Saturday, 26 July 2014

Country Billboard Chart News July 24, 2014

Country Billboard Chart News July 24, 2014

In Brief:  Billboard Country Charts

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (6 weeks; non consecutive)
 ** “Based On A True Story…” Blake Shelton

Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (2 weeks) **  “Dirt” Florida Georgia Line
Country Airplay ** No.1 (2 weeks) ** Yeah’“ Joe Nichols
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 ** (2 weeks) ** “Dirt” Florida Georgia Line

In this easy-to-use format discover where your favourite acts songs and album are charting across the four Billboard Country charts. It is prioritized by the first column showing the Hot Country Songs chart frame standings for the week of July 26, 2014.
There are also separate rows highlighting Women of Country music.

Scroll down for further details on each of the individual charts.

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News

After more than 30 years on the charts, comedian-singer "Weird Al" Yankovic earned his first No.1 album on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (BB200), as "Mandatory Fun" debuts atop the list. The album is the first comedy set to top the chart since 1963, and logs the largest sales week for a comedy album since 1994.
"Mandatory Fun" was released July 15 through Way Moby and RCA Records, and sold 103,880 copies in the week ending July 20, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was promoted by a well-received daily viral video campaign that launched Monday, July 14. Starting with his parody of Pharrell's "Happy," Yankovic released eight music videos for the album through the week on various sites, like The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo, Nerdist, College Humor and YouTube. 
Watch "Weird Al" Yankovic >> Word Crimes (10.3 million YouTube views)
"Mandatory" is the first comedy album to top the Billboard 200 since Allan Sherman's "My Son, the Nut" spent eight weeks at No. 1 beginning on the chart dated Aug. 31, 1963.

Blake Shelton closed out the BB200 top 10 as "BASED ON A TRUE STORY …" (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville) album vaulted 63-10 with 22,000 copies sold ( up a whopping 386%). The album was sale-priced in the iTunes Store last week for $5.99 and grew by 1,000% in overall download sales. To promote the sale pricing, Shelton's Twitter account sent out two Tweets during the week to the country star's 6.8 million followers. His Facebook page, which has 8.3 million likes, also spread the word about the discount.
Blake ended the longest gap between stands at No.1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart as it surged 12-1 to spend a sixth cumulative week at the summit. It hadn’t ranked at No.1 since the June 22, 2013 chart. Shelton’s 13-month, two-week span between No1s ranks with the same set surpasses Waylon Jennings’ six-month, three-week hiatus with his Greatest Hits in 1979-80. Shelton’s set also made the biggest leap for an album returning to No1 in the 23-year-old Nielsen SoundScan era, topping Dixie Chicks’ Taking the Long Way, which flew 11-1 on the March 7, 2007 list (marking the seventh of nine cumulative weeks at No. 1 for the set).
Shelton’s album dislodged the latest by his wife, Miranda Lambert! PLATINUM had spent five weeks on top. What can he tell her? “Sorry, honey. It was nothing personal, just stack em’ high and sell em’ cheap”

Neo Honky Tonk artist Sturgill Simpson’s METAMODERN SOUNDS IN COUNTRY MUSIC (Thirty Tigers) enjoyed a sales push this week which helped him return to the BB200 at No.129 (28-17 Country)

Lucy Hale’s ROAD BETWEEN fell off the Top 25 County albums (23-29) in her seventh chart frame selling 1,500 copies with a new tally of 34,000.

Garth Brooks, who announced his return to recording and touring this week, is the best-selling artist in the USA since 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales. He's sold 69.6 million albums, topping The Beatles (65.8 million), Metallica (54.42 million), Mariah Carey (54.40 million) and Celine Dion (52.2 million).
Brooks' biggest albums in the SoundScan era:
Ropin' the Wind (1991; 9.6 million copies sold), No Fences (1990; 9 million), The Hits (1994, 7.8 million), Double Live (1998; 6 million), Sevens (1997; 5.7 million) and The Chase (1992; 5.1 million)

2014 Country Album sales Year-To Date:
16,847,000 (Physical sales 11,124,000 (down 9%) + Digital sales 5,723,000 (down -12.6%)) which is 21.1% down at the same point in 2013 (21,352,000 sales)

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Placings

(Issue dated Chart week of August 2, 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 August 2, 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 “Dirt” (Republic Nashville) logged a second week at No.1. It sold 99,000 copies (down 49%) percent) and on Country Streaming Songs received 1.7 million hits (down 21%). It fell #11 to #20 on the Billboard all genre Hot 100.  
  • Luke Bryan'sRoller Coaster” snagged Digital Gainer and Airplay Gainer stripes with a #29 - #19 jump and a new entry at #88 on the Hot 100. It's vying to become the fifth top 40 hit from Crash My Party.
  • Rookie duo Maddie & Tae landed the Hot Shot Debut at No.39 with “Girl in a Country Song,” (Dot/BMLG) which marked the first charted song on the latest incarnation of the Dot imprint. Dot last ranked in the Hot Country Songs top 10 when Joe Stampley’s “Take Me Home to Somewhere” peaked at No.5 on Nov. 23, 1974.
Top 25 Hot Country Songs:

Florida Georgia Line with “Dirt” held at #1
Kenny Chesney with “American Kids” stays at #2
Dierks Bentley with “Drunk On A Plane” stays at #3
Lady Antebellum with “Bartender” is up two, #5 - #4 p
Lee Brice with “I Don’t Dance” climbs two, #7 - #5 p
Jake Owen with former #1 “Beachin’” falls two, #4 - #6 q
Joe Nichols with “Yeah” moves up one, #8 - #7 p
Florida Georgia Line feat Luke Bryan with former #1 “This Is How Me Roll” fell, #6 - #8 q
Chris Young with “Who I Am With You” climbs two, #11 - #9 p
Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood with former No1 “Somethin’ Bad” holds at #10
Tim McGraw feat Faith Hill with “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” is up, #15 - #11 p
Sam Hunt with “Leave The Night On” rises five, #17 - #12 p
Brad Paisley with “River Bank” stays at #13
Billy Currington with “We Are Tonight” is up two, #16 - #14 q
Dustin Lynch with “Where It’s At” (Yep, Yep) climbs three, #18 - #15 p
Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Sebastion with “My Eyes” slips two, #14 - #16 q
Chase Rice with “Ready Set Roll” is up two, #19 - #17 p
Cole Swindell with “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight” is three, #21 - #18 p
Luke Bryan with “Roller Coaster” flies up eight, #27 - #19 p
Eric Paslay with “Song About A Girl” holds at #20
Brantley Gilbert with “Small Town Throwdown” is up one, #22 - #21 p
Frankie Ballard with “Sunshine & Whiskey” lifts three, #25 - #22 p
Eli Young Band with “Dust” is up one, #24 - #23 p
Little Big Town with “Day Drinking” is up two, #26 - #24 p
Eric Church with “Cold One”, advances four, #29 - #25 p

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (2 weeks) ** “Dirt” Florida Georgia Line
** Streaming Gainer ** No.12 “Leave The Night On” Sam Hunt
** Digital Gainer/ Airplay Gainer ** No.19 “Roller Coaster” Luke Bryan
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.39 “Girl In A Country Song” Maddie & Tae
Debut No.42 “Burnin’ It Down” Jason Aldean

Billboard Country Airplay Chart Week of August 2, 2014

Joe Nichols claimed his second multiweek No.1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, as “Yeah” (Red Bow) bulleted for a second week at the summit.
The song logged 48.220 million audience impressions (+2.571 million; up 6%) receiving 7,381 radio plays (+367). The track is Nichols’ fifth career leader and his first to reign for more than one week since his third No. 1, “Gimmie That Girl,” spent the first of two weeks atop the May 8, 2010 chart.
Top local audience stations for “Yeah” during the July 14-20 tracking week: KKBQ Houston (1.6 million impressions), WUSN Chicago (1.5 million), WNSH New York (1.1 million), WKLB Boston (1 million) and KPLX Dallas (1 million).

  • Trio Lady Antebellum scored its 12th top 10 with “Bartender” (Capitol Nashville), which climbed 11-9 in its 10th chart week (30.4 million impressions, up 12%). The threesome last reached the upper region with “Compass,” which became its eighth No. 1 on the March 22 list. Since Lady Antebellum’s first week in the top 10 (May 3, 2008), only Zac Brown Band (which scored its first top 10 in November 2008) boasts more such hits among groups (13). Dating to the chart’s January 1990 inception, Lady Antebellum ranks eighth among groups with the most top 10s: Rascal Flatts leads with 29, followed by Alabama (24), Diamond Rio (19), Lonestar (18), Dixie Chicks and Sawyer Brown (14 each). Lady A announced details of its upcoming fifth studio album on July 18 co-produced with Nathan Chapman “747” will be released Sept. 30. “Bartender,” the lead track from the album, has sold 452,000 downloads to date.
  • Luke Bryan nabbed the Most Increased Audience and Most Added trophies with “Roller Coaster” (Capitol Nashville) which flew 30-21 in its fifth week. The song logged 16.317 million audience impressions (up 80%), a gain of +7.729 million receiving 2,348 radio plays (+1,221) thanks to 55 fresh radio commitments (ADDS).
  • Jerrod Niemann logged his second-highest debut with “Buzz Back Girl” (Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville), which arrived with Hot Shot Debut honours at No.50. His highest bow was a No.49 start for “What Do You Want” (Oct. 9, 2010); it peaked at No. 4 (May 7, 2011). Niemann’s chart history includes a pair of leaders: “Lover, Lover” (2010) and “Drink to That All Night,” which led for two weeks starting on the April 26 chart.
Women of Country 2014 Watch:
There were no solo female artists on the Top 30 Country Airplay songs Miranda Lamberts’ duet with Carrie Underwood Somethin’ Bad” moved 21-19 in its 19th chart week 
Cassadee Pope #34, Kacey Musgraves #38, Jana Kramer #40, RaeLynn #44, Danielle Bradbery #49, and Maggie Rose #58 were the six solo females in the remaining 31-60 slots, to make it just 10.0% of the entire Top 60 chart.

Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (2 weeks) *** "Yeah" Joe Nichols
** Most Increased Audience/ Most Added ** No. 21 "Roller Coaster" Luke Bryan
Hot Shot Debut No.50 "Buzz Back Girl" Jerrod Niemann
Debut No.51 "Take It On Back" Chase Bryant
Debut No.56 "We'll Come Back Around" Craig Morgan
Debut No.58 "Girl In Your Truck Song" Maggie Rose

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart Week of August 2, 2014

  • Florida Georgia Line with "Dirt" (Republic Nadhville/ BLMG) remained at No.1 for a second week selling 99,000 downloads (down 49% on first week sales of 182,929). On the all genre Digital Songs chart it fell 2-7.  
  • No new songs entered the Top 30 with a slight shuffle of the upper top ten tier..
  • Lady Antebellum’sBartender” went past the ½-million sales mark in their 9th chart frame to gain GOLD eligibility having reached a new tally of 513,000.
  • Outside the Top 30 young newbie female duo Maddie & Tae made their debut at #32 with “Girl In A Country Song” (Dot/BMLG) with just under 10,500 tracks downloaded in their first week. 
Women Of Country Watch
There were no solo female artists on the Top 30 placings.
Miranda Lambert’s Automatic” moved 34-40 as the ONLY solo female song on the Top 50!

Dropping off the Top 30:

Top 30 Digital Singles in Country Music (published July 24, 2014)
 (LW) Last Week (TW) This Week
*Numbers are rounded to nearest 1000th

Country Aircheck/ Mediabase chart

Chris Young landed the No1 on Mediabase with “Who I Am With You’” (RCA) which moved 2-1. The song logged 7,684 radio spins (+395) and 58.621 million audience impressions (+3.153 million) from 149 tracking stations for the tracking week July 13 to July 19, 2014 and published chart July 21st.
Congratulates to RCA SVP/Promotion Keith Gale, Dir./National Promotion Josh Easler and the entire RCA promo team for scoring the week’s #1 spot on the MEDIABASE Country singles chart with Chris Young’s “Who I Am With You.”
This is the second single from Young’s “A.M.” album and his first #1 single since “You” in February of 2012 and his sixth career chart-topper.

Congratulations to Dot Records GM Chris Stacey, Dir./National Promotion KRIS LAMB, and the entire Dot Records promotions team for earning 32 MEDIABASE Country adds with Maddie & Tae's "Girl In A Country Song," making it the most added song of the day. Maddie & Tae was signed as the inaugural act on the new imprint of Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) in June.
"Girl In A Country Song" is the debut single from the female duo.
Bagels were due to be delivered to the Dot Records office (July 22nd) to congratulate the staff on their achievement.
For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 406 - July 21, 2014 [PDF File]
For the very latest up to the minute Mediabase Chart (Past 7 Days) go here -
Billboard Boxscores (Selective Country concerts)
Chart Week of August 2, 2014

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