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Country Billboard Chart News May 30, 2016

Country Billboard Chart News May 30, 2016

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of June 11, 2016)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (1 week) IF I’M HONEST Blake Shelton
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (4 weeks) ** H.O.L.Y.  Florida Georgia Line
Country Airplay ** No.1 (1 week) ** “Came Here To Forget” Blake Shelton
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (4 weeks) ** H.O.L.Y.  Florida Georgia Line

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of June 11, 2016)

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

"Views" now has the most weeks at No. 1 for an album by a male artist in over four years.
Drake with VIEWS refused to budge from the No 1 position on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (BB200), as it netted a fourth straight week atop the list. It now has the most weeks at No.1 for an album by a male artist in over four years.
The last man to spend more time at No. 1 with an album was Michael Buble, who racked up five weeks (all consecutive) in the penthouse with his Christmas set (on the Dec. 10, 2011 - Jan. 7, 2012-dated charts).
What was the last non-holiday set by a man to spend longer at No.1? Eminem's Recovery, with seven non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 between July and September in 2010.
Since Buble’s Christmas, the only albums by men to score three weeks at No.1 have been Views, Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience and The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness.
Views earned another 189,000 equivalent album units (down 21%) in the week ending May 26, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 50,267 were in traditional album sales (down 39 percent). Views is overwhelmingly powered by streams of its songs, as its SEA totalled 111,000 units for the week. (It gathered an additional 27,000 units in TEA.)
Views has been incredibly popular on streaming services. How popular? It owns the top four largest streaming weeks for an album ever: its debut frame (245.1 million streams for its tracks), its third week (186.1 million), its fourth -- and current -- week (166.2 million) and its second week (140.8 million).

At No.2 on the new Billboard 200 chart was Ariana Grande with her third full-length studio album, DANGEROUS WOMAN, which made a debut with 175,000 equivalent album units (of which 129,279 were in traditional album sales). Her first two albums -- Yours Truly in 2013 and My Everything in 2014 -- both bowed at No.1. My Everything bowed with 169,000 copies sold in its first week.

Blake Shelton with IF I’M HONEST entered at No.3 with 170,000 units and a sturdy 153,030 copies in traditional album sales. The latter sum makes Honest the best-selling album of the week, and it debuts at No.1 on the Top Album Sales chart (which ranks the week’s highest selling albums in terms of pure album sales).
Honest is Shelton’s tenth top 10 album on the Billboard 200, and followed his 2015 greatest hits package Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits (No. 5 debut and peak; 33,000 sold in its first week) and his last studio effort, 2014’s Bringing Back the Sunshine (No.1; 101,000 sold). Honest logged Shelton’s best sales week for an album since 2013’s Based On a True Story… launched with 199,000 sold.

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of June 11, 2016)

Blake Shelton Tops Country, All-Genre Album Sales Charts
Blake Shelton: #1 Single And Album This Week
It was congratulations to WARNER BROTHERS/WMN artist Blake Shelton and the entire WMN team for a #1 debut on the Country and all-genre album sales chart with IF I’M HONEST (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville), produced by Scott Hendricks, which sold 153,030 copies in its debut week, according to Neilsen Music.
It marked Shelton's best first week total since 2013’s BASED ON A TRUE STORY, an album that went on to achieve Platinum status. Additionally, it coincides with Shelton topping the Country singles chart this chart week – his 22nd career #1 - with the album's debut single, “Came Here To Forget”
What an amazing ride this has been,” said Warner Music Nashville chairman/CEO John Esposito. “I sincerely feel that, with If I’m Honest, Blake has made his best album ever.”

Shelton, who just wrapped up his 10th season as a coach on NBC’s The Voice saw lead single, “Came Here to Forget,” jump 4-1 on Country Airplay in its 12th week, increasing by 9% to 44.9 million audience impressions. Shelton leads both charts simultaneously for the second time — and for the first time with a full LP and a single. 

On Aug. 28, 2010, he debuted at No. 1 on Top Country Albums with his All About Tonight EP; the same week, its title track began a three-week reign on Country Airplay.
At almost 40 years old and after 15 years in this business, who would have ever thought that I would have the biggest week of my career now?” Shelton muses to Billboard. “After hearing the news that I have the No. 1 album and No. 1 [radio] song, I am beside myself, my friends. Thank you for this incredible journey.”

IF I’M HONEST’s sum was the biggest for a country album in 2016 and the largest since Chris Stapleton’s TRAVELLER sold 153,428 following the 2015 Country Music Assn. Awards (Nov. 4), reflected on the chart dated Nov. 21. Shelton scores the best debut sales week since Carrie Underwood’s STORYTELLER (164,212, Nov. 14, 2015).
Shelton additionally earned his second-largest album sales week. His last No.1, 2013’s Based on a True Story, arrived with 199,086; all five of his Top Country Albums toppers have bowed at No. 1.

Prior to the launch of TV show The Voice in April 2011, on which Shelton has gained popularity as a coach and judge for 6 seasons, he had never sold more than 77K copies of an album in one week.
  • His self-titled BLAKE SHELTON released July 31, 2001 made a #45 Billboard 200 debut (#3 Country) but went on to be certified PLATINUM by Feb 6, 2014 nearly 13 years later.
  • BARN AND GRILL released Oct 26, 2004 landed at #20 on the BB200 (#3 Country) and was certified GOLD by May 31, 2005.
  • Pure BS released May 1, 2007 made a debut the chart week of chart week May 19, 2007 selling 48,494 copies #8 BB200 (#2 Country) then 20,801 the following week (69,391 after 2 weeks) and was certified GOLD by March 5, 2009.
  • RED RIVER BLUE (Warner Bros. Nashville | WMN) released July 12, 2011 made a debut the chart week of July 30, 2011 selling 116,402 copies then 46,975 (163,452 in first 2 weeks). By Dec 28, 2011 it had gone GOLD at retail selling 25,478 units to reach 499,000. For the Chart week of August 10, 2013 as a Catalog Album at #29 it sold 2,099 and went PLATINUM scanning over 1-million at retail (1,002,514 total) as of Sept 10, 2014 it had shifted 1,354,000 copies. Last week it was # 3 on the Catalog chart. 
  • BASED ON A TRUE STORY...released March 26, 2013 made a debut the chart week of April 13, 2013 selling 199,086 copies. By the chart week of Oct 12, 2013 it had gone PLATINUM (1,000,000 units shipped to retail, 907,000 copies actually sold at retail). It had sold 1,109,000 copies at retail in 40 weeks. As of March 2015, the album had sold a total of 1.46 million copies
  • BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE released by Warner Bros. Nashville Records on Sept. 30, 2013 sold 100,544 copies in the week ending Oct. 5, 2013 earning Shelton his second No.1 album on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart (BB200). The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on Jan 7, 2015. The album had sold 437,100 copies in the U.S. as of December 2015.
  • Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits, released October 23, 2015 made a debut at No.5 on the Billboard 200 and #2 Country with 40,000 equivalent-album units (32,749 in pure album sales) as Blake collected his ninth top 10 album on the Billboard 200.  The 21-track best-of compilation set featured all 20 of his No.1 singles on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, plus the single “Gonna.” Reloaded was Shelton’s second greatest hits album, following LOADED: The Best of Blake Shelton (released November 9, 2010), which debuted at No.24 (22,893 sales chart dated Nov 27, 2010) and peaked at No.8 on the Billboard 200 and #4 Top Country Albums in 2011.
Blake promoted his new album IF I’M HONEST with TV appearances:
This Morning May 19: The Today Show (performance: "Came Here To Forget"); Friday, May 20: Live With Kelly (performed “Came Here To Forget”); Sunday, May 22: Billboard Music Awards (performance: "Go Ahead And Break My Heart" w/ Gwen Stefani);
Monday, May 23: Ellen; Tuesday, May 24: The Today Show (performed "Friends" & "Honey Bee") and The Voice (performed "She's Got A Way With Words"
Though he had been sitting pretty at No. 1 on iTunes, the "She's Got a Way with Words" singer hadn't begun celebrating just yet.
 "I want to wait and see what happens," he told PEOPLE. "There's going to be a celebration either way, but there's a No. 2 album celebration and there's a No. 1 album celebration."
 Shelton released his new album on the same day as Ariana Grande and had already settled for the second spot on iTunes before being pleasantly surprised.
 "It crazy 'cause when I heard last week that my album and Ariana Grande's album were going to be released at the same time, I was like 'Aw, well, that's still okay. Maybe we can get No. 2.' So when I saw that it got to No. 1 on iTunes, it's like, 'Are you kidding me?' I can't wrap my head around it!"
 So what exactly is the difference between celebrating an album that's sitting at the top spot versus just one below on the sales chart?  "A couple of gallons, for sure!" he said, laughing.
Blake Shelton Shares Personal Stories Behind 'If I'm Honest' -

Critical reception for Blake Shelton’s If I’m Honest:
15 Tracks/ Time: 50:19 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -

Rolling Stone (Rating: 3 STARS) ...It can be tempting to hear Shelton's new breakup songs – the bitterly comic "She's Got a Way with Words," the coolly regretful "Bet You Still Think About Me" – as targeted toward Lambert, or to imagine Stefani as the someone new he flirts with tipsily on the first single, "Came Here to Forget." Shelton's warmly confident delivery makes those romantic twists and turns sound both lived in but universal, and the reverent finale, "Savior's Shadow," suggests that the good ol' boy's maturing into a man. Still, rowdy party-starters like "Straight Outta Cold Beer" (its title riffing off the N.W.A. classic) and the self-explanatory "Doin' It to Country Songs" (with help from the Oak Ridge Boys) are there to prove that he's got a little more hell to raise before he goes to heaven.

Allmusic (Rating: 3 STARS)… Blake Shelton veered toward the somnolent on the quite pleasing Bringing Back the Sunshine so it's not entirely surprising its 2016 sequel, If I'm Honest, is a bit crisper and livelier. Some of this brightening in attitude may be due to him lightening his load following a much-publicized 2015 divorce from singer Miranda Lambert -- certainly the title suggests it's time for the singer to get down to what's real -- but the
electronic sheen and good times also feel like a reaction to Shelton sliding too deeply into softness. If If I'm Honest is indeed a divorce album, it's a Back in the High Life, not a Blood on the Tracks: Shelton is seizing the day, embracing his new lease on life with renewed vigor and a new love....Set aside "Doing It to Country Songs," a bit of single-entendre smut inexplicably graced by the Oak Ridge Boys: Shelton usually has enough swagger to let these jokes land with a crooked smile, evidenced by the heavy-handed wordplay of "She's Got a Way with Words" and the not necessarily pro-environment puns of "Green." Shelton remains appealing when he raises a little hell -- and "Straight Outta Cold Beer" deliberately raises no more than a little hell -- but like Bringing Back the Sunshine before it, If I'm Honest is at its core a balladeer's record, and Shelton pulls off these romance tunes with a sly, masculine grace that complements the album's sleek modern surfaces.

Entertainment Weekly (Rating: C | 50/100)  ...It doesn’t take a CSI detective to figure out who these songs, along with many others on Shelton’s If I’m Honest, are about. They are chronicles of his relationship with fellow Voice judge Gwen Stefani, a connection famously forged in the wake of symmetrical breakups: he from Miranda Lambert, she from Gavin Rossdale.....So why does it end up seeming about as weighty and true as a reality show? For one thing, Shelton’s voice lacks the kind of emotional depth that’d bring a listener to tears. On his duet with Stefani, her ache upstages his from the first phrase. What’s more: the album’s breezy
Nashville-pop tunes never strike below the surface. Small wonder the toss-off songs seem more credible. There’s everything from “Straight Outta Beer,” an ode to getting soused, to “Doing It to Country Songs,” where the object of his affection isn’t a person—but Music Row creations every bit as slick as this.

LA Times (Rating; 60/100) ....this is an opportunity no label president wants to pass up. And if Shelton needed rushing to seize it? Why, that would only ensure the music stayed raw and personal (as the album is described in its marketing propaganda). Problem is, that’s not how Nashville operates. In country music’s capital, where some of the world’s most talented songwriters and producers work, the default setting is polished professionalism; rawness actually takes time. And here Shelton seldom pushes beyond that finesse to reach something less smooth.

Chris Stapleton with TRAVELLER climbed 4-2 Country (#13 Billboard 200) selling another 18,853 copies (56-week total 1,340,900).
Keith Urban with RIPCORD (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville/ Universal Music Group Nashville) fell 1-3 in his third chart frame with sales of 14,493 (down 54%; 3-week total 139,000)
In their second chart frames Jennifer Nettles with PLAYING WITH FIRE (Big Machine/BMLG), fell 10-30 on the Billboard 200 & 2-4 Country with 12,209 sales (down 60% on first week 30,760; 2-week total 43,000). The Nashville Cast: The Music Of Nashville, Season 4: Volume 2 - Soundtrack (ABC Studios/Big Machine | BMLG) fell 12-24 Country selling around 1,700 copies (down 54% on first week 3,700 copies; 2-week total 5,400). Cimorelli with their teen-pop/Country Pop set UP AT NIGHT fell 24-43 Country selling another 700 copies (down 53% of first week 1,500 copies sold).

Cole Swindell with YOU SHOULD BE HERE (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville [WMN]) fell 12-28 BB200 and 3-5 Country selling 11,266 (down 51%; 3-week total 99,800)
Joey + Rory with HYMNS (Farmhouse/Gaither | Capitol CMG) in its 14th frame fell 76-84 BB200 and 5-6 Country (7,345 sales; down 43%; 15-week total 381,600). It led Top Christian Albums for 15 non-consecutive weeks.

The Highwaymen - American Outlaws: The Highwaymen Live | 4 Disc Box set (Sony Music Cmg; Amazon UK - - HMV ) made a debut at #16 Country (#96 Top Selling Albums) with 2,748 copies sold.

On March 29, 2016 Columbia/Legacy proudly announced the upcoming release of The Highwaymen Live - American Outlaws, a deluxe new 3CD/1DVD (or 3CD/1 Blu-ray) box set of concert performances--including a previously unreleased complete concert on CD and DVD (or Blu-ray)--from country music's legendary first "super-group".
The Highwaymen Live - American Outlaws includes:
a) two audio discs recorded live at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, March 14, 1990
b) an audio disc with tracks recorded live at various Farm Aid Festivals and
c) a previously unreleased full-length concert film recorded live at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, March 14, 1990 and transferred from the original film reels especially for this collection.
The Highwaymen--Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson--were country music's first bonafide "supergroup," an epic quartet of blockbuster star power comprised of the four prime forces of America's outlaw country music revolution. An essential musical and cultural influence, the Highwaymen were active for the decade spanning 1985 to 1995, recorded three major label albums, charted hit singles (including their Number 1 debut, "Highwayman," which won the Best Country Song Grammy Award in 1986) and performed a variety of shows achieving mythic status for those lucky enough to have been there.
Read full details in the Press Release

 Outside Of Top 25 Country Albums

Columbia/Legacy also released a new 16 track single disc compilation, The Highwaymen - The Very Best of The Highwaymen (Legacy, HMV Store) which made a debut at #26 Country with 1,500 copies sold.
14 years after the passing of Waylon Jennings and 13 years after the passing of Johnny Cash, it's been announced that a new previously unreleased and unheard song will be included in a new compilation album featuring the two along with their Highwaymen brothers.

Frequently referred to as "the Mount Rushmore of country music," The Highwaymen Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson were American country music's first bona fide supergroup, an epic quartet comprised of the outlaw country genre's pioneering stars. The Very Best Of The Highwaymen contains the group's best known songs plus a previously unreleased cover of Bob Dylan's "One Too Many Mornings." "One Too Many Mornings" is a song by Bob Dylan, released on his third studio album The Times They Are a-Changin' in 1964.

Critical reception for The Highwaymen’s The Very Best of The Highwaymen:

Allmusic (Rating: 4 Stars) .. For a band that only released three albums, the Highwaymen have a lot of compilations -- at least four full-fledged CDs prior to this 2016 set, which was released in conjunction with the triple-disc package Live: American Outlaws. The Very Best of the Highwaymen covers familiar ground, adding three selections -- "City of New Orleans," "Big River," and "The King Is Gone (So Are You)" -- from Live: American Outlaws, along with the "One Too Many Mornings" from Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings' 1986 Heroes, now featuring harmonies by Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. Outside of this, the 16-track collection contains six selections from their first (and best) album from 1985, four tracks from 1990's Highwayman 2 and a couple of cuts from 1995's The Road Goes on Forever. It's a good cross-section of their material and sequenced nicely, making for the best single-disc overview of the supergroup's recordings.

Adam Wakefield with The Voice: The Complete Season 10 Collection ( - US iTunes) made a debut at No.34 on the all genre Billboard 200 (measures multi-metric album consumption) yet arrived at No.28 Country with pure sales of 1,300 copies sold.

The Complete Season 10 Collection rounds up all of the songs that the country-pop singer/songwriter performed and recorded throughout his run on the tenth season of the popular reality program. Wakefield, who was part of Blake Shelton's team, didn't take home the top prize, but he came in at a very respectable second. Highlights from the compilation include the rousing "Tennessee Whiskey," his soulful take on the Marshall Tucker Band's "Can't You See," and his own self-penned hit, "Lonesome Broken and Blue," the latter of which hit number one on iTunes.

Track Listing:
Tennessee Whiskey (cover of "Tennessee Whiskey" by David Allan Coe)
Can't You See (with Jared Harder) (cover of "Can't You See" by The Marshall Tucker Band)
Bring It On Home to Me (cover of "Bring It On Home to Me" by Sam Cooke)
Seven Spanish Angels (cover of "Seven Spanish Angels" by Ray Charles and Willie Nelson)
Soulshine (cover of "Soulshine" by The Allman Brothers Band)
Lights (cover of "Lights" by Journey)
I Got a Woman (cover of "I Got A Woman" by Ray Charles)
Love Has No Pride (cover of "Love Has No Pride" by Bonnie Raitt)
I'm Sorry (cover of "I'm Sorry" by Blake Shelton)
When I Call Your Name (cover of "When I Call Your Name" by Vince Gill)
The Conversation (with Blake Shelton) (cover of "The Conversation" by Hank Williams, Jr. and Waylon Jennings)
Lonesome, Broken and Blue

The Voice: Adam Wakefield (L) with his coach/mentor Blake Shelton (R)

Tuesday at noon when the vote was being counted to determine the winner of Season 10 of The Voice, Adam Wakefield had the No.1 song on iTunes. It was the song he had written and performed on Monday night: “Lonesome, Broken and Blue.”
So, for a while, he looked as if he might be this year’s winner — but when the final announcement was made on Tuesday night, Adam finished in second place behind Team Christina’s Alisan Porter whose Complete Season 10 Collection made a debut at #27 Billboard 200 (2,087 pure sales).

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Adam left his hometown in New Hampshire to attend college at The New School in New York City, where he studied in the Jazz and Contemporary Arts Program. Throughout his schooling and career, Adam has studied all sorts of music, including Jazz, Rock, Blues and Soul, although, on The Voice, he’s mostly performed as a country artist.
After college, Adam moved to Baltimore and was part of a fairly successful local band called Old Man Brown. The group performed Soul/Funk music, and Adam stayed in Maryland for ten years.
Adam moved to Nashville in 2013 to focus on country music, and while he was there, he started doing a lot of songwriting. It was then that he decided that he wanted to make music his career.
Unfortunately, things didn’t pick up all that quickly for Adam as a solo artist, and instead, he worked as a background vocalist and musician for artists like Lee Brice, Keith Anderson, Michelle Wright and more.
Adam met his girlfriend, Jenny Leigh (also a country singer), when they were both living in Baltimore, and then they moved to Nashville together. She competed on the CW series The Next, and also performed with Adam in Old Man Brown.
Now, she’s working on her own solo career, while also supporting her man, of course!

Year-To-Date Albums
9,607,000 (Physical sales 6,299,000 (down 9%) + Digital sales 3,309,000 (down -17.7%)) which is 10.4% down at the same point in 2015 (10,728,000 sales)
Year-To-Date Digital Tracks

38,369,000 down 20.9% at the same point in 2015 (48,493,000)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of June 11, 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) held the No.1 for a fourth week atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart (dated June 4) and gained “Airplay Gainer” stripes.

‘CHURCH’ MUSIC: Carrie Underwood with “Church Bells” (19/Arista Nashville) vaulted 13-10, marking her 24th top 10. She has yet to miss the top 10 with any song that has been promoted as a non-seasonal country single. “Church” rose 14-12 on Country Airplay (24.3 million, up 11%) and 15-13 on Country Streaming Songs (2 million, up 3%).

Hot County Songs

** No.1 (4 weeks)/ Airplay Gainer ** H.O.L.Y. Florida Georgia Line
** Streaming Gainer ** No.2 “Came Here To Forget” Blake Shelton
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.14 “Lonesome Broken And Blue” Adam Wakefield
** Digital Gainer ** No.24 “Unlove You” Jennifer Nettles
Debut No.27 “When I Call Your Name” Adam Wakefield
Debut No.28 “She's Got A Way With Words” Blake Shelton
Debut No.44 “Bet You Still Think About Me” Blake Shelton

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of June 11, 2016)

Blake Shelton with “Came Here To Forget” rose 4-1 as he achieved not only his 22nd Country Airplay No.1 but also his record 17th consecutive hit (counting only officially promoted, non-seasonal singles).
In its 12 chart frame “Forget” drew a 44.89 million audience with a +3.667 million gain
The run, which began with 2010’s “Hillbilly Bone” (featuring Trace Adkins), is the longest active streak by a wide margin; Luke Bryan follows with six (it’s seven counting only lead billings).
What makes Shelton so consistently successful at radio?
“Forget” has researched strongly, “as most of his singles do,” says Cumulus Media director of Nash programming John Shomby. “His music is real, but it’s also pretty simple. You hear the song, and most of us can identify with the feeling.
The story of the song requires no interpretation, kind of like Blake himself.” “Blake is a superstar because he has this incredible gift for finding meaningful music,” echoes iHeartMedia senior vp programming Gator Harrison. “If I’m Honest goes even deeper because it’s his life’s diary, song by song. It’s seriously none of our business, but we all want to know, and there’s no way not to listen.”
Shelton’s next single from the new set will be “She’s Got a Way With Words,” which is going for adds on June 6.

Jason Aldean with “Lights On” (Broken Bow) lit up top 10 on Country Airplay, (12-10; 27.8 million, up 10 percent), becoming his 23rd top 10.

Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (1 week) *** "Came Here To Forget” Blake Shelton 44.89 million audience (+3.667 million) / 8,028 radio plays (+564)
** Hot Shot Debut/ Most Increased Audience/ Most Added ** No.32 “Different For Girls” Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King 7.167 million audience gain thanks to 51 fresh radio commitments (ADDS)
Debut No.59 “Lipstick” Runaway June

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart (Chart issue week of June 11, 2016)

Florida Georgia Line (Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley) with “H.O.L.Y.” (Republic Nashville) remained at No.1 for the fourth week on Billboard’s Country Digital Singles Chart and fell 5-8 on the all genre Digital Songs Chart with 72,000 78,000 sales (down 8%; 4-week total 365,000).

Adam Wakefield (The Voice contestant) with original song "Lonesome Broken & Blue" performed on Week 7: Finals (May 23 and May 24) made a debut at #2 selling 57,000 copies (#12 Digital songs).

Adam’s cover of Vince Gills "When I Call Your Name" (first released May 1990) made a debut at #4 selling 32,000 copies (#35 Digital songs).
Tim McGraw with “Humble and Kind” (McGraw/Big Machine/Big Machine Label Group) climbed 4-3 (#28-32 Digital Songs; 35,000  sales; up 6%; 19-week total 612,000 copies).
Dierks Bentley with “Somewhere On A Beach" rose 7-5 (#36-38 Digital Songs; 29,000 sales; 19-week total 492,000).
Blake Shelton with “She’s Got A Way With Words” (Warner Bros./ WMN) made a debut at #6 (#42 Digital Songs; 26,000 sales) as
Came Here to Forget” (Warner Bros./ WMN) retreated 5-14 (18,000 sales; 12-week total 388,000).
Thomas Rhett with “T-Shirt” (Valory | BMLG) climbed 11-7 (#46 Digital Songs re-entry; 23,000 sales; 19-week total 362,000)
Luke Bryan with "Huntin' Fishin' & Loving Every Day" rose #10-8 (22,000 sales; 12-week total 251,000)
Maren Morris with "My Church" (Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) was a non-mover at #9 (#46-48 Digital Songs; 22,000  sales; 20-week total 557,000).
Jennifer Nettles with “Unlove You” (Big Machine| BMLG) leapt up 31-10 (21,000 sales; 10-week total 126,000)
Keith Urban's feat. Carrie Underwood, "The Fighter" fell 3-30 (10,000 sales; down 80%; 3-week total 85,000)
Brad Paisley and Demi Lovato with their duet “Without A Fight" who a debut at #16 (17,000 copies sold) the previous week fell off the top 50 selling only 4,000 copies in their second week.

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

30 May 2016
Congrats to Blake Shelton, Kevin Herring, Kristen Williams, Katie Bright and the WMN promotion staff on landing “Came Here To Forget” at No. 1. The song and lead single, from his No.1 debuting album IF I’M HONEST, extended Shelton’s Country Aircheck
record for consecutive chart-toppers to 17. "Came Here To Forget" is Shelton's 22nd career #1 single.
The song logged 8,592 radio spins (+707) and 58.832 million audience impressions (+4.972) with 27187 Total Points from 158  tracking stations for the tracking week May 22 to May 28, 2016 and published chart May 30th 2016.

Kudos to Katie Dean and the MCA crew on notching 59 adds for Josh Turner’s Hometown Girl”. The song topped the week’s "Most Added" board
L-R: UMG Nashville SVP/Promotion Royce Risser, Promotion Asst. 
Sarah Beth Watson, VP/Promotion David Friedman; and MCA Nashville 
Promotion Coordinator Julianna Vaughn.

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly
Issue 501 - May 31, 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: #6
Event Venue City/State: Dixie Chicks, Augustana Hallenstadion Zurich, Switzerland
Dates: April 17, 2016 Gross Sales: $754,847 Attend: 9,500 / 9,500
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $91.88, $79.52
Promoters: abc Production

Rank Artist: #9
Event Venue City/State: Cyndi Lauper & Boy George, DJ EMZ Beacon Theatre New York, N.Y.
Dates: May 25-26, 2016 Gross Sales: $531,630 Attend: 5,509/ 5,509
Shows/ Sellouts: 2/2 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $150, $90, $80, $70
Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #29
Event Venue City/State: ABC's Nashville in Concert Citi Wang Theatre Boston, Mass.
Dates: May 6, 2016 Gross Sales: $151,637 Attend: 2,827/ 3,530 (703 unsold tickets)
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 ** Prices: $69.50, $59.50, $49.50, $39.50
Promoters: AEG Live/MSG Entertainment
Rank Artist: #87
Event Venue City/State: Deana Carter, Brian Sutherland Murray Studio Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall       Clearwater, Fla.
Dates: Nov. 13, 2015 Gross Sales: $3,240 Attend: 116 /167 (51 unsold tickets)
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 ** Prices: $30, $20
Promoters: Ruth Eckerd Hall Presents

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