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Country Billboard Chart News November 13, 2014

Country Billboard Chart News November 13, 2014

RIAA Certifications

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

Maddie & Tae’s single “Girl In A Country Song” (GOLD)
Lady Antebellum's single “Bartender” (Platinum). It topped the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. The trio performed it on the CMA show. The song reached #31 on the Hot 100 and #4 on Hot Country Songs.
Scotty McCreery’s singles “I Love You This Big” (Platinum), “The Trouble With Girls” (Platinum) and “See You Tonight” (Platinum)
Scotty recently picked up three RIAA Platinum certifications with his hit songs off his Mercury Nashville / 19 / Interscope Records No.1 debuting first studio album CLEAR AS DAY, and “See You Tonight,” the Top 10 lead single off his second consecutive No. 1 album, SEE YOU TONIGHT. Written by McCreery, Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell, “See You Tonight” marks the first Platinum-selling single for McCreery as a writer in addition to being the artist, making it particularly special. “I Love You This Big,” written by Ronnie Jackson, Brett James, Ester Dean and Jay Smith, was McCreery’s country radio debut and first Top 15 single.  “The Trouble with Girls” was written by Phillip White and Chris Tompkins, and remains a huge crowd favorite on McCreery tour dates.
Since his 2011 debut, McCreery has sold more than 2 million albums. He continues to cross the country headlining his See You Tonight Tour through the end of the year, and McCreery’s latest single, “Feelin’ It,” is currently climbing country radio’s Top 15.
Click to listen Scotty talk about "See You Tonight"

In Brief:  Billboard Country Charts

Country Album Chart ** No. 1 (2 weeks non-consecutive) “Old Boots, New Dirt” Jason Aldean
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (1 week) ** “Something In The Water” Carrie Underwood
Country Airplay ** No.1 (1 week) ** "Neon Light" Blake Shelton
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 ** (1 week) ** “Something In The Water” Carrie Underwood

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 November 22, 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

Taylor Swift as expected with her blockbuster POP album “1989” (Big Machine/ Republic) spent a second week at No.1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (BB200).
The set sold 401,599 copies in the week ending Nov. 9, according to Nielsen SoundScan down a moderate 69% compared to its 1,286,544 million bow.
The album's second-week haul is the second-biggest week for an album in 2014, following 1989's debut a week earlier. 1989 has sold 1,688,360 copies in its first two chart weeks.
Swift's last album, 2012's RED, fell by 72% in its sophomore frame (1.21 million to 344,000). The album before that, Speak Now, also started with more than a million (1.047 million) and slipped by 69.5 percent (to 320,000) in week two.
It seems the music industry mostly avoided releasing albums from A-list artists to compete with 1989's second week.
Swift’s lead off  single “Shake It Off” was No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100

Jason Aldean's former No.1 OLD BOOTS, NEW DIRT, rose 5-4 on the BB200 (2-1 Country) and returned to No.1 on the Billboard Country Album Chart with 35,227 copies sold (down just 17%). It's one of the albums in the top 10 that benefitted from exposure on the Country Music Association Awards (CMA Awards) on Nov. 5. Aldean performed the album's "Burnin' It Down" on the broadcast.

Florida Georgia Line's ANYTHING GOES was steady at No. 6 on the BB200 (3-2 Country) with 30,058 copies (down 21%),

Brantley Gilbert with JUST AS I AM zoomed 62-9 on the BB200 (13-3 Country) with 25,718 copies (up 306%). He was a presenter at the CMA’s but this boost was down to the album deeply discounted to 99-cents during the tracking week in the Google Play store.
Overall country album sales rose by 11% for the week (to 740,000) mostly to the CMA Awards exposure. Last year’s show pumped sales by 12% (to 735,000). In terms of digital country song volume, downloads rose 28% (to 2.4 million), compared with a 30% spike in 2013 (to 2.9 million).

Multiple CMA winner Miranda Lambert, with now CMA Album of the Year, PLATINUM (RCA Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) rocketed 87-15 on the BB200 and 21-6 Country (16,908 sales; up 271%). She has finally scanned GOLD at retail having now past the ½-million mark with 514,605 total sales in 23 chart weeks.
Hubby Blake Shelton with BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville) lifted 46-11 on the BB200 ( 8-5 Country), selling 20,533 copies (up 135%).

In his second chart frame Sam Hunt with MONTEVALLO rounds out the top 10 on the Billboard 200, sliding 3-10 with 25,395   sales (down 64%) and as the No.1 Country album last week fell back to No.4.

Darius Rucker with his yuletide album HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS moved 43-39 on the BB200 (7-11 Country) with sales of  9,917 copies (up 12%) in his second chart frame (18,843 total)

Six other albums which landed on the Top 25 Country albums last week with their debut’s all fell of the chart.
The Lacs with NOTHING IN PARTICULAR (BackRoad| Average Joes) moved 20-27
Rodney Carrington’s LAUGHTER'S GOOD fell 23-33
Home Free with holiday set FULL OF CHEER (Columbia) fell 14-36
Wade Bowen SELF TITLED set plummeted 9-42
Stoney LaRue with the excellent AVIATOR (eOne) retreated 17-47

SOUTHBOUND (Arista Nashville/SMN), a set of countrified collaborations by The Doobie Brothers (with Michael McDonald) , started at No.16 on the BB200 (#7 Country) selling 16,350 copies. 
They along with several country stars played live on the CMA Awards show with two performances in the final hour.
In March 2014, the Doobie Brothers, in conjunction with Sony Music Nashville, announced that a brand new album would be released featuring the Greatest hits of their 40+ year career. The album was released on Nov 4, 2014 as their fourteenth studio album.

Critical reception for Doobie Brothers’ “Southbound”:
13 Tracks/ Time: 49:02 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes >> Watch the EPK

Allmusic (Rating: 3 STARS) A throwback to the golden age of star-studded tributes, the Doobie Brothers' 2014 Southbound essentially follows the same playbook as the Beach Boys' 1996 album Stars and Stripes, Vol. 1: team up a classic rock band with a bunch of contemporary country stars to sing the hits everybody knows and loves. ....Southbound feels smooth and natural, possibly because nobody involved dared to mess much with the original arrangements, a move that underscores how this is very much a record where singers are sitting in with the Doobies and not the other way around. Whenever there's a flash of modernization, it is minimal, as on the light decorative rhythmic loops and mandolin samples on "Listen to the Music," where Blake Shelton takes co-lead with Tom Johnston as Hunter Hayes lays down some beefy guitar. Johnston and Patrick Simmons dominate Southbound because their songs lend themselves better to country singers; they're either driving rockers or backwoods-inflected boogie, settings that are comfortable for neo-jam bands (Zac Brown Band, "Black Water"), swaggering cowboys (Toby Keith, "Long Train Runnin'" and Chris Young, "China Grove"), modern-day strummers (Jerrod Niemann, "South City Midnight Lady"), and arena country heroes (Brad Paisley, "Rockin' Down the Highway"). That said, the three Michael McDonald tunes -- "What a Fool Believes" (Sara Evans), "Takin' It to the Streets" (Love and Theft), "You Belong to Me" (Amanda Sudano Ramirez, featuring Vince Gill on guitar) -- all feel at home because this is a Doobie Brothers album, after all, and they've long ago found a way to reconcile the two sides of their musical personality. If there isn't much reinvention to be found on Southbound, that's fine: the record was meant as an open-hearted celebration of the Doobies' biggest hits and that's precisely what it delivers.

Country Weekly: (Rating B+) ....The new album has a little something for just about everyone—longtime Doobie fans will be excited that Southbound is the first time frontmen Patrick, Tom and Michael have appeared on the same album since 1976’s Takin’ It to the Streets, while country music fans get a chance to hear some of their favorite artists sing a Doobie catalog that reads like a Rolodex of jukebox hits.

Four The Country Record: .....In case it wasn’t expressed clearly, I do like ‘Southbound’ quite a lot. It does what a duet re-release of classic songs should do, and re-interprets the music according to the new collaborations. However, I do think that some of the instrumental intimacy of the original versions are drowned in loud, homologous, guitar-heavy instrumentation, which makes the album a bit of an assault on the ears after a few songs. For listeners being introduced to Doobie Brothers for the first time, it does make their music much more accessible to a younger generation, with the overly-produced songs being quite friendly to the modern ear.

The cast of ABC-TV's "NASHVILLE" with their holiday album release, CHRISTMAS With NASHVILLE out digitally and physically in America on Tuesday Nov 4, 2014 was the only other
album to debut on the the top 25 Country albums. With sales perhaps less than expected it arrived at No.105 on the BB200 (#23 Country) selling 3,795 copies in its first week at retail.

The CD version was available in the U.S. exclusively at Target.
This title will be released in the UK by Decca Records on November 24, 2014. Pre-order the CD on Amazon UK
The album consists of holiday standards and originals performed by more than a dozen "NASHVILLE" cast members.  The compilation is produced by Rascal Flatts' Jay Demarcus who guest-starred on the series last season. That guest role led to a co-writing partnership with series star Sam Palladio and the eventual decision to have Demarcus produce "CHRISTMAS With NASHVILLE." The 12-track album includes Hayden Panettiere's  take on "White Christmas," Charles Esten's rendition of "Blue CHRISTMAS," and a special duet by Connie Britton and Will Chase on "Baby, It's Cold Outside." The show, currently in its third season, debuted in 2012.

Outside the Top 25 Country Albums

A new John Denver Collection titled ALL OF MY MEMORIES: The - John Denver (RCA/  Legacy) made a debut at #44.

Teen duo Maddie & Tae with their Self-Titled debut 4 track EP which features their Top 10 cheeky answer song to the "Bro Country" trend, "Girl In A Country Song" arrived at No.164  on the BB200 (#28 Country) selling 2,775 digital albums.
They got to perform “Girl In A Country Song,” on The David Letterman Show Friday, September 12th and made their  Grand Ole Opry debut Tuesday (Sept 23) performing their hit single. The night doubled as a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Country Cares for St. Jude.

Critical reception for Maddie & Tae’s EP:
4 Tracks/ Time: 13:03  MP3 - US iTunes - 
1.  “Girl In A Country Song” (Maddie Marlow, Taylor Dye, Aaron Scherz)
2.  “Sierra” (Maddie Marlow, Taylor Dye, Aaron Scherz)
3.  “Fly” (Maddie Marlow, Taylor Dye, Tiffany Vartanyan)
4.  “Your Side of Town” (Maddie Marlow, Taylor Dye, Heather Morgan, Blair Daly)

Saving Country Music (Rating: 1 3/4 of 2 Guns Up)
Maddie & Tae’s “Girl In A Country Song” has made for grand country music theater in 2014, marking one of the most talked about musical offerings since Kacey Musgraves’ “Merry Go ‘Round.” The song takes a swipe at the same sort of Bro-Country that has completely permeated country music’s airwaves, while still remaining playful enough where egos can’t be bruised (mostly) or turf wars can’t break out between the country music sexes.....Make no
mistake, the emergence of Maddie & Tae is the result of tactical gaming of country music’s notoriously malleable masses by label types, but that doesn’t mean that the music can’t be any good.....Granted, we only have four songs to draw from. But from what I’m hearing, the Maddie & Tae EP might just be the best offering of mainstream country so far in 2014,...The other song floating out there in acoustic form before the release of this EP was “Sierra.” Already a witty and smart tune in its raw form, when fleshed out in the studio, we really see the potential of the Maddie & Tae project come to life....“Fly”— the sentimental offering in the group that revitalizes the inspiring style of female country indicative of the early careers of Lee Ann Womack and Martina McBride. It may be a little too adult contemporary for some, but “Fly” is a solid offering that illustrates a deeper side to these girls’ otherwise silly and smart approach....Like every good EP should set out to accomplish, this collection of songs introduces you to what Maddie & Tae are all about without exposing too much, and wets your whistle for what else might be in store.... this EP offers a fun experience, and good insight into what this much debated and ballyhooed duo have in store. Color me impressed.

Four The Country Record: ....The EP finishes with the Miranda Lambert-esque “Your Side of Town,” a country-rocker that continues in the vein of done-me-wrong girl power anthems like “Kerosene”. This one is probably the duo’s safest choice for a follow-up second single, but safe isn’t necessarily a bad thing here. “Your Side of Town” is a lot of fun to listen to, and the melodic hooks will be stuck in your head for hours....I can’t help but wish Maddie & Tae had included some of the stronger songs they’ve showcased live already, such as “After the Storm Blows Through” or “Smoke,” but hopefully those will be on their full-length record. This EP’s biggest downfall, but perhaps intentionally so, is how short it is. It most certainly leaves you wanting more.

2014 Country Album sales Year-To Date:
26,074,000 (Physical sales 17,284,000 (down 9%) + Digital sales 8,780,000 (down -8.9%)) which is 17.5% down at the same point in 2013 (31,616,000 sales)

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Placings
(Issue dated Chart week of November 22, 2014)
(Country Album positions #1 - #25)
(TW) This Week, (LW) Last Week, Co (Country Album Chart placing / Movement)

Billboard Catalog Albums Chart (week of November 22, 2014)

  • Johnny Cash’s The Legend Of Johnny Cash #7 on the overall Top Catalog Album chart and #64 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 6,345 leads the way on the Country Catalog Albums placings
  • Kacey Musgraves with the Grammy winning country album SAME TRAILER DIFFERENT PARK containing the CMA song of year for 2014 entered the Top Catalog Album chart for the first time at #10 (#4 Re-entry Country Catog) selling 4,221 copies up 237% on the previous week. The album has been certified Gold by the RIAA (for units shipped) however it has yet to sell 500,000 at retail having now reached 475,896 sales some 24K short.
  • Blake Shelton got a CMA boost for his Catalog set with RED RIVER BLUE selling 4,383 units up 19%.
  • Taylor Swift with RED fell 84-107 on the Billboard 200, #5-#13 on Top Catalog Albums selling 3,704 copies (down 21%; Total sales 4,083,444)
  • With Christmas closer on the horizon sales have picked up for popular releases from Blake Shelton and Martina McBride
  • Carrie Underwood’s BLOWN AWAY returned to the Billboard 200 at No.193 with sales up 77%.
Country Catalog Albums
#1 1 245 The Legend Of Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash 
(Sales 6,345; up 32%; Total 3,269,286)
#2 2 165 The Ultimate Hits - Garth Brooks (Sales 5,476; up 17%; total 48,894)
#3 4 174 Red River Blue - Blake Shelton (Sales 4,383; up 19%; Total 1,185,755)
#4 Re-Entry 4 Same Trailer Different Park - Kacey Musgraves 
(Sales 4,221; up 237%; total 475,896)
#5 3 107 Red - Taylor Swift (Sales 3,704; down 21%, total 4,083,444)
#6 6 170 Tailgates & Tanlines - Luke Bryan
(Sales 3,348; up 38%; Total 2,365,827)
#7 Re-Entry 23 Cheers, It's Christmas - Blake Shelton 
(Sales 3,195; up 147%;  540,455)
#8 9 208 Loaded: The Best Of Blake Shelton - Blake Shelton 
(Sales 3,098; up 36%; Total 950,455)
#9 19 134 White Christmas - Martina McBride (Sales 2,890; up 68%; 1,689,300)
#10 22 3 Merry Christmas... Love, Elvis - Elvis Presley
#17 24 113 Blown Away - Carrie Underwood (Sales 2,395; up 77%; Total 1,701,317)

Top 25 Hot Country Songs (week of November 22, 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:

  • Carrie Underwood with her performance of “Something in the Water” (19/Arista Nashville) on the Nov 5, 2014 Country Music Association Awards (ABC) lifted the track 5-1 on the sales/airplay/streaming hybrid Hot Country Songs chart, marking her 14th leader. It’s Underwood’s second this year, following “Somethin’ Bad,” a duet with Miranda Lambert, which dominated the July 12 list. Underwood’s religious-conversion theme added Digital and Streaming Gainer honors (84,000 downloads sold in the week ending Nov. 9, up 144%, according to Nielsen SoundScan). She debuted the song’s video via Twitter’s video player during her CMA performance. It scored 1.8 million total U.S. streams for the week, up 67%, according to Nielsen BDS.
  • Little Big Town’s CMA performance (and award for vocal group of the year) pushed the act’s “Day Drinking” (Capitol Nashville) to a new peak (7-4), its highest perch since “Pontoon” ruled for two weeks in 2012. The track surged 16-4 on Country Digital Songs (43,000 downloads sold, up 184%) and debuted at No. 9 on Country Streaming Songs (1.1 million U.S. streams, up 155%).
Top 25 Hot Country Songs:

Carrie Underwood with “Something In The Water” lifts four to Top the chart!
Jason Aldean with former No.1 “Burnin’ It Down” holds at #2
Sam Hunt with former No.1 “Leave The Night On” falls 1-3 q
Little Big Town with “Day Drinking” is up five, #9 - #4 p
Blake Shelton with “Neon Light” is down two, #3 - #5 q
Keith Urban with “Somewhere In My Car” parks at #6
Tim McGraw with “Shotgun Rider” fires up three, #10 - #7 p
Maddie & Tae with “Girl In A Country Song” holds at #8
Florida Georgia Line with former #1“Dirt” slips five, #4 - #9 q
Frankie Ballard with “Sunshine & Whiskey” falls three, #7 - #10 q
Brad Paisley with “Perfect Storm” climbs one, #12 - #11 p
Luke Bryan with “Roller Coaster” falls one, #11 - #12 q
Kenny Chesney with “American Kids” is up one, #14 - #13 p
Eric Church with “Talladega” lifts one, #15 - #14 p
Lady Antebellum with “Bartender” is up two, #17 - #15 p
Big & Rich with “Look At You” falls three, #13 - #16 q
Florida Georgia Line with “Sun Daze” burns up three, #20 - #17 p
Parmalee with “Close Your Eyes” slips two, #16 - #18 q
Lee Brice with “Drinking Class” sinks one, #18 - #19 q
Scotty McCreery with “Feelin’ it” is down one, #19 - #20 q
Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s former #1 “Somethin’ Bad”, #22 - #21 p
RaeLynn with “God Made Girls” is down one, #’21 - #22 q
Kenny Chesney with “Til It’s Gone” holds at #23
Brett Eldredge with “Mean To Me” climbs two, #26 - #24 p

Darius Rucker with “Homegrown Honey” sticks at #25

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (1 week) / Digital & Streaming Gainer ** “Something In The Water” Carrie Underwood
** Airplay Gainer ** No.8 “Girl In A Country Song” Maddie & Tae
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.35 “Gentle On My Mind” The Band Perry
Debut No.38 “Smokin’ And Drinkin’ Miranda Lambert & Little Big Town
Debut No.50 “She Don’t Love You” Eric Paslay

Billboard Country Airplay Chart Week of November 22, 2014

Blake Shelton boasted the longest active No.1 streak on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, and added yet another leader on this week’s chart (dated Nov. 22) as “Neon Light” rose 2-1 to become his 13th straight No.1 (counting only non-seasonal, promoted singles). It’s his 18th No.1 overall.
It logged 48.060 million audience impressions, a gain of +1.202 million and received 7,676 radio plays (+150) during the tracking week. The song written by Andrew Dorff, Mark Irwin and Josh Kear was first released by Warner Bros. Nashville on August 18, 2014 as the lead single to his ninth studio album BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE.
Shelton’s streak started nearly five years ago with “Hillbilly Bone” (featuring Trace Adkins), which topped the chart on March 27, 2010. He last topped the Nielsen BDS-driven tally with “My Eyes” (featuring Gwen Sebastian) on July 12. In addition to “Eyes,” Shelton dominated for two weeks in April with “Doin’ What She Likes.”
Top local audience reach for “Neon” during the Nov. 3 to 9 tracking week: KKBQ Houston (1.2 million impressions), WNSH New York (1.2 million), KKGO Los Angeles (1.1 million), WKLB Boston (1 million) and KPLX Dallas (1 million).

  • Parmalee nabbed their second Country Airplay top 10 and updates its standing as the group with the most gradual top 10 ascent in the chart’s history (since January 1990) as “Close Your Eyes” (Stoney Creek) drew 28.3 million impressions (up 4%) and stepped 11-10 in its 40th chart week. The foursome completed the steadiest top 10 climb for a group when its second single, “Carolina,” reached the upper region in its 38th chart week (Nov. 9, 2013) on its way to becoming the group’s first No.1 six weeks later (Dec. 21).
  • Randy Houser with "Like A Cowboy" snared the Most Increased Audience trophy logging 16.200 milion audience impressions, a gain of +2.940 Million and received 3,002 radio plays
  • Lady Antebellum with “Freestyle” (Capitol Nashville) 33-29, claimed the Most Added prize logging a 6.820 million Audience (up 37%) with 1,311 radio spins thanks to 25 fresh radio commitments (ADDS)
  • Luke Bryan with "I See You" snagged the Hot Shot Debut honour making a bow at No.43
Women of Country 2014 Watch:

There were two solo female artists on the Top 30 Country Airplay songs with Carrie Underwood’s “Something In The Water” at No.12  and RaeLynn’s “God Made Girls” falling 20-22. “Girl In A Country Song” by duo Maddie & Tae climbed one 7-6.
Jana Kramer #33, Trisha Yearwood #44, Lindsay Ell #51, Kelsea Ballerini #54, Lucy Hale #56 and Sara Evans #57 were the additional six solo females in the remaining 31-60 slots, to make it 13.3% of the entire Top 60 chart.

Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (1 week)*** "Neon Light" Blake Shelton
** Airpower/ Most Increased Audience ** No. 20 "Like A Cowboy" Randy Houser
** Most Added ** No.29 “Freestyle” Lady Antebellum
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.43 "I See You" Luke Bryan
Debut No.58 "Hell Of A Night" Dustin Lynch
Debut No.60 "Gonna Wanna Tonight" Chase Rice

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart Week of November 22, 2014

Post Country Music Association (CMA) Awards 2014 Sales bumps!

Carrie Underwood replaced Jason Aldean atop the summit of the Billboard Country Digital Singles thanks to massive post awards sales bounce.
  • Carrie, the CMA co-host and performer with “Something In The Water” sold 84,018 copies (sales up 144%; 6-week total 366,035) amd moved 2-1 (#8 on overall Digital Songs Chart) as many other country artists also received sales increases this chart week off the back of the 48th Annual CMA Awards show broadcast live on ABC on Weds Nov 5, 2014.
  • Tim McGraw who performed “Shotgun Rider” moved 4-2 with sales of  51,240 (up 82%; 8-week total 185,598)
  • Jason Aldean who performed “Burnin’ It Down” fell 1-3 selling 44,640 copies (up 19%, 15-week total 1,183,373)
  • Vocal Group winners Little Big Town performed their latest single “Day Drinking” and it moved up 12 places (16-4) selling 43,200 (up 184%; 23-week toal 483,600)
  • Florida Georgia Line performed their lead off single “Dirt” and they drew sales of 34,205 copies (up 42%; 17-week total 1,103,901)
  • The Male Vocalist of 2014 for a fifth year Blake Shelton saw sales of “Neon Light” (5-8) amass 29,736 (up 14%; 12-week total 362,718) as the lastest single he performed with Ashley Mnore “Lonely Tonight” re-entered at No.27 selling 11,845 copies
  • Keith Urban performed “Somewhere In My Car” and moved 14-7 with sales of  32,511 (up 90%; 16-week total 283,891)
  • CMA co-host Brad Paisley had a 68% spike this week with his performance single “Perfect Storm” (13-9) shifting 29,354 copies (10-week total 159,260)
  • Kenny Chesney opened the awards show with his platinum single “American Kids” and made a 17-11 jump selling another 22,636 copies (up 61%; 21-week total 1,050,727.
  • Miranda Lambert a big winner on the night bagging 4 CMA’s performed her track “Smokin’ And Drinkin’” with Little Big Town,” and it a debut at #21 with 15,570 tracks sold.
  • Dierks Bentley who won Video of the Year with Platinum single “Drunk On A Plane” moved 29-14 shifting 21,919 copies (up 148%; 28-week total 1,078,898)
  • Luke Bryan the CMA 2014 Entertainer of the Year both saw his GOLD single Roller Coastersell 18,925 units (up 56%; 20-week total 525,661) and his Platinum single “Play It Again” (31-24) sold 13,446 downloads (up 53%; 50-week total 1,876,234)
  • Lady Antebellum who were nominated for Vocal Group performed “Bartender” and its sales this week were 20,956 (up 125%; 25-week total 1,016,122) enough to pass the 1-million mark to go PLATINUM certification
  • The Band Perry perfomed a cover “Gentle On My Mind” and entered the chart at No.29 with sales of 11,007 (up 783%; total 15,094)
Outside The Top 30 but receiving post CMA sales reaction were:
  • Kacey Musgraves with CMA Song of the Year “Follow Your Arrow” was a re-entry at #40 sales up 645% (527K total)
  • Miranda LambertAutomatic” at #41 got a 401% bounce thanks to the Single of the Year victoryn
  • New Artist nominee Thomas Rhett with  “Get Me Some Of That” re-entered at No.31 sales up 337% (885K total to date)
Over on the Digital Songs chart, Meghan Trainor saw "All About That Bass" bounce back to No.1 (up one spot) with 189,877 downloads sold (up 43%). The song's sales were aided by its performance by Trainor on the CMA Awards with Miranda Lambert.
Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" slipped 1-2 with 163,667 (up 5%), while Swift's "Shake It Off" re-entered at No.3 with 130,240 sales (up 1,020 percent; Total 2,749,559 ). The latter song fell off the tally last week due to complete-my-album transactions in the iTunes Store (effectively exchanging the song for an album purchase of its parent album, 1989).

Women Of Country Watch
Carrie Underwood with “Something In The Waterat No.1 and RaeLynn (18-20) with God Made Girls”, Kacey Musgraces (Re-entry at No.40), Miranda Lambert with “Automatic” (Re-Entry at No.41) represent the four solo female artists on the Top 50 placings.

Dropping off the Top 30:
12-33 Sam Hunt “Take Your Time”
22 – Off the Top 50 Chart   Sam Hunt  “Speakers”
26-34 Big & Rich “Look At You”
30-42 Chase Rice “Ride” 

Top 30 Digital Singles in Country Music (published November 13, 2014)
 (LW) Last Week (TW) This Week
*Numbers are rounded to nearest 1000th

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

Blake Shelton moved 2-1 to land No1 on Mediabase with “Neon Light” (Warner Bros./WMN). The song logged 7,836 radio spins (+228) and 56.471 million audience impressions (+1.3 million) from 149 tracking stations for the tracking week November 2 to November 9, 2014 and published chart November 10th.
Congratulations to WMN SVP/Promotion Kevin Herring, VP/Promotion Kristen Williams, Dir./National Promotion Katie Bright and the entire Warner Music Nashville promotion team for nabbing this week’s #1 spot on the MEDIABASE Country singles chart with Blake Shelton's "Neon Light." Shelton’s 18th career #1 is also his first single from his recently released BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE album. 
Sweet treats were due to be delivered to the WMN office (Nov 10th) to congratulate the staff on their success

Congratulations to UMG Nashville SVP/Promotion Royce Risser, Capitol Nashville VP/Promotion Steve Hodges and the entire Capitol promotion team for earning 76 MEDIABASE adds on Luke Bryan's new single, "I See You." Those adds give Luke the "Most Added" title for this week.
Bagels were due to be delivered to the Capitol's office (Nov 11th) to congratulate the staff on their success.

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 422 - November 10, 2014 [PDF File]
For the very latest up to the minute Mediabase Chart (Past 7 Days) go here -

Billboard Boxscores (Selective Country concerts, published Chart Week of Nov 22, 2014)

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