Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Country Billboard Chart News October 30, 2014

Country Billboard Chart News October 30, 2014

RIAA Certifications

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

The Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood duet "Somethin' Bad" has been officially certified as a PLATINUM Digital Single by the RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (RIAA). "Somethin' Bad" has also garnered a pair of CMA AWARDS nominations for them in the categories of Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year.  "Somethin' Bad" is the second single from Lambert's "Platinum" album.
The collaboration has been certified for hitting the one million mark for combined downloads and online streams. It has actually sold 826,619 downloads at retail

Florida Georgia Line's single "Get Your Shine On" have been certified Double Platinum for a combination of streaming and sales equaling 2 million units.
Other certifications:

Florida Georgia Line's single "This Is How We Roll" (2x PLATINUM)

The Band Perry single "Better Dig Two" (2x PLATINUM)
The Band Perry's single "Postcard From Paris" (GOLD) combination of streaming and sales equaling 500,000 units.

Dierks Bentley's single "Drunk on a Plane" (PLATINUM) first ever
Kenny Chesney's single "American Kids" (PLATINUM)
Brett Eldredge's single "Don't Ya" (PLATINUM) first ever
Lady Antebellum's single "Bartender" (PLATINUM)
Tim McGraw's single "One of Those Nights" (PLATINUM)
Tim McGraw's single "Truck Yeah" (PLATINUM)
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's single "Fishin' in the Dark" (PLATINUM) first ever
Rascal Flatts' single "Come Wake Me Up" (PLATINUM)
Thomas Rhett's single "Get Me Some of That" (PLATINUM)
Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins' single "Hillbilly Bone" (PLATINUM)

Dustin Lynch's single "Where It's At" (GOLD)
Sam Hunt's single "Leave the Night On" (GOLD)
Justin Moore's single "Backwoods" (GOLD)
Justin Moore's single "Point at You" (GOLD)
Rascal Flatts' single "Changed" (GOLD)
Blake Shelton's single "My Eyes" (GOLD)
Blake Shelton's single "Doin' What She Likes." (GOLD)

In Brief:  Billboard Country Charts

Country Album Chart ** No. 1 (2 weeks) “Anything Goes” Florida Georgia Line
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (14 weeks) ** “Burnin’ It Down” Jason Aldean
Country Airplay ** No.1 (2 weeks) ** “Burnin’ It Down” Jason Aldean
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 ** (12 cumulative 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 November 8, 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

Rock band Slipknot crowned the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (BB200) for a second time, as their new album, .5: The Gray Chapter, debuted atop the list. The album sold 131,807 copies in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was released through Roadrunner Records, and is the group's fifth studio effort.
Slipknot last topped the list with their previous studio release, 2008's All Hope Is Gone, which debuted with 240,000 sold.
Pop veteran Neil Diamond collected his 18th top 10 album, as MELODY ROAD drove in at No.3 with 78,051 copies sold. The album was released on Capitol Records, making it the 73-year old's first studio effort for the label after decades with Columbia Records. He last visited the top 10 with his previous studio album, 2010's Dreams on Columbia Records (No. 8; 35,000 sold in its first week).
Scotlands’s very own Susan Boyle made her debut at No.16 selling 19,595 copies of her new set titled HOPE.

Last week's Billboard 200 No.1, Florida Georgia Line with ANYTHING GOES, fell to No.5 with 59,118 copies sold (down 70%, 2-week total 256,310; the album has a ZinePak at Walmart)) but held onto the No.1 on the Billboard Country Album Chart. The previous week and former BB200 No.1, Jason Aldean with OLD BOOTS, NEW DIRT, slipped 2-6 (#2 Country) with 56,176 sales (down 38%).

Little Big Town claimed their third top 10 effort, as PAIN KILLER (Capitol Nashville/UMGN) made a bow at No.7 on the BB200 (#3 Country) with 41,979 copies sold. 

On the  sales/airplay/streaming hybrid Hot Country Songs chart, “Day Drinking,” the new set’s lead single has become the group’s sixth top 10 (moving 13-7) and has reached No. 5 on the Country Airplay tally. The harmony-focused foursome also claimed its fourth top 10, all tallied consecutively, on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. The band first reached the top 10 with A PLACE TO LAND, which debuted and peaked at No.10 in 2007.

Little Big Town's last album, their fifth studio set TORNADO (released Sept 11, 2012), powered by its hit lead single, "Pontoon,"  opened at No.2 start on the Billboard 200 giving the quartet its highest charting album ever with best sales week (112,758 copies sold, then 50,321 copies sold in week 2 down 55%). It also netted the group their second No.1 on the Country Albums chart and more than doubled the first week sales of previous release THE REASON WHY. By Dec 20, 2012 “Tornado” had sold 502,858 copies scanning GOLD at retail.
Following the 2013 CMA Awards Vocal Group of the Year winners Little Big Town (who performed single “Sober”) saw their 61-week album re-enter at No.61 on the BB200 (35-14 Country) and were one of biggest gainers for the chart week of Nov 23, 2013.
Sales of 7,000 (up 240%) saw “Tornado” scan PLATINUM at retail with a new tally of 1,003,000 copies. The RIAA had previously certified the album as Platinum on JULY 8, 2013 (1-million units shipped to retail)

Little Big Town teamed up again with producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church) to stretch individually and collectively on songs including the first funky single "Day Drinking," "Tumble And Fall," "Girl Crush" and "Silver And Gold."
Little Big Town didn't play it safe when it came to turning up their guitars and rocking out in the studio. LBT's Kimberly Schlapman told ABC News Radio, "It felt good, and it felt sassy. The
LBT Grand Ole Opry Induction
whole record felt sassy." The band members and their producer, Jay Joyce, didn't set any boundaries on how they wanted the album to sound, so there was a sense of freedom during the 
recording process. Band member Jimi Westbrook shared there was a rebellious spirit in the studio, though they weren't rebelling against anything in particular. Describing their approach in the studio, Jimi said, "Let's not put boundaries, and let's just make some music and not be afraid to take it to a different place and to push it and go further and see what happens."
Some of Little Big Town's musical experiments got a little bizarre, but the group's Karen Fairchild explains those detours were essential to finding the right sounds for the album. Karen said, "It's fun to be in there and expressing ourselves. And yeah, sometimes we take it too far in the studio, and the moments that go too far, you don't hear."

Newest inducted members of the Grand Ole Opry, Little Big Town, prepared for a busy release schedule for their sixth studio by wrapping up their mentoring session with good friend Blake Shelton on “The Voice” (10/20, 10/21). They stopped by “Good Morning America” (Oct 21st) for a live performance (album release concert in NYC Best Buy Theater); broadcast live from the iHeart Radio Theatre in New York for iHeart Radio Country Live! (Oct 22nd), “The View” (Oct 23rd), and wrapped up by making a stop on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (Oct 30th) for an exciting performance with The Roots.
In addition to the heavy TV schedule, Little Big Town will be performing an album release concert in NYC the night of Oct. 21 at the Best Buy Theater
They will launch The Pain Killer Tour on November 8th in Youngstown, OH with openers Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne.
I just hope people love it as much as we do," says LBT's Karen Fairchild. "When we started it was a painful process ... I don't know why. It was a good process. It just wasn't as easy as the other one." Fellow member Phillip Sweet agreed. "We had to put in the time and the work and the effort," he said. "It's always good, and it makes you appreciate it on the other side a lot. I'm with her. I just hope people love it and embrace it because I feel really good about it. Winning awards and having commercial success with Tornado, I think, gave us a bigger platform. So we wanted to step up to the challenge and know there’s a great platform here, what are we going to put on it? And we wanted something to stand the test of time." Source Artist News

Critical reception for Little Big Town’s “Pain Killer:

13 Tracks/ Time: 46:19 CD - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music - Amazon.com 

Allmusic (Rating: 4 STARS)....Coming after the sweet, shiny Tornado, the restless over-saturation in Killer is something of a shock. As pure description, the elements sound strictly mainstream: there are gnarled, distorted guitars, flirtations with electronics, thick walloping rhythms, everything that would seemingly amount to a full-fledged arena-country crossover.
Instead of following a predictable pattern, the quartet embarks on a series of detours, seizing each individual track as an opportunity to veer a little further off course..... That mischievousness is intertwined with aural adventure on Pain Killer: there's a sense that the
group members are goading each other on, daring their bandmates to dabble in a bit of reggae ("Pain Killer"), to add a whistle to a chorus ("Day Drinking"), to write a swaying slow dance about a "Girl Crush," or to turn a bit of back-porch picking into a funky stomp ("Stay All Night"). Even though this record settles into a finale of three successive folk-rock tunes -- all three softly gorgeous -- it's the previous series of left-hand tours that gives Pain Killer its kick: this is the rarest thing in contemporary country, a record with an expansive world-view delivered with a kinetic kick and infallible melodies, a record that gives no indication of where it's going upon first listen but remains compelling upon further spins, after all the dazzle dissipates and Little Big Town's craft shines through.

Billboard (Rating: 4 Stars) .... Forget about the first single, the gimmicky "Day Drinking," which peaked at No. 10 on the Country Airplay chart: It's low-hanging fruit and a retread of the group's Grammy Award-winning "Pontoon." Especially in comparison to the depths that await on the rest of Pain Killer. The single is a gateway to ease fans into an album that rarely stops surprising with its lyrical twists and stunning vocal performances by all four members -- Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet -- all of whom trade off singing lead. But it's Fairchild who is first among equals here. She wails like a woman scorned on the bitter "Things You Don't Think About" and caresses her notes on the swaying "Girl Crush," a song about crushing
on her lover's mistress and her captivating charms. Aggressively produced by Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Cage the Elephant), who helmed the band's fine 2012 effort, Tornado, Pain Killer is an in-your-face album with rock bombast, though there's enough occasional twang here to keep the country traditionalists happy. It's a tour de force when the music gets loud, but even more so when the quartet, whose members co-wrote eight of the songs here, quiets down and sings together on "Live Forever," a shimmering, understated ode to enduring love. It has taken 16 years to reach this point, but Little Big Town is finally ready for the big time.

Associated Press (Michael McColl) Little Big Town experiment endlessly with harmonies, arrangements, loops and sound effects. The whistles, odd beats and unconventional guitar work that woozily circle through the first single, "Day Drinking," only hint at the shenanigans the singers and their producer Jay Joyce cram into these 13 new songs. Most of it is for the sake of fun — you can hear how gleeful the group is as they test outlandish ideas on such songs as "Quit Breaking Up With Me," ''Good
People," the Lorde-like "Things You Don't Think About" and the title song. But they also show off the beauty of their blended voices on the hushed "Silver and Gold" and the stunning "Live Forever," written by the group with Jeremy Spillman and Ryan Tyndell. The Grammy-winning band only stumbles on "Faster Gun," with its awkward cowboy similes. The rest of the album keeps raising the bar: Little Big Town, from early on, never followed country music formulas. With "Pain Killer," their boldness continues to pay off.

Country Weekly (Rating: B+)....Little Big Town Delivers Medicinal Music With “Pain Killer”......It is, by far, one of their most inventive albums to date, yet it remains true to the things we’ve grown to love about Little Big Town—velvety, lush harmonies, well-thought-out lyrics, thumping up-tempo rockers and tug-at-your-heartstrings ballads. It is Pain Killer. And like an auditory aspirin, it soothes the soul..... Pain Killer elicits material from writers who exist a little beyond the fringe, with three tunes by the wonderful Lori McKenna. One of Lori’s co-writes, “Girl Crush,” is the most intriguing piece on the album, pulling you into the story and then going to a place that you didn’t expect, particularly given the song’s title......All four members are given the chance to shine on solo vocals, with Kimberly especially pleasing on “Good People,” the most country-sounding song on the record...The album gets taken down a notch, however, because of the production, which at times is overly cluttered with layers and instrumentation, almost drowning out the vocals and lyrics. We’re all for being adventurous, but the adventure should be at least intelligible. That said, Pain Killer proves the proper remedy for those suffering from bro-country overdose.

Luke Bryan’s 64-week juggernaut album CRASH MY PARTY sold another 7,365 copies and has now scanned 2.18 million copies to date (over 1.25 million sold in  2013).

Brantley Gilbert’s 23-week old JUST AS I AM has now scanned past the 601K mark at retail selling another 5,327 copies (down 7%)  
The Swon Brothers in their second chart frame with their self titled set fell 28-102 on the BB200 (#6 - #19 Country) with sales of 3,425 (down 67%; 2-week total 13,724)

Country/Hip-Hop/Rap artists Jawga Boyz & Dez with WINDSHIELD (Thrash Productions/Inner Pain Music) blew in at No.155 BB200 (#22 Country) selling 2,467 copies.
The album is the follow-up to their 2013 release “Reloaded 1" which produced some of the group’s biggest tracks and cemented their position as leaders of the country rap movement. This new album features Athens, GA artist Dez who is known as the “FASTEST Hick Hop artist in the game”. He is one of the original members of the Jawga Boyz, and teamed up with D. Thrash of the Jawga Boyz to start his own solo career. Dez's style of rapping is described as having a “machine gun style of flow, with a kuntry feel” Read More www.facebook.com/OfficialDezMusic
The album blurb states it has: 16 bad ass tracks to party on your tailgate to featuring more of your favorite hick-hop artists like Bubba Sparxxx, Young Gunner & Boondock Kingz!
A Beer Drinking, Hell Raising, Gravel Slinging Good Time is what you can expect at a Jawga Boyz show. These Athens, GA boyz celebrate the redneck way of life through their dirty south beats and country twang style that puts the redneck rappers in a league of their own. The group originally formed in 2003, but the new Jawga Boyz 2.0 consist of founding member Derek Thrasher (D Thrash) and during the LIVE shows Justin Young (Young Gunner), A.J. McIntyre (BoonDock), and Mark Bryant (CornBread) also help with the performance and visual appeal. “We were influenced by the trailblazers of southern rap like Rehab, Outkast, and Bubba Sparxxx.
The guys actually give props to the mega-stars of 90’s country including Garth Brooks and Clint Black for giving them the downhome inspiration to incorporate a sense of Southern pride in their music.

Watch Jawga Boyz (feat. DEZ) >> “Windshield” (Official Music Video) from the album "Tailgate Music" along with “Born With It” and “Ridin In This Rig
D. Thrash & Dez talk about Track 1, the "Intro" through to bookend Track 16, "Ridin In This Rig (Rock Remix)"

Listen to the album on Spotify
Available on Originally released on Oct 21, 2014 “Tailgate Music” (16 Tracks/ Time: 55:51) is available on:

Connect with Jawga Boyz:
Website - Facebook (280,036 likes) Twitter (81.1K Followers) - Instagram.com/jawgaboyz
Find out more about the Good Life/ Mudlife/ Hick-Hop Culture and the music at hickhopnation.com

Sturgill Simpson with his second album METAMODERN SOUNDS IN COUNTRY MUSIC (High Top Mountain) returned to the the Billboard 200 at No.140 & Top 25 Country albums at No.22  with 2,645 sales (24-week total of 42,284) On the chart May 31, 2014 it debuted at No.59 on the BB200 (#11 Country), with sales of 5,500 proving that DYI country music is pretty viable in its own right given a loyal fanbase.

Three of Taylor Swift’s country tagged albums hit the Top Billboard 200 this week with RED, SPEAK NOW and her sophomore FEARLESS are back on the tally. After earlier predictions of an 800K – 900K bow by Billboard for her new POP album 1989 it is now looking likely that it will debut with sales north of 1,000,000 albums scanned once again! Tay is set to become the first artist to have three albums sell over 1,000,000 their first week (RED and Speak Now are the others).
Next week should see a high debut and a Country No.1 for Sam Hunt (60K predicted sales). Wade Bowen, Stoney LaRue and possibly Gretchen Wilson and Joey+Rory may make an appearance too.

Outside the Top 25 Country Albums
Last weeks No.29 Country entry “American Middle Class” from Angaleena Presley falls off the Top 50 albums as does
Lee Ann Womack with her 5-week old “The Way I'm Livin'” (Sugar Hill | Welk)
There was a new entry at No.49 from Glen Campbell with his EP “I'll Be Me” Soundtrack

Of Note:
Larkin Poe with their full-length debut, KIN,  the first release from RH Music – entered SoundScan’s Alternative New Artist Albums chart at No. 8 and Billboard’s Heatseekers Album chart at No. 24. Having wrapped up a fall European tour with Elvis Costello, Larkin Poe are now touring the U.S. and will return home to Georgia for a two-night stand with Kristian Bush at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur on November 30 and December 1.

In their second chart week You+Me, a pop/folk duo made up of Canadian singer/songwriter Dallas Green and the formidable Pink, sold 13,919  copies(down 72%, 2-week total 63,649) and fell to No.21 on the Billboard 200.  

2014 Country Album sales Year-To Date:
24,666,000 (Physical sales 16,406,000 (down 9%) + Digital sales 8,261,000 (down -10.5%)) which is 18.4% down at the same point in 2013 (30,223,000 sales)

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Placings
(Issue dated Chart week of November 8, 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 8, 2014)

  • Garth Brooks with The Ultimate Hits is #1 for the second straight week, and fourth week out of the last six. It has reached a third of the total logged at #1 by his 1998 #1 Catalog hits album, titled simply "The Hits". "The Ultimate Hits" is the third-longest running #1 of the 23 albums to make it to the Catalog pole position in 2014.
  • Taylor Swift with RED returned to the Catalog chart for a second week on the top 40 list (42-4) and appeared at No.79 on the Billboard 200 (80 weeks on that chart). It sold 4,153 copies; up 106% on last week’s 2,019 (4,075,070 total sales since its release in Oct 22, 2012). Two more of Taylor’s album re-entered the Billboard 200: SPEAK NOW at No.187 on the Billboard 200 sold 2,142 copies; up 107% on last week’s 1,034 and has now sold 4,435,462 since it was released on Oct 25, 2010. FEARLESS a Re-entry at No.197 on the BB200 and #37 on the Catalog chart sold 2,083 sales; up 80% on last week’s 1,157 and has 6,857,476 total sales since it was released Nov 11, 2008. Both were new on the Catalog chart in 2014 picking up sales in anticipation of the release of Miss Swift's 1989 album. "Fearless" has reached 104 weeks (2 years) on the Billboard 200 as a Catalog album.
  • Blake Shelton with Red River Blue at #9 has racked  up half a year straight on both the Billboard 200 and Catalog charts.
Top 25 Hot Country Songs (week of November 8, 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 with “Burnin’ It Down” claimed a 14th week atop the multimetric Hot Country Songs chart. It’s now closing in on Buck Owens’ “Love’s Gonna Live Here” from 51 years ago which began a 16-week command on Oct. 19, 1963.
  • Keith Urban with “Somewhere in My Car” (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville) bagged his 32nd top 10 (11-9)
  • Billy Currington achieved his highest debut to land the Hot Shot Debut as “Don’t It” (Mercury) started at No. 38. It bests his previous highest entrance, set when Shania Twain’s “Party for Two,” on which he appeared, opened at No.39 in 2004. The new track made a bow at No.15 on Country Digital Songs with 17,000 downloads to preview Currington’s forthcoming sixth studio album.
  • Carrie Underwood’sSomething in the Water” (19/Arista Nashville) moved 7-6 in its fifth week on Hot Country Songs, the track debuts at No.42 on he Nielsen BDS-fueled Christian Airplay tally (661,000 audience impressions; up 41%) . “Water” marked Underwood’s third charted title on the list. She peaked at No.4 eight years ago with “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and followed with a No.34 peak for “Temporary Home” back in 2010.
Top 25 Hot Country Songs:

Jason Aldean with “Burnin’ It Down” stays Top the chart!
Sam Hunt with “Leave The Night On” climbs one, #3 - #2 p
Florida Georgia Line with former #1“Dirt” slips one, #2 - #3 q
Blake Shelton with “Neon Light” stays at #4
Frankie Ballard with “Sunshine & Whiskey” lifts four, #9 - #5 p
Carrie Underwood with “Something In The Water” lifts one, #7 - #6 p
Little Big Town with “Day Drinking” climbs six, #13 - #7 p
Maddie & Tae with “Girl In A Country Song” holds at #8
Keith Urban with “Somewhere In My Car” climbs two, #11 - #9 p
Luke Bryan with “Roller Coaster” falls four, #6 - #10 q
Tim McGraw with “Shotgun Rider” fires up five, #16 - #11 p
Kenny Chesney with “American Kids” holds at #12
Brantley Gilbert with “Small Town Throwdown” is up, #14 - #13 p
Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s former #1 “Somethin’ Bad” drops to #14 q
Brad Paisley with “Perfect Storm” climbs two, #17 - #15 p
Lady Antebellum with “Bartender” sinks one, #15 - #16 q
Big & Rich with “Look At You” climbs two, #19 - #17 p
Parmalee with “Close Your Eyes” rises two, #20 - #18 p
Lee Brice with “Drinking Class” lifts four, #23 - #19 p
Scotty McCreery with “Feelin’ it” jumps up two, #22 - #20 p
Eric Church with “Talladega” climbs three, #24 - #21 p
RaeLynn with “God Made Girls” jums up eight, #’30 - #22 p
Kenny Cheney with “Til It’s Gone” climbs three, #26 - #23 p
Darious Rucker with “Homegrown Honey” lifts four, #28 - #24 p
Florida Georgia Line with “Sun Daze” is up four, #29 - #25 p

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (14 weeks) ** “Burnin’ It Down” Jason Aldean
** Digital Gainer ** No.11 “Shotgun Rider” Tim McGraw
** Streaming Gainer ** No.19 “Drinking Class” Lee Brice
** Airplay Gainer ** No.25 “Sun Daze” Florida Georgia Line”
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.36 “Don’t It” Billy Currington
Debut No.46 “Trailer Hitch” Kristian Bush
Debut No.48 “Girl Crush” Litle Big Town

Billboard Country Airplay Chart Week of November 8, 2014

Jason Aldean with “Burnin’ It Down” (Broken Bow) topped Country Airplay for a second successive week. The song logged 47.249 million audience impressions (-1.414 million; down 3%) and received 7,526 radio plays (-213). This marked the seventh of his 12 leaders to hold more than one week atop the chart. His longest leading run was four weeks with “Big Green Tractor” in September 2009. On the sales/airplay/streaming hybrid Hot Country Songs list, “Burnin’ ” posted a 13th straight week at No. 1 (Nov. 1), the longest command for a song by a solo male artist on the chart since Buck Owens led for 16 weeks with “Love’s Gonna Live Here” beginning in 1963.

  • Maddie & Tae earned the first top 10 by a female duo in nearly eight years on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart as “Girl in a Country Song” (Dot) drew 31.743 million
    audience impressions (up 6%) and hopped 11-9 in its 17th chart week. The chart hasn’t had a female duo enter its upper region since The Wreckers scored the second of two top 10s with “My, Oh My” on Jan. 20, 2007. Maddie & Tae’s bro-country-ribbing song is also the first debut single by a new female twosome to reach the top 10 since The Wreckers’ “Leave the Pieces” jumped 11-8 on July 29, 2006, then spent two weeks at No. 1 (Sept. 9-16, 2006). “Girl” has sold 305,000 downloads through the week ending Oct. 19, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and posted its best rank (No.6; 22,173  sales) on the Nov.1 Country Digital Songs chart. It’s the preview track from the duo’s self-titled EP (due Nov. 4), and the first Country Airplay top 10 for the recently relaunched Dot imprint. So many current country hits “have this super-smoking-hot girl. She’s always barefoot on a tailgate dancing in cutoff jeans and a bikini top,” says Maddie Marlow (Tae Dye completes the pair). “We thought it would be fun to come at [it] from how we would feel being in those songs. We want to look good for these boys, but that’s not all we have to offer.”
  • Newcomer RaeLynn snared the Most Increased Audience nod on Country Airplay with “God Made Girls” (Valory), which collected 12.571 million audience impressions, a gain of +5.223 million (up 71%); receiving 2,315 radio plays (+873) and vaulted 32-22 in its 17th week. That’s the highest rank for a solo female artist’s debut single (counting only promoted singles) in eight months on Country Airplay. The last such song to rank as high: Danielle’s Bradbery’s “The Heart of Dixie,” which peaked at No. 12 on the March 1 chart. A second-season contestant on NBC’s The Voice, RaeLynn (real name Racheal Lynn Woodward) also finished the tracking week as the fourth-most-added song.  “Girls” has sold 139,000 downloads (12K sales this week). It debuted and peaked at No.22 on the July 19 Country Digital Songs tally. Why the sudden interest for "God Made Girls"? The single was set to receive the same boost from the program that brought game-changing exposure to Sam Hunt’s soon-to-be #1 “Leave the Night On” and Dustin Lynch’s former #1 “Where it’s At”.  iHeartRadio were poised to work its magic and announced that “God Made Girls,” which was already #34 on Mediabase’s country airplay chart, was the latest selection for its “On the Verge” program. “On the Verge” selections receive a minimum of 150 spins from iHeartMedia’s radio stations within a given genre. “Girls” would therefore receive significant, guaranteed exposure on some of country radio’s largest and most powerful stations. RaeLynn, the 20-year-old Baytown, Texas, native is expected to release her first full-length album before the end of the year.
  • Lady Antebellum with “Freestyle” (Capitol Nashville) claimed the Most Added trophy, with at least seven first-week plays at 32 reporters. The song leapt 55-40 in its second week logging 3.001 million audience impressions (+1.889 million; up 172%) and received  680 radio plays (+414) thanks to 32 fresh radio commitments (ADDS)
  • Billy Currington with “Don’t It” (Mercury) snagged the Hot Shot Debut honour landing at No.53 logging 1.179 million first week audience impressions.
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” climbing 17-14 and RaeLynn’s “God Made Girls” rising 32-22. “Girl In A Country Song” by duo Maddie & Tae climbed one 11-9.
Jana Kramer #33, Trisha Yearwood #43, Lindsay Ell #47, Kelsea Ballerini #55, Lucy Hale #56 and Sara Evans #60 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 (2 weeks) *** "Burnin' It Down" Jason Aldean
** Most Increased Audience ** No.22 “God Made Girls” RaeLynn
** Most Added ** No.40 “Freestyle” Lady Antebellum
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.53 “Don’t It” Billy Currington
Debut No.57 "Trouble” Gloriana
Debut No.58 “Just Getting’ Started” Jason Aldean
Debut No.59 “This Kind Of Town” Justin Moore
Debut No.60 “Put My Heart Down” Sara Evans

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart Week of November 8, 2014

Jason Aldean with his PLATINUM selling “Burnin’ It Down” held onto No.1 for a second succesive week and 12 cumulative weeks atop the summit of the Country Digital Singles chart selling 44,340 copies (down 2%, 132-week total 1,101,360 copies). On the overall all genre Digital Songs it was placed at No.26 headed by 1 Meghan Trainor’s  “All About That Bass” (143,447 sales, 3,196,744 total) with Taylor Swift’s new single “Welcome To New York” at #5 (84,174 sales) and “Shake It Off” #15 (62,445 sales, 2,607,690 total).  
Carrie Underwood’s 4-week old “Something In The Water” held at No.2 on the Country Chart (33,224; down 7%, 247,594 total)
Florida Georgia Line’sDirt” returned to the chart at No.4 (28,736 sales) following last week when their singles were discounted because of the preview tracks fulfillment with the new album pre-orders on the week of ANYTHING GOES release.
Kenny Chesney with “American Kids” scanned PLATINUM this week in its 19th chart frame selling another 17,855 copies
To pass the 1-million mark with a new tally of 1,014,023 at retail

Women Of Country Watch
Carrie Underwood with “Something In The Water” at No.2 and RaeLynn (30-19) with God Made Girls” represent the only solo female artists on the Top 50 placings.

Dropping off the Top 30:
10 – Off the Top 50 Aaron Watson “That Look”
29-31 Big & Rich “Look At You”
20-34 Cole Swindell “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight”
25-37 Dustin Lynch “Where It’s At”
22-41 Sam Hunt Break “Up In A Small Town”
16-48 Toby Keith “Drunk Americans”

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

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

Jason Aldean enjoyed a second week at No1 on Mediabase with “Burnin’ It Down” (Broken Bow). The song logged 7,669 radio spins (-120) and 55.129 million audience impressions (-1.616 million) from 149 tracking stations for the tracking week October 19 to October 25, 2014 and published chart October 27th.
Congratulations to BBR Music Group EVP Jon Loba, SVP Carson James, Broken Bow VP/Promotion Lee Adams and the entire Broken Bow promotion staff for scoring this week’s #1 single on the MEDIABASE Country singles charts with Jason Aldean’s "Burnin' It Down." This is the second consecutive week the track has topped the MEDIABASE charts. The single is Aldean's first release from his OLD BOOTS, NEW DIRT album, which debuted #1 on the All-genre and Country albums chart selling 278,096 copies. Sweet treats were due to be delivered to the Broken Bow office (Oct 27th) to congratulate the staff on their success.

Congratulations to BIG Machine Label Group (BMLG) EVP Jimmy Harnen, Republic Nashville VP/Promotion Matthew Hargis, and the entire Republic Nashville promotions team for earning 69 MEDIABASE Country adds with Florida Georgia Line's (FGL) "Sun Daze." Those adds gave FGL the "Most Added" title for this week. "Sun Daze" is the second single from the duo's Nov 1, 2014 chart frame Billboard Top 200 Album No.1 album ANYTHING GOES album, selling 197,105 copies.
Bagets were due to be delivered to the Republic Nashville office (Oct 28) to congratulate the staff on their success.

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 420 - October 27, 2014 [PDF File]
For the very latest up to the minute Mediabase Chart (Past 7 Days) go here - www.mediabase.com

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