Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Country Billboard Chart News January 2, 2014

Country Billboard Chart News January 2, 2014

In Brief:  Billboard Country Charts

Country Album Chart ** No. 1 (5 weeks) ** Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences Garth Brooks
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (5 weeks) **  “Stay”  Florida Georgia Line
Country Airplay **  No.1 (2 weeks) **  “Stay”  Florida Georgia Line
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (12 weeks) ** " That’s My Kind Of Night” Luke Bryan

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News

Beyoncé's self-titled album racked up a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (BB200), the longest run at No. 1 for any album since last April. "Beyoncé" shifted another 310,270 copies during the week ending Dec. 29 (only two days of pre-Christmas sales to account for), according to Nielsen SoundScan, down 17% compared with the previous week.
The album has now sold 1,301,392 copies in its first 17 days of release in the United States. "Beyoncé" is the first album by a woman to notch three weeks at No.1 since Taylor Swift's "Red" claimed seven weeks at the top (non-consecutively) in late 2012 and early 2013.

Garth Brooks' Walmart-exclusive boxed set "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences" shuffled down 2-6 on the BB200 with 90,000 copies sold (down 55%) It's #1 on Billboard Top Country Albums for the fifth straight week. This is the longest that a box set has ever topped the country chart. It surpasses Brooks' "The Limited Series," which spent four weeks on top back in 1998. 
The stack em’ high sell em’ cheap policy by Walmart is estimated to have made $15.4 million minus costs to create the sets, recordings and royalties for songwriters.

Kelly Clarkson's holiday album WRAPPED IN RED unspooled 5-10 with 62,000 sales (down 50%). Joining Clarkson in this year end general Christmas sleigh ride collapse is the Robertsons' DUCK THE HALLS (4-11 on the BB200 with 60,000; down 55%) which holds the No.2 place on the Country chart.  

Kelly has racked up 763,000 copies sold at retail to become the best-selling holiday album of 2013 and making it the first time that an American female artist has had the year's top holiday album in the Nielsen SoundScan era. The Robertsons' album trailed by some 13,000 units at 750,000 in 9 chart weeks.

Luke Bryan's CRASH MY PARTY fell back 10-14 on the BB200 but held onto the #3 Country Album slot. With sales of 1,521,000 in 21 weeks it lands the 2013 top selling country album (second year in a row year-end top 10) . It’s one of just TWO country albums released during 2013 to sell over 1-million copies.
The other is the weeks No.6 Country set Blake Shelton's "BASED ON A TRUE STORY…" which is #9 on the all genre rankings having sold 1,109,000 copies in 40 weeks.
Florida Georgia Line with their 56 week HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIME...THIS IS HOW WE ROLL also sold 1-million units but was released in December 2012.

Taylor Swift's RED (#7 on Country Chart) released late October 2012 had amassed sales of 3,107,249 in America by January 3, 2013 alone. Her new 62-week tally is 3,963,000 adding some 856,000 copies during 2013.

On the Billboard 200 Mumford & Sons' "Babel" (very) narrowly withstood a challenge from One Direction's "Midnight Memories" to become the year's top-selling album by a British artist. It's #11 (1,096,000, on top of 1,463,000 copies sold in 2012). "Midnight Memories" also sold 1,096,000, to finish #12.

The Zac Brown at #15 on the Billboard Country chart with UNCAGED have finally passed the 1-million sales at retail. In 77 weeks since its July 10, 2012 release by Atlantic/RPM Records Uncaged has sold 1,007,000 copies. It was certified Platinum by the RIAA (based on 1-million units shipped to retail) on November 20, 2013.

Of note: On the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart introduced by Billboard in 1991 with the purpose of highlighting the sales by new and developing musical recording artists saw Brandy Clark with her critically acclaimed debut album 12 STORIES move back up 17-9 in her 10th chart week. The album has peaked at #2 on that chart, #23 on Billboard Country Albums and #163 on the Billboard 200.          

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Placings

(Issue dated Chart week of January 11, 2014)
(Country Album positions #1 - #25)

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

Top 25 Hot Country Songs (week of January 11, 2014)

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:

Florida Georgia Line claimed a fifth week at No.1 on Hot Country Songs with “Stay” (Republic Nashville) in their 15th chart week.

"Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly was ranked at #4 overall in 2013 having sold 4,691,000 downloads. 
This has sold more copies in a calendar year than any other song by a country act in digital history. It sold an additional 1,636,000 copies in 2012.
"Cruise" has been named the Best-Selling Digital Country Song of All Time having surpassed 6.1 million in digital downloads.
Florida Georgia Line broke out on the country music scene trying to gain a foothold, but rather created their own way of life for others to follow.
With the year-end numbers revealed, FGL's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard come out on top of the chart with "Cruise" racking up 6,327,290 in sales. "Is this real life?" Hubbard tweeted upon hearing the news. "Unreal... We have the best fans in the world #dreamscometrue."
Rounding out the rest of the Top 5 are Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" at No. 2 for 6,271,882 copies sold.
The Band Perry's "If I Die Young" at No. 4, selling 4,738,338 copies and Taylor Swift hauls in both No. 3 ("Love Story" - 5,657,393) and No. 5 ("You Belong With Me - 4,411,188).
Florida Georgia Line Commands The Whole Country,
The breakout “Bro-Country” duo closed out 2013 topping 11 of Billboard’s year-end charts, including:
#1 Top Country Artist
#1 Top Country Duo/Group
#1 Hot Country Songs Artist
#1 Hot Country Songs “Cruise”
#1 Country Airplay Songs Artist
#1 Country Digital Songs Artist
#1 Country Digital Songs Title “Cruise”
#1 Country Streaming Songs Artist
#1 Country Streaming Songs Title “Cruise”
#1 Ringtones Artist
#1 Ringtones Title “Cruise”

Top 25 Hot Country Songs:

Florida Georgia Line with “Stay” remains Top The Chart
Luke Bryan with former #1 “That’s My Kind Of Night” jumped up, #9 - #2 p
Luke Bryan with “Drink A Beer” is down one, #2 - #3  q
David Nail with “Whatever She’s Got” is down one, #3 - #4  q
Cassadee Pope with “Wasting All These Tears” stays at #5
Parmalee with “Carolina” stays at #6
Cole Swindell with “Chillin’ It” is up one, #8 - #7 p
Eli Young Band with “Drunk Last Night” falls, #4 - #8 q
Jason Aldean with “When She Says Baby” is up one, #10 - #9 p
Zac Brown Band with “Sweet Annie” is down three, #7 - #10  q
Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert with former No.1, rises, #16 - #11  p
The Band Perry with “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” stays at #12
Eric Paslay with “Friday Night” stays at #13
Lady Antebellum with “Compass” is up three, #17 - #14  p
Darius Rucker with “Radio” held at #15
Blake Shelton with “Mine Would Be You” is up, #18 - #16 p
John Pardi with “Up All Night” is down three, #14 - #17 q
Scotty McCreery with “See You Tonight” is up two, #20 - #18  p
Brantley Gilbert with “Bottoms Up” falls eight, #11 - #19  q
Hunter Hayes featuring Jason Mraz with “Everybody's Got Somebody But Me”, is up, #21 - #20 p
Frankie Ballard with “Helluva Life” is down two, #19 - #21 q
Danielle Bradbery with “The Heart Of Dixie” is up one, #23 - #22 q
Dierks Bentley with “Hold On” is down one, #22 - #23 q
Tim McGraw with “Southern Girl” is up one, #25 - #24 p
Jerrod Niemann with “Drink To That All Night” is down one, #24 - #25 q

Hot Country Songs
** No.1 (5 weeks) **  “StayFlorida Georgia Line

Billboard Country Airplay Chart Week of January 11, 2014

The Top 5 positions remained the same with Florida Georgia Line scoring a second successive week at No.1 with latest single "Stay" in its 16th chart week. The single follows the Country Airplay toppers "Cruise," "Get Your Shine On" and "Round Here."
For the “bro-Country” and CMA Winning two-some >> Watch the video for “Stay
Eli Young Band with “Drunk Last Night” (Republic Nashville) was a non mover at No.2.
Zac Brown Band with “Sweet Annie” held firm at No.3 (20 weeks on the chart)
The Band Perry stayed at No.4 with “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” (20 weeks on the chart)
Darius Rucker’s 24-week “Radio” remained tuned to the dial at No.5

Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (2 weeks)*** "Stay" Florida Georgia Line
Debut No. 45 "Hairy Christmas" Willie Robertson & Luke Bryan
Debut/Greatest Gainer No. 51 "Silent Night" Kelly Clarkson feat. Reba McEntire & Trisha Yearwood

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart Week of January 11, 2014

It was bottoms up for grunge-rocker Brantley Gilbert as his new single "Bottoms Up" (Valory Music) took a tumble from the summit to land at No.11 on Country Digital Songs in his second week.
Luke Bryan returned to No.1 with “That's My Kind Of Night” making a 5-1 hop in his 20th week on the chart and logging 12 non-consecutive weeks atop the summit.

Top 20 Digital Singles in Country Music (published January 2, 2013)

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

Country Aircheck/ Mediabase chart

Florida Georgia Line with “Stay” remained top of the Country Aircheck/ Mediabase No.1 for the tracking week Dec 29 – Jan 4, 2014.
They logged 6,776 radio spins (+986) and 54.241 million audience impressions
For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 378 - January 6, 2014 [PDF File]

Billboard Boxscores (Selective Country concerts)

Rank Artist: #2
Event Venue City/State:
Taylor Swift, Guy Sebastian, Neon Trees  Etihad Stadium Melbourne, Australia
Dates: Dec. 14, 2013 Gross Sales: $4,547,250   Attend: 47,257 /47,257
Capacity Shows: 1/1  Sellouts Prices: $122.90, $88.49, $63.91
Promoters: Frontier Touring Co./The Messina Group/AEG Live

Rank Artist: #3
Event Venue City/State:
Taylor Swift, Guy Sebastian, Neon Trees Allianz Stadium Sydney, Australia
Dates: Dec. 4, 2013   Gross Sales: $4,096,060  Attend: 40,930 /40,930
Capacity Shows: 1/1  Sellouts Prices: $125.24, $90.17, $65.12
Promoters: Frontier Touring Co./The Messina Group/AEG Live

Rank Artist: #4
Event Venue City/State:
Taylor Swift, Guy Sebastian, Neon Trees  Suncorp Stadium Brisbane, Australia
Dates: Dec. 7, 2013   Gross Sales: $3,895,810  Attend: 38,907 /38,907
Capacity Shows: 1/1  Sellouts Prices: $124.69, $89.77, $64.84 

Taylor Swift logged 5 of the Top 10 rankings  see more at

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