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Country Billboard Chart News May 23, 2016

Country Billboard Chart News May 23, 2016

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of June 4, 2016)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (2 weeks) RIPCORD Keith Urban
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (3 weeks) ** H.O.L.Y.  Florida Georgia Line
Country Airplay ** No.1 (1 week) ** Mind Reader” Dustin Lynch
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (3 weeks) ** H.O.L.Y.  Florida Georgia Line

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of June 4, 2016)

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

Drake's 'Views' No. 1 for Third Week on Billboard 200, Meghan Trainor Debuts at No. 3
Drake with VIEWS stayed steady atop the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (BB200), as the album racked up a third straight week at No. 1. Views earned another 239,000 equivalent album units (down 24%) in the week ending May 19 in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 82,935 were in traditional album sales (down 53%).
Beyonce’s LEMONADE, held at No. 2 for another week, tallying 128,000 units for the week (down 37%), with another 91,740 copies sold (down 40%). Lemonade was the week’s best selling album, and ranked at No.1 on the Top Album Sales chart.
Meghan Trainor with her second full-length album, THANK YOU, made a #3 debut, launching with 107,000 units (84,122 in pure album sales). The set follows her Title debut, which bowed at No.1 in January of 2015 with 238,000 units and 195,000 copies sold. Chance the Rapper with COLORING BOOK debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart, becoming the first streaming-exclusive set to reach the list. The independently released album bowed exclusively through Apple Music’s streaming service on May 13 and launched at No.8 on the Billboard 200 with 38,000 equivalent album units. All of those units were generated by streams of the albums tracks via Apple Music, equating to 57.3 million streams. (Each streaming equivalent album unit is equal to 1,500 streams from an album.)

Keith Urban with RIPCORD slipped 4-6 with 44,000 units (down 59%)
Jennifer Nettles with her second album, PLAYING WITH FIRE, lit up at No.10, debuting with 33,000 units (31,000 in pure album sales). The singer’s first solo effort, THAT GIRL, debuted and peaked at No. 5 in 2014 with 54,000 sold in its first week.
Of course, Nettles is also part of the country act Sugarland, which has tallied six charting albums -- four of which reached the top 10. And, of those top 10 sets, three hit No. 1: Love on the Inside, Live on the Inside, and The Incredible Machine.

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of June 4, 2016)

Keith Urban with RIPCORD (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville/ Universal Music Group Nashville) remained at No.1 for a second week on the Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart (dated June 4) with sales of 31,660 (down 56% on first week 92,726 copies; 2-week total 124,386)

Jennifer Nettles with second solo album, PLAYING WITH FIRE (Big Machine/BMLG), launched at No.10 on the Billboard 200 & No.2 Country with 30,760 copies sold in its first week (900 copies behind Urban). 
The set, produced by Dann Huff, is Nettles’ first for Big Machine. It follows the first solo set by the lead vocalist from Sugarland, 2014’s THAT GIRL (released Jan 14, 2014), which arrived at No.1 on Top Country Albums (54,091 copies sold); Sugarland tallied six top 10s, including three No.1s, on the ranking in 2005-10.
I am inspired and motivated by the response to the album,” Nettles told Billboard. “I wanted to offer my fans a big musical statement and a beautiful emotional journey. I have loved watching that excitement catch fire this week.”

The new LP’s lead single, “Unlove You,” written by Nettles and Brandy Clark, climbed 33-30 on Hot Country Songs. On Country Airplay, it lifts 32-31 (6.7 million, up 15%).

Jennifer Nettles Charts Her Own Course of Personal Exploration With Fiery New Album: Jennifer Nettles is still discovering herself.
Nash Country Daily  That’s a scary thought when you take into consideration everything the 41-year-old has already accomplished in her career. It’s even scarier when you look at what she’s done in the last two years.
The female half of the Grammy-winning duo Sugarland topped the Billboard Country Albums chart in 2014 with her solo debut record, That Girl. Since then, she’s tackled the role of Roxie Hart in the Broadway production of Chicago and starred as the matriarch of Dolly Parton’s family in the made-for-television movie Coat of Many Colors. She also reprised her role as host of CMA Country Christmas for the sixth year in 2015; she headlined the CMT Next Women of Country Tour from January to April 2016; she was recently named spokesperson for General Mills’ Outnumber Hunger campaign; and she been a mom to her 3-year-old son, Magnus.
It’s exhausting just to think about all of it, let alone do it.
The 12-song offering, of which Jennifer wrote or co-wrote 10 tunes, is a twangy, soaring, theatrical mix of everything you’d expect from the dynamo after 2014’s That Girl.
When I compare the two albums, when I think of That Girl, even sonically for example, I have to put it in the context of myself and my life of art imitating life,” said Jennifer during a sit-down with NCD at a house on Nashville’s Music Row. “When I wrote and recorded My Girl, I had a 5-month-old son. That, in and of itself, is such a transformative process. There’s a big veil the first couple of years, especially for new mothers, of sleep deprivation and identity crisis, at least for me, so I think that album was beautiful and perfect for what I needed it to be in terms of I wanted to feel myself and write and sing songs that felt good to write and sing and record. Sonically, it was much more sparse and organic and raw sounding

Allmusic (Rating: 3.1/2 STARS)  Playing with Fire is snappy, shiny country-pop with such a strong R&B undercurrent that it comes as no surprise when Jennifer Lopez stops by to duet on the album-closing "My House."... Nettles and Huff have a keen ear for material, providing a showcase for Brandy Clark (the slyly funny "Drunk in Heels"), choosing songs that highlight her knack for understated balladry ("Three Days in Bed," "Salvation Works") or skill as a belter ("Playing with Fire"), yet nothing here feels like showboating. There's a subtlety to how all these moods fit together and that's what makes Playing with Fire a success: each song plays upon a distinctive mood but, added together, it provides a portrait of a sharp, savvy country diva.

ABC NEWS (Rating: 3.1/2 STARS)  Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles’ latest solo album, “Playing With Fire,” announces itself with a bang. The opening title track, with its loud, rocking energy and its bright synths sounds oddly like a countrified answer to a big '80s movie theme...Like 2014’s “That Girl,” “Playing With Fire,” continues to showcase Nettles as not only a formidable songwriter, but as a versatile performer. She also achieves a nice balance between country’s current pop realm and old-school balladry. “Hey Heartbreak” is twangy
pop, while the gentle “Unlove You” is a truly effective ballad.
On the whole, this album is a much more produced, pronounced effort compared to her last album. This collection gets in your face one moment with “Drunk in Heels” and offers you a quality ballad with “Stupid Girl” the next....Focus Tracks: “Unlove You” This is definitely the album’s biggest standout, again achieving an effective mix between classic country and pop ambition. The indicting lyric, “I wasn’t lost until you found me,” speaks volumes about heartbreak. “Chaser” This has a nice riff and the song explodes quite nicely in its chorus. Do I sense a possible hint of Ani DiFranco's influence in the song’s syncopation?

Taste Of Country (Rating: Positive)....Jennifer Nettles‘ Playing With Fire is an uncompromising working woman’s album that the rest of her fans will enjoy from a safe distance. The level of self-exploration Nettles does on the best songs from her second solo album is astonishing — maybe even frightening. “Three Days in Bed,” a ballad written and originally recorded by Holly Williams, is the height of her her raw analyzation. With little accompaniment she sings of fantasizing about wild tryst with a Frenchman. It’s convincing, to say the least.
“The clock never stops and I hate this damn phone / Some days I wanna run from the place I call home / Guess I’m just needin’ some danger / Give me three days in bed with a stranger.
Brandy Clark‘s influence is felt all over Playing With Fire. She co-wrote several songs, and others she didn’t inspire are often as dark as songs like “Chaser” and “Drunk in Heels,” an uptempo answer to the 5 o’clock disaster many working mothers come home to find on a daily basis. Often great albums aren’t obvious, and Nettles first album on Big Machine takes effort to access. Few songs rely on hooks. Most rely on lyrical depth and pure artistry. The 41-year-old turns inward on Playing With Fire, and the opinion of the result will depend on if you feel inclined to turn inward with her. Key Tracks: “Drunk in Heels,” “Three Days in Bed,” “Way Back Home”

Country Music People (Rating: 5 STARS) ..maybe her most exciting yet..empowered women getting their views across using their music...this album has an inherent strength about it. In just the first few bars of the opening track the style is instantly reminiscent of legends….a perfect showcase of Nettle's vocals

On their second chart frames l Cole Swindell with YOU SHOULD BE HERE (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville [WMN]) fell 6-12 on the Billboard 200 and 2-3 Country selling 23,117 copies (down 65% on first week sales 65,353; 2-week total 88,600)
Cyndi Lauper with DETOUR (Sire/Rhino) fell 29-138 on BB200 4-9 Country with 4,895 sales (down 69% on first week sales 15,556; 2-week total 20,500). Mary Chapin Carpenter with THE THINGS THAT WE ARE MADE OF (Lambert Light) fell 8-23 Country with sales less than 1,600 (down 75% on first debut sales of 6,249)

Chris Stapleton with TRAVELLER fell 3-4 Country shifting another 20,646 copies (55-week total 1,322,000) and was No.1 on the newly created Billboard Americana/Folk chart (dated June 4, 2016)
Joey + Rory with HYMNS (Farmhouse/Gaither | Capitol CMG) in its 13th fell 41-76 BB200 and was a non-mover at #5 Country (12,966 sales; down 8%; 14-week total 366,600). It leads Top Christian Albums for 14 non-consecutive weeks.

Sturgill Simpson with SAILOR’S GUIDE TO EARTH (Atlantic/Atlantic Group) fell 70-93 Billboard 200 (#6 non-mover Country) selling 5,443 copies (5-week total 88,100)

The Nashville Cast: The Music Of Nashville, Season 4: Volume 2 - Soundtrack (ABC Studios/Big Machine | BMLG) was new on the Billboard 200 at #165 and made a bow at #12 Country selling 3,700 copies.
The saucy Music City drama Nashville continues to dish out soundtracks for each of its four seasons. This second volume from the hit show's fourth and final season with ABC once again leans heavily on the talents of cast members Will Chase, Hayden Panettiere, Connie Britton, and Charles Esten, among others.

17 Tracks/ Time: 57:14

Cimorelli with their teen-pop/Country Pop set UP AT NIGHT made a debut at #24 Country selling 1,500 copies.
It’s the debut full-length album by teen pop music group which dropped May 18, 2016 and was crowdfunded through PledgeMusic. (>> YouTube Launch). Listen on Spotify
'Hearts on Fire' was the first track available to fans, 'I'm a Mess' was released on April 1, 2016 and 'Fall Back' was released on May 10, 2016.

The album comes nine years after the group first began posting videos of themselves singing on YouTube, and will feature fourteen original songs. 

They are a group of sisters Christina, Katherine, Lisa, Amy, Lauren, and Dani Cimorelli who hail from California. 

They were previously known primarily for their spot-on, generally a cappella renditions of Top 40 hits from the likes of Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Taio Cruz, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, One Direction, and Miley Cyrus. (see >> Trailer Video)

Critical reception for Cimorelli’s Up at Night:
14 Tracks/ Time: 50:38 Country Pop Amazon UK - UK iTunes - While the album has a few good plays, including the title song Up At Night and Make It Stronger, it lacks that “finishing punch” that will put it over the top. Which isn’t a bad thing on a debut album.I’ve listened to them for many years, and they’ve had some fantastic covers, but the breakthrough for them is not here. With that being said, I hope they don’t give up but keep pushing out new stuff, while also continuing with the covers. The album is a 5.5 out of 10.

Outside Of Top 25 Country Albums

Darrell Scott with COUCHVILLE SESSIONS made a debut at #41 Country selling 800 copies

Critical reception for Darrell Scott’s Couchville Sessions:
11 Tracks/ Time: 59:13 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
Pop Matters (Rating: 7/10) ..He practices what he preaches on Couchville Sessions, but maybe not in the way you might think. His recycling is of a different nature. The songs on
Scott’s new album were recorded in his living room during 2001 and 2002 and feature the playing English multi-instrumentalist Danny Thompson and Nashville musicians drummer Kenny Malone and guitarist Dan Dugmore. The homemade process endows the music with a comfortable, downhome feeling. Even when there is virtuoso picking, the riffs seem playful. Scott took the tapes to Bill Payne to master in 2015, and now more than a dozen years later the music is available. Payne allegedly performed his magic in the living room of Scott’s new domicile....As a preservationist, Scott understands how to treasure resources. Putting out 15-year-old material with a good band and just a minimum of reprocessing fits in with his lifestyle and behavior, and we are all the better for it.

American Songwriter (Rating: 4.1/2 STARS) ..Scott’s in fine, unforced voice throughout and the comfy family room vibe keeps the arrangements open yet intoxicating. This isn’t a jam session but this music breathes with relaxed warmth. It begs the question that if Scott had these superb performances tucked away for so long, what else is lurking in his vaults?
Country Music People (Rating: 4 STARS by Spencer Leigh)… is hugely enjoyable and it’s amazing that the basic tracks have been on the shelf for 15 years

Post Monroe with their SELF-TITLED EP (KCH Entertainment) made a debut at #44 selling 600 copies
Sony ATV singer-songwriters Ashlee Hewitt and Shelby McLeod joined forces with Given Entertainment’s Whitney Duncan to emerge as the latest country trio, Post Monroe with the self-titled debut EP released digitally on May 13. 
“We are so excited to get the first taste of our music out and available for everyone to hear,”
said Duncan. “We have really been looking forward to this day for quite a while.” 
Hewitt added, “We truly feel like the chemistry we have found together in the writing room and in the studio is something very special; we feel so blessed.” 

The five-track EP produced by Chuck Ainlay and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum (with Aaron Chmielewski producing on “Lucky One”) was born out of the writing room and combines Post Monroe’s distinct harmonies and sweet mandolin melodies with southern attitude. 
“I have had such an amazing time being on the production side of the music-making process with Post Monroe,”
 said Haywood. “I truly believe that these girls are the real deal – from the writing room to the studio - they have a unique perspective and fresh sound that I can’t wait for people to hear.” Read More Blog Post

Critical reception for Post Monroe’s self-titled EP :
5 Tracks/ Time: 16:54 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
Sounds Like Nashville Review: Post Monroe EP by Chuck Dauphin (Hedley Entertainment as Sr. Publicist. He is a 25-year industry veteran with radio and publication experience. He was presented with the 2014 CMA Media Achievement Award by the CMA) ..A trio that manages to be contemporary in their approach yet still retain a traditional flavor, Post Monroe hits the mark immediately with the infectious “Half Hearted,” which sets itself apart with their tight and breezy harmonies. It’s definitely a song that will make you want to roll down the window and sing along loudly. That sound grows from track to track, hitting its’ peak with the fun “Red Hot American Summer.” Designated as the set’s first single, the song should have no problem catching on with radio stations across the country. It’s sweet. It’s seductive. And, it’s a great deal of fun, with each of the ladies taking their turn in the lead spotlight.
But, the ladies can slow down the tempo and score with a heartfelt ballad, as well. “Hell On Me” is a great example of this, with Duncan taking lead with a flawless performance….Rounding the album out is the nostalgic “Dixie Dust,” which gives each of the members a chance to think about their hometowns (Duncan – Scotts Hill, TN / Hewitt – Lancaster, MN / McLeod – Madison, GA) and the role that they have played in their individual lives – which given the quality of this EP, is going to be getting a lot busier!

Rob Baird with Wrong Side of the River (Hard Luck Recording Company) arrived at #48 selling 600 copies.
Rob Baird is a thinker, a seeker, a man who surveys the scene, decides what he aims to accomplish and sets it in motion. Sure, over the past five years the Memphis-born musician, who broke out with 2012’s critically-acclaimed I Swear It’s The Truth and built a dedicated fanbase as a result, steadily earned a reputation as a no-frills, earnest singer, songwriter and performer — one able to tear through the Texas live-music circuit with ease.
Blurb: Soul-hungry, honky tonk-fueled and seeking creativity that wasn't being found in Nashville, Memphis-born storyteller Rob Baird took a one-way ticket to Austin, TX, trekking through miles of self-reflection, and found his re-discovered passion for music in the hands of producer Brian Phillips (David Ramirez, Penny + Sparrow). Now, after taking matters into his own hands, Baird is ready to share his journey on Wrong Side of the River, a musical autobiography

Critical reception for Rob Baird’s Wrong Side of the River:
10 Tracks/ Time: 40:42 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - 
Lonestar Music Magazine (Rating: Positive) ….As has been the case for Baird’s excellent past albums, 2010’s Blue Eyed Angels and 2012’s I Swear It’s the Truth, the writing establishes a forceful, sometimes aggressive presence quickly and believably. Plain-spoken love songs and sepia-tinted river tubing ditties have plenty of room to roam on other artist’s notepads, but Baird and co-writers including Mando Saenz, Ben Danaher and the album’s producer, Brian Phillips, set sight on greater complexities and oft answerless questions. In “Run of Good Luck,” a tender piano leads into lush organ and gorgeous his-and-hers harmonies draped around a tale of a couple — described by Baird as “worn-out steel and leather” — wondering where it all went wrong. There’s hope for them still, perhaps, but it’s heavily tempered by a rock-bottom sense of defeat which is sadly far more relatable for most than the free-spirited road anthems we’re more used to. Baird’s rustic poetic style is more Boss than Townes, which lends itself well to the more assertive rockers such as “Oklahoma,” the bluesy “Pocket Change,” and especially the menacing, bleak country-noir title track. Meanwhile, slower tracks such as “Horses,” while softer, are profound in their overall magnitude. The expert mix of galloping beats, soaring pedal steel, robust organ and the album’s greatest instrument, Baird’s commanding presence, all make Wrong Side of the River the best kind of road-trip album, especially for when that dotted white line goes for days.

Year-To-Date Albums
9,047,000 (Physical sales 5,946,000 (down 9%) + Digital sales 3,101,000 (down 19.0%)) which is 11.5% down at the same point in 2015 (10,224,000 sales)
Year-To-Date Digital Tracks

36,427,000 down 20.8% at the same point in 2015 (46,014,000)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of June 4, 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:

Florida Georgia Line with new single “H.O.L.Y.” (Republic Nashville) remained top of the chart for a third week atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart (dated June 4) despite its 4% decline in overall activity. The lead single from FGL’s third studio full-length, Dig Your Roots, due in August, crowns three of Billboard’s main country songs charts, as it also holds atop Country Digital Songs (78,000, down 14%) and Country Streaming Songs (6 million, up 6%). On Country Airplay, the track zoomed 19-16 (18.1 million, 21%).

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (3 weeks)/ Airplay Gainer ** H.O.L.Y.  Florida Georgia Line
** Streaming Gainer ** No.11 “The Fighter” Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.18 “I'm Sorry” Adam Wakefield
** Digital ** No.26 “Without A Fight” Brad Paisley feat. Demi Lovato
Debut No.29 “I Told You So” Mary Sarah
Debut No.36 “Straight Outta Cold Beer” Blake Shelton
Debut No.44 “Southern Land” Taylor Ray Holbrook & Ryan Upchurch

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of June 4, 2016)

Dustin Lynch with “Mind Reader” (Broken Bow) climbed 2-1 in its 34th week on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart (dated June 4), increasing by 6% to 48.2 million audience impressions in the tracking week ending May 22, according to Nielsen Music.
Released Sept 28, 2015 and written by Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip, “Mind Reader” is the third single from Lynch’s second studio album, WHERE IT’S AT, and his third Country Airplay leader — all consecutively from the set — following “Where It’s At (Yep, Yep),” which topped the chart for two weeks beginning Sept. 27, 2014, and “Hell of a Night” (one week, Sept. 19, 2015).
To date, the Where it’s at LP has sold 141,000 copies. “First of all, thanks to country radio for making another dream of mine come true and changing not only my life but also my band’s and crew’s lives,” Lynch told Billboard. “We all live to make country music, and success is permitting us to do so.” 

As for what’s up next? “ ‘Mind Reader’ is my third No.1 song in a row, so now it’s time for my third album. New music coming real soon.” Lynch’s three consecutive leaders have fortified his standing among programmers.“ ‘Mind Reader’ is consistently one of our top-testing songs and has been for a while,” said KKBQ Houston PD Johnny Chiang. “I feel it’s a solid, right-down-the-middle type of song that’s sonically and lyrically appealing to a wide range of listeners. His music has provided a strong foundation our playlist.

On the multimetric Hot Country Songs chart, which incorporates airplay, sales and streaming, “Mind Reader” hit a new peak, rising 10-8. Along with its airplay gain, it remains at No.18 on Country Streaming Songs (2 million U.S. streams, up 4%) and No.25 on Country Digital Songs (12,000 sold, essentially even from the week before). The track has sold 236,000 downloads to date.
I can’t thank everyone at country radio enough for believing in me and ‘Mind Reader’,” exclaimed Dustin. “Next time we roll through town we WILL celebrate, so wear your party pants!”
To celebrate, Lynch will hit the Big Apple to perform on FOX & Friends All-American Summer Concert Series Friday (May 27). Continuing the Memorial Day Weekend festivities, he will take the stage later that afternoon at the Country 500 Festival in Daytona Beach, FL.
Fresh off his heavily pre-sold out, headlining HELL OF A NIGHT Tour, Lynch is currently on the road with Luke Bryan’s 2016 KILL THE LIGHTS Tour, marking his second run as the superstar’s opener. Named by FOX NEWS as country music’s “next big thing,” he is the only artist Bryan handpicked as an opener for a subsequent tour. Fans can also catch Lynch at the upcoming 2016 CMA Music Festival in Nashville, TN when he headlines the “Music City Gives Back” concert on Tuesday, June 7 to benefit the W.O. Smith Music School.

Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (1 week) *** "Mind Reader” Dustin Lynch 48.211 million audience (+2.824 million) / 8,452 radio plays (+522)
** Most Increased Audience ** No.2 “Snapback” Old Dominion +3.497 million audience gain
** Most Added ** No.33 “Without a Fight” Brad Paisley feat Demi Lovato (40 ADDS)
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.58 “Wanna Be That Song” Brett Eldredge
Debut No.59 “Sierra” Maddie & Tae

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart (Chart issue week of June 4, 2016)

Florida Georgia Line (Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley) with “H.O.L.Y.” (Republic Nashville) held the pole position at No.1 for the third week on Billboard’s Country Digital Singles Chart and fell 4-5 on the all genre Digital Songs Chart with 78,000 sales (down 14%; 3-week total 293,000).

GOOD TEAMWORK: Adam Wakefield (The Voice contestant) with "I'm Sorry" (Blake Shelton cover; originally recorded on his 2011 album Red River Blue) made a debut at #2 selling 52,000 copies (#12 Digital songs). He performed it on Episode 25 (Monday, May 16, 2016).

Fellow Season 10 Voice contestant Mary Sarah with her take of Randy Travis’ 1988 No.1 Hot Country Songs hitI Told You So” (performed Episode 25) was new at #8 selling 24,000 downloads.
Keith Urban's feat. Carrie Underwood, "The Fighter" rose 7-3 (#39-13 Digital Songs; 50,000 sales; 2-week total 75,000)
Tim McGraw with “Humble and Kind” (McGraw/Big Machine/Big Machine Label Group) slipped 3-4 (#24-28 Digital Songs; 33,000  sales; down 7%; 18-week total 577,000 copies).

Blake Shelton with “Came Here to Forget” (Warner Bros./ WMN) fell 4-5 in his 11th week (non-mover #29 Digital Songs; 31,000 sales; 11-week total 369,000 copies).
Blake Shelton's duet with Gwen Stefani, "Go Ahead And Break My Heart" fell 2-6 with 28,000 downloads (down 51%).
Dierks Bentley with “Somewhere On A Beach" fell 6-7 (non-mover #36 Digital Songs; 27,000 sales; 18-week total 464,000).

Maren Morris with "My Church" (Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) fell 5-9 in her 19th week (#35-46 Digital Songs; 23,000 sales; 19-week total 534,000).
Luke Bryan with "Huntin' Fishin' & Loving Every Day" rounded out the top 10, falling #8-10 (22,000 sales; 11-week total 229,000)

Brad Paisley and Demi Lovato with their duet “Without A Fight" made a debut at #16 with 17,000 copies sold.
Blake Shelton with "Straight Outta Cold Beer" made a bow at #23 with 14,000 first week sales

23 May 2016

Congrats to Dustin Lynch, Carson James, Lee Adams, Jim Malito and the whole Broken Bow promotion staff on scoring the week’s No.1 with “Mind Reader.” The song is the third consecutive chart-topper from WHERE IT’S AT. It followed "Hell Of A Night" (Sept 2015) and "Where It's At" in 2014 (22 Sept 2014).
The song logged 8,973 radio spins (+619) and 62.988 million audience impressions (+4.851) with 29233 Total Points from 158 tracking stations for the tracking week May 15 to May 21, 2016 and published chart May 23rd 2016.

Kudos as well to Damon Moberly and the Mercury crew on notching 37 adds for Easton Corbin’s Are You With Me”. The song topped the week’s "Most Added" board

Nothing says “Are You With Me” more than a body-less promotion team:
Pictured L-R: 
(in UMG Nashville style, with cutouts) Mercury Nashville Sr. Dir./Midwest Promotion Charlie Dean, 
Promotion Coordinator Nick Kaper, Dir./Southwest Promotion Jill Brunett; 
UMG Nashville Mgr./Radio Marketing & Syndication Chris Schuler; 
Mercury Nashville Dir./West Coast Promotion Summer Harlow, and Promotion Asst. Sarah Beth Watson.

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 500 - May 23, 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: #17
Event Venue City/State: Southern Ground Music & Food Festival: Zac Brown Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Thomas Rhett, Hunter Hayes, Marshall Tucker Band, Kacey Musgraves, Michael Franti & Spearhead & others Blackbaud Stadium Charleston, S.C.
Dates: April 16-17, 2016 Gross Sales: $2,363,315 Attend: 24,411/ 28,000
Shows/ Sellouts: 2/1 Prices: $648, $448, $113
Promoters: Madison House Presents/AEG Live
Rank Artist: #23
Event Venue City/State: Kenny Chesney, Old Dominion Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, Conn. May 13-14, 2016
Dates:   Gross Sales: $1,176,830 Attend: 14,094/14,094
Shows/ Sellouts: 2/2 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $130, $100
Promoters: Messina Touring Group/AEG Live

Rank Artist: #49
Event Venue City/State: Brad Paisley, Tyler Farr, Maddie & Tae Sleep Train Amphitheatre Chula Vista, Calif.    
Dates: May 21, 2016 Gross Sales: $525,119 Attend: 16,390/ 19,000 (2,610 tickets unsold)
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 ** Prices: $79, $20 Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #80
Event Venue City/State: Cyndi Lauper & Boy George, Operator EMZ Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, Conn.
Dates: May 20, 2016 Gross Sales: $222,846 Attend: 5,714/ 6,968 (1,254 tickets unsold)
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 ** Prices: $39

Rank Artist: #148
Event Venue City/State: ABC's Nashville in Concert Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, Fla.
Dates: April 28, 2016 Gross Sales: $98,467 Attend: 1,591/ 2,001 (410 tickets unsold)
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 ** Prices: $75, $26.25
Promoters: AEG Live/Ruth Eckerd Hall Presents

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