Monday, 14 April 2014

Country Billboard Chart News April 11, 2014

Country Billboard Chart News April 11, 2014

In Brief:  Billboard Country Charts

Country Album Chart ** No. 1 (1 week) “Where It All Began” Dan+Shay
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (4 weeks) ** “This Is How We Roll” Florida Georgia Line feat Luke Bryan
Country Airplay ** No. 1 (2 weeks) ** "Doin' What She Likes" Blake Shelton
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (1 week) ** Play It Again” Luke Bryan

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News

Disney's soundtrack to "Frozen" refused to budge from the No.1 slot on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart (BB200). The set spent a ninth nonconsecutive week atop the list, having sold 148,799 copies (After 19 weeks – 1,943,422) in the week ending April 6 (down 8 percent), according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album is one week away from tying Disney's "The Lion King" for the longest run at No. 1 by an animated film soundtrack. "The Lion King" roared for 10 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 in 1994 and 1995.

New duo Dan + Shay made country-music history just 14 months after their first meeting. Their debut album, WHERE IT ALL BEGAN (Warner Bros.), made a bow at No.6 on the all-genre BB200 and No.1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart selling 28,648 copies in their first week.  
This feat makes them the first duo to debut at #1 on that tally since SoundScan began tracking sales digitally in 1991. The project is also the highest-charting debut project released in 2014.
While the No.1 launch is a first in the tally’s 50-year history, for a rookie duo Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) are also just the third duo to reach No.1 with a full-length debut album, following Big & Rich’s “Horse of a Different Color”, which reached the summit in its 16th chart week (Sept. 4, 2004), and Florida Georgia Line’s “Here’s to the Good Times”, which finally reigned in its 28th week (June 29, 2013). The new leader is the first studio album of new material by any duo to start at No. 1 since Sugarland’s Love on the Inside (Aug. 9, 2008).

These sales numbers mean fans are hearing their songs, and that's music to Dan + Shay's ears.
Shay Mooney tells ABC News Radio, "Everything kind of came together really quickly, and all these songs are kind of our babies, and we're very proud of this." Duo partner Dan Smyers added, "We're proud to get the whole body of work out there and let people hear it from front to back."
The Warner Brothers duo had a lot of momentum heading into 2014, with their debut single "19 You + Me" (Lyric Video) leading their charge as one of the top new acts in the business. It reached the top 10 on Hot Country Songs (11-7).
The duo share writing credits on every song, including "Stop Drop + Roll," which they say was inspired by a man on fire in the movie Mist; "Can't Say No," which was co-written by Rhett Akins; and the single, "19 You + Me."
Promoting the album they performed on ABC's Good Morning America on April 1, the day their debut album hit stores.
The "19 You + Me" singers were due to be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday, April 4, too. The album also benefited from a week-long streaming preview on Spotify (which began March 25).
As for the plus sign in their name, Dan + Shay think most people have figured out that it's pronounced "Dan and Shay" and not "Dan Plus Shay" by now. Dan had to spend part of the day on Tuesday April 8th at Nashville’s Vanderbilt hospital emergency room. He was in a car wreck and he broke his left arm and hurt his hand but the duo will still opened for Hunter Hayes that night.

Critical reception for “Where It All Began”:
12 Tracks/ Time: 41:37 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music -  

USA Today by Brian Mansfield (Rating: 3 STARS): Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney make the music of first dates and summertime flings that last forever in the memory. The sun-kissed harmonizing and carefree delivery may be informed by contemporary pop, but they're storytellers at heart. Download: 19 You + Me, I Can't Say No, Parking Brake -

Allmusic (Rating: 3 STARS) There's pop country and there's POP country, and Dan + Shay show they aren't the least bit afraid of polish or studio trickery on their first full-length album, 2014's Where It All Began. Strip away the occasional banjo and mandolin accents on these songs and filter out the mild Southern accents in the voices of Dan Smyers and Shay
Mooney, and most of the songs on Where It All Began would fit pop radio like a charm, especially as they toss some double-time rap-style vocals on "19 You + Me," ....As far as craft goes, Dan + Shay clearly know what they're doing and are remarkably canny; there's enough digital
sheen in this music (especially in the Auto-Tuned and carefully sculpted harmonies) to pass muster with any discerning pop-crazed youngster..If country radio needs clean-cut but hunky young men to croon with maximum professionalism for female listeners (and the guys who want to get to know them better), there's no question Dan + Shay can fill the bill, and Where It All Began shows they do what they do very well indeed. ...
Roughstock (Rating: 4 STARS) In the entertainment field we always hear about ‘overnight successes’ but in general that’s rarely ever the case but for the new duo Dan + Shay, this is the rare case where they are basically an overnight success, at least as a duo.....Where It All Began kicks off with two potential smash radio hits in “Show You Off” and “Stop Drop And Roll,” songs written (like “19 You + Me”) with songwriting partner Danny Orton....Every song from Where It All Began could be a single on modern Country radio and the lyrics and delivery help enhance this possibility, like future smash “What You Do To Me,” a song which is so likable that it’s amazing it wasn’t the first single from the album......The majority of Where It All Began blends together into mid-tempo love songs but there are a couple of interesting, strong ballads in the closer “Close Your Eyes” and the absolutely stunning “I Heard Goodbye.” This performance could give the duo a pop crossover if they wanted and it also might be Shay Mooney’s best vocal on the entire album. Everything about Where It All Began feels like the album will indeed be the point where the duo and fans point to and say, this really is Where It All Began. Not bad for the music world’s latest ‘overnight sensation.’

Country Weekly (Rating: B) ...Songs like “Stop Drop + Roll,” “Show You Off” and “Parking Brake” will become fan favorites, especially live, as they are peppered with clever lyrics and melodies that will have you singing along by the time the second chorus rolls around. The album’s lead single, “19 You + Me,” remains the album’s standout cut, as it showcases the powerful and beautiful voice of Shay Mooney...One thing that the album could show more of, however, is lyric content other than just the good memories and moments in life.

Josh Thompson logged his second top 10 on Top Country Albums with sophomore set TURN IT UP (Show Dog-Universal), which opens at No.36 on the BB200 (#7 Country) with 9,384 copies sold. 
Thompson’s first album, Way Out Here, entered and peaked at No. 9 with sales of 15,174  (March 13, 2010). “Cold Beer With Your Name on It,” the lead single from the new release, peaked at No.32 on the March 22 Hot Country Songs chart. Thompson says the album will "fit in perfectly if you need to drive fast, or at any parties or outside barbecues." He wrote or co-wrote nine of the 10 tracks, sharing credits with The Warren Brothers, The Cadillac Three's Jaren Johnston and Justin Moore. 
It includes the single "Cold Beer With Your Name On It" and what he calls his favorite song on the album, "A Litte Memory."

Critical reception for “Turn It Up”:
10 Tracks/ Time: 31:22 CD - 

Allmusic (Rating: 3 STARS)... Like many a talented singer, Josh Thompson got caught up in record company politics, running through a few labels housed under a major-label umbrella before resurfacing four years later on a different label entirely. This behind-the-scenes drama explains the delay between 2010's Way Out Here and 2014's Turn It Up, but the wait works in Thompson's favor as 2014's contemporary country favors the low-key machismo that Josh offers. He's not as pop-savvy as Luke Bryan -- there are no references to T-Pain -- but he has a familiar, friendly vibe; he's the kind of guy you'd trust to take your girlfriend out for a night on the town, convinced there'd be no hanky panky. Thompson's inherent decency means that he's not quite convincing when he's turning up the amps -- the album ends with "Hank Crankin' People," a weak approximation of Eric Church's outlaw stance -- but when things are kept light, Turn It Up is pretty charming: a nice soundtrack for sunny suburban weekend afternoons.

Roughstock (Rating: 4 STARS) It’s been a long time coming but Josh Thompson has finally arrived with his sophomore record. After teaming up with the good folks at Show Dog-Universal, Thompson released “Cold Beer With Your Name On It” and scored a Top 20 hit and the single was a smart choice as it showcased Thompson in a different light than previous hits did. It found him using a familiar theme of trucks and nighttime parties and wrapped it into a new way to say another familiar theme, the whole “I’m here if you ever need me” theme. The rest of the 10 track Turn It Up collection fits a raucous, good time vibe but never sounds like some sort of pseudo-country album. ....All in All, Turn It Up is a very satisfying record, the kind of record that is honestly Country and contemporary at the same time. Josh Thompson and his production team have crafted the kind of record that most people want to hear when looking to have a good time. It’s that kind of record, a record for a good time, a record for the hardworking, beer drinking, folks described in “Hank Crankin’ People,” which is 90% of Country music’s audience.

Working Man's Poet: A Tribute To Merle Haggard" made a bows at #85 on the BB200 (#17 Country) with sales of 4,600 copies. Jason Aldean, Toby Keith and Garth Brooks were among the artists featured. It released April 1st digitally on iTunes and for the CD only at Walmart stores. Broken Bow Records - Read more Tracklisting

Critical reception for “Working Man's Poet:
Roughstock (Rating: 4.5 STARS) ...What’s funny is that after one listen to the album, it’s obvious to see that everyone who is performed here has lovingly done so and they do help
bring these songs to a younger, newer audience who may not have listened to much of The Hag’s music themselves, unless their parents were listening to his music.....There’s really nothing to dislike about Working Man’s Poet and if anyone’s a fan of Haggard they could check these songs out. Tribute albums can be tricky things but when lovingly crafted as this record was (with most of it produced by Micky Jack Cones and Derek George and executive produced by Benny Brown), it’s hard to not want to have it in your collection, especially when the track list isn’t filled with the same 20 songs that other Merle Haggard tribute albums released the past 20 years have. (Although there is some crossover on the major hits.) Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this album.

New on the Billboard 200 at #44 (sales around 8,000 copies) was another tribute album “Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne,” a two-CD homage featuring versions of Browne’s songs by artists including Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, Don Henley, Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Raitt, Eliza Gilkyson and the Indigo Girls. “Looking Into You” dropped April 1 on Music Road Records: 23 Tracks/ Time:  1:54:37 CD - MP3 - Smart Choice Music -

After the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs), on April 6th Las Vegas, saw sales bounces for several artists. Co-host Luke Bryan with his album "Tailgates & Tanlines" earn the chart's largest percentage sales gain and biggest positional jump. Sales were up by 103% and moved 178-79 (
5,000 sold). Fellow co-host Blake Shelton with "Based On a True Story" made a 100% percent gain (73-32; 11-6 Country; 10,000 copies sold).
Kacey Musgraves who won the ACM 2014 Album of the Year for ' "Same Trailer Different Park" witnessed a 114-65 jump (6,000 sales; up 75 percent). Others to benefit: Eric Church's catalog album "Chief" (104-185 with 4,000; 64 percent) and Jason Aldean's "Night Train" (85-53 with 7,000; up 61 percent).

Of Note: Bluegrass trio Nickel Creek returned to the chart, bowing at No.7 on the BB200 with A DOTTED LINE (Nonesuch) with 27,041 sales. It’s the groups first top 10 album and first album in nearly nine years. It last charted with 2005's "Why Should the Fire Die?," which debuted and peaked at No.17. The band was formed in in Southern California in 1989.
“A Dotted Line” is the fourth major album release and sixth album overall by the progressive acoustic trio produced by Eric Valentine. The release will coincide with the trio's 25th anniversary. >> Watch "Helena" from backstage at The Tonight Show.
Listen to "Love Of Mine" on Soundcloud

Critical reception for “A Dotted Line”:
10 Tracks/ Time: 37:52 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music -

USA Today by Brian Mansfield (Rating: 3 STARS):  With the best reunions, like this trio's first album in nine years, their efforts apart make them better together. Chris Thile and siblings Sean and Sara Watkins expertly stretch pop parameters with imaginative arrangements. Download: Rest of My Life, You Don't Know What's Going On, Where Is Love Now
Paste (Rating: 8.2/ 10): ..Juxtaposition is just one thing the Grammy-winning trio employs. There’s a fluid confidence that takes their precocious virtuosity into a musicianship that is as supple as it is kinetic. Mandolinist Chris Thile plucks and peppers the instrumental “Elsie” with French knots and sparkles, suggesting even the progressive bluegrass they embraced as teenagers is a mere starting point... Not merely a product of maturity, Nickel Creek has grown without losing its palpable joy or wondrous ability to make musicianship as accessible as the engaging way their voices draw listeners to them

Pop Matters (Rating: 8/10) A Dotted Line also stands out as the most egalitarian of the trio’s works yet....On the gorgeous “Love of Mine” and the soulful cover of Sam Phillips’ “Where is Love Now?” the band sounds like it’s taking its time, reveling in each note. The vocal harmonies are, as ever, immaculate, but A Dotted Line reveals an even richer rapport amongst the three, a kind of rapport one might predict can only come with age..... nine years wasn’t too long a wait given that the result was this, an album that confirms these musicians have an
interplay that should be the envy of anyone in their class—which is, of course, but a few. A
Dotted Line is a work of supreme songcraft; one might call it a “return to form”, but from the sound of it, the form was never gone in the first place.

Allmusic (Rating: 3.1/2 STARS) A Nickel Creek reunion was perhaps inevitable. Neither Sara Watkins nor Sean Watkins ceased performing together during their seven-year hiatus and while Chris Thile saw some success with the Punch Brothers, the pull of a 25th anniversary reunion was too strong to resist... Nickel Creek still has an ear for interesting covers -- here, they pick Mother Mother's "Hayloft" and Sam Phillips' "Where Is Love Now" -- but the instrumentation on this brief ten-song collection focuses on guitar, mandolin, and fiddle..... It's a far cry from the eclectic, electric adventures on Sara Watkins' solo records but the music feels alive and nimble and the originals are uniformly solid. If there isn't much spark, there is a surplus of warmth; the trio is comfortable and relaxed, and it's hard not to succumb to such friendly, familiar vibes.

Also released on 1 April 2014 was the album from Hank Williams III titled RAMBLIN' MAN (Curb Records). It entered the Country Album chart at No.37
Hank Williams III made it clear he didn't want to play nice with Curb Records after they signed the renegade country artist in 1996 and quickly discovered he was also into punk and metal and wanted to add those sounds to his recorded repertoire. Hank's contract ran out in 2010, and Ramblin' Man is the third album Curb has released since Hank III moved on
"Okie from Muskogee" and the title cut both come from sessions with the Melvins that appeared on their 2000 album The Crybaby, "Fearless Boogie" comes from the 2002 ZZ Top tribute Sharp Dressed Men, "I'm the Only Hell (My Mamma Ever Raised)" was previously released on the 2004 Johnny Paycheck tribute disc Touch My Heart, and "Marijuana Blues" popped up on the 2010 Peter La Farge tribute Rare Breed. Elsewhere, "On My Own" is a longer take of the same tune that appeared on Hank III's Risin' Outlaw in 1999, and "Hang On" was first released on the soundtrack to the 2001 Sylvester Stallone vehicle Driven. That leaves the previously bootleg-only Assjack track "Runnin' and Gunnin'" as the only "new" item to appear on Ramblin' Man.
8 Tracks/ Time: 26:15 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes -

One place below Hank Williams III at No.38 on the Country chart was The Infamous Stringdusters with LET IT GO ( High Country/ Thirty Tigers). Painting pastoral soundscapes on eleven delightful tracks, emerging bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters croon and swoon on their latest album, Let It Go. The band's fifth release, Let It Go is the essence of Americana, bursting at the seams with heart and soul....Read More at CDMP3

First Quarter 2014 Sales:
Streaming is increasingly being met with optimism as the economic structure of the music business continues to change — without that bit of hope, the first quarter of 2014 would look simply dismal.
In America Country sold a total of 35.8 million tracks from Dec.30, 2013 through March 29, 2014, a 17% drop from the same period a year ago. Album sales dropped even more — the genre’s 7.4 million units represented a decline of 19.3%
Country wasn’t alone in that decline. Altogether the entire all genre industry sold 312 million downloads (down 12.5% from 2013) and 61.7 million albums (down 16.6% from 2013)

Will Taylor Swift have enough "country tracks" spinkled on a new release to qualify for a "Country" tag in late 2014 to save country music's face once more?!
Eric Church’s The Outsiders and Brantley Gilbert’s “Bottoms Up” currently lead the Top 10 retail way in 2014 with Jennifer Nettles and Kacey Musgraves the only female representatives in the pack.

Top-Selling Country Albums, First Quarter 2014:

Eric Church - The Outsiders 491,000
Luke Bryan - Crash My Party 217,000
Florida Georgia Line - Here’s to the Good Times 200,000
Jennifer Nettles - That Girl 142,000
Cole Swindell - Cole Swindell 126,000
Dierks Bentley - Riser 107,000
Luke Bryan - Spring Break 6 … Like We Ain’t Ever 102,000
Garth Brooks - Blame It All on My Roots 97,000
Kelly Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park 95,000
Blake Shelton - Based On a True Story … 78,000

Top-Selling Country Digital Songs, First Quarter 2014
Brantley Gilbert - “Bottoms Up” 682,000
Luke Bryan - “Drink a Beer” 557,000
Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan - “This Is How We Roll” 540,000
Cole Swindell - “Chillin’ It” 454,000
David Nail - “Whatever She’s Got” 436,000
Eric Church - “Give Me Back My Hometown” 411,000
Keith Urban - “Cop Car” 407,000
Jerrod Niemann - “Drink to That All Night” 373,000
Jason Aldean - “When She Says Baby” 357,000
Thomas Rhett - “Get Me Some of That” 357,000

2014 Country Album sales Year-To Date:
8,076,000 (Physical sales 5,280,000 (down 9%) + Digital sales 2,796,000 (down 12.3%)) which is 19.7% down at the same point in 2013 (10,052,000 sales)

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Placings

(Issue dated Chart week of April 19, 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 April 19, 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 “This Is How We Roll” (featuring Luke Bryan) (Republic Nashville) capped Hot Country Songs for a fourth straight week which they performed at the ACM Awards.  
  • Luke Bryan’s “Play It Again” (Capitol Nashville), which crowned Country Digital Songs (2-1; 88,000 sold, up 40%). The latter title earns Digital and Streaming Gainer nods (964,000 U.S. streams, up 75%, according to Nielsen BDS) reaching a new peak (5-3).

Top 25 Hot Country Songs:
Florida Georgia Line feat Luke Bryan with “This Is How We Roll” stays TOP the Chart #1
Brantley Gilbert with former No1 “Bottoms Up” stays at #2
Luke Bryan with “Play It Again” climbs two, #5 - #3 p
Jerrod Niemann with “Drink To That All Night” stays at #4
Eric Church with “Give Me Back My Hometown” is up two, #7 - #5 p
Blake Shelton with “Doin’ What She Likes” falls three, #3 - #6 q
Dan + Shay with “19 You + Me” climbs four, #11 - #7 p
Keith Urban with “Cop Car” drops two, #6 - #8 q
Thomas Rhett with “Get Me Some Of That” drops one slot, #8 - #9 q
Rascal Flatts with “Rewind” moves up two, #12 - #10 p
Randy Houser with “Goodnight Kiss” is down 2 places, #9 - #11 q
Miranda Lambert with “Automatic” is up one, #13 - #12 p
Brett Eldredge with “Beat Of The Music” is up one, #14 - #13 p
Justin Moore with “Lettin’ The Night Roll” is up three slots, #17 - #14 p
Luke Bryan with former No.1 “Drink A Beer” is up one, #16 - #15 p
Hunter Hayes with “Invisible” jumps up six, #22 - #16 p
Jake Owen  with “Beachin’” is up four, #21 - #17 p
Tim McGraw with “Lookin’ For That Girl” is up two, #20 - #18 p
Tyler Farr with “Whiskey In My Water” is up 4 slots, #23 - #19 p
Sara Evans with “Slow Me Down” moves up four places, #24 - #20 p
Craig Morgan with “Wake Up Lovin’ You” climbs four, #25 - #21 p
Chris Young with “Who I Am With You” rises five, #27 - #22 p
Billy Currington with “We Are Tonight” jumps up five, #28 - #23 p
Craig Campbell with “Keep Them Kisses Comin’” moves up two, #26 - #24 p
Lee Brice with “I Don’t Dance” leaps up five, #30 - #25 p

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (4 weeks) ** “This Is How We Roll” Florida Georgia Line feat Luke Bryan
** Airplay Gainer ** No.2 “Bottoms Up” Brantley Gilbert
** Digital & Streaming Airplay ** No.3 “Play It Again” Luke Bryan
** Hot Shot Debut ** “Black Roses” Clare Bowen
Debut No.36 “River Bank” Brad Paisley
Debut No.37 “Storyline” Hunter Hayes
Debut No.42 “My Eyes” Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Sebastion
Debut No.49 “Have A Little Faith In Me” Jake Worthington
Debut No.50 “Golden” Lady Antebellum

Billboard Country Airplay Chart Week of April 19, 2014

Blake Shelton retained his No.1 on the Country Airplay chart with his 11th straight leader as “Doin’ What She Likes” (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville) held at the summit for a second straight week in its 16th chart week. It logged 44.879 million audience impressions (-0.914) and received 6,791 radio plays.

Brad Paisley bagged the week’s “Hot Shot Debut”, “Most Increased Audience” and “Most Added” trophies as coordinated hourly play at Clear Channel-owned stations on April 4 (and just three days of airplay overall) helped lift “River Bank” (Arista Nashville) to his highest debut on Country Airplay in 18 months, with a bow at No.29 (6.7 million audience impressions and gain; 730 radio spins). It’s the third-highest launch of his career, trailing only that of “Southern Comfort Zone,” which arrived at No.25 on the Oct.6, 2012 chart, and “Then,” which roared in at No.26 April 4, 2009. The West Virginia native performed the new song in a taped segment that aired on the April 6 Academy of Country Music Awards, broadcast on CBS. The track is the lead single from his forthcoming, as yet untitled, 10th studio album. The song arrived registering at least seven first-time plays with 47 Country Airplay panel station new radio commitments (ADDS). “River Bank” was also released digitally on April 4.

Florida Georgia Line posted its fifth straight Country Airplay top 10 with “This Is How We Roll” (featuring Luke Bryan) (Republic Nashville), which shot up 11-8 in its 12th chart week. The duo made better time to the upper tier just once, when “Stay” entered the top 10 in its 11th week (Dec.7, 2013). Florida Georgia Line would make history (beating out Brooks & Dunn) if “Roll” can reach the summit as the pair’s fifth leader from the start of its career.

Miranda Lambert the Multiple Academy of Country Music Awards winner added another trophy to her mantle, for her 10th Country Airplay top 10, as “Automatic” (RCA Nashville) flew 14-10 in its ninth chart week. Lambert makes her quickest top 10 ascent unaccompanied by another act, surpassing a pair of 10-week climbs with “The House That Built Me” (2010) and “Baggage Claim” (2011). Her chart-topping and ACM Vocal Event winning duet with Keith Urban, “We Were Us,” cracked the top 10 in just its sixth chart week Oct.26, 2013).

Women of Country 2014 Watch:
Miranda Lambert at No.10 ("Automatic"), Sara Evans at No.17 (“Slow Me Down”) along with Sheryl Crow No.26 (“Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely”) were the only 3 solo female artists in the Top 30 Country Airplay songs. Cassadee Pope #41, Maggie Rose #48, Lucy Hale #49, Kacey Musgraves #50, Kelleigh Bannen #52 and Katie Armiger #57, were an additional six females in the remaining 31-60 slots, to make it 15% of the top 60 chart.

Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (2 weeks) *** "Doin' What She Likes" Blake Shelton
** Hot Shot Debut/ Most Increased Audience/ Most Added ** No.29 "River Bank" Brad Paisley 
Debut No.55 "This Nothin’ Town Jason Aldean
Debut No.56 “Night That You’ll Never Forget” Love And Theft
Debut No.57 “Safe” Katie Armiger
Debut No.59 "Sunshine & Whiskey” Frankie Ballard
Debut No.60 "Drunk On A Plane" Dierks Bentley

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart Week of April 19, 2014

  • Luke Bryan’s latest smash hit “Play It Again” climbed 2-1 to head the Digital summit as 88,000 fans (up some 40%) logged onto their devices to download the track. With a new tally of 511,000 it made it a newly Gold-certified hit.
  • The previous No.1 Florida Georgia Line with “This Is How We Roll” (featuring Luke Bryan) dropped one slot to No.2 with sales of 78,000 (up 1%)
  • With the 2014 ACM Awards taking place on Sunday April 6th it resulted in sales gains for performers Miranda Lambert with “Automatic”, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” Jason Aldean’s “When She Says Baby,” and Lee Brice.
Women Of Country Watch
Only 2 solo female artists is on the Top 30 placings:
Miranda Lambert with her new single "Automatic" in its eighth week at retail sold 31K (climbed 11-8),  Clare Bowen made a re-entry at No.16 with “Black Roses”  (ABC Studios/Lions Gate/Big Machine/) from the Nashville TV Drama show.
Sara Evans with “Slow Me Down” fell 26-28 in its seventh chart week

 Dropping off the Top 30:
24-34 Cole Swindell Chillin’ It
25-40 Lady Antebellum Compass  
27-41 Scotty McCreery See You Tonight  

Top 30 Digital Singles in Country Music (published April 10, 2014)
 (LW) Last Week  (TW) This Week
*Numbers are rounded to nearest 1000th

Country Aircheck/ Mediabase chart

Blake Shelton with “Doin’ What She Likes” (Warner Music Nashville) held at No.1 for a second week of the Country Aircheck/ Mediabase chart for the tracking week March 30 – April 5, 2014. The song logged 7,200 radio spins (-187) and 59.41 million audience impressions (-0.732 million drop) reported by 148 stations. This is also Shelton’s second straight two-week #1 stint, matching November’s chart-topping run with “Mine Would Be You”.

Congratulations to ARISTA NASHVILLE's Lesly Tyson, Jeri Cooper, John Sigler and the entire ARISTA promo team for earning 70 MEDIABASE adds on Brad Paisley's "River Bank." Those adds give PAISLEY the "Most Added" title for this week.
Bagels were due to be delivered to their office tomorrow (April 8th), to congratulate the staff on their success for the C2C2014 Festival headliner.
For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 391 - April 7, 2014 [PDF File]
For the very latest up to the minute Mediabase Chart (Past 7 Days) go here -

Billboard Boxscores (Selective Country concerts)

Rank Artist: #35
Event Venue City/State: Lady Antebellum, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo.
Dates: Feb. 15, 2014   Gross Sales: $429,807  Attend: 7,290/ 9,033
Capacity Shows: 1/0    Sellouts Prices: $94.50, $79.50, $49.50, $39.50
Promoters: AEG Live
Rank Artist: #41
Event Venue City/State: Lady Antebellum, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis, Mo.
Dates: Feb. 13, 2014   Gross Sales: $276,227  Attend: 5,267 / 7,500
Capacity Shows:  1/0   Sellouts Prices: $94.50, $79.50, $49.50, $29.50
Promoters: AEG Live      

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