Sunday, 17 August 2014

Country Billboard Chart News August 14, 2014

Country Billboard Chart News August 14, 2014

RIAA Certifications

Platinum = Sales of over 1-million units
Gold = Sales of over 500,000 units

Singles:
Colt Ford’s single, “Drivin’ Around Song (GOLD; featured on Ford’s #1 Billboard album, “Declaration Of Independence,” released in August 2012)

In Brief:  Billboard Country Charts

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (12 weeks; non consecutive) ** “Crash My Party” Luke Bryan
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (3 weeks) ** “Burnin’ It Down” Jason Aldean
Country Airplay ** No.1 (1 week) ** "I Can't Dance" Lee Brice
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 ** (3 weeks) ** “Burnin’ It Down” Jason Aldean

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 August 23, 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

The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack roses to No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (BB200), becoming the second chart-topping soundtrack of 2014. The blockbuster film's set, subtitled “Awesome Mix Vol. 1”, sold 109,112 copies in the week ending Aug. 10 (up 83%t), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It made a debut a week ago at No. 3 with 60,000.
The 12-song multi-artist collection follows Frozen as the second soundtrack to top the chart in 2014. Both albums were released by the Disney Music Group. It’s the first year since 2009 where multiple theatrical film soundtracks reached No.1. Three movie sets topped the list in 2009: Hannah Montana: The Movie, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Michael Jackson's This Is It
New U.K. pop band The Vamps who opened for Taylor Swift at the O2 in London in February arrived at No.10 with their debut EP SOMEBODY TO YOU. The quartet's effort shifted 19,947 copies and is the fifth EP to debut in the top 10 this year.

With recent TV appearances on The Ellen Degeneres Show (7/23), Good Morning America (ABC, Aug 8th) combined with the CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock special on ABC TV saw Luke Bryan as the main beneficiary regarding a sales increase, up 33%. In his 53rd chart week CRASH MY PARTY sold another 16,000 copies and moved 21-12 on the BB200 and returned to No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums. This is the fifth time in 2014 that his fourth studio album has headed the chart to add to the 7 non consecutive weeks in 2013 up to the chart Nov 9, 2013. For the chart week Aug 31, 2013 Luke débuted at No.1 on Billboard 200 selling 527,783 copies. He was last at No.1 in 2014 on the chart May 17, 2014 when “Party” sold 17,000 copies and it has sold 2,052,000 to date.  
Last week’s Country No.1 Brantley Gilbert’s JUST AS I AM slid 12-14 on the BB200 and 1-2 Country (sales down 20%).
Miranda Lambert’s 10-week album PLATINUM (sales up 16%) climb 17-16 (2-3 Country) and has now sold 407,000 copies.

Big Smo’s debut album KUNTRY LIVIN’ has now been in Top 10 for nine consecutive weeks. Tennessee’s own country rapper Big Smo is celebrating nine consecutive weeks in the Top 10 holding steady on both Country Albums Chart and Billboard’s Rap Chart. It has already sold 67,000 copies. The Unionville, TN native is currently touring across the country in support of the album expanding his dedicated fan base, affectionately known as his Kinfoke. “I’m overwhelmed with the positive response to this record from my Kinfoke. I truly feel blessed to hold a position on the charts among such successful country and rap artists,” said Smo. “Being out on the road supporting this record has shown me how much love and support my Kinfoke bring to the table and
none of this would be possible without them!”

Four new albums debuted on the Top 25 Country Albums:
a) Texas five-piece Micky & The Motorcars a rough-hewn brand of country-rock led by Mickey Braun made a bow at No.150 on the BB200 (#17 Country) selling 2,400 copies of their seventh album HEARTS FROM ABOVE crowdfunded Kickstarter Project (856 backers pledged $45,882 of a $35,000 goal) .
The long-running Austin band have a brand-new engine, fine-tuned and good to run for at least as many more miles still ahead. Two brothers and founding members Micky Braun (lead vocals and guitar) and Gary Braun (guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and vocals) are now invigorated and supercharged by a transfusion of new blood from fresh recruits Dustin Schaefer (lead guitar), Joe Fladger (bass), and Bobby Paugh (drums). You can hear that born-again “blast” right from the start of Hearts From Above with the soaring title track, a song Micky started working on in the afterglow of a particularly inspiring show he caught by one of his biggest Austin heroes, Alejandro Escovedo. “Alejandro’s one of those guys who makes me want to be better,” Micky enthuses, “and all I wanted to do was go right home and write.” He ended up co-writing “Hearts From Above” with Willy Braun, who, along with another older brother, Cody, actually moved to Austin a few years ahead of Micky and Gary with their own wildly popular Americana rock band, Reckless Kelly

Critical reception for “Hearts From Above”:
12 Tracks CD - UK iTunes - Amazon.com 
No Depression (by Chuck Schultz)..Years on the road can put a lot of wear on you and can affect you personally and as an artist. Having brothers along for the ride as musicians and collaborators makes that road quite a bit easier. On Micky & the Motorcars seventh release Hearts From Above, may be their best yet. Solid songwriting, amazing compositions and tight playing makes this record one of the best of 2014...A personal highlight is “Tonight We Ride,” a great song of friends, soldiers, anyone that has to rely on one another to get through anything....Micky & the Motorcars and keeping the flame of Texas Music burning for the foreseeable future.

Texas Music Pickers - Looking for an album that offers more than just love and heartbreak songs? Well look no further, as Micky and the Motorcars’ “Hearts From Above” delivers on every standard you can put it to.  It’s full of superb song writing conveying vibrant stories, superior music, solid vocals, and what can only be described as that “Braun Edge”....Overall, it’s a fantastic album that only one with 13 years of experience in the Texas/Red Dirt music scene can put out. It’s a tale of renaissance, as “Hearts From Above” leaves the listener not only satisfied, but impressed in the truest sense of the word.  We encourage you to check it out, as it’s definitely one of the best albums of 2014!

b) Billie Joe Shaver, one of the original members of the 1970s outlaw country movement made a debut at No.157 on the BB200 (#19 Country) selling over 2,200 copies of his new release LONG IN THE TOOTH (Lightning Rod Records).

In 1973, Waylon Jennings released an album called Honky Tonk Heroes that consisted almost entirely, with one exception, of songs written by Billie Joe Shaver, a then-unknown Texas songwriter. Since that time, his songs have been recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley to Willie Nelson. Now 74 years old, Shaver has released his first new studio album in six years.

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Critical reception for “Long in the Tooth”:
10 Tracks/ Time: 32:19 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music - Amazon.com 
Allmusic (Rating: 3.1/2 Stars)....Shaver, a hard-living Texas country singer and songwriter whose best songs were a fair step past brilliant, either didn't play the game right, or didn't care for the spotlight, or maybe the game just passed him by, who knows.... Long in the Tooth features ten new Shaver songs, and if his voice by now (the album was released in his 75th year) has worn to a deep, rough rasp, the songs are as strong and as vital and world-weary wise as ever, and at least three of them here -- the opener "Hard to Be an Outlaw" (a duet with Willie Nelson); the beautiful, ragged fiddle and piano waltz "I'll Love You as Much as I Can"; and "The Git Go," which is full of a kind of rugged, hard-earned resignation -- have the feel of instant Shaver classics.....Here's hoping that this set isn't a swan song and that he still has more songs in him to add to that impressive legacy.

Saving Country Music (1.3/4 of 2 Guns Up) ..In some respects this album can be taken as a companion piece to Shaver’s dear friend Willie Nelson’s recent album Band of Brothers.... As the album proceeds though, there are some astounding moments where Shaver, whose zeal can sometimes exceed his vocal prowess, shows off a set of pipes in love songs that stir the heart with the same ferocity as his boot stompers shake the bones....The controversial song on the album (if you want to call it that) is the title track. It has some people (including Shaver himself in certain interviews) saying that he’s rapping, though I’m not sure that’s how I would characterize it. The song is drenched in Crybaby guitar pedals and spit on the microphone as Shaver does his best to scare off old age in a merciless exploration of whatever is left of his id and machismo.....Blame the seven year hiatus for helping to refine his material, blame his immortal spirit that refuses to let him sit down, or blame the talent within him that appears to be bottomless. But at 74-years-old, Billy Joe Shaver is still schooling an army of artists who would love to label themselves Outlaws, but don’t have the acumen to truly understand what the word even means, let alone the skills to pull it off, or the history
to back it up.
Pop Matters (Rating: 7/10) ...As the album’s title suggests, Long in the Tooth shows Shaver’s self-aware of his aging. The songs offer the perspective of someone who has been there and done that, and can see the patterns of the past repeated in the present. Sometimes his focus is on the big picture, as on tracks such as “The Git Go” that starts in the Garden of Eden to illustrate how little has changed. Other tunes offer more of a close-up perspective on life, such as the love song “I’ll Love You as Much as I Can”. Shaver understands that romance remains the same as it ever was when it is real....Shaver’s voice may not be as strong as it used to be, but it is still a wonderful, expressive instrument. The man warbles and slides around the words and delivers them with pizzazz. He always sounds like he’s singing right from the heart....Shaver may not have changed much over the last decade, and the slimness of this record suggests he’s not about to set the world on fire. He may be old and know it, but he’s still plugging away. He also understands that the world still needs Honky Tonk heroes like him.

c) Sunny Sweeney with her third album album PROVOKED made a bow at No.165 BB200 (#20 Country) selling 2,200 copies. It was funded through PledgeMusic (109% of goal reached) and received an August 5th release date teaming up with Thirty Tigers. The first single, "Bad Girl Phase," was unveiled on Sirius/XM Radio. The title of Sweeney's set is an apt one after nearly a decade of highs and lows professionally and personally. – Press Release

Critical reception for “Provoked”:
13 Tracks/ Time: 47:44 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music - Amazon.com

Allmusic (Rating: 4 STARS) ...It's a provocative album, detailing a difficult journey through disappointment, doubt, darkness, and ultimately triumph. It's chock-full of vulnerability,
accountability, an acidic wit and strength. Sweeney co-wrote 11 of the 13 songs on the Luke Wooten-produced set..... The attitude in those tracks recalls the anthemic, no-apologies militancy of Gretchen Wilson at her best..... The longing in the shimmering country waltz "Find Me" is a highlight, as is "My Bed," a duet with Will Hoge that details both viewpoints at the end of a marriage. "Uninvited" marries gospel and pop as Sweeney's East Texas vocal comes through the center. The sassy closer "Everybody Else Can Kiss My Ass" is hard, classic honky tonk, with pedal steel and fiddle raging.... Honest, poignant, and often funny, this is contemporary country with real heart. It should not only appeal to fans, but to a wider audience to boot.

Twang Nation.com (Rating; 4.5 / 5) ...Combining DIY ethic with crowd-sourced funding, and support by indy Americana super label Thirty Tigers, “Provoked” contains Sweeney’s earlier fire tempered with an ear for a hook and just the right amount of studio provided by Luke Wooten (Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley and sister neo-traditionalist Kellie Pickler). From the cover Sunny looks right through use with her big, blue tinted eyes. What looks like tape with the title is masking her mouth giving the duel impression of being gagged and screaming the title at once....Sweeney says the album reflects her coming to terms with the mistakes she has made and the recovery that the last few years have brought her. “The album is a journey from nearly hitting bottom and losing everything personally to regaining my footing and being able to find not only my true self again, but real happiness.” “Provoked” might be a result of hard times and challenges of the spirit, but it has allowed Sweeny to regain her voice......on “Provoked” Sweeney proves that a more substantial response to Bro-Country, or really anything Music Row is shoveling out as the flavor of the moment, is to follow your heart and kick some ass. Sweeney sure does that and reminds us that life os more than just radio decoration.

Digital Journal (Rating: 5 STARS) ..Provoked opens with the upbeat "You Don't Know your Husband," where her vocals are reminiscent of Lee Ann Womack and Natalie Maines, the lead singer of The Dixie Chicks.....Her vocals are crystalline on the gorgeous ballad "Carolina on the Line," which is one of my favorite songs on the album, and worthy enough to become a single in the future, since it displays her vulnerability as an artist....The inclusion of fellow country singer-songwriter Will Hoge on this album is genius and they produce a stunning vocal collaboration in "My Bed," which is utterly fantastic and country as grits. Hoge's vocals are haunting and rich and soulful, and compliments Sweeney well. Sunny Sweeney delights on her latest album, which is perhaps her finest musical work to date. There is something in it for everybody on this album: it contains melancholic ballads, uptempo songs, and tunes about heartbreak. Her delivery is delicate and witty at times. Sweeney showcases a great deal of inner strength. She is the Patsy Cline of my generation.

For The Country Record ...Throughout this largely autobiographical record, we get a sense that Sunny has spent some time maturing through all these life experiences. Every moment of note is narrated with storytelling aplomb and a keen wit; the bluntly honest approach seems to be her forte, but she isn’t afraid to explore her more poetic side, peppering tracks like ‘Carolina On The Line’ with metaphors and a more literary sense. For the most part, however, her bright, headstrong personality and sense of humor come through in droves....‘Provoked’ feels genuine, honest, musically varied, but quintessentially country. I don’t think we could ever ask for more than that.

d) Shooter Jennings with his five-song EP DON’T WAIT UP (For George) (Black Country Rock) arrived at #23 on the Bilboard Country chart (outside the BB200) selling 1,900 copies of his tribute to the Old Possum, featuring two originals and three covers of George Jones classics.

Critical reception for “Don't Wait Up (For George)”:
Allmusic (3.1/2 STARS) One of the cool things about having Waylon Jennings for a father is your dad's work friends are likely to be a lot more interesting than if he worked, say, at a vacuum cleaner repair shop. Shooter Jennings knew George Jones as a good-hearted guy
who used to stop by and visit his father sometimes, and when Jones died in 2012, Shooter lost both a family friend as well as a musical hero.....Ultimately, it's the new tunes from Jennings that are most effective here; "Living in a Minor Key" was written by Jennings with Faren Miller for Jones to sing, and this simple but evocative tale of good and bad times sounds like something that would fit Jones like a glove. "Don't Wait Up (We're Playin' Possum)" pays homage to Jones while allowing Jennings to indulge in his badass persona as he ponders both cheating songs and real-world infidelity...And while Jennings clearly means well, the covers face one insurmountable obstacle -- no one will ever sing those songs as well as George Jones. That said, Shooter Jennings clearly sings from the heart on "Don't Wait Up," and this is a tribute to the artist and the man that rings honest and true.

Rollingstone (3.1/2 Stars) ...Whether country music tributes succeed or fail, they almost always err on the side of caution – keeping it trad even when saluting artists who mixed it up. Let's cheer Shooter Jennings, then, for an EP dedicated to the late great George Jones that surprises with synthesized twinkles and bass lines nicked from Giorgio Moroder – the Italian disco wizard Jennings has said he discovered while listening to last year's Daft Punk album

Paste Magazine (Rating: 8.6/ 10) ...Apples don’t fall far from the tree. Though Shooter Jennings, son of the late Waylon Jennings, has spent the past several years mining a more rock attitude, his inflections, tone and ability to craft a country song are undeniable....Sparked by a shady producer implying he was working on a Jones project who solicited songs—quite possibly to use to lure Jones into working with him—from the young man who’d grown up around the legends, Jennings’ originals capture the man being honored. His material fits seamlessly beside the three Jones classics that round out Don’t Wait Up...Plodding, hard, slow, Jennings gives his friend, his mentor and his influence a new reality that feels as potent as Jones’ own steel-soaked records.

Outside the Top 25 & 50 country albums:

LeAnn Rimes with GREATEST HITS & DANCE LIKE YOU DON'T GIVE A... GREATEST HITS: REMIXES (Curb Records) made a #50 Country debut with this collection of her biggest hits in remixed form.
Details/ Available to BUY: 13 Tracks/ Time: 55:35 MP3 - UK iTunes - Artwork - Amazon.com - Walmart - Spotify a physical version of the album will be released thru Walmart which is a double disc release combined with her Greatest Hits.
“Everyone knows I love to dance,” said LeAnn in a statement. “What better way to celebrate the next chapter of my music than to remix some of my favorite hits from over the years to get my fans out on the dance floor shaking their asses.” Unlike The Best of Remixed from 2007, a European-only album that compiled the existing remixes up until that point, Dance Like You Don’t Give A… Greatest Hits Remixes presents 13 of her favorites as fresh remixes from today’s biggest names in dance music. 
The LP features remixes from Kaskade, Dave Aude, Fear Of Tigers, Cahill, 7th Heaven, Digital Dog, and more. It also includes “Grace,” a collaboration with iconic electronic music duo The Crystal Method. “I have such an eclectic group of fans across all genres of music,” says LeAnn. “And when they request dance remixes, I am thrilled to be able to give it to them! There is such a talented group of DJs on this album and pairing it with my Greatest Hits CD seemed the perfect fit.”

Mary Sarah the 18-year-old singer, who grew up in Richmond and Sugar Land has earned a considerable amount of national attention for the project MARY SARAH & FRIENDS which pairs her with the likes of Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Tanya Tucker for new readings of familiar songs. Her album is new on the Billboard Heatseeker Albums chart this week at #24 having sold another 850 copies to bring her sales tally for her indie classic duets project to 2,400.
Track three features Mary Sarah’s recording with the last-ever duet with the late Ray Price, covering his classic “Heartaches by the Number
Houston Chronicle Mary Sarah says "Bridges," her album of duets with classic country superstars, was assembled "miracle by miracle." Houston Press Blog....Frankly, Mary Sarah looks and sounds an awful lot like Carrie Underwood: All-American cheerleader good looks and a voice blessed with not only perfect pitch but dynamic range (which, unlike Underwood, she doesn't overuse). On Bridges, she goes well beyond holding her own against some of the greatest talents in country-music history -- most of whom are admittedly getting on in years -- and pretty much steals the show....
UK Album reviews: Country Music People - flyinshoes
Available CD - MP3 (Amazon UK; 13 track/ 44:20 AGR TV Records)Smart Choice Music (US release)-  Amazon.com

2014 Country Album sales Year-To Date:
18,246,000 (Physical sales 12,085,000 (down 9%) + Digital sales 6,161,000 (down -12.8%)) which is 20.9% down at the same point in 2013 (23,068,000 sales)

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Placings

(Issue dated Chart week of August 23, 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 23, 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:

  • Jason Aldean’sBurnin’ It Down” (Broken Bow) stayed at No.1 for a third straight week. It also became his first No.1 (3-1) on Country Streaming Songs (2.3 million U.S. streams, up 24%). The track tops Country Digital Songs for a third consecutive week with 107,000 downloads sold.
  • Tim McGraw’sMeanwhile Back at Mama’s” (Big Machine), featuring wife Faith Hill, jumped 11-7, each artist celebrates notable achievements. McGraw notched his 50th top 10, while Hill ends a seven-year absence from the upper tier; she had last visited the top 10 with the couple’s “I Need You,” which peaked at No.8 on Aug. 4, 2007. Hill last reached the top 10 on her own eight years ago with “Sunshine and Summertime” (No.7 peak). Dating to his first week in the upper region more than 20 years ago (“Indian Outlaw” flew 14-9 on March 26, 1994), McGraw widens his lead for the most top 10s among all acts, distancing himself further from runner-up George Strait, who has totaled 47 top 10s in that span. In the time span since Oct. 20, 1958, when Billboard’s various country songs charts merged into one all-inclusive list, Strait is the leader in top 10s with 86; McGraw ranks sixth. “Mama’s” added top Digital Gainer stripes with a 54% increase to 43,000 downloads sold.
  • Dustin Lynch scored top Airplay Gainer honours with “Where It’s At (Yep, Yep)” (Broken Bow) as it stepped 9-8 on Country Airplay with an 11% gain to 36.1 million audience impressions.
  • Brantley Gilbert’sSmall Town Throwdown” (featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett) (Valory) roped the Streaming Gainer trophy (21-16). The song logged a 297% surge to 750,000 streams during its first complete seven-day tracking week (Aug. 4 to 10) following the Aug.1 premiere of its official video. 46% of the song’s total weekly streams came from Vevo on YouTube and 29% were via Spotify. It sold 26,000 copies in its 13th week.
Top 25 Hot Country Songs:

Jason Aldean with “Burnin’ It Down” stays Top the chart! 
Florida Georgia Line with former #1 “Dirt” holds at #2
Kenny Chesney with “American Kids” holds at #3
Dierks Bentley with “Drunk On A Plane” a non-mover at #4
Lady Antebellum with “Bartender” sticks at #5
Lee Brice with “I Don’t Dance” stays at #6
Tim McGraw feat Faith Hill with “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” lifts #11 - #7 p
Florida Georgia Line feat Luke Bryan’s former #1 “This Is How Me Roll” falls, #7 - #8 q
Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s former #1 “Somethin’ Bad” drops #8 - #9 q
Sam Hunt with “Leave The Night On” drops one, #9 - #10 q
Luke Bryan with “Roller Coaster” climbs four, #15 - #11 p
Brad Paisley with “River Bank” levels at #12
Cole Swindell with “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight” rises four, #17 - #13 p
Dustin Lynch with “Where It’s At” (Yep, Yep) holds at #14
Joe Nichols with “Yeah” falls five, #10 - #15 q
Brantley Gilbert with “Small Town Throwdown” jumps up five, #21 - #16 p
Chase Rice with “Ready Set Roll” is up one, #18 - #17 p
Little Big Town with “Day Drinking” rises five, #23 - #18 p
Frankie Ballard with “Sunshine & Whiskey” stays at #19
Blake Shelton feat. Gwen Sebastion with “My Eyes” is up two, #22 - #20 p
Eric Church with “Cold One” climbs five, #26 - #21 p
Eric Paslay with “Song About A Girl” is down two, #20 - #22 q
Eli Young Band with “Dust” is up one, #24 - #23 p
The Swon Brothers with “Later On” lifts one, #25 - #24 p
Maddie & Tae with “Girl In A Country Song” falls nine slots, #16 - #25 q

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (3 weeks) ** “Burnin’ It Down” Jason Aldean
** Digital Gainer ** No.7 “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” Tim McGraw feat Faith Hill
** Airplay Gainer ** No.14 “Where It’s At” (Yep, Yep) Dustin Lynch
** Streaming Gainer ** No.16 “Small Town Throwdown” Brantley Gilbert
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.38 “A Guy Walks Into A Bar” Tyler Farr
Debut No.40 “Do It Like This” Chase Rice
Debut No.44 “Hangin' Around” Josh Abbott Band
Debut No.45 “Perfect Storm” Brad Paisley
Debut No.49 “Little Red Wagon” Miranda Lambert


Billboard Country Airplay Chart Week of August 23, 2014

Lee Brice notched his fourth Billboard Country Airplay No.1, as "I Don't Dance" (Curb Records) waltzed 2-1 in its 27th chart frame. It follows his previous leaders "I Drive Your Truck" (chart April 20, 2013), "Hard to Love" (Nov. 10, 2012) and "A Woman Like You" (April 21, 2012). 
The song, written by Lee Brice, Rob Hatch and Dallas Davidson was first released on Feb 18, 2014 as the first single and title track from Brice's upcoming third studio album which will be released on September 9th.
Most recently, Brice’s “Parking Lot Party” peaked at No. 6 (Nov. 2, 2013). On chart frame dated Aug.23rd “Dance” logged 48.339 million audience impressions (+1.726 million) and received 7,576 radio plays (+347). Top local audience stations for “Dance” during the Aug. 4-10 tracking week were: KKBQ Houston (1.8 million impressions), WUSN Chicago (1.6 million), WNSH New York (1.2 million) and KPLX Dallas (1.1 million).  The track has sold 843, 000 downloads to the week ending Aug.10. It peaked at No.4 on Billboard’s Country Digital Songs list dated June 14.












  • Faith Hill returned to the Country Airplay top five for the first time in eight years, as featured on hubby’s Tim McGraw’sMeanwhile Back at Mama’s” (Big Machine), which made a 7-5 hop in its 17th chart week (41.6 million impressions, up 7%). It’s Hill’s first top five appearance since she scored three such consecutive peaks in 2005-06, beginning with “Mississippi Girl,” which began a two-week stand at No.1 on Sept. 3, 2005. “Like We Never Loved at All” and “The Lucky One” both peaked at No.5 (on the Feb. 18, 2006 and May 6, 2006 charts, respectively). Hill had most recently charted with “American Heart,” which peaked at No.26 on Dec. 29, 2012. Since her first Country Airplay chart appearance nearly 21 years ago (Oct. 16, 1993), she’s shared collaborative artist credits only with McGraw, with whom she’s charted five times; all five have hit the top 10, with “It’s Your Love” leading with its six-week reign in 1997. “Mama’s” is their first shared top five hit since 1998, when “Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me” reached No.3. Hill’s Country Airplay chart history includes nine No.1s overall (eight on her own), a feat she last achieved with “Mississippi Girl.”
  • The Most Increased Audience stripes went to Dustin Lynch with "Where It's At (Yep, Yep)" (Broken Bow) which logged 36.174 million audience impressions, a gain of +3.677 million and received 5,747 radio plays (+578).
  • Rookie duo Maddie & Tae claimed the Most Added trophy with “Girl In A Country Song“ which logged 7,742 million audience impressions (+2.358) and received 1,128 radio plays (+380) thanks to 25 fresh radio commitments (ADDS)
  • "Shut Me Up" by Lindsay Ell the only Top 60 debut, snagged her token Hot Shot Debut honours at No.59.
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” held at No.17 in its 12th chart week. “Girl In A Country Song” by rookie duo Maddie & Tae moved 31-30.
RaeLynn #34, Kacey Musgraves #40 and Jana Kramer #41 and Linsay Ell at #59 were the four solo females in the remaining 31-60 slots, to make it just 6.6% of the entire Top 60 chart.

Country Airplay

Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (1 week) *** "I Don't Dance" Lee Brice
** Most Increased Audience ** No.8 "Where It's At (Yep, Yep)" Dustin Lynch
** Most Added ** “Girl In A Country Song” Maddie & Tae
** Hot Shot Debut ** No. 59 "Shut Me Up" Lindsay Ell



                                                                                  
 Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart Week of August 23, 2014

  • Jason Aldean's "Burnin' It Down" (Broken Bow / BBMG) held at No.1 with 107,000 downloads sold (down 7%) and also remained at No.6 on the all genre Digital Songs chart in its third chart frame.
  • The top 3 Country songs remained the same with Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley switching places at #4 and #5.al Songs.
  • The CMA’s “Country Night To Rock” special on ABC TV helped to impact the week’s sales numbers with Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s duet “Somethin’ Bad” jumped back 8-6 and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’sMeanwhile Back At Mama’s” made a 14-7 climb with a 53% sales increase.
  • In their 4th chart week Maddie & Tae fell 12-25 (sales down 37%) with “Girl In A Country Song” (Dot/ BMLG)
  • Chase Rice’sDo It Like This” made an entry on the Top 30 at No.27 with the preview track from his due to be released IGNITE THE NIGHT record.

Women Of Country Watch
There were no solo female artists on the Top 30 placings on the Top 50 Miranda Lambert’s Automatic” re-entered at No.47 and her CMA Song “Little Red Wagon” made a bow at #45

Dropping off the Top 30:
21 - Off the Top 50 Florida Georgia Line “If I Die Tomorrow”
24 - Off the Top 50 Chase Rice “We Goin’ Out” 

Top 30 Digital Singles in Country Music (published August 14, 2014)
 (LW) Last Week (TW) This Week
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Country Aircheck/ Mediabase chart

Lee Brice landed the No1 on Mediabase with “I Don’t Dance’” (Curb) which moved 2-1. The song logged 7,820 radio spins (+363) and 56.716 million audience impressions (+2.594 million) from 149 tracking stations for the tracking week Aug 3 to August 9, 2014 and published chart August 11th.
Congratulates Curb Records VP/Promotion Ryan Dokke, National Dir./Promotion Mike Rogers, and the entire Curb Promo team for scoring the week’s #1 spot on the MEDIABASE Country singles chart with Lee Brice’s >> "I Don't Dance."
This is the fourth career #1 single for Brice, the most recent being "I Drive Your Truck" in April 2013.  Sweets were due to be delivered to CURB in celebration of the milestone! The guitar Lee Brice is holding on the cover of his new album, I Don’t' Dance, is much more than just a prop. It's the actual 1948 Gibson J-45 guitar his wife, Sara, gave him as a wedding present before they tied the knot last year. Lee told ABC News Radio, "My buddy in South Carolina, he's got a bunch of old guitars like that, and I just fell in love with one that looked just like that, and he found me one, for [Sara to give me], out in California, and it's just amazing."













Congratulations to RCA SVP/Promotion Keith Gale, Dir./National Promotion Josh Easler and the entire RCA Promo team for earning 47 MEDIABASE Country adds with Jake Owen’sWhat We Ain’t Got”. Those adds give Jake the “Most Added” title this chart week.
Bagels were due to be delivered to RCA’s office (August 12th) to congratulate the staff on their achievement.
For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 409 - August 11, 2014 [PDF File]
For the very latest up to the minute Mediabase Chart (Past 7 Days) go here - www.mediabase.com

Billboard Boxscores (Selective Country concerts)
Chart Week of August 23, 2014

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