Monday, 28 March 2016

Country Billboard Chart News March 14, 2016

Country Billboard Chart News March 14, 2016

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of March 26, 2016)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (2 non-consecutive weeks) HYMNS Joey + Rory
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (1 week) ** “You Should Be Here” Cole Swindell
Country Airplay ** No.1 (1 week) ** "Heartbeat” Carrie Underwood
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (1 week) ** “Came Here To Forget” Blake Shelton

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of March 26, 2016)

The Billboard 200 chart measures multi-metric album consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

Kendrick Lamar’s surprise Untitled UNMASTERED album made a debut at No.1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (BB200), earning 178,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 10, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 142,081 were in pure album sales.
The set was released without advance notice on March 4 and gives Lamar his second chart-topping set in less than a year, following To Pimp a Butterfly. The latter (his first No. 1) was released on March 16, 2015, and bowed atop the list with 363,000 equivalent album units in its first week, of which 324,000 were in pure album sales.
Joey + Rory’s HYMNS climbed 10-6 on the BB200 with 45,000 units (up 35%) and 44,083 copies sold (up 36%; 4-week total 182,000), following the death of the duo’s Joey Feek on March 4 of cancer.

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of March 26, 2016)

Joey+Rory with HYMNS returned to No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart (stepping 2-1) and notched its fourth straight week at No.1 on the Top Christian Albums chart selling another 44,083 copies to log 182,000 sales after the 4 chart weeks.

Chris Stapleton with TRAVELLER held at No.7 on the BB200 (39,000 units; down 9%) with pure sales of 31,098 it fell 1-2 country. It was has now scanned Platinum at retail with a 45-week total of 1,022,800 sales.

Granger Smith with REMINGTON (Wheelhouse/Broken Bow Music Group) made a debut at No.12 on Billboard 200 (28,629 units) and arrived at No.3 (a career-high) on Top Country Albums selling 23,967 copies.
Released on March 4, 2016 via Wheelhouse Records the lead single, "Backroad Song", was released independently to radio on March 24, 2015. It was then re-released to radio on October 5, 2015 after Smith's signing with the label. It reached #1 on Billboard Country Airplay on the chart dated February 27, 2016.
I’ve always thought of my albums as diaries of my life: Some songs are easy and lighthearted, while others are painful and personal,” said Smith. “During this time, we welcomed the birth of my little boy, and we lost my dad. My life was such a roller coaster during my time writing and recording Remington, and you can hear that journey in these songs.”

Texas born-and-bred singer/songwriter, Smith made his bow at No.15 Country (No.48 BB200) with his last album (ninth studio album) DIRT ROAD DRIVEWAY which sold 9,745 copies (Chart week of May 4, 2013). It impressively debuted at #1 on the iTunes Country chart. The album featured the Top Five Texas hit, “We Do It In A Field” as well as summer anthem, “Silverado Bench Seat.”
Granger’s passion in support of US troops took him on multiple tours in the Middle East, as well as lead to his founding of the annual 100-Mile Walk.

Critical reception for Granger Smith’s Remington:
15 Tracks/ Time: 58:00 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -

Roughstock (Rating: Positive) ...Over the past five years, Granger's career in Texas and the Southwest has taken off to where he's able to sell out venues. With the release of this record, Remington, Granger has hit the mainstream and I can easily say it's a continuation of the work he has done over the years....The title track is a strong, unique route to a love song comparing Granger's personality and qualities to that of the iconic rifle from the gun manufacturer. ..."If The Boot Fits" certainly sounds like a hit...It'd be easy to write off Granger's Earl Dibbles Jr material as but a bit of musical comedy and while that element is there, the songs like "Country Boy Love," "City Boy Stuck" and "'Merica" are just as strong as the other dozen songs on the album....#YeeYee

Loretta Lynn with FULL CIRCLE (Legacy) arrived at a career-best #19 on the Billboard 200 (20,900 units) and earned her landmark 40th Top Country Albums top 10 with a debut at No.4 selling 20,257 copies. The rank surpasses the No.24 BB200 start and peak of her Jack White-produced 2004 album VAN LEAR ROSE (37,000 in its first week, still her best sales frame in the nearly 25-year Nielsen Music era).
In December 2015, Lynn was bestowed Legend honors at Billboard’s Women in Music celebration. “I look back and see the artists I’d met when I’d first come to Nashville, and they haven’t been on the road in 30 years,” she mused. “I’m still hitting that road and doing as much as I always did. I never drank, I never smoked. I always took care of myself like that. I’ve been singing for a long time. And I haven’t quit.”
Full Circle is the first new studio album in over ten years from American music icon Lynn. Produced by Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash, and recorded at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, Full Circle takes listeners on a journey through Loretta's musical story, from the Appalachian folk songs and gospel music she learned as a child, to new interpretations of her classic hits and country standards, to songs newly-written for the project. Drawing inspiration from personal memories and deep connections to American music, Lynn's 13 new recordings capture the essence of these songs in intimate new performances. The album is volume one of the Cash Cabin recordings, a series of new album projects imagined and created at the storied Cash Cabin Studio.
Loretta Lynn was featured in a PBS documentary, "Loretta Lynn: Still A Mountain Girl," which released Friday, March 4th to coincide with the album release.
Critical reception for Loretta Lynn’s Full Circle:
14 Tracks/ Time: 38:48 (Country Music People March 2016; 4 Stars) Amazon UK - UK iTunes -

Allmusic (Rating: 4 STARS) ..Full Circle is no accidental title for this, Loretta Lynn's first album after a 12-year break. Released as Lynn approaches her 83rd birthday, Full Circle not only deliberately returns the country legend to her Kentucky roots, it's constructed as a summation of her life. It opens with the first song she ever wrote -- a lovelorn waltz called "Whispering Sea" -- and runs through old folk tunes she sang as a child, revisits hits she had in her prime, and adds new tunes to her repertoire....... As produced by her daughter and family friend, Lynn is in good, trusting hands who wish to present her at her best and, more or less, that's precisely what Full Circle offers.

American Songwriter (Rating: 4.1/2 STARS) ..Only an icon as staunchly indifferent to commercial concerns as Loretta Lynn would release arguably her finest and surely most genre-breaking work … then wait more than a decade to follow it up. Jack White’s
substantial involvement in 2004’s Van Lear Rose helped Lynn cross over to a younger demographic. But, just over 10 years later, the reflective Full Circle is nearly the antithesis of its tougher predecessor....Themes of aging appear regularly as in a remarkably plucky rendition of “Always on My Mind” and a bold take on her own “Who’s Gonna Miss Me?” (“when I’m gone,” continues the chorus). Nothing feels musty or overly melancholy and Lynn’s age-defying vocals remain powerful, crisp, clear and extraordinarily vibrant.
As both a comeback and perhaps a farewell to recording, with Full Circle Lynn continues with the style, talent and class that have personified her lengthy, legendary career.

For The Country Record (Rating: Very Positive) It has been 12 years since we’ve had new music from Miss Loretta, but I can honestly say the wait was worth it. At 83 years old, Loretta proves that she’s still very much in her prime and still very capable of producing top-notch work....Willie Nelson joins Miss Loretta on the closing track, “Lay Me Down”. I honestly don’t think I’ve heard such a satisfying conclusion to an album before, it certainly doesn’t get any better than two country music legends joining forces on a beautiful ballad.....Full Circle is an excellent album, one that is an absolute must buy! I can guarantee you that you don’t want to miss out on this album. Loretta shows all the newbies how country is really done. The legend also proves that she’s still got it after all these years, and thankfully, shows no signs of stopping. Do yourself a favor, go get this record!

Year-To-Date Albums
4,322,000 (Physical sales 2,814,000 (down 9%) + Digital sales 1,507,000 (down -16.0%)) which is 9.0% down at the same point in 2015 (4,749,000 sales)
Year-To-Date Digital Tracks

17,618,000 down 22.3% at the same point in 2015 (22,661,000)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of March 26, 2016)

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:

Cole Swindell with his ode to his late father, William, “You Should Be Here” (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville), climbed 2-1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart (dated March 26).
It’s his second leader, following his 2014 debut single, “Chillin’ It,” which led for two weeks. “Here,” penned by Swindell and Ashley Gorley, dethrones Thomas Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man” (Valory) (1-2) after 17 weeks on top, the third-longest reign in the chart’s history.
To be sitting at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart makes me so proud,” said Swindell. “I know my dad is smiling down on me.”
“Here” made 4-3 hop on Country Airplay, increasing by 8% to 39.4 million in audience, according to Nielsen Music; held at No.4 on Country Streaming Songs (2.1 million U.S. streams, up 4%); and dipped 2-5 on Country Digital Songs (30,000 sold, down 4%).
Swindell’s new leader is the title track from his sophomore studio album, due May 6.
Tim McGraw notched his 52nd Hot Country Songs top 10, as “Humble and Kind” (McGraw/Big Machine) climbed 12-8. The track bulleted at No. 4 on Country Digital Songs (33,000, up 9%).

Hot County Songs

** No.1 (1 week) ** “You Should Be Here” Cole Swindell
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.6 “Came Here To Forget” Blake Shelton
** Airplay Gainer ** No.8 “Humble And Kind” Tim McGraw
** Digital Gainer ** No.10 “Somewhere On A Beach” Dierks Bentley
Debut No.18 “American Country Love Song” Jake Owen
** Streaming Gainer ** No.19 “T-Shirt” Thomas Rhett
Debut No.41 “Grandma’s Garden” Zac Brown

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of March 26, 2016)

THE SONG TO ‘BEAT’: Carrie Underwood scored her first No.1 on Billboard Country Airplay in nearly three and-a-half years, as “Heartbeat” (19/Arista Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) ascends 2-1 (45.6 million, up 1%). 

The song is her 14th Country Airplay No.1, widening her lead for the most among women. Reba McEntire ranks second with 11.
From a tour stop in Dublin, where she was headlining the Country to Country Tour, Underwood told Billboard, “It’s always exciting to share my music and stories, but it’s extra special when a song I co-wrote seems to connect so wonderfully with radio and my incredible fans.”
The ballad marked Underwood’s first No. 1 since “Blown Away” in 2012. In between (spanning her longest gap between leaders), she peaked at No.2 with four singles and added two other top 10s. What helped “Heartbeat” return Underwood to the summit? “Lyrically, it’s a real country song,” says Cumulus vp programming Charlie Cook. “When it comes on the radio, it’s one that I’m truly comfortable hearing. I believe that the format is taking a slight turn, and ‘Heartbeat’ fits that direction.”
‘SNAP’ CHAT:  Also on Country Airplay, Old Dominion notched its second top 10, following the two-week No.1 debut “Break Up With Him,” as “Snapback” (RCA Nashville) pushed 11-9. It was up 11% to 28.6 million impressions.

Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (1 week) *** "Heartbeat” Carrie Underwood 45.526 million audience (+0.394 million) / 8,197 radio plays (+198)
** Hot Shot Debut/ Most Increased Audience/ Most Added ** No.18 “Came Here To Forget” Blake Shelton 16.299 million audience gain and 101 fresh radio commitments (ADDS)
Debut No.33 “Huntin’, Fishin’ & Lovin’ Every Day Luke Bryan
Debut No.43 “Song Number 7” Randy Houser
Debut No.55 “Rock On” Tucker Beathard

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart (Chart issue week of March 26, 2016)

Blake Shelton with “Came Here to Forget” (Warner Bros./ WMN) bounded in atop Country Digital Songs with 53,438 copies sold in its first week and became his fourth No.1 (and third No.1 debut). It also landed at #12 on allgenrs Digital Songs
The lead single from his 12th studio album, due May 20, also began at No. 6 on Hot Country Songs and arrived as both his highest debut and 25th top 10. On Country Airplay, “Forget” launched at No.18 (16.3 million), tying 2014’s eventual No.1 “Neon Light” for his highest entrance.

Maren Morris with "My Church" (Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) slipped 1-2 (up #18-17 Digital Songs; 36,352 sales; down 1%; 9-week total 252,941)
Jake Owen with "American Country Love Song" made a debut at #3 with sales of 35,400 (#18 Digital Songs) a strong start for the single from his own forthcoming album project.
Tim McGraw with poignant song “Humble And Kind” fell 3-4 (32,583 sales; up 9%; 8-week total 185,543)
Cole Swindell with “You Should Be Here” fell 2-5 (30,094 sales; down 4%; #22-25 Digital Songs; 13-week total 374,406)
Dierks Bentley with “Somewhere On A Beach" held at #6 (28,311 sales; up 17%; 32-26 Digital Songs; 8-week total 158,914)
Thomas Rhett with "Die A Happy Man" fell 4-7 (26,328 sales; down 6%; 26-29 Digital Songs; 25-week total 1,235,350).
Brett Eldredge with “Drunk On Your Love” fell 5-8 (24,484 sales; down 1%; 31-32 Digital Songs; 14-week total 265,733)

Granger Smith with "Backroad Song" jumped 23-11 (19,499 sales; up 80%; 99-41 Digital Songs; 14-week total 276,949) thanks to the release of his new set Remington.
Joey+Rory with “When I'm Gone” made a re-entry at #22 with 12,000 copies sold (112,000 Total) after Joey Martin Feek's passing the previous week.

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

14 March 2016

Congrats to Carrie Underwood, Steve Hodges, Josh Easler and the Arista promo staff, as well as former team members Lesly Simon and Andy Elliott, on the week’s ascension of “Heartbeat.” The song is the second chart-topper from her current album STORYTELLER, joining “Smoke Break.”
The song logged 8,545 radio spins (+262) and 62.63 million audience impressions (+1.578) with 27726 Total Points from 157 tracking stations for the tracking week March 6 to March 12, 2016 and published chart March 14th 2016.

Kudos to Kristen Williams and the WMN crew on notching 131 adds for Blake Shelton’s Came Here To Forget,” topping the week’s "Most Added" board.
"Came Here To Forget" is the highest one-week add total since Carrie Underwood broke the record with 145 one-week adds with "Smoke Break" on August 25, 2015. Previously, the record was held by Florida Georgia Line with 127 one-week adds for "Dirt" in 2014. It is also Shelton's first single off his forthcoming album, "If I'm Honest," set to release on Fri, May 20th.

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 490 - March 14, 2016 [PDF File]
For the very latest up to the minute Mediabase Chart (Past 7 Days) go here -

Billboard Boxscores (Selective Country concerts)

Rank Artist: #19 Event Venue City/State: C2C Country To Country: Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett & others Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, U.K.
Dates: March 11-13, 2016 Gross Sales: $742,990 Attend: 5,842/ 5,985
Capacity Shows: 3/0 Prices: 298.69, $106.68
Promoters: DF Concerts

Rank Artist: #20 Event Venue City/State: The X Factor Live Manchester Arena Manchester, U.K
Dates: March 12, 2016 Gross Sales: $715,174 Attend: 13,200/ 17,945
Capacity Shows: 2/0 Prices: $141.65, $27.90
Promoters: SJM Concerts
Rank Artist: #49 Event Venue City/State: The Corrs, The Shires SSE Hydro Glasgow, U.K.
Dates: Jan. 26, 2016 Gross Sales: $320,367 Attend: 4,561/ 4,954
Capacity Shows: 1/0 Prices: $121.27, $42.09
Promoters: Live Nation

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