Saturday, 7 September 2013

Country Billboard Chart News September 5, 2013

Country Billboard Chart News September 5, 2013

RIAA Certifications

Platinum = Sales of over 1-million units
Gold =  Sales of over 500,000 units

Hunter Hayes - Album: eponymous debut (Platinum)
Darius Rucker - Single: "Wagon Wheel” ( 2x Platinum)

In Brief:  Billboard Country Charts

Country Album Chart ** No. 1 (3  weeks) ** CRASH MY PARTY   Luke Bryan
Hot Country Songs ** No. 1 (3 weeks) **  “That’s My Kind of Night” Luke Bryan
Country Airplay ** No. 1 (2 weeks) ** "Little Bit Of Everything”  Keith Urban  
Country Digital Songs ** No. 1 ** (3 weeks)  “That’s My Kind of Night” Luke Bryan

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News

Rock band Avenged Sevenfold came flying in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (BB200) this week. The group's sixth studio album, "Hail to the King," opens atop the list, selling 159,380 copies in its first week (according to Nielsen SoundScan). It's the second-largest sales week for the rock band, just shy of the debut of its last album, 2010's "Nightmare" (No. 1 with 163,000).

After two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Luke Bryan's CRASH MY PARTY falls to No. 2. The set sold 91,937 units this chart week (down 42%). It remains at No.1 on the Top Billboard Country Albums chart for a third frame.

The various-artists tribute set ALABAMA & FRIENDS, the all-star country collection — celebrating the music of the band Alabama made a bow at No.8 on the BB200 and No.2 on the Country Chart with 31,948 sold. 
The 12-song album features an array of country stars covering some of Alabama's biggest hits, along with two new songs from the veteran band itself: "That's How I Was Raised" and "All American."

That’s higher than any Alabama album ever climbed. The group’s top-charting album, THE CLOSER YOU GET…, reached #10 in April 1983. Alabama & Friends features some of the biggest names in country music, including Luke Bryan (“Love in the First Degree”), Florida Georgia Line (“I’m in a Hurry (And Don’t Know Why”), Jason Aldean (“Tennessee River”), Kenny Chesney (“Lady Down on Love”), Toby Keith (“She and I”), and Rascal Flatts (“Old Flame”). It’s just the just the third multi-artist tribute album to make the top 10.
Common Thread: The Songs Of The Eagles reached #3 in November 1993. So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute To Luther Vandross hit #4 in September 2005, less than three months after the death of the R&B great.
One artist, Trisha Yearwood, is featured on both the Eagles and Alabama tributes. She sang Eagles’ #1 pop hit “New Kid In Town” on the former album; Alabama’s #1 country hit “Forever’s As Far As I’ll Go” on the latter

Alabama was the hottest act in country music in the 1980s. The band had the #1 album on the Top Country Albums chart for a total of 124 weeks in that decade. That’s nearly as many weeks at #1 as Garth Brooks amassed in the 1990s (146). The big difference: you all know how Brooks dominated The Billboard 200 in the 1990s.
Alabama peaked in the 1980s, before country acts got their full due on The Billboard 200. Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales in 1991. Their bar-code scanning system revealed, once and for all, how big both country and rap really are.
In 1984, Alabama became the first act to be named Entertainer of the Year three times by the Country Music Assn. They are, to this day, one of just two acts to take that top award three years in a row. The other is Kenny Chesney, who won it from 2006 through 2008.

Southern rock/country group ALABAMA prepared for several national appearances in support of the project. Founding members Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook took time away from their highly successful Back to the Bowery Tour, where they have been performing to capacity crowds, to make special guest appearances on numerous television programs, as well as hosting their own Sirius XM radio program throughout August and September. During Labor Day weekend, ALABAMA took over the airwaves on Sirius XM Prime Country (Ch. 58) Friday, August 30 continuing through Monday, September 2. The show featured two cuts per hour from the ALABAMA & Friends album, along with six additional hits from the group each hour.
Before heading back on tour for concerts in Cleveland and Detroit, they made a quick stop in New York for a special live performance on FOX & Friends on Wednesday, September 4. The 11-track collection of songs on Show Dog-Universal Music honours their groundbreaking success and commemorates their career spanning 40 incredible years.

Critical reception for Alabama & FriendsCD

GAC  Alabama themselves deliver two new songs on the project. Reuniting with producer Harold Shedd, who was at the helm during many of the group’s early sessions, the traditional-leaning “That’s How I Was Raised” and the social statement “All American” are cut from the classic Alabama cloth. Both songs sing of strength while rich harmonies and time-honored melodies flow.....A fun set with an excellent cast, Alabama & Friends reveals a glimpse of just how important the group’s iconic work is to the artists that followed them. Luke Bryan’s urgent rendition of “Love In The First Degree,” Toby Keith’s unchained “She And I” and Jamey Johnson’s uber-traditional “My Home’s In Alabama” are all dramatically different songs sung by incredibly different singers. However, the passion each artist brings to their performance is easily heard and just might offer the greatest tribute of all; that Alabama’s music worked to influence an entire generation of artists no matter what style of country music they play.

Roughstock (Rating: 4.5 STARS) This record feels like it could be the first in a series of tribute albums for Alabama and that ultimately means to me that Alabama And Friends is a winning collection of 11 songs and worth listening to as a whole complete album.

Kacey Musgraves’ moved up from #23 to #10 on the Country chart (104-58 on the BB200) with SAME TRAILER DIFFERENT PARK thanks to a special album sale online it resulted in a sales increase of 98% over the previous week.

In their second retail week The Lacs sold another 7,000 copies (down 52%) of KEEP IT REDNECK to drop from No.3 to No.11 (23-61 on the BB200). The South Georgia duo from have sold 22k copies in two weeks.
At No.29 on Top Country Albums Vince Gill and Paul Franklin’s album BAKERSFIELD moved over 2,000 more copies this week for a 5-week tally of 29,000.

Indie acoustic Country duo Sundy Best debut at No.33 with DOOR WITHOUT A SCREEN (E1 Music) moving 2,000 copies. It is the duo’s bigger label debut with.
The album released with a Deluxe Edition on August 27, features 18 tracks, with 7 previously unreleased live songs and demo sessions.  The duo of Nick Jamerson and Kris Bentley are receiving an overwhelming response for the videos “Home” and “Lily” landing the top spot on several charts across the CMT (Country Music Television) platforms. Press Release
eonenashville: Hail to Eastern Kentucky. This is truly the cornerstone of Sundy Best. The duo’s blend is their own mix: from country, bluegrass, rock, soul, and rhythm and blues, the duo produces music that, at times, is hard to classify. That’s just fine by Kris Bentley and Nick Jamerson. All they need is the strum of guitar strings and Kris’s Cajun driving the beat. Their lyrics describe the lives of their families, friends, and fans, as well as themselves. Every song is a reminder that they have not forgotten where they came from, but also where they are heading.
Front porch melodies and lyrics grown out of the rocky topsoil of Eastern Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountains intertwine Sundy Best’s roots into the songs they sing. They are storytellers, musicians, friends, and the impetus of the ‘kin folk movement’ that is organically connecting a strong music-loving family that believes in solid, real and relatable songs.
They are crowd rockers and party starters. The band’s visceral sound and incredible live shows have gained them a loyal following of dedicated fans from the hills and hollers of Appalachia, all the way to the bustling one way streets under downtown city lights across the south. There are mountains in their music-valleys of love lost and missing home, peaks of rowdy Saturday nights and the journey in between.
Hell Yeah! Thank you Brad! #KinfolkMomement = Family! - Video
18 Tracks/ Time:  1:10:40 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes
CMA Close Up – Sundy Best Profile....They come from Appalachia. Their friendship dates back to elementary school. Their voices blend like bourbon and soda. Listening to their debut album on eOne Music, Door Without a Screen, produced by Coleman Saunders and released Aug. 2, you get the feeling that Kris Bentley and Nick Jamerson were born to make music together.

Due West with their Kickstarter fan funded EP titled MOVE LIKE THAT debuted at No.38 on the country chart. 
It features their latest single, "Slide On Over". They are a vocal country trio based out of Nashville. Native Westerners Matt Lopez (Wyoming), Tim Gates (Utah) and Brad Hull (Arizona) met in Tennessee about 10 years ago at a house party, and have been singing together ever since – US iTunes

(Issue dated Chart week of September 14, 2013)

(Country Album positions #1 - #25)

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

Billboard Catalog Album Charts

Taylor Swift with FEARLESS jumped up 27 places #30 to #3 which matches its highest position yet on the Catalog chart - a position it has reached twice before in a 107-week run. It moved 185-71 on the Billboard 200.

Top 25 Hot Country Songs (week of September 14, 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:

Luke Bryan with “That’s My Kind Of Night” held onto the top slot for a third successive week. The song snagged Streaming Gainer honours (1.4 million streams, up 57%), and a No. 2 rank on Country Streaming Songs. Likewise it leads Country Digital Songs for a third straight week (112,000 sold).

Billy Currington at No.10 (14-10) scored his 11th top 10 with “Hey Girl” (Mercury), his first since “Let Me Down Easy” topped the list in April 2011. The new track introduces Currington’s next album, titled We Are Tonight, due Sept. 17.

Dierks Bentley posted a career-high bow at No. 35 with “I Hold On” (Capitol Nashville), the second track from RISER, his upcoming seventh studio album. Lead single “Bourbon in Kentucky” peaked at No. 40 in July. His previous best was a No. 38 start (and eventual No. 1 peak) with “Sideways” four years ago.

A pair of new Alabama tracks is featured on Alabama & Friends, and founding members Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook add vocal layers on every collaboration except Florida Georgia Line’s cover of “I’m in a Hurry (And Don’t Know Why).” The song opens at No. 47 on Hot Country Songs. Alabama’s original version spent two weeks at No. 1 on the former chart in 1992.)
Top 25 Hot Country Songs:

Luke Bryan with “That’s My Kind Of Night” stays Top The Chart! #1
Florida Georgia Line with “Cruise” stays at #2
Florida Georgia Line with “Round Here” stays at #3
Jason Aldean with “Night Train” holds at #4
Thomas Rhett with “It Goes Like This” is up two slots, #7 - #5 p
Keith Urban with “Little Bit Of Everything” stays at #6
Tyler Farr with “Redneck Crazy” is up four, #11 - #7 p
Brett Eldredge with “Don’t Ya” drops 3 places, #5 - #8  q
Luke Bryan with “Crash My Party” stays at #9
Billy Currington with “Hey Girl” is up four, #14 - #10 p
Easton Corbin with “All Over The Road” is up two, #13 - #11 p
Randy Houser with “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” stays at #12
Blake Shelton with “Mine Would Be You” is up four, #17 - #13 p
Carrie Underwood with “See You Again” falls six, #8 - #14 q
Hunter Hayes with “I Want Crazy” is down five,  #10 - #15 q
Blake Shelton with “Boys ‘Round Here” is down one, #15 - #16 q
Justin Moore with “Point at You” is up one place,  #18 - #17  p
Tim McGraw with “Southern Girl” is up one slot, #19 - #18 p
Darius Rucker  with former No.1 “Wagon Wheel” is down,  #16 - #19 q
Lee Brice with “Parking Lot Party” stays at #20
Chris Young  with “Aw Naw” stays  at #21
Lady Antebellum with “Goodbye Town” is up three, #25 - #22
Taylor Swift with “Red” is up three, #26 - #23  p
Tim McGraw & Taylor Swift with “Highway Don’t Care” falls, #22 - #24 q
Kenny Chesney  with “When I See This Bar” is up, #27  - #25 p

Hot Country Songs
** No.1 (3 weeks) / Streaming Gainer **  “That’s My Kind Of Night” Luke Bryan
** Airplay Gainer ** No.4 “Night Train” Jason Aldean
** Digital Gainer ** No.28 “Wasting All These Tears” Cassadee Pope
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.35 “I Hold On” Dierks Bentley
Debut No.38 “11” Cassadee Pope
Debut No.44 “Off The Beaten Path” Justin Moore
Debut No.47 “I’m In A Hurray” (And Don’t Know Why”) Florida Georgia Line
Debut No.48 “I Can’t Change The World” Brad Paisley
Debut No.50 “Radio” Darius Rucker

Billboard Country Airplay Chart Week of September 14, 2013

Keith Urban occupies the No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay  for a second straight week with “Little Bit of Everything” (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville) ], aiding consumer awareness of his new project, FUSE which Capitol Nashville will release Sept. 10. 
This chart week it logged a 48.049 million audience impressions (+1.961) and received 6,930 radio plays (+193). It’s the eighth of his 15 leaders to hold for more than one week. His longest reign is six weeks, first achieved in 2002 with “Somebody Like You,” and repeated exactly three years later with “Better Life” in 2005.
The single’s title also reflects the ambitious manner in which Urban threw a whole bunch of influences into the album’s sonic stew.  As Urban’s chart-topping stand continues, his label is preparing to release a second track from his new Fuse album to radio, a duet with Miranda Lambert titled “We Were Us.”

Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” (Capitol Nashville) surged 15-10 in its fifth chart week, is the quickest top 10 climb on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart in 14 months and the fastest of Bryan’s 11 solo top 10s on the Nielsen BDS-fueled ranking. (His slowest was lead single “All My Friends Say,” which
needed 31 weeks.)  The chart hasn’t seen a top 10 trip this short since Kenny Chesney’s “Come Over” posted a fifth-week jump (12-10) on the June 30, 2012, chart before spending its 11th and 12th chart weeks at No. 1. No song has managed a top 10 rank in fewer than five weeks in nearly five years—Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” needed four weeks to enter that region of the chart in October 2008. Garth Brooks is still the quick-trip king since the chart was introduced in January 1990. Led by “More Than a Memory,” which debuted at No. 1 in 2007, Brooks is the only artist in the chart’s history to reach the top 10 in fewer than three weeks.

Easton Corbin posted his best rank in almost three years as “All Over the Road” (Mercury) hopped 5-3 in its 35th chart week. He last rode this high with back-to-back leaders in 2010 with “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It,” then peaked at No. 14 with “I Can’t Love You Back” the following spring, and rose to No. 5 last October with “Lovin’ You Is Fun.”
His labelmate Billy Currington set his best rank in more than two years as “Hey Girl” rose 10-7 in its 26th chart week, his highest since “Let Me Down Easy” led the April 2, 2011, chart. And yet another career high: Thomas Rhett stepped 13-12 with “It Goes Like This” (Valory), surpassing his No. 15 peak with “Something to Do With My Hands” a year ago.

Jason Aldean’s "Night Train" won him “Most Increased Audience” honours with 37.892 million audience impressions, an increase of 4.691 million and received 5,306 plays (+590).
Brad Paisley with "I Can’t Change The World” bagged the “Most Added” trophy receiving 1,031 plays (+445), thanks to 44 new radio commitments (ADDS)
The “Hot Shot Debut” cup went to Sara Evans  with a No.57 bow for “Slow Me Down" (RCA Nashville).

Country Airplay

*** No. 1 (2 weeks) *** "Little Bit Of Everything”  Keith Urban
 ** Most Increased Audience ** No.5 "Night Train" Jason Aldean
** Most Added ** No. 31 "I Can’t Change The World” Brad Paisley
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.57 “Slow Me Down" (RCA Nashville) Sara Evans
Debut No.58 "Wherever Love Goes" (Broken Bow) Kristy Lee Cook with Randy Houser
Debut No.59 "Slip On By" (streamsound) Austin Webb

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart Week of September 14, 2013

Luke Bryan held onto the top of the Country Digital Singles chart with “That’s My Kind of Night” for a third straight week. Sales of 112,000 were down some 11% on the previous week.

Florida Georgia Line have 2 songs in the top 4 with “Cruise” and “Round Here” sitting at #2 and #4 which sandwich Thomas Rhett’s GOLD certified “It Goes Like This” at #3.

Cassadee Pope made a bow at No.19 with her personal song “11.”
Dierks Bentley opened at #21 with the lead-off single “I Hold On” from his new album RISER.
Justin Moore landed a #25 slot with “Off The Beaten Path” the title track to his September 17th release.

Top 30 Digital Singles in Country Music (published September 5, 2013)

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

Billboard Boxscores (Selective Country concerts)

Rank Artist: #1
Event Venue City/State:
Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Eli Young Band, Kacey Musgraves Gillette Stadium Foxboro, Mass
Dates: Aug. 23-24, 2013  Gross Sales: $9,465,256  
Attend: 109,207 /109,207
Capacity Shows: 2 /2     Sellouts Prices: $265, $107.50, $82.50, $55
Promoters: Messina Group/AEG Live/Kraft Entertainment

Rank Artist: #3
Event Venue City/State:
Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Casey James Staples Center Los Angeles, Calif.     
Dates: Aug. 19-24, 2013   Gross Sales: $4,734,463   Attend: 55,829 /55,829
Capacity Shows: 4 /4  Sellouts Prices: $94.50, $79.50, $29.50
Promoters: The Messina Group/AEG Live

Rank Artist: #19
Event Venue City/State:
Tim McGraw, Kip Moore Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys Stateline, Nev.
Dates:  July 16, 2013  Gross Sales: $630,768   Attend: 6,353 /6,353
Capacity Shows:  1 /1  Sellouts Prices: $135.50, $99.50, $69.50
Promoters: Another Planet Entertainment

Rank Artist: #22
Event Venue City/State:
Blake Shelton, Easton Corbin, Jana Kramer MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre Tampa, Fla.
Dates: Aug. 30, 2013    Gross Sales:  $589,446   Attend: 17,224 / 19,000
Capacity Shows: 1 /0   Sellouts Prices: $55, $25
Promoters: Live Nation

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