. The singer earns an extra half star for some daring production. The funky, nuevo-blues open to ‘Outstanding in Our Field’ is one example, even if the story doesn’t quite match the foot-stomping, hill-country blues impression he lays down. A lack of momentum holds back a project that’s full of good ideas spaced apart.

GAC Album Review: ..the total impact of Wheelhouse is felt with a daring and adventurous collection full of striking emotion to create one of the year’s best releases.
Los Angeles Times 3/4: ..perhaps his most ambitious album to date, taking on such hot-button topics as spousal abuse, Southern provincialism, racism and social justice alongside characteristically well-crafted mainstream country fare.
The Boston Globe: Hails, “Brad Paisley can swing for the top of the charts and not lose any respect in the process. On ‘Wheelhouse,’ the country star keeps his contemporary edge sharp with various production tweaks (loops!) and guest appearances while maintaining a grasp on traditions.”

The Salt Lake Tribune  Grade: B-: However, many of the songs lack memorable hooks and combustible energy that are usually part of the 40-year-old’s charm.

Allmusic 3 STARS:  Wheelhouse in general and "Southern Comfort Zone" in particular are cousins of sorts to his multi-cultural paean "American Saturday Night," only blown up to an international scale. Throughout the album, Paisley finds something to celebrate in every little corner of the world, or at the very least, the countries where his career has taken him........but when Paisley does pull it all together, as he does on "Karate" or the joyous "Beat This Summer" (as effervescent a song as he's ever cut), the results are so good they wind up proving his point that more country singers should step outside their wheelhouse

Also available in conjunction with Wheelhouse are Wheelhouse (Deluxe Version) with four additional tracks (Time: 63:16 ), as well as Paisley’s first interactive book, Building a Wheelhouse, an exclusive look at the making of the album
Wheelhouse (Deluxe Edition) is available at Amazon UK CD - Amazon UK MP3 - UK iTunes

Eric Church's new CAUGHT IN THE ACT: LIVE debuts at No. 5 on the BB200 and No.3 on the Country chart with sales of 61,439. It was recorded over the course of a two-night stand in 2012 at The Tivoli Theatre in Chattaooga. Live tracks include "Creepin'," "Homeboy" and the ACM Song of the Year nominated, "Springsteen".

It’s the CMA and ACM Album of the Year country singer's second top 10 set, following 2011's CHIEF, which debuted at No. 1 and with sales of 19,332, up 28% is fast approaching 1.5 million sales and holds the No.7 country slot.

 >> YouTube

Critical reviews:
Allmusic 3.5 STARS: It may not convey some of the subtleties and shading of Church's music, but this is an easy way to mainline the neo-outlaw singer at his hardest.
Country Weekly- B+  The 17-track project, recorded from Eric’s show at the Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga, Tenn., captures the natural ebbs and flows of his live set...Outside of that, Eric’s hits like “Creepin’” and “Smoke a Little Smoke” stand out as audience favorites. He wraps it all with “Springsteen,” throwing in a slower, stripped-down version of The Boss’ “Born to Run” as a cool bonus.

The Band Perry who had last weeks’ No.1 Country slot with PIONEER are down to No.4 selling 56,413 copies, down 56%, for a 2-week haul of 185,874.
Alan Jackson in his 3rd week with PRECIOUS MEMORIES: VOL II sold 15,474 copies, down 38% to land at No.10.

Selling 6,547 copies and new at No.70 on BB200 and a No.21 country album placement is Chuck Wicks who released his new 5-song EP, ROUGH, on Tuesday, April 9. Country music fans have eagerly anticipated new music from the “Stealing Cinderella” singer since the release of his debut album STARTING NOW in 2008 which peaked at No. 7 on the Country Billboard chart.

This music has been a long time coming,” shares Wicks. “I believe this EP reflects the steps I've taken to grow not only as an artist but as a writer as well. And now I couldn't be more excited about the release of this new music, and I hope people enjoy it as much as I do.” Rough spotlights original music all co-written by Wicks including the new summer single “Salt Life,” which he penned with Mike Mobley and Vicky McGehee. In celebration of the release, over 20,000 Wicks fans will receive a free complimentary copy of the EP through select Salt Life retailers with their purchase of Salt Life branded products!

Critical reviews for ROUGH:
GAC Album : In many ways it’s easy to forget that Rough really is only Chuck’s second release. The man who scored a Top 5 hit in 2007 with his first single, “Stealing Cinderella,” kept his profile up with pursuits including his role as a contestant on the hit television competition Dancing with the Stars. It’s also easy to forget that Rough is a sophomore release because it comes across with such a confident, veteran approach. There’s plenty of easy soul on Rough that shows off Chuck’s consistent delivery. “Whole Damn Thing” is a ¾-time electric ballad that comes off as a somewhat more contemporary country David Nail.....“Saturday Afternoon” and “Salt Life” round out the collection with a dose of sunshine ready for summer.

Got 3.5 STARS: Chuck Wicks’ single, “Stealing Cinderella”, had the biggest debut for any new country artist (it peaked at number 5 on Billboard’s Top Country chart) in 2007. In the song, a man is asking his girlfriend’s father for her hand in marriage, knowing how hard it is for her dad to see his little girl grown up. (The debut album, Starting Now, rose to number 7 on Billboard Country chart in 2008.) Fast forward to 2013...... All the songs on the EP reflect a man very content with his life. On Saturday Afternoon, he sings about the whole world shining down on him and his lady, on Salt Life, feet up, anchor down, watching the sunset and leaving footprints in the sand on low tides, and on to Whole Damn Thing, cold beer, football, a fire, good laughs and, of course, his lady.

Chuck Wicks “Rough” (Liz Rose Music) 5 tracks (Time: 18:10) is available at:

Possible country album entries next week could come from Texas Country aritsts Graner Smith and The Casey Donahew Band.

Billboard Top 200  (Issue dated Chart week of April 27, 2013)

(Country Album positions #1 - #25)

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

Top 200 Billboard Canadian Music
In 2012 Adele's 21 album was the Billboard Top Ten Selling Album in the country with 457,000 units sold. The album distanced itself from second place finisher Taylor Swift's RED who sold 240,000.

Some recent 2013 entries on the Canadian chart were:
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell OLD YELLOW MOON selling 1,520 copies with a #31 debut
The Mavericks IN TIME sold 905 copies to debut at #50
Luke Bryan SPRING BREAK HEAR TO PARTY sold 11,336 copies to debut at #1  (total 28,880) 
Ashley Monroe  LIKE A ROSE sold 282 copies to debut at #200
Blake Shelton  BASED ON A TRUE STORYsold 8,146 copies to debut at #3  (3-week total 16,301) 

Thompson Square JUST FEELS GOOD sold 1,000 copies (3-week total 1,845)
Kacey Musgraves SAME TRAILER DIFFERENT Park had a #37 debut  (4-week total 2,903)
The Band Perry  PIONEER sold 5,506 copies to debut at #3  (2-weeks total 8,321)
Terri Clark CLASSIC has sold 7,953 copies in 4 weeks
Brad Paisley WHEELHOUSE sold 7,369 copies to debut at #2
Eric Church CAUGHT IN THE ACT:LIVE  sold 2,853 copies to debut at #14

Canadian Album Sales
Taylor Swift RED has sold 276,849 copies in 25 weeks
Luke Bryan TAILGATES & TANLINES has sold 111,878 copies in 88 weeks
Carrie Underwood  BLOWN AWAY has sold 104,886 copies in 50 weeks
Eric Church CHIEF has sold 107,369 copies (90 weeks)
Jason Aldean NIGHT TRAIN has sold 52,289 copies in 26 weeks
Little Big Town TORNADO has sold 30,204 copies in 31 weeks
Zac Band Brown UNCAGED has sold 37,595 copies in 40 weeks
Florida Georgia Line HERE'S TO THE GOOD TIMES has sold 21,824 copies in 19 weeks
Tim McGraw TWO LANES OF FREEDOM has sold 17,232 copies in 10 weeks

Top 25 Hot Country Songs (week of April 27, 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:

Florida Georgia Line’sCruise” (Republic Nashville) racks a seventh cumulative week at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, and with 179,000 downloads, it also spent an eighth week atop Country Digital Songs. The recently released remix featuring rapper Nelly accounts for 120,000 of the song’s weekly digital haul.

It would have been confusing should Florida Georgia Line had picked Flo Rida for the pop crossover remix of “Cruise”. The songs seventh week atop the chart now represents the longest run at #1 by an ongoing duo since “Don’t Let Me Cross Over” by the husband-and-wife duo Carl Butler and Pearl topped the chart for 11 weeks in 1962-1963.

Brad Paisley’s lead single, “Southern Comfort Zone,” peaked at No. 10 on Hot Country Songs in January, followed by “Beat This Summer,” which bullets at No. 19 in its sixth chart week. Significant media interest for “Accidental Racist” (featuring LL Cool J) resulted in a Hot Shot Debut at No. 23 on Hot Country Songs and a No. 16 bow on Country Digital Songs (43,000 sold).

Boosted by the first complete tracking week following the April 7 Academy of Country Music Awards (CBS) saw too singles rocket into the top 10. Luke Bryan’sCrash My Party” (Capitol Nashville) surges 35-2 with the Airplay Gainer nod (up 367%) and also vaults 24-2 on Country Digital Songs (164,000 sold). Hunter Hayes flew up 36-10 with “I Want Crazy” (Atlantic/Warner Music Nashville), which also improves 32-4 on the digital tally (110,000 sold).

Florida Georgia Line with “Cruise” stays Top The Chart #1
Luke Bryan with “Crash My Party” jumps up 33 slots to crash at #2
Miranda Lambert with “Mama’s Broken Heart” is up one,  #4 - #3
Darius Rucker  with former No.1 “Wagon Wheel” drops two slots, #2 - #4
Tim McGraw & Taylor Swift with “Highway Don’t Care” is up two,  #7 - #5
Lady Antebellum with “Downtown” drops 1 place, #5 - #6
Blake Shelton with former No.1 “Sure Be Cool If You Did” drops four, #3 - #7
Blake Shelton with “Boys ‘Round Here” is up four, #12 - #8
Florida Georgia Line with “Get Your Shine On” is down three, #6 - #9
Hunter Hayes with “I Want Crazy” leaps up 26 slots, #36 - #10
The Band Perry with “Done” is done one slot,  #10 - #11
Thompson Square with “If I Didn’t Have You” is down three,  #9 - #12
Jason Aldean with “1994” stays at #13
Kenny Chesney with “Pirate Flag” is down three, #11 - #14
George Strait with “Give It All We Got Tonight” is down one, #14 - #15
Lee Brice with “I Drive Your Truck” falls 8 slots, #8 - #16
Eric Church with “Like Jesus Does” is down one, #16 - #17
Chris Young with “I Can Take It From Here” is up 2 notchs, #20 - #18
Brad Paisley with “Beat This Summer” is down one, #18 - #19
Carrie Underwood with “Two Black Cadillacs” is down one slot, #19 - #20
Hunter Hayes with “Somebody’s Heartbreak” is down six, #15 - #21
The Band Perry with former #1 “Better Dig Two” is down four, #17 - #22
Brad Paisley feat LL Cool J with “Accidental Racist” debuts at #23
Jake Owen with “Anywhere With You” is down one, #23 - #24
Brantley Gilbert with “More Than Miles” is down four, #21 - #25

Hot Country Songs
*** No. 1 (7 weeks)  / Digital & Streaming Greatest Gainer /  ***  “Cruise”  Florida Georgia Line
** Greatest Gainer Airplay  ** No.2 “Crash My Party” Luke Bryan
** Hot Shot Debut  **  No. 23  “Accidental Racist” Brad Paisley feat. LL Cool J
Debut No.28 “See You Tonight” Scotty McCreery
Debut No.45 “See You Again” Carrie Underwood
Debut No.48 “Blowin’ Smoke” Kacey Musgraves
Debut No.50 “Forever” Aaron Lewis

 Billboard Country Airplay Chart Week of April 27, 2013

Lady Antebellum closes a 16-month gap at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart with “Downtown” (Capitol Nashville), which gains 1.6 million audience impressions and steps 2-1 in its 12th chart week.
That’s also the trio’s shortest trip to the summit, surpassing 14 weeks apiece with “Need You Now” in 2009 and “Just a Kiss” in 2011. The act most recently topped the chart with “We Owned the Night,” which spent two weeks at No. 1 in December 2011. Between the threesome’s most recent No. 1s, they peaked at No. 2 with “Dancin’ Away With My Heart” a year ago and rose to No. 20 last fall with “Wanted You More.”

An upbeat Lady A saw their lead off single “Downtown” reach a 40.073 million audience (+1.588); receiving 6,204 plays (+296). Top local audience contributors for during the April 8-14 Nielsen BDS tracking week:
KKBQ Houston (1.3 million impressions), WUSN Chicago (1.2 million), KKGO Los Angeles (820,000), KILT Houston (702,000) and WKLB Boston (701,000).
It has sold roughly 496,000 downloads, which set up an opening-week peak at No. 2 nine weeks ago on Country Digital Songs—and introduces GOLDEN, the trio’s fourth studio album, due May 7.

Coordinated hourly play on April 8 at Clear Channel-owned stations gives Hunter Hayes his best opening-week rank gaining Hot Shot Debut honours at No. 24, where “I Want Crazy” (Atlantic/Warner Music Nashville) . It started out reaching an 10.210 million audience (+10.187); receiving 1,411 spins (+1,405) and drew 57  Radio Station ADDS to land both Most Increased Audience, and “Most Added” trophies.
Hunter’s previous best was a No. 51 start with “Somebody’s Heartbreak” last October, which peaked two weeks ago at No. 1. New song “I Want Crazy”  will be included in an expanded edition of Hayes’ 2011 self-titled debut album, titled Hunter Hayes (Encore), due to drop June 18.
George Strait extends his record for the most top 10s in the 23-year history of the Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay ranking as “Give It All We Got Tonight” (MCA Nashville) gains 1.9 million impressions and moved 11-10. In that span, Strait has the most top 10s (61) followed by Alan Jackson (51), Tim McGraw (48), Kenny Chesney (45) and Toby Keith (42).
 On the overall Hot Country Songs chart (whose earliest origins date back to 1944), where his current single has thus far peaked at No. 14, Strait’s 85 top 10s rank second all-time to Eddy Arnold (92). They are both trailed by George Jones (78), Conway Twitty (75) and Merle Haggard (71). With 44 Hot Country Songs leaders since 1982, Strait continues to hold the all-time record for the most No. 1s. Twitty logged the second-most (40), followed by Haggard (38), Ronnie Milsap (35) and Alabama (33).

Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (1 week)*** "Downtown" Lady Antebellum
** Hot Shot Debut/ Most Increased Audience/ Most Added ** No. 24 "I Want Crazy" Hunter Hayes
Debut No.57 "Ho Hey" Lennon & Maisy
Debut No.58 "The Simple Life" Drake White
Debut No.60 "The Good Life" Casey James

 Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart Week of April 27, 2013

Florida Georgia Line with “Cruise” remained at the top of the chart this week. With sales of 179,000 (120,000 of those were the remix featuring rapper Nelly) they surpassed Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue” to become the best-selling song by a country duo in digital history. “Cruise” has sold 2,726,000 copies. “Stuck Like Glue” has sold 2,621,000. Sugarland have five of the 10 best-selling songs by a country duo in digital history. No.3 to No.10 in the best seller list by a on-going duo are:
 Big & Rich’s “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)” (2,087,000), Thompson Square’s “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” (2,019,000), Sugarland’s “Stay” (1,960,000), Sugarland’s “All I Want To Do” (1,367,000), The Wreckers’ “Leave The Pieces” (1,034,000), Big & Rich’s “Lost In This Moment” (990K), Sugarland’s “Want To” (856K) and Sugarland’s “Baby Girl” (827K).

Aided by TV appearances at the ACM Awards  saw sales boosts for many artists in the first full BDS tracking week of sales since the awards held on Sun April 7, 2013.
The ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan was the biggest winner selling 164,000 copies of “Crash My Party” moving up 24-2. 36-year old Luke was also the week’s second highest new entry at #18 on the Hot 100 all genre chart, his second top 20 hit. “Drunk On You” reached #16 in 2010.

Hunter Hayes’ who showcased his new single “I Want Crazy” on the night saw it jump up 32-4 with sales of 110,000.
Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift’sHighway Don’t Care” who were joined by Keith Urban playing guitar stand at No.3. Sales for this former #1 country digital single were up 40%, selling 115,000 downloads to take the tally to 527,000 giving McGraw a third consecutive Gold-selling single from TWO LANES OF FREEDOM as it surpassed the ½-million sales mark.

The ACM co-host Blake Shelton who performed his current single “Boys ‘Round Here.” featuring The Pistol Annies and friends, are at No. 5. Sales of 98,000 were up 42% (3 week total of 222,000).
Shelton’s “Sure Be Cool If You Did” at No.9 sold 77,000 downloads and surpassed the 1-million Platinum mark (1,011,000 sold in 14 chart weeks)

Scotty McCreery with new single “See You Tonight” (19/Interscope/Mercury) was the highest new debut on the chart at No.14 selling 46,000 units.
Brad Paisley’s controversial song “Accidental Racist” with LL Cool J caused media ripples and its curiosity resulted in 43,000 “fans” (?) to buy the WHEELHOUSE track to bow at No.16.

The ACM duo of the year Thompson Square sold another 36,000 copies of “If I Didn’t Have You” the weeks No.18 slot. With total sales of the single at 515,000 after 22 chart weeks, they pass the Gold ½-million marker and now its officially eligible it becomes the duo’s second RIAA certified single joining the recently certified Double Platinum“Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not.”

Kelly Clarkson who performed “Don’t Rush” at the recent ACM Awards saw a 54% sales increase for the single to move 28-19.

Top 30 Digital Singles In Country Music (April 18, 2013)

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

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