Monday, 11 August 2014

Country Billboard Chart News August 7, 2014

Country Billboard Chart News August 7, 2014

RIAA Certifications

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

Albums:
Florida Georgia Line’s album Here’s To The Good Times (2x Platinum)
Eric Church’s album The Outsiders (GOLD)
Miranda Lambert’s album Platinum (Gold; over 500,000 units shipped NOT sold)
Kacey Musgraves’ album Same Trailer, Different Park (Gold; over 500,000 units shipped NOT sold)
George Strait’s album Love Is Everything (GOLD)

Singles:
Luke Bryan’s single “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” (3x Platinum)
Florida Georgia Line’s single “Cruise” (8x Platinum)
Kacey Musgraves’ single “Merry Go Round” (Platinum)
Jerrod Niemann’s single “Drink To That All Night” (Platinum)
Jake Owen’s single “Beachin’” (Platinum)
Dierks Bentley’s single “Drunk On A Plane” (GOLD)
Brett Eldredge’s single “Beat of the Music” (GOLD)
Tyler Farr’s single “Whiskey In My Water” (GOLD)
Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood’s single “Somethin’ Bad” (GOLD)
Kacey Musgraves’ single “Follow Your Arrow” (GOLD)
Joe Nichols’ single “Yeah” (GOLD)
Chris Young’s single “Who I Am With You” (GOLD)

In Brief:  Billboard Country Charts

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (4 weeks; non consecutive) ** “Just As I Am” Brantley Gilbert
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (2 weeks) ** “Burnin’ It Down” Jason Aldean
Country Airplay ** No.1 (1 week) ** "We Are Tonight" Billy Currington
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 ** (2 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 9, 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 a nearly 37-year wait, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers earned their first No.1 album on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (BB200).
The band's new HYPNOTIC EYE arrived atop the chart, selling 130,589 copies in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the best debut sales week for Petty since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991, and his best sales frame overall (debut or otherwise) since 1994, when his solo album Wildflowers sold 161,000 in the week after Christmas.
Petty and The Heartbreakers first appeared on the Billboard 200 back in September 1977 with their self-titled debut album that featured the classics "Breakdown" and "American Girl."
Veteran UK rocker Eric Clapton made a bow at No. 2 with The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale (60,591 sales). It's Clapton's highest-charting set since 1994's From the Cradle debuted at No.1. The new collaborations album -- which is a tribute to singer/songwriter Cale and features the likes of Petty, John Mayer and Willie Nelson  also nets Clapton his best debut sales frame since 2004's tribute set “Me and Mr. Johnson” started at No. 6 with 128,000.

  • Brantley Gilbert with JUST AS I AM was the highest placed country album on the BB200 moving 14-12 in his 11th chart week and stayed top of the Billboard Country Album Chart shifting another 19,000 copies (up 26%).He has now sold 500,000 albums to gain GOLD RIAA certification. The album and current single are likely to post notable gains on next week’s charts following the Aug. 1 “Small Town Throwdown” video premiere (featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett) and a performance featuring all three artists on ABC’s prime-time special CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock, which aired Aug. 5th.
  • He was well clear of Miranda Lambert’s 9 week album PLATINUM (sales down 14%) which held at No.2 County.
  • The top 5 standing remained the same with no new albums appearing on the top 50 Country albums list.
  • Big Smo’s KUNTRY LIVIN’ rose 57-39 on the BB200 (8-6 Country; sales up 20%)
  • Dan+Shay’s set WHERE IT ALL BEGAN moved 30-18 Country and re-entered the BB200 at No.167 in their 18th chart frame.
 Outside the top 25 & 50 country albums:
  • Joey+Rory’s INSPIRED moved re-entered at #32 (45,000 sold in 22 weeks)
  • Martina McBride’s EVERLASTING received a 86% sales boost and has sold 51,000 copies since its No.7 Billboard 200 and No.1 Country debut for the chart week April 26, 2014 when it made its bow with 20,880 sales.
  • Scotty McCreery’s 42 week SEE YOU TONIGHT (19/Interscope/Mercury) sold 1,400 (up 54%) to reach a 244,000 tally 
  • Cassadee Pope with her former No.1 Country album FRAME BY FRAME sold another 600 copies to reach a new total of 179,000. It first debuted on the chart week Oct 26, 2013 with a BB200 debut at No.9 selling 43,196 copies.

2014 Country Album sales Year-To Date:
17,767,000 (Physical sales 11,756,000 (down 9%) + Digital sales 6,010,000 (down -12.8%)) which is 21.1% down at the same point in 2013 (22,505,000 sales)

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Placings

(Issue dated Chart week of August 16, 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 16, 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 second successive week.
  • Rookie duo Maddie & Tae make a notable jump on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs with their counterculture anthem “Girl in a Country Song” (Dot), which made a 26-16 leap bagging both Digital Gainer and Streaming Gainer honours. The track jumped 28-12 on Country Digital Songs (30,000 downloads, up 815) and rose 16-4 on Country Streaming Songs with 1.9 million total U.S. streams (up 136% percent, according to Nielsen BDS). Vevo on YouTube accounts for 82% of the streaming total, which represents the first complete seven-day tracking week (ending Aug. 3) since the clip premiered July 24. On the Country Airplay tally, “Girl” flew 43-31 (5.1 million audience impressions, up 75%). The twosome makes its national TV debut with an Aug. 11 performance on NBC’s Today.
  • Country Streaming Songs is dominated for a third nonconsecutive week (and second straight week) by Florida Georgia Line’sDirt” (Republic Nashville), which draws 2.1 million total U.S. streams, up 1%. The track held at No.2 on Hot Country Songs following a two-week stand atop the charts dated July 26 and Aug. 2. Concurrently, the duo’s contribution to Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue (Big Machine/BMLG), titled “If I Die Tomorrow,” made a bow snagging Hot Shot Debut stripes at No.33 and sold 19,000 downloads.
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” sticks at #3
Dierks Bentley with “Drunk On A Plane” levels at #4
Lady Antebellum with “Bartender” is up one, #6 - #5 p
Lee Brice with “I Don’t Dance” is down one, #5 - #6 q
Florida Georgia Line feat Luke Bryan  former #1 “This Is How Me Roll” up, #8 - #7 p
Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood former #1 “Somethin’ Bad” moves #9 - #8 p
Sam Hunt with “Leave The Night On” climbs one, #10 - #9 p
Joe Nichols with “Yeah” falls #7 - #10 q
Tim McGraw feat Faith Hill with “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” holds at #11
Brad Paisley with “River Bank” rises #13 - #12 p
Billy Currington with “We Are Tonight” is down one, #12 - #13 q
Dustin Lynch with “Where It’s At” (Yep, Yep) holds at #14
Luke Bryan with “Roller Coaster” stays at #15
Maddie & Tae with “Girl In A Country Song” jumps up ten, #26 - #16 p
Cole Swindell with “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight” holds at #17
Chase Rice with “Ready Set Roll” is down two, #16 - #18 q
Frankie Ballard with “Sunshine & Whiskey” is down one, #18 - #19 q
Eric Paslay with “Song About A Girl” holds at #20
Brantley Gilbert with “Small Town Throwdown” sticks at #21
Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Sebastion with “My Eyes” slips three, #19 - #22 q
Little Big Town with “Day Drinking” stays at #23
Eli Young Band with “Dust” is down two, #22 - #24 q
The Swon Brothers with “Later On” stays at #25

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (2 weeks) ** “Burnin’ It Down” Jason Aldean
** Airplay Gainer ** No.5 “Bartender” Lady Antebellum
** Digital Gainer / Streaming Gainer ** No.16 “Girl In A Country Song” Maddie & Tae
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.33 “If I Die Tomorrow” Florida Georgia Line
Debut No.36 “We Goin’ Out” Chase Rice
Debut No.49 “My Place” Big Smo feat. Darius Rucker
Debut No.50 “Sick Of Me” Tim McGraw


Billboard Country Airplay Chart Week of August 16, 2014

Billy Currington logged his second consecutive No. 1 and eighth overall on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart as “We Are Tonight” (Mercury) stepped 2-1 in its 37th chart week. Only 10 songs have had slower climbs to No.1. The longest ride to No. 1 was tallied by Chris Young's "Voices," which hit No. 1 in its 51st chart week (Feb. 19, 2011).

The song, written by Marc Beeson, Sam Hunt and Josh Osborne was first released on November 18, 2013 as the second single from his fifth studio album, WE ARE TONIGHT. 
On chart frame dated Aug. 16th it logged 46.803 million audience impressions (+1.182 milion) and received 7,253 radio plays (+445).

Top local audience contributors for “Tonight”: KKBQ Houston (1.8 million impressions), WUSN Chicago (1.6 million) and KPLX Dallas (1.1 million).

Prior single “Hey Girl” topped the chart dated Oct. 19, 2013. Currington’s back-to-back leaders are his first to consecutively top the list since he rolled four straight starting with “People Are Crazy” in August 2009. That was followed by “That’s How Country Boys Roll” (March 2010), “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer” (September 2010) and “Let Me Down Easy” (April 2011). He achieved his first No. 1 with “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right,” which spent two weeks at No.1 starting on the Dec. 31, 2005 chart.












  • Newcomer Cole Swindell landed his second Country Airplay top 10 with “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight” (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville), which stepped 11-10 in its 22nd chart week (28.5 million audience impressions, up 3.1 million). The Georgia-born singer first cracked the upper tier with “Chillin’ It,” which peaked at No.2 on the March 8 list.
  • The Most Increased Audience stripes went to Lady Antebellum with "Bartender" (Capitol Nashville) which moved 8-5 logging 39.806 million audience impressions, a gain of +5.577 million and received 6,023 radio plays (+625)
  • Thomas Rhett, meanwhile, posted the Hot Shot Debut at No. 51 with “Makes Me Wanna” (Valory)
  • The Most Added trophy was handed for a second week to Jason Aldean’sBurnin’ It Down” (Broken Bow) at No.19, which collected 33 fresh radio commitments (ADDS).
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 11th chart week.
RaeLynn #36, Cassadee Pope #38, Kacey Musgraves #40 and Jana Kramer #41 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

*** No. 1 (1 week) *** "We Are Tonight" Billy Currington
** Most Increased Audience” No 5 "Bartender" Lady Antebellum
** Most Added ** No.19 “Burnin’ It Down” Jason Aldean 33 ADDS
** Hot Shot Debut ** No. 51 "Makes Me Wanna" Thomas Rhett
Debut No.56 "Party Like You" The Cadillac Three
Debut No.58 "A Guy Walks Into A Bar" Tyler Farr


                                                                                   
 Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart Week of August 16, 2014

  • Jason Aldean's "Burnin' It Down" held at No.1 with 115,000 downloads sold (down 38%) but dived 1-6 on the all genre Digital Songs chart.
  • The top 9 places remained exactly the same as the previous week. There are newly GOLD singles for “American Kids” at No.3 from Kenny Chesney (having reached 506,000 copies in 7 weeks) and Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s duet “Somethin’ Bad” which has now sold 536,000 downloads in its 11th chart frame.
  • Maddie & Tae are the fastest Riser of the Week as “Girl In A Country Song” (Dot/ BMLG) moved 28-12 (sales up 76%) in its third week. Two new singles debut Florida Georgia Line’s “If I Die Tomorrow” at No.21 and Chase Rice’s “We Goin’ Out” arrived at No.24.
Women Of Country Watch
There were no solo female artists on the Top 50 placings!
Miranda Lambert’s Automatic” fell off the chart from No.48.
Female duet include Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood with “Somethin’ Bad” hold at #8 and newbie duo Maddie & Tae moved 28-12 with “Girl In A Country Song”  

Dropping off the Top 30:
21- Off the chart  Canaan Smith “Love You Like That”
24-39 Chase Rice “Gonna Wanna Tonight”
27-31 Eli Young Band “Dust”

Top 30 Digital Singles in Country Music (published August 7, 2014)
 (LW) Last Week (TW) This Week
*Numbers are rounded to nearest 1000th































Country Aircheck/ Mediabase chart

Billy Currington landed the No1 on Mediabase with “We Are Tonight’” (Mercury) which moved 2-1. The song logged 7,725 radio spins (+695) and 55.746 million audience impressions (+2.713 million) from 149 tracking stations for the tracking week July 27 to August 2, 2014 and published chart August 4th.
Congratulations to Universal Music Group (UMG) SVP Royce Risser, Mercury Nashville VP/Promotion Damon Moberly and the entire Mercury promo team for scoring the weeks’ #1 spot on the MEDIABASE Country singles chart with Currington’s "We Are Tonight." The title track from Billy’s latest album marks his ninth career #1.















Congratulations to Valory Music Co. VP/Promotion George Briner and his entire team for earning 36 MEDIABASE Country adds  with Thomas Rhett’s “Make Me Wanna.”. Those adds give Rhett the “Most Added” title this chart week.
Bagels were due to be delivered to Valory’s office (August 5th) to congratulate the staff on their achievement.
For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 408 - August 4, 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 16, 2014


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