Thursday, 1 August 2013

Country Billboard Chart News August 1, 2013

Country Billboard Chart News August 1, 2013

RIAA Certifications

Carrie Underwood’s song "Blown Away" (2X Platinum)

In Brief:  Billboard Country Charts

Country Album Chart ** No. 1 (6  weeks) ** 
“Here’s To The Good Times” Florida Georgia Line 
Hot Country Songs ** No. 1 (22 weeks) ** 
“Cruise”  Florida Georgia Line
Country Airplay ** No. 1 (1 week) : 
** "“Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” Randy Houser 
Country Digital Songs: 
** No. 1 ** (23 weeks) “Cruise”  Florida Georgia Line

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News

Finally in 2013 on The Billboard 200 a female solo artist landed  #1 album  as Selena Gomez’s Stars Dance became the first album by a female solo artist to reach the summit since Taylor Swift’s RED finished its seven-week run on top in the week ending Dec. 30. Lady Antebellum (featuring Hillary Scott) was one of 2 groups that had a female member to have a No.1 so far in the year.
It’s the longest wait since the start of a year for a female solo artist to land a #1 since 1992, when no women made it until Dec. 6, when Whitney Houston’s The Bodyguard reached #1. (Note: Those dates are Nielsen SoundScan’s “week ending” chart dates, not Billboard’s issue dates (“Red” was #1 the first two weeks of January based on issue dates.)

Florida Georgia Line’s HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES dropped one slot on the Billboard Top 200 (BB200) from #5 to #6.
It held at #1 on Top Country Albums for the sixth week with sales of 29,642 (down 6%; Physical copies 19,376 +  Digital albums 10,266;  34-week total 916,694) . It’s the first album by a duo to log six weeks at #1 on the country chart since Sugarland’s LOVE ON THE INSIDE in the summer of 2008. It’s the first debut album to log six weeks at #1 on the country chart since Scotty McCreery’s Clear As Day in 2011.

Hunter Hayes’s Hunter Hayes (Encore!) at No.3 (No.21 BB200) past the 900K mark selling 13,116 copies (down 1%) to reach 907,791 after 94 chart weeks.
At No.18  Carrie Underwood with BLOWN AWAY has sold almost exactly 1.5-million copies after 65 weeks on the chart.

In their second week at retail JJ Lawhorn’s ORIGINAL GOOD OL' BOY sold 1,551 (down 62%; total 5,699) and dropped 20-36, Joey+Rory with their gospel set  INSPIRED sold 1,268 copies (down 51%, total 3,890) and dropped 31-39 on the Country chart. Court Yard Hounds with AMELITA are No.48 on the Rock Album chart (#189 BB200) selling 2,317 copies (down 57%, 2-week total 7,760)
Notable debut albums:

Songwriting legend Guy Clark’s MY FAVORITE PICTURE OF YOU (Dualtone) was the highest charting at No.12 on the Country Chart (#62 BB200) selling 5,593 copies (Physical Albums 3,029 + Digital Albums 2,564)

Critical reception for “My Favorite Picture Of You”  
Allmusic (Rating: 4.1/2 STARS)  - Guy Clark's first album in four years is a wonderfully rough, tough, tender, wise, and gracefully resigned testament to a life lived, a craft followed, and regrets considered, weighed, and given due. Now 71 years old, Clark has been a world-class songwriter for decades, and as My Favorite Picture of You shows, he still is..... My Favorite Picture of You is simply a wonderful, balanced gem of an album from a masterful songwriter.

Uncut (Rating 8/10) ..The song forms the emotional heart of the album itself, which is adorned with a John Lomax photograph of Susanna during one of her frostier moments. Taken outside the Clark homestead in the ‘70s, she’d just stormed out after finding Guy and Townes Van Zandt inside, drunk as baboons. Over simple acoustic guitar and trilling mandolin, the title track finds Clark addressing the image directly: "You’ve got your heart on your sleeve/A curse on your lips/But all I can see is beautiful". Not that My Favourite Picture Of You is mawkish or overly sentimental. Instead this is Clark, now in his 72nd year, as the rumpled poet of American folk-blues, imparting these semi-brisk, string-driven tales with his own unique brand of sad, funny, dry wisdom.
Available at CD - UK iTunes

Outside the Top 25 Country albums Justin Adams’ new eponymous EP (released July 23rd) landed at No.59 selling 729 copies. 
Adams is a Bixby, Oklahoma native and is a 2008 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa where he played football on a full scholarship award. Justin moved to Nashville, Tennessee in the fall of 2010.
Justin’s high energy performances of country-meets-rock’n'roll songs showcase his talents as an entertainer.  He has already had the opportunity to share the stage with national touring acts like Easton Corbin, Eli Young Band, Eric Paslay, Charlie Worsham, Kristen Kelly and Joel Crouse.

Read a review of his EP (4.5 out of 5 stars) , Read more at
It’s available on UK iTunes
Watch the video for “Can’t Forget About You

Way down the Country chart at No.62 saw the arrival of duo Grits & Glamour (Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan) with their album titled DOS DIVAS  which sold only 691 copies. 
Formed in 2009, the “Grits and Glamour” tour was described as a “together is better” event, loosely scripted, good-natured ribbing and off-the-cuff remarks are just part of the fun. They're as earthy as they are glamorous. 
Lorrie and Pam both admit they've benefitted from the world's recent fascination with Nashville. 
Pam Tillis played a cameo role in first series of  the hit TV series “Nashville,” and Lorrie headlined Gaylord Opryland Hotel's Christmas show, performing for tens of thousands of people over six weeks.
In a logical progression of their successful touring relationship, Pam and Lorrie teamed up to record “Dos Divas”. The project features solo performances by Morgan and Tillis as well as fun collaborations and poignant duets.
Video: Lorrie & Pam "Dos Divas" Dish on Nashville (Yallwire Interview)

Critical reception for “Dos Divas” - 14 tracks/ Time: 48:37

GAC - After several years of touring together as Grits and Glamour, country music stars Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis team up on their feisty new project, Dos Divas. Featuring a mix of duets and solo works, Dos Divas feels like a natural extension of their concert performances complete with clever banter, a whole lot of sass and a strictly Honky Tonk soundtrack.....Each singer takes the lead on four songs with the other adding harmonies. Lorrie’s cuts tend to be slower and more dramatic..... One of the most impressive aspects of Dos Divas is the sheer honesty of every song. The banter on the closer, “What Was I Thinkin’,” speaks to the testimonials packed into the album and this transparency is everywhere...Lorrie and Pam give fans a set that touches as well as entertains.

Roughstock (Rating: 3.5 STARS) - And for a majority of Dos Divas (released under the title "Grits and Glamour"), the album works really well and in other places where the album's mixing gets a little out of hand, the songs still win....Dos Divas may not get Pam and Lorrie much mainstream radio airplay but it will garner a lot of attention from their fans and with the 14 tracks here (which are mostly strong), it's a record that is well worth seeking out (warts and all).
“Dos Divas” is available at

Billboard Top 200  Placings / Top 25 Country Albums

(Issue dated Chart week of August 10, 2013)

(Country Album positions #1 - #25)

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

Billboard Catalog Chart

In its 51st chart week Johnny Cash’s LEGEND OF JOHNNY CASH sold 3,904 and it has sold over 3-million copies (3,006,926 total).
After 23-weeks on the chart the  Pistol Annies at No.119 with HELL ON HEELS sold 1,566 copies (down 11%) this album has now scanned GOLD (1/2 million) at retail with a new total of 503,313.

Top 25 Hot Country Songs (week of August 10, 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, (tracked by Nielsen BDS from such services as Spotify, Muve, Slacker, Rhapsody, Rdio and Xbox Music, among others) according to BDS it results in:

Duo Florida Georgia Line set the all-time record for the most weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as the duo's "Cruise" notches a 22nd cumulative week at the summit.
The immense No. 1 run for "Cruise" stems, in part, from the Hot Country Songs chart's change in methodology last Autumn after switching from ranking Nielsen BDS-based audience airplay impressions from a core set of terrestrial country radio stations to a hybrid survey.

Due, in part, to its availability before the addition of the remix with rapper Nelly, the original version of “Cruise” accounts for 59% of the song’s total sales (5.35 million)

With its latest week on top, the song passes three other titles that each led for 21 weeks over the chart's 69-year history:
22 weeks
"Cruise," Florida Georgia Line (2012-13)
21 weeks
"In the Jailhouse Now," Webb Pierce (1955)
"I'm Moving On," Hank Snow (1950-51)
"I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)," Eddy Arnold (1947-48)

Top 25 Hot Country Songs:

Florida Georgia Line with “Cruise” stays Top The Chart #1
Hunter Hayes with “I Want Crazy” stays at  #2
Randy Houser with “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” stays at  #3
Luke Bryan with “Crash My Party” stays at #4
Blake Shelton with “Boys ‘Round Here” stays at #5
Florida Georgia Line with “Round Here” is up one, #7 - #6 p
Brett Eldredge with “Don’t Ya” is up two, #9 - #7  p

Kip Moore with “Hey Pretty Girl” stays at #8
Carrie Underwood with “See You Again” is up one,  #10 - #9 p
Darius Rucker  with former No.1 “Wagon Wheel” drops four slots,  #6 - #10 q
Tyler Farr with “Redneck Crazy” is up one, #12 - #11 p
Keith Urban with “Little Bit Of Everything” is up two, #14 - #12 p
Easton Corbin with “All Over The Road” is up two, #15 - #13 p
Thomas Rhett with “It Goes Like This” jumps up five slots, #19 - #14 p
Billy Currington with “Hey Girl” moves up two places, #17 - #15 p
The Band Perry with “Done” falls, #11 - #16  q
Jason Aldean with “Night Train” jumps up six slots, #23 - #17  p
Tim McGraw & Taylor Swift with “Highway Don’t Care” stays at #18
Zac Brown Band with “Jump Right In” drops six, #13 - #19 q
Lee Brice with “Parking Lot Party” is up 2 slots, #22 - #20 p
Justin Moore with “Point at You” is up three,  #24 - #21  p
Florida Georgia Line with “Get Your Shine On” is down two, #20 - #22 q
Jake Owen with “Anywhere With You” is down two, #21 - #23  q
Chris Young  with “Aw Naw” moves up 3 slots,  #27 - #24 p
Brad Paisley with “Beat This Summer” stays at #25

Hot Country Songs
** No.1 (22 weeks)  **  “Cruise”  Florida Georgia Line
** Digital Gainer ** “Crash My Party” Luke Bryan
** Airplay & Streaming Gainer ** No.28 “Southern Girl” Tim McGraw
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.50 “Cold Beer With Your Name On It” Josh Thompson

Billboard Country Airplay Chart Week of August 10, 2013

Randy Houser scored his second No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay tally, as “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” (Stoney Creek) jumped up 5-1 to top the summit.
The song logs an 8% gain (+3.533 million) to 45.785 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS, receiving 6,644 radio plays (+440) in the chart week. 
First released on March 4, 2013; the song written by Dallas Davidson, Ashley Gorley and Kelley Lovelace reached the summit in its 24th week, the ascent easily bests the 39-week climb of his first leader (and prior single), “How Country Feels,” which rose to No. 1 the week of Feb. 2.
The vault to the top is the chart’s greatest since Rascal Flatts flew 6-1 with “Here Comes Goodbye” (Lyric Street) the week of April 25, 2009. It’s the largest by a solo male artist since Alan Jackson’s “Country Boy” (Arista Nashville) climbed 5-1 on Jan. 31, 2009.

Oddly enough, the chart saw its biggest drop from No. 1 since April 25, 2009, when George Strait’s “River of Love” (MCA Nashville) sunk 1-9, as the Band Perry’sDONE.” (Republic Nashville) tumbled 1-8 after a week at No. 1.
Houser becomes the fifth act to tally multiple No. 1s in 2013. Tim McGraw sent “One of Those Nights” (Big Machine) to the apex for three weeks starting on March 9 and returned to No. 1 with “Highway Don’t Care,” with Taylor Swift, for two frames (June 15, 22). Blake Shelton reigned with “Sure Be Cool If You Did” (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville)  for two weeks beginning March 30 and followed with the one-week No. 1 “Boys ’Round Here” (featuring Pistol Annies & Friends) (June 29). 
Luke Bryan ruled as a guest, with Eric Church, on Jason Aldean’s “The Only Way I Know” (Broken Bow) (Feb. 16) and for three weeks earlier this month with “Crash My Party” (Capitol Nashville), and the Band Perry racked two weeks on top with “Better Dig Two” beginning in February and one with “DONE.” last week.

Blake Shelton bagged both the “Most Increased Audience” and “Most Added” honours with “Mine Would Be You,” his follow-up to “Boys.” The song, which jumped up 42-30 in its second week on Country Airplay, reached a 6.937 million audience (+4.777), receiving 1,006 plays (+777), thanks to 54 new radio  commitments (ADDS).
Tim McGraw’sSouthern Girl” (25-23) was second (27 adds), followed by Darius Rucker’s “Radio” (Capitol Nashville) up 54-47 in its second week with 19 ADDS.

Cole Swindell posted the week’s lone debut on Country Airplay, as “Chillin’ It” marked his first visit to the ranking (No. 52) as so he won the weeks “Hot Shot Debut” trophy.

Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (1 week) *** "Runnin' Outta Moonlight" Randy Houser
** Most Increased Audience / Most Added **  No.30 "Mine Would Be You" Blake Shelton     
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.52 "Chillin' It" (Warner Bros./WMN) Cole Swindell 

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart Week of August 10, 2013

Florida Georga Line hold the No.1 place with “Cruise” (feat Nelly) for the 23rd week. Its sales were 119,160 (down 14%)  reaching a new tally of 5,355,645 downloads over 66 weeks on the charts. On the overall Digital Songs chart it remained in the Top 10 moving 5-7
It now has 2 of the top-selling Country digital tracks of all time in its sights Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” (6,185,133 sales /Ranked #18 on all genres) and Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” (5,600,263 sales / ranked #28 overall)   

Luke Bryan’s lead-off track and title cut from soon to be released “Crash My Party” album jumped up from 8-2 selling 66,568 copies (up 39%) to reach 1,124,184 downloads in 17 chart weeks.

Darius Rucker’s cover of  “Wagon Wheel”, at No.7,  sold another 47,037 copies (down 13% on last week) to go past the Double Platinum 2-million mark with a new total of 2,003,219 sales.

Thomas Rhett (one of the songwriters of FGL’s No.6 placed “Round Here”) landed the No.8 slot with “It Goes Like This.” Sales of 42,610 were up 11% selling 341,000 copies over 11-weeks.
Kip Moore’sHey Pretty Girl” (27,926 sales, down 2%; 686,902 sold in 23-weeks) holds at No.16 and is the weeks No.1 on the Mediabase/Aircheck’s radio chart.

Tim McGraw’s latest single “Southern Girl” jumped up from #57 to #24 . Sales of 17,507 were up by 110% to reach 66,000 copies.
Train feat. Ashley Monroe with “Bruises” moved 35-22 selling 19,020 copies, up by  48%.
Blake Shelton’s new radio single “Mine Would Be You” sits at No.26. Sales of 14,971 were up by 117% and Blake’s protégé from The Voice Danielle Bradbery sits behind her mentor at No.27 with “The Heart of Dixie” which fell 25 places from No.2 (14,673 sales; down 81%, 2-week total 93,035)

Josh Thompson debuted at #38 with “Cold Beer With Your Name On It” selling 12,505 copies.

Top 30 Digital Singles in Country Music (published July 31, 2013)

 (LW) Last Week  (TW) This Week 

*Numbers are rounded to nearest 1000th

Billboard Boxscores (Selective Country concerts)

Rank Artist: #5
Event Venue City/State:
Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett, DeeJaySilver Fenway Park Boston, Mass.           
Dates: July 12-13  2013   Gross Sales: $5,996,194    Attend: 71,871 /71,871
Capacity Shows: 2 /2      Sellouts Prices:  $89, $40  Promoters: Live Nation

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