Saturday, 21 June 2014

Country Billboard Chart News June 12, 2014

Country Billboard Chart News June 12, 2014

In Brief:  Billboard Country Charts

Country Album Chart ** No. 1 (1 week) “Platinum” Miranda Lambert
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (5 weeks; non consecutive) ** “This Is How We Roll” Florida Georgia Line
Country Airplay ** No. 1 (4 weeks) ** "Play It Again" Luke Bryan
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 ** (4 weeks; non consecutive) “This Is How We Roll” Florida Georgia Line

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News

As expected, country star Miranda Lambert earned her first No.1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (BB200) with the debut of PLATINUM (RCA Nashville/Sony Music Nashville). The set, her fifth release sold 179,646 copies in the week ending June 8, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Platinum" also easily scored Lambert her fifth straight No.1 debut on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
That sum is Miranda’s best sales week yet to date and the largest for an album from a female country artist since the week ending Dec. 30, 2012. That week, Taylor Swift's RED sold 241,202 copies in 10th chart week (3x Platinim; Total 3,107,249), nine weeks after it debuted at No.1 with 1,208,290 copies million.

Lambert is only the 11th female country artist to top the Billboard 200, which became a regularly published list in 1956. (For perspective on that total of just 11 leading country ladies: More than 400 acts have tallied a No. 1 album.). Previous to Lambert, the last country female artist to get her first No.1 was Swift, who topped the list for the first time on the chart dated Nov. 29, 2008 (when FEARLESS bowed at No.1 seling 592,304 copies).
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Impressively, each of Lambert's albums have started with successively larger debut weeks. Her first release, KEROSENE, bowed at No.18 on the Billboard 200 in 2005 with 40,000. She followed it up with 2007's CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (BB200 No.6 with 53,000), Sept 29, 2009 release REVOLUTION (BB200 No. 8 with 65,875 copies; chart Oct 17, 2009) and 2011's FOUR THE RECORD (No.3 BB200 with 133,223 copies).
As of the chart dated January 28, 2012, the REVOLUTION had sold 1,598,987 copies in the US.
In its 106 week, chart June 7, 2014 saw Lambert’s Catalog album FOUR THE RECORD (RCA Nashville) make a No.185 Re-Entry on the Billboard 200 shifting another 2,200 copies to reach 992,000 sales since its November 1, 2011 release date (In Canada it has sold 39,800 copies to date). It must be very close to selling Platinum at retail. In its second retail week FOUR THE RECORD sold 53,146 (down 60%) then 28,270 (down 47%) and 24,284 (down 14%, for a 4-week tally of 238,972). The album spurned 5 Top 20 singles: "Baggage Claim" (#3 Hot Country songs), "Over You" (#1 Hot Country songs;  CMA Award for Song of the Year/ ACM Award for Song of the Year), "Fastest Girl in Town" (#3 Country Airplay; #7 Hot Country songs), "Mama's Broken Heart" (#2 Country Airplay; #2 Hot Country songs; Academy of Country Song of the Year) and "All Kinds of Kinds" (#15 Country Airplay; #24 Hot Country songs)

So far from “Platinum” the lead off single "Automatic" has reached #4 on Hot Country Songs, afer 18 weeks a #3 peak on Billboard Country Airplay and #1 on the Mediabase chart.
"Somethin' Bad" the duet with Carrie Underwood which they have performed at the CMA Festival, Billboard Music and CMT Awards has so far reached #28 on Country Airplay and #5 on Hot Country Songs (bolstered by first week digital sales of 107,000 copies)

Miranda Lambert
CMA 2014 Festival LP Field 
In the music business, one of the surest signs that a couple is a power couple is that both partners have had #1 albums on the Billboard 200. Miranda Lambert and Mr. Blake Shelton (the couple were married in May 2011) join the club this week. Shelton reached #1 in July 2011 with” Red River Blue”. There are just two other married couples where both partners have landed #1 albums (while they were married to each other). Since they were married in October 1996, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have each had three #1 albums. Likewise, since they were married in April 2008, Beyonce and Jay Z have each had three #1 albums.

Lambert passes Carrie Underwood, who has scored four No.1s in her first four tries, a still-active streak dating to 2005; Underwood has also debuted at No. 1 with all four sets. The other acts to arrive with multiple career-starting No.1s: LeAnn Rimes, Gretchen Wilson (three each), Wynonna Judd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Kellie Pickler and Lady Antebellum (two each).
Miranda stated, “THANK YOU to the music lovers who believe in albums and spent your hard-earned money on 16 songs! 16 songs that all say something important to me. I hope that they also speak to you, and I hope you enjoy listening to “Platinum.” Thank you to the incredible musicians, songwriters, producers and artists that put this record together. I’m the luckiest girl in the world, blessed with the best fans!”
Miranda Lambert Cover Girl (Click to Enlarge)

Miranda Lambert’s album has had a massive roll out with numerous front cover magazine features, interview and she lined up several big TV appearances to promote it. 
She featured in an in-depth profile from her home in Tishomingo, OK on CBS Sunday Morning then performed "Automatic" on NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Then she was up early for an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America. Following her performance of "Somethin' Bad" on the 2014 CMT Music Awards Wednesday night, Miranda headed back to ABC's The View on Friday, June 6, for another performance of "Automatic."
>> Listen to Miranda talk about songs from the album:

Critical reception for Miranda Lambert’s “Platinum”:

16 Tracks/ Time: 58:15 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music -
Everything You Need to Know About Miranda Lambert’ ‘Platinum’ >> YouTube
Go behind the scenes of #Platinum release week! >> RIAA Facebook Video
Billboard - Miranda Lambert Talks 'Platinum' Song-By-Song: Exclusive Interview

Allmusic (4.5 STARS) Platinum is a double-edged title. The first edge refers to Miranda Lambert's hair -- as she sings on the title track, "what doesn't kill you only makes you blonder" -- the second refers to her fame, a topic she returns to often throughout her fifth record. ...
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Platinum is notable because Lambert tries to be everything to everyone here and damn near succeeds. There are times when she drifts too far toward crass crossover, but she doesn't run risks when she adopts a vocoder, which she does to great aplomb on "Smokin' and Drinkin'...while working with Brandy Clark on "Two Rings Shy," songs that reaffirm her taste for
sharply crafted modern country, but Platinum is cannily constructed, opening with the most modern tunes .... Perhaps Platinum would've benefitted from a tighter construction, but its mess and lopsided sequencing wind up appealing: at its heart, this is a classic double-album where the misses enhance the home runs and, eventually, are endearing on their own terms.

Billboard (by Chuck Dauphin) After close listening and examination, I think that if Miranda doesn’t add to her winning total, it’s not going to have anything to do with the music. It’s definitely here in great abundance, as Platinum signifies her most diverse and complete body of work to date......Needless to say Miranda Lambert has once again proven herself to be one of the most consistent artists in the format. Nobody in the commercial world of Country Music seems to be doing it this good time in and time out.  Work on a few more acceptance speeches. You just might need them!

USA Today (3 Stars out of 4) ...Though it would seem she has some wildcat years left, the singer, who has been married for three years, is embracing a more reflective phase. Yet her wit, humor and sass are intact. If there's an off-note, it's the Thelma & Louise-themed Somethin' Bad, her duet with Carrie Underwood, which tries too hard to be a barroom stomper. Download: Smokin' and Drinkin'(featuring Little Big Town), All That's Left (featuring the Time Jumpers)

Roughstock (Rating: 4.5 STARS) First single “Automatic” felt like the perfect bridge song from Four The Record to Platinum as it blends a bit of what both albums have and Platinum is clearly
a big evolution in Miranda Lambert’s musical journey.... “Smokin’ And Drinkin’” (which features Little Big Town) is unlike anything she’s done before and might actually rub some folks the wrong way. The same could be said for the percussive loop-filled “Platinum.” Vocally and lyrically, it feels like something Miranda would do but melodically it’s different. Which is good. With 16 tracks, Platinum, has quite a bit of music to digest. But like her previous
albums, it presents Miranda Lambert as who she is, one of the top stars in all of country music.

(Rating: 1 1/4 of 2 guns up) Platinum commits some sins that are unfortunate, but not at all unexpected from the genre’s top female artist, but then atones for them with other worthy offerings until overall the scales are tipped slightly to the good. You’re never going to get the bold strike, the heavily-thematic sonic or lyrical opus you want from an artist like this, which would be the only way to truly engage the adverse forces in country music and attempt to wrangle control from their grips. So you just hope to get more good than bad, and that is what Platinum delivers.

Country Weekly (Rating: A) Just when you thought you had seen all of the colors and designs that make up Miranda Lambert, she turns the wheel and sends the gems tumbling into all new, amazing patterns. The newest kaleidoscope in her collection is made of platinum, and you’d do well to give it a spin.....It may have been a bit of foreshadowing to name the album Platinum, and perhaps a little law of attraction at play. Although the title is also an album track referring to hair color, the depth of this project goes further than Miranda’s roots.

For The Country Record Often, Miranda dances between the plain and simple and the deeper meaning, not allowing herself to stray too far from country’s tried and tested, easily understood formula...... On one level, there are tracks that will surely do well on radio and yet on another they are perfectly in line with her artistry and a wonderful progression where we might have expected her to become lazy......the album that is about to unfold is possibly her best yet.

Country Music People by Douglas McPherson June 2014 (Rating: 2 STARS) ...The first halve of Lambert’s is more reminiscent of MTV than CMT...not a lick of country to be heard..Somethin’ Bad is exactly what it says LOUD, hand clapping, blues infused rubbish and by the time I got to Old Shit, I was ready to say that should have been the album title...couple of half decent tracks..but I’d advice the less commited to approach this disc with extreme caution.

The previous week Country #1 Brantley Gilbert's JUST AS I AM slipped 2-3 on the Billboard (1-2 Country) with 48,019 copies sold (down 26%) in its third week.

The “Now That’s What I Call Country Music! series sits at #3 this week with the seventh installment hitting with 30k scanned the week of CMA Music Festival. Lucy Hale debuts at #4 (#14 overall) with 18k fans taking home her debut album “Road Between” for DMG Nashville.

The Now That’s What I Call Country Vol. 7 (Universal Music Group Nashville) made a debut at No.11 on the BB200 (#3 Country) selling 30,223 copies. 
It features 18 established hits by the likes of Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Thomas Rhett and Parmalee. (see Tray Inlay)The disc also offers a “what’s next” bonus with Leah Turner’s “Pull Me Back.” Each of the six previous editions reached the top 10 on Top Country Albums. Five hit the top five.
As Memorial Day kicked off Summer its aim is to provide “the perfect soundtrack for those late summer nights”
Released on 3rd June  2014  - 18 Tracks/ Time: 1:08:38 CD - Smart Choice Music

Lucy Hale, the Memphis born-and-raised 24-year old singer and “Pretty Little Liars" actress made a bow at No.14 on the BB200 (#4 Country) selling 18,236 copiesof her debut record, ROAD BETWEEN (DMG Nashville/Bigger Picture Group) which released June 3rd (Via Press Release). 
She was named one of 2014’s Ones To Watch by the likes of Billboard, Country Weekly and Rolling Stone. She asked her more than 9.8 million fans to help reveal the album cover and 11 track listing on her socials. The set features 11 songs (see tray inlay Deluxe version), including her critically acclaimed single, “You Sound Good To Me,” written by top tunesmiths Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey including one "That’s What I Call Crazy" co-written by Grammy-winner, Kacey Musgraves. Lucy released the debut single and video >> “You Sound Good To Me” back on January 7th which premiered during the winter premiere of ABC Family’s hit original series “Pretty Little Liars”

Critical reception for Lucy Hale “Road Between”:
16  Tracks/ 57:26 Deluxe Vesion  CD - Deluxe - Smart Choice Music - 

Roughstock  (Rating: 3.5 STARS) It’d be easy to dismiss Road Between from “Pretty Little Liars” star Lucy Hale as a vain cash-in attempt from an actress but if you knew Lucy Hale’s story at all, you’d know that the Memphis, TN native started out as a singer (joining the “American Juniors” band after appearing on that TV program) before acting offers came her way. Now in her early 20s, the talented Hale is the flagship artist for DMG Nashville and worked
with Mark Bright and Mike Daly on the recording of Road Between.....Hale’s voice is strong throughout the project from the sweet tale of healthy relationships in “From The Backseat” to the melancholic “Red Dress,” a duet with Joe Nichols.....  But for as good as these songs there are a couple of standouts. First is“Nervous Girls,” a song which showcases Hale’s looking for something different and has a song here that undoubtedly will hit home for any teenage girl or even twenty-something or forty-something woman. It’s a song that could be a big hit on radio if they only would give it a chance and it has sharp, on point lyrics. “Just Another Song” is the other clear standout. “Song” is about those songs which take us back to memories of our lives, and this one, well, it’s about a song that recalls the memories associated with a deep, true love that ended.... While Road Between will not be an album for everyone, there’s enough here to suggest a singer that could and probably should be around for the years to come as more than just that actress who sometimes sings.

Allmusic (Rating: 3.5 Stars) Lucy Hale portrays Aria Montgomery, the hippest of all the Pretty Little Liars, so there's a slight cultural dissonance by her decision to sing contemporary country, not pop, on her 2014 debut album, Road Between. It's country in its intent and often in its pedigree -- the record is largely produced by ex-Whiskeytown member Mike Daly .. but the feel of Road Between is pristine pop, thanks in large part to Hale's crisp, chipper delivery. Grit is a foreign concept to Hale, a point that's accentuated on "Red Dress" when Nichols' baritone twang makes her precise enunciation seem extra earnest, but that eagerness to please is also often charming, particularly when combined with Daly's bright production. Generally, Road Between is better when it's lighter. When the tempo slows, so does the momentum.....Road Between is irrepressibly charming commercial pop.

Billboard (Rating: 83/100) Lucy Hale Takes The Appealing 'Road Between': Track-By-Track Review

There’s hip hop, and then there’s ‘hick hop.’ Country artist Big Smo a master at the latter made a debut at No.31 on the BB200 (#9 Country) selling 8,724 copies showcasing his “talents” on his KUNTRY LIVIN (Warner Music Nashville) album.
Big Smo, a.k.a. Hick Ross and Boss of the Stix also stars in his own original A&E Network series produced by Brownstone Entertainment. The Reality TV show Kuntry Livin' airs every Wednesday on Smomotiontv

Critical reception for Big Smo’s “Kuntry Livin’””:
14 tracks/ Time: 46:54 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - 
Watch the lead off track "Workin'" feat Alexander King.

Allmusic (Rating: 3.5 STARS) The hick-hop boom of the 2013-2014 season continued with the Big Smo's major-label debut album, the release of which just happened to coincide with the premiere of his reality TV series. 
Put a couple country superstars on the guest list (Frankie Ballard and Darius Rucker), jam the track list with anthems worthy of Kid Rock or Colt Ford ("Bumpy Road" and "Come On" are strong, stadium-sized singalongs), and then stage the cover for that "rebel" appeal ("Smo...can you hold the moonshine jar a lil' higher?") and the corporate cornpone formula will pay off splendidly, but Kuntry Livin' can't be written off so easily. Partly because Smo's got charisma and partly because he's a crafty, scrappy fellow with a Lil Wyte affiliation linking him to the underground and an approach that says "Hell, I can do this!," which might be the optimal way to come at a hick-hop album... the album runs 14 tracks long and stands strong right to the hick-hop albums from reality stars go, this is a monster truck rally on wax. Come 'round here lookin' for Dylan, Radiohead, or Nas and Smo is likely to kick your ass, so down a jar and believe him when he says "Hick Ross."

Roughstock (Rating: 3.5 STARS) ....There’s been a growing trend in the underground of the Country music world, we like to call it the Rural Rap movement (we dislike the ‘hick hop’ moniker) which blends rural, Country themes and melodies with some rap elements (production and vocal delivery) and one of the biggest grassroots artists of the rural rap movement is Big SMO, who is now signed to Elektra Nashville, a major label that’s part of the Warner Music Group....Like the other artists in the Rural Rap movement, Big SMO is not going to be for everyone but for those that open their ears, they’ll hear musical tracks that are primarily Country with mostly lyrics about rural and blue collar lifestyles. Those that open their ears may just find themselves tapping their toes or nodding their head along to the rhythmic Rural Rap found on Kuntry Livin’. Those that don’t will get lost in the “Rap cannot be country” statements. A statement which is without historical context given that Country and the Blues and even Jazz (America’s musical art forms) have ALWAYS incorporated elements in them that were later incorporated into Rap and Hip Hop before returning to Country this past decade. As Big SMO proves on Kuntry Livin’, Rural Rap is a movement that’s growing and crossing over to the mainstream and probably will eventually gain some radio airplay in the years to come as well.

Outside of the Top 25 Country Albums saw debuts for:
(a) 21-year old Pop/Country twins Megan & Liz [Mace] from Edwardsburg, Michigan, who now reside in Nashville released their 7 track SIMPLE LIFE EP on June 3, 2014. It made a debut at #35. Listen to lead off track "Simple Life" and track 4 called >> "New at This
Available online @  UK iTunes -

(b) Randy Travis with the 17 song set Hymns: 17 Timeless Songs Of Faith (Word-Curb / Warner-Curb) made a debut at No.50
Randy, one of country’s biggest stars in the late 80’s consistently sprinkled hymns and gospel tracks throughout his career, and released four albums of straight country gospel between 2003 and 2008. This set compiles the best of these spiritually themed sides, documenting a lesser-known, but hardly unknown, side of Travis' recording career – MP3

2014 Country Album sales Year-To Date:
13,545,000 (Physical sales 8,889,000 (down 9%) + Digital sales 4,656,000 (down 13.8%)) which is 22.6% down at the same point in 2013 (17,497,000 sales)

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Placings

(Issue dated Chart week of June 21, 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 June 21, 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’sThis Is How We Roll” (Republic Nashville), featuring Luke Bryan, halted an eight-week run at No.1 for Bryan’s “Play It Again” (1-2). “Roll,” which previously led the survey for four straight frames in March/April. It rebounded with Digital Gainer stripes (130,000 downloads sold, up 130%), with 55% of those sales the result of its new pop remix featuring Jason Derulo.
  • Dierks Bentley landed his 17th Hot Country Songs top 10 with “Drunk on a Plane” (14-6) (Capitol Nashville).
  • Label mate Lady Antebellum snagged their 12th Top 10 with latest single “Bartender” (19-8).
  • Miranda Lambert’s new single “Somethin’ Bad,” with Carrie Underwood, flew 25-12 with Streaming Gainer honours (710,000 total U.S. streams, up 69%, according to Nielsen BDS). Platinum’s lead track, “Automatic,” held for a second week at its No.4 peak.
  • Little Big Town with “Day Drinking” nabbed the weeks Hot Shot Debut honours as their new single landed at No.22.
Top 25 Hot Country Songs:

Florida Georgia Line feat Luke Bryan returns to the #1 with “This Is How Me Roll” #2 - #1 p
Luke Bryan with former #1 “Play It Again” slips one, #1 - #2 q
Jake Owen  with “Beachin’” stays at #3
Miranda Lambert with “Automatic” holds at #4
Brantley Gilbert with former No1 “Bottoms Up” is a non mover at #5
Dierks Bentley with “Drunk On A Plane” flies up eight, #14 - #6 p
Brett Eldredge with “Beat Of The Music” is down one, #6 - #7 q
Lady Antebellum with “Bartender” rises eleven #19 - #8 p
Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Sebastion with “My Eyes” falls two, #7 - #9 q
Lee Brice with “I Don’t Dance” is down two, #8 - #10 q
Justin Moore with “Lettin’ The Night Roll” slips two, #9 - #11 q
Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood with “Somethin’ Bad” leaps up, #25 - #12 p
Tyler Farr with “Whiskey In My Water” is down two, #11 - #13 q
Chris Young with “Who I Am With You” slips two slots, #12 - #14 q
Joe Nichols with “Yeah” descends two, #13 - #15 q
Billy Currington with “We Are Tonight” drops one, #15 - #16 q
Brad Paisley with “River Bank” drips back one, #16 - #17 q
Craig Campbell with “Keep Them Kisses Comin’” climbs two, #20 - #18 p
Dustin Lynch with “Where It’s At” (Yep, Yep) is up two, #21 - #19 p
Tim McGraw feat Faith Hill with “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” up seven, #27 - #20 p
Rascal Flatts with “Rewind” falls four, #17 - #21 q
Little Big Town with “Day Drinking” debuts at #22 NEW
The Band Perry with “Chainsaw” is up one, #24 - #23 p
Chase Rice with “Ready Set Roll” re-enters at #24
George Strait with “I Got A Car” nudges up one, #26 - #25 p

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (5 weeks) /  Digital Gainer **  “This Is How We Roll” Florida Georgia Line feat Luke Bryan Luke Bryan
** Airplay Gainer ** No.9 “My Eyes” Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Sebastion
** Streaming Gainer ** No.12 “Somethin’ Bad” Miranda Lambert duet with Carrie Underwood
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.22 “Day Drinking” Little Big Town
Debut No.43 “That’s Damn Rock & Roll Eric Church
Debut No.50 “Platinum” Miranda Lambert

Billboard Country Airplay Chart Week of June 21, 2014
Luke Bryan with "Play It Again,"  nabbed a fourth straight week atop Billboard's Country Airplay chart to surpass his previous best No.1 run, set when "Crash My Party" linked a three-week reign last July. The song logged 46.604 million audience impressions (-3.080 million) and received 6,751 radio plays (-661)
He becomes the second act this year to lead for four weeks: Florida Georgia Line's "Stay" began a four-week command on Jan. 4. While Capitol Records isn't yet promoting the song to formats outside country, it's already nearing the Adult Pop Songs chart due to unsolicited play from intrigued stations like KVIL Dallas, WBMX Boston, WOMX Orlando, Fla., and WTIC Hartford, Conn
No solo act had stayed on top so long since Blake Shelton’s “Honey Bee” wrapped a four-week stand atop the Aug. 11, 2011 list. Zac Brown Band also posted the first of four weeks atop the Dec. 24, 2011 chart with “Keep Me in Mind.” No artist has spent more than four weeks at No. 1 since Taylor Swift’s six-week reign with “Our Song” began on the chart dated Dec. 22, 2007. The last solo male artist to control the survey longer than four weeks is Kenny Chesney, who celebrated a five-week command with “Never Wanted Nothing More” in 2007.
Top local audience contributors for “Play” during the June 2-8 Nielsen BDS tracking week: KKBQ Houston (1.8 million impressions), WUSN Chicago (1.5 million) and KKGO Los Angeles (1.2 million).

  • Little Big Town posted a career-high debut with “Day Drinking” (Capitol Nashville) at No.32. The song bagged the weeks 3 trophies taking home “Most Increased Audience”, “Most Added” and Hot Shot Debut" honours. It logged 7.240 million audience impressions, a gain of +7.240 million, receiving 825 radio plays thanks to 52 fresh radio commitments (ADDS). That surpassed the group’s previous best start, set when “Tornado” blew in at No.47 on the Oct. 13, 2012 list (peaking at No.2.) The foursome premiered the new song on June 4 on The CMT Music Awards and performed it on June 7 at a sold-out concert at Nashville’s LP Field during the CMA Music Festival. The song introduces the group’s upcoming sixth studio album, for which no release date or title has yet been announced.
  • Faith Hill had not seen the top twenty in eight years. That changed last week as her duet with Tim McGraw, “Meanwhile Back At Mama's” reached #19 and and it made further progress with a 19-17 hop in its 8th chart frame. She last visited the top twenty in 2006 with her last top ten, “Sunshine And Summertime” (#7).
Women of Country 2014 Watch:
Miranda Lambert at No.3 ("Automatic") was the lone solo female artist in the Top 30 Country Airplay songs.
Cassadee Pope #35, Kacey Musgraves #37, Danielle Bradbery #51, Leah Turner #53, Sheryl Crow #54, Maggie Rose #55, Jana Kramer #56 were an additional seven solo females in the remaining 31-60 slots, to make it 13.3% of the entire Top 60 chart.

Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (4 weeks)*** "Play It Again" Luke Bryan
** “Most Increased Audience/ Hot Shot Debut / Most Added **  No.32 "Day Drinking" Little Big Town
Debut No. 46 "Payback" Rascal Flatts
Debut No. 56 "Love" Jana Kramer

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart Week of June 21, 2014

  • Florida Georgia Line with “This Is How We Roll” returned to the No.1 (3-1) as sales rose 130% buoyed by the new pop remix featuring Jason Derulo.
  • Luke Bryan’s “Play It Again,” sales remained static but slid down to 1-2 (1,228,000 sales in 28 weeks)
  • Dierks Bentley’sDrunk On A Plane” moved 5-4 and scored sales increases thanks to the CMT Music Awards (sales up 40%, 232K sold in 6 weeks) Lady Antebellum’sBartender” also benefitted (6-5) with a new 3-week tally of 152,000.
  • Little Big Town made a debut with Hot Shot Digi honours No.6 as “Day Drinkin” blew in.
Women Of Country Watch
There were NO solo female artists on the Top 30 placings:
Miranda Lambert with single "Automatic" did not show (perhaps discounted for technical reasons this chart week) her former #1 duet with Carrie Underwood “Something Bad” fell (8-12) in its third week

Dropping off the Top 30:
13 - Off the Top 50 chart Miranda Lambert “Automatic”  
30 - Off the Top 50 chart Jana Kramer “Love”
19-32 Rascal Flatts “Rewind”  

Top 30 Digital Singles in Country Music (published June 12, 2014)
 (LW) Last Week  (TW) This Week
*Numbers are rounded to nearest 1000th

Country Aircheck/ Mediabase chart

Miranda Lambert's Platinum notched its first chart-topping single. "Automatic," a nostalgic tune about enjoying life's slower pace, debuted at No.26 on the Billboard country charts back in February, and while it rests at No.3 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, it has already reached No.1 on the competing Mediabase chart. The song moved 3-1 logging 7,671 radio spins (+564) and 56.711 million audience impressions (+ 3.01 million) from 149 tracking stations for the tracking week June 1 to June 7, 2014 and published chart June 9th. It marked the first chart-topper from a solo female artist since Carrie Underwood’s “See You Again” hit
the pinnacle in August 2013.
So it’s congratulates to RCA VP/Promotion Keith Gale, Dir./National Promotion Josh Easler and the entire RCA Promo team for scoring this week’s #1 spot on the MEDIABASE chart with “Automatic.” The lead single is her first #1 single since “Mama’s Broken Heart” in May of 2013 and her sixth career solo chart-topper. She logged another #1 when teamed with Keith Urban on "We Were Us," which hit #1 in Nov 2013.

Congratulations to UMG Nashville SVP/Promotion Royce Risser, Capitol Nashville VP/Promotion Steve Hodges and their entire promo team for earning 67 MEDIABASE Country adds on Little Big Town’s "Day Drinking." Those adds earned the "Most Added" title for this week. Bagels were due to be delivered to the Capitol's office (June 10th) to congratulate the staff on their success.
For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 400 - June 9, 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: #8
Event Venue City/State: Shania Twain The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Nev.
Dates: May 20-21, 24-25, 28, 31, June 1, 3-4, 6-7, 2014 Gross Sales: $3,197,239  
Attend: 28,208/ 30,796 (2,588 unsold tickets)
Capacity Shows: 11/0 Sellouts Prices: $250, $150, $99, $55
Promoters:  Concerts West/AEG Live/Caesars Entertainment

Rank Artist: #27
Event Venue City/State: C2C Country To Country: Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley, Dixie Chicks, Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, The Band Perry, Chris Young O2 Dublin, Ireland
Dates: March 14-15, 2014  Gross Sales: $1,227,320  Attend: 15,455 /15,455 SOLD OUT
Capacity Shows: 2/2  Sellouts Prices: $171.18, $143.35, $89.14, $62.42
Promoters: MCD

Rank Artist: #95
Event Venue City/State: Tim McGraw, Cassadee Pope Save Mart Center Fresno, Calif
Dates: May 8, 2014  Gross Sales: $392,906  Attend: 6,810/ 9,924 (3,114 unsold tickets)
Capacity Shows: 1/0  Sellouts Prices: $72.50, $59.50, $49.50, $20
Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #99
Event Venue City/State: Lady Antebellum, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves Patriot Center Fairfax, Va.
Dates: Feb. 21, 2014  Gross Sales: $380,539 Attend: 6,402/ 6,973 (571 unsold tickets)
Capacity Shows: 1/0  Sellouts Prices: $59.50

Promoters: I.M.P.

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