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Country Billboard Chart News January 9, 2014

Country Billboard Chart News January 9, 2014

In Brief:  Billboard Country Charts

Country Album Chart ** No. 1 (8 weeks) ** "Crash My Party" Luke Bryan
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (6 weeks) **  “Stay”  Florida Georgia Line
Country Airplay **  No.1 (3 weeks) **  “Stay”  Florida Georgia Line
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (3 weeks) ** " Drink A Beer” Luke Bryan

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News

With much of America experiencing a deep freeze, the soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" in it’s sixth chart week blew into the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 (BB200), selling 165,221 copies (After 6 weeks – 502,967) in the week ending Jan. 5, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It rose from No. 4 last week and earns a 55% gain in sales. Frozen" is the fourth animated film soundtrack to reach No. 1 in the chart's 58-year history.
"Frozen" marks the first soundtrack to reach No. 1 in a year, since "Les Misérables" rose to No. 1 on the Jan. 19, 2013, chart week. It’s the first time that a movie and its soundtrack both ranked #1 since "The Hunger Games" debuted in the top spot on both charts in March 2012. A movie soundtrack was also on top as the year began in four other years in the Nielsen SoundScan era: 1993 ("The Bodyguard"), 1996 ("Waiting To Exhale"), 2003 ("8 Mile") and 2007 ("Dreamgirls"). ("Titanic" hit #1 in the second week of 1998.)

Luke Bryan's CRASH MY PARTY rebounded from #14 to #7 on the BB200 and returned to #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums after a nine-week absence. Bryan’s set sold 43,000 (down 19% on the previous week) .
This is its eighth week on top and registered the longest run by a male solo artist since Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party" spent 12 weeks on top in 2011.

The previous week’s Country #1 Garth Brooks' "Blame it All On My Roots: Five Decades Of Influences" drops from #6 to #14 (1-2 Country) with a sales decrease of 72%.
Garth’s sales for 2013 were up 1341% compared to 2012. He remains top on the Nielsen rankings (1991-2013) with 69.4 million units shifted despite the fact he doesn't sell his albums digitally. George Strait comes in at #6, Tim McGraw (#8) and Alan Jackson at #9.

SoundScan Era 1991 - 2013: Top Ten Selling Artists
Rank | Total Sales | Artist | 2013 Sales | 2012 Sales | 2011 Sales | 2010 Sales | 2009 Sales
#1 69,424,000 Garth Brooks - 807,000 - 56,000 - 48,000 - 150,000 - 220,000
#2 65,111,000 Beatles - 953,000 - 859,000 - 1,233,000 - 1,696,000 - 3,282,000
#3 54,209,000 Mariah Carey - 270,000- 327,000 - 427,000 - 797,000 - 819,000
#4 54,129,000 Metallica - 487,000 - 472,000 - 498,000 - 512,000 - 1,024,000
#5 52,129,000 Celine Dion - 370,000 - 267,000 - 330,000 - 229,000 - 362,000
#6 44,781,000 George Strait - 849,000 - 622,000 - 914,000 - 553,000 - 1,224,000
#7 44,469,000 Eminem - 2,518,000 - 784,000 - 1,523,000 - 4,317,000 - 2,166,000
#8 41,844,000 Tim McGraw - 851,000 - 824,000 - 773,000 - 719,000 - 1,086,000
#9 40,361,000 Alan Jackson - 731,000 - 770,000 - 585,000 - 828,000 - 927,000
#10 38,508,000 Pink Floyd - 539,000 - 741,000 - 799,000 - 562,000 - 654,000

With Santa packing up and the holidays at an end, Kelly Clarkson's WRAPPED IN RED tumbled from #10 to #64.
The Robertsons’ Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas fared even worse (sales down 92%) with a 11-92 fall on the BB200 landing at #12 on the Country chart from #2.
Florida Georgia Line's HERE'S TO THE GOOD TIMES dipped slightly from #15 to #16 in its 57th week but moved up 4-3 on the Country standings . The album tops the 500K mark in digital sales this week.

Although not included on the Country chart FOREVERLY by Billie Joe Armstrong + Norah Jones rebounded from #53 to #33 its highest ranking week yet in its sixth week on the BB200 in the wake of Phil Everly's death last week. The publicity surrounding Everly's death seems to have given it a second wind. "The Very Best Of The Everly Brothers" sold 2,000 copies, not quite enough to make the week's chart.

Can Country Music afford to loose Taylor Swift in 2014 - Seems NOT!

  • Country music moved 39.9 million albums during 2013, a 10.7% decline from the previous year.
  • The overall industry, which sold 289.4 million albums, shrunk by 8.4%.
  • Country track sales totalled 163.3 million in 2013, down 2% from 2012.
  • The entire music industry had volume of 1.1 billion tracks, a 1.6% dip from 2012.
  • The fourth quarter of 2013 was particularly brutal for country’s year-end totals. The genre sold 11.9 million albums from Sept.30-Dec.29, 2013, a steep 28.8% decrease from 2012.
  • Country track sales of 32.7 million represented a double-digit decline of 21.1%. Through the first three quarters, the genre was showing a 4.3% track increase over 2012 and a modest 0.7% slippage in album sales from the previous year.
  • The poor fourth quarter was expected though! Q4 2012 was bolstered by the release of Taylor Swift’s RED album and Jason Aldean’s Night Train, which added a combined 4.1 million to 2012’s quarterly albums total.
  • Superstar Garth Brooks’ return to the industry’s main stage helped 2013 sales, as his Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences boxed set amassed 771,000 sales at Walmart following its Thanksgiving Day release.
  • The Robertsons’ seasonal set Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas claimed 745,000 sales.
  • Country music’s share of total album sales reached 13.8% in 2013 (down from 2012’s record high of 14.1%).
  • Country’s share of digital song sales reached 12.6% of all songs sold and 9.6% of all digital albums sold.
2013 Top Ten Selling Albums (All Genres)
(Includes All CD, Digital, & Vinyl Albums) Rank/Artist Title/ Units Sold
#1 Justin Timberlake - 20/20 Experience 2,427,000
#3 Luke Bryan -Crash My Party 1,521,000 (CD Sales 1,065,000)
#6 Florida Georgia Line - Here's To The Good Times 1,350,000  (CD Sales: 902,000)
#9 Blake Shelton - Based On A True Story 1,109,000 (CD Sales: 765,000)

2013 Top Five Selling Artists (Based on Total Album Sales in 2013)
#1 Justin Timberlake (3,445,000), #2 Luke Bryan (2,740,000), #3 Eminem (2,518,000), #4 One Direction (1,973,000) &
#5 Blake Shelton (1,720,000)

Country’s year-end and Q4 top 10 sales charts follow:





































Taylor Swift's effect on the Billboard Country Charts in 2012:























Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Placings

(Issue dated Chart week of January 18, 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 18, 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 with “Stay” (Republic Nashville) logged a sixth week at No.1 on Hot Country Songs (the duo’s second leader) and bagged a third week atop the Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay chart. FGL’s former chart-topper “Cruise,” became the biggest-selling country digital song last week (since SoundScan began tracking download sales in 2003), now stands at 6.4 million sold.

Eric Church posted his highest start as a lead artist on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with “Give Me Back My Hometown” (EMI Nashville), which opens at No.39. The start surpasses his No. 43 bow with “Springsteen” two years ago.
The new song, released digitally on Jan. 7, is the second single from Church’s new album The Outsiders, due Feb. 11.
Church’s history on the scorecard includes a pair of leaders, both in 2012: “Drink in My Hand” (one week at No. 1) and “Springsteen” (two).

Top 25 Hot Country Songs:

Florida Georgia Line with “Stay” remains Top The Chart
Luke Bryan with “Drink A Beer” is up one, #3 - #2  p
David Nail with “Whatever She’s Got” is up one, #4 - #3 p
Luke Bryan with former #1 “That’s My Kind Of Night” drops, #2 - #4 q
Cole Swindell with “Chillin’ It” is up two, #7 - #5 p
Cassadee Pope with “Wasting All These Tears” is down one, #5 - #6 q
Eli Young Band with “Drunk Last Night” moves up a slot, #8 - #7 p
Jason Aldean with “When She Says Baby” is up one, #9 - #8 p
Zac Brown Band with “Sweet Annie” is up one notch, #10 - #9 p
Parmalee with “Carolina” falls #6 - #10 q
The Band Perry with “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” is up, #12 - #11 p
Eric Paslay with “Friday Night” is up one, #13 - #12 p
Lady Antebellum with “Compass” is up one, #14 - #13 p
Darius Rucker with “Radio” climbs one, #15 - #14 p
John Pardi with “Up All Night” is up two, #17 - #15 p
Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert with former No.1, falls #11 - #16 q
Frankie Ballard with “Helluva Life” jumps up four, #21 - #17 p
Dierks Bentley with “Hold On” is up four, #23 - #18 p
Danielle Bradbery with “The Heart Of Dixie” is up three, #22 - #19 p
Jerrod Niemann with “Drink To That All Night” leaps up five, #25 - #20 p
Brantley Gilbert with “Bottoms Up” falls, #19 - #21 q
Hunter Hayes featuring Jason Mraz with “Everybody's Got Somebody But Me”, drops #20 - #22 q
Dan + Shay with “19 You + Me” enters the top 25, #27 - #23 p
Randy Houser with “Goodnight Kiss” jumps up five, #29 - #24 p
Thompson Square with “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About” moves up, #31 - #25 p

Hot Country Songs
** No.1 (6 weeks) ** “StayFlorida Georgia Line
** Streaming Gainer ** No.2 “Drink A Beer” Luke Bryan
** Digital Gainer ** No.37 “Doin’ What She Likes” Blake Shelton
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.39 “Give Me Back My Hometown” Eric Church
Debut No.49 “We Are Tonight” Billy Currington


Billboard Country Airplay Chart Week of January 18, 2014

Florida Georgia Line became the second act in the Billboard Country Airplay chart’s 24-year history to roll four straight career-opening No1's as “Stay” holds for a third straight week at the summit, matching the twosome’s longest run atop the Nielsen BDS-driven tally. 
“Cruise” spent three weeks at No.1 in December 2012. The only other act to reach No.1     with four career-starting songs (counting only promoted singles) is Brooks & Dunn, who launched with four straight leaders in 1991-2.
FGL has arrived with “Cruise” (three), “Get Your Shine On” (two), “Round Here” (two) and “Stay” (three).
“Stay” logged 44.574 million audience impressions (+7.897 million) and received 6,765 radio plays (+1145). The top local audience contributors during the Dec.30, 2013-Jan.5, tracking week were: KKGO Los Angeles (1.4 million impressions), WUSN Chicago (1.4 million), KKBQ Houston (1 million), KPLX Dallas (869,000) and KMNB Minneapolis (868,000).

Eric Church claimed his second-highest start on the Country Airplay list with “Give Me Back My Hometown”(EMI Nashville). It’s the “Hot Shot Debut” at No.29, adding “Most Increased Audience” and “Most Added” honours. It logged 8.34 million impressions at 75 of the 145 stations monitored for the chart thanks to 50 new radio commitments (ADDS).
The track premiered Jan.3 on Clear Channel Media+ Entertainment’s iHeartRadio platform, and was released digitally Jan.7th. It’s the second single from Church’s fourth album, THE OUTSIDERS, due to drop Feb.11. The album’s title track is Church’s highest start on Country Airplay; it peaked during its opening week at No.25 (Nov.9) and after 11 chart weeks it rests at No.40. Although “The Outsiders” posted a modest Country Airplay peak, it spent two weeks at No.1 on Country Digital Songs and has sold 398,000 downloads.


Billboard’s Most Played Songs (Based on Nielsen BDS U.S. Radio Airplay Data)
2013 Top 10 Most Played Songs - Country Detections
#1 Wagon Wheel / Darius Rucker 195,000
#2 Downtown / Lady Antebellum 188,000
#3 Mama's Broken Heart / Miranda Lambert 185,000
#4 Get Your Shine On / Florida Georgia Line 184,000
#5 Don't Ya / Brett Eldredge 182,000
#6 Done. / The Band Perry 180,000
#7 Runnin' Outta Moonlight / Randy Houser 178,000
#8 All Over The Road / Easton Corbin 177,000
#9 Anywhere With You / Jake Owen 175,000
#10 Sure Be Cool If You Did / Blake Shelton 175,000

Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (3 weeks) *** "Stay" Florida Georgia Line
** Hot Shot Debut / Most Increased Audience/ Most Added ** No.29 “Give Me Back My Hometown” Eric Church


Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart Week of January 18, 2014

Luke Bryan with “Drink a Beer” stepped 2-1 despite a 38% decline on the previous week (65,000 downloads sold).
In the post Christmas period with online music tokens mostly spent country digital sales showed a marked decline.
Frankie Ballard with “Helluva Life” (Sales down 17%) logged the “Riser Of The Week” prize with a 27-14 move.
Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert’s duet “We Were Us” (14-17)passed the ½-million GOLD certification recently with a 17-week total of 533,000 downloads.

Joe Nichols’ #1 hit “Sunny and 75” (21-31) has also been certified gold by the RIAA for single sales in excess of 500,000 digital downloads. The song was the lead single from Nichols’ debut RED BOW CD release CRICKETS. “Sunny and 75” hit the #1 spot on both the Billboard Hot Country Songs and the Country Aircheck/ USA Today charts in early December.  The song is the 4 x Grammy nominee’s fifth #1 single.

2013 Top Ten Selling Digital Songs  (Combines All Digital Track Versions Of A Song)
Rank/ Artist / Title/ Units Sold
#1. Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Phar -  Blurred Lines 6,498,000
4. Florida Georgia Line - Cruise 4,691,000













Top 20 Digital Singles in Country Music (published January 9, 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 Jan 5 – Jan 11, 2014.
They logged 7,047 radio spins (+271) and 56.815 million audience impressions
For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 379 - January 13, 2014 [PDF File]

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