Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Country Billboard Chart News June 20, 2016

Country Billboard Chart News June 20, 2016

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of July 2, 2016)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (2 weeks non-consecutive) IF I’M HONEST Blake Shelton
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (7 weeks) ** H.O.L.Y.  Florida Georgia Line
Country Airplay ** No.1 (1 week) ** “Huntin’, Fishin’ & Lovin’ Every Day” Luke Bryan
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (7 weeks) ** H.O.L.Y.  Florida Georgia Line

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of July 2, 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 stayed put at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (BB200) for a seventh week and Nick Jonas’ Last Year Was Complicated arrived at No. 2. Views earned 121,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 16, according to Nielsen Music (down 10% for the week).
Of Views’ units for the week, the bulk are comprised of SEA: 74,000 units (down 10%). That hefty sum translates into 110.5 million streams for the tracks on the album (as each SEA unit is equal to 1,500 streams). Traditional album sales for Views in the week added up to 26,666 (down 16%), song sales were 210,680 while TEA totalled 21,000 (down 6%).
Views is the first album by a male to spend seven consecutive weeks at No. 1 in nearly 16 years. Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP was the last to do so, as it racked up its eight total weeks at No. 1 (all in a row) between June 10-July 29, 2000.

Blake Shelton with IF I’M HONEST is a non-mover at No.9 (28,000 units; down 15%; 21,762 Album sales; 33,465 song sales; 3.8 million streams) and Chris Stapleton’s TRAVELLER closed out the region, ascending 14-10 (27,000 units; up 7%; 20,003 Album sales; 38,394 song sales; 5.4 million streams).

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of July 2, 2016)

In his fourth week Blake Shelton with IF I’M HONEST (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville) returned to the summit of Top Country Albums Chart with a 3-1 rise (5-9 Billboard 200) selling 21,762 copies (down 15%; 4-week total 252,000)

Chris Stapleton with TRAVELLER fell 5-2 Country (14-10 Billboard 200) selling 20,003 copies (up 7%; 59-week total 1,395,900).

Various Artists: NOW That’s What I Call Country, Volume 9 (Sony Music/Universal/UMe) made a debut at No.28 on the Billboard 200 & No.3 Country selling 15,489 copies. 
The series’ eighth edition bowed at No.1 a year ago (June 27, 2015) with 19,000.
The latest installment in the popular NOW series consisted of their favourite artists including Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley and more.

Keith Urban with RIPCORD (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville/ Universal Music Group Nashville) rose 28-24 Billboard 200 (6-4 Country; 12,023 sales; up 20%; 6-week total 172,100)

Dierks Bentley with BLACK (Capitol Nashville/Universal Music Group [UMG] Nashville), fell 12-13 Billboard 200 and 4-5 Country selling 11,518 copies (down 44%; 3-week total 119,800)

In her second chart frame last week’s No.1 Maren Morris with HERO (Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) fell 5-29 BB200 (1-5 Country; 9,857 sales; down 73%; 2-week total 47,000)
Cole Swindell with YOU SHOULD BE HERE (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville [WMN]) fell 43-45 BB200 (held at #7 Country (selling 7,485 sales; down 5%; 6-week total 124,900)
Joey + Rory with HYMNS (Farmhouse/Gaither | Capitol CMG) in its 18th frame fell 108-110 (#8-10 Country; 6;359 sales; 18-week total 401,460).
Jennifer Nettles with PLAYING WITH FIRE (Big Machine/BMLG), fell 9-18 country with 4,100 sales down 25% (5-week total 59,700).

In their second chart frames Cassadee Pope with her 4 track Summer EP fell off the top 50 after a No.14 Country debut (selling 3,783 copies). Craig Morgan with A WHOLE LOT MORE TO ME (Black River Entertainment) fell 16-33 Country (3,454 copies debut). Royal Bliss with THE TRUTH (EP) fell 28-49.

Thankfully the chart manager’s deemed Little Big Town’s new WANDERLUST (Capitol Nashville | UMGN) set NOT to be classed as “country”. It arrived at No.105 on the Billboard 200 and #50 Top Albums with 5,720 pure sales.
 Instead of releasing a straight-up country/rock record, Little Big Town released a collaborative project with Pharrell Williams. Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild said “The music feels like our worlds have collided in the best possible way - his infectious grooves paired with our layered vocals and harmonies. This music is meant to be danced to, sung along with and turned up loud. It's uplifting and hopeful. We've been a band for a long time and have had the pleasure of collaborating with so many people, and it's been a complete joy to make music with Pharrell!” “It’s not a country record,” Karen Fairchild told Billboard. “And it’s not like anything we’ve ever done”.

Brandy Clark with her sophomore album, BIG DAY IN A SMALL TOWN (Slate Creek/ Warner Brothers), arrived at No.84 Billboard 200 & No.8 on Top Country Albums, as well as at No.5 on Americana/Folk Albums selling 7,364 copies becoming her first top 10 on the former tally. 
Her sole prior Top Country Albums entry, 12 STORIES, made a debut at No.195 (2,000 sales) on the BB200 (#168 Top Current Albums as of Oct 30, 2013), No.28 in the country standings . It peaked at No.23 in 2013 (selling 3,000 copies). 
The new set’s lead single, “Girl Next Door,” rebounded 41-40 (3.3 million, up 9%) in its 19th week on Country Airplay.

Clark followed the big release with appearances on Late Night with Seth Meyers (June 14) and Live with Kelly Wednesday (June 15) to perform the new album’s single “Girl Next Door,” that Billboard says “casts her as a current, edgy artist with a clever wit.”

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Critical reception for Brandy Clark’s Big Day In A Small Town:
(10 June 2016) 11 Tracks/ Time: 40:18 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com

"gritty and visceral" –Associated Press
"When you memorialize human lives with this level of care, you're writing music that's meant to last. Like Clark's protagonists, these songs want to survive. And they will."– Washington Post
“Aggressive and big-grinned, sophomore album Big Day in a Small Town sounds fantastic; it’s often a superb piece of recorded music, designed to move people and make them feel things.”  – SPIN
 “If Clark’s second album covers classic country terrain—broke towns, broken dreams, broken hearts—her bite, bleak humor and blunt strength make her an original. She sweeps through like a cyclone.” –People Magazine
 “The 11 vivid stories on Brandy Clark’s robust follow-up to her magnificent 2013 debut, 12 Stories, will never get old. Music Row songwriting doesn’t get any better.” – US Weekly (4 out of 4 stars)
“Big Day in a Small Town just might make her a commercial star even as it chips away at narrow notions of who or what belongs in the country mainstream” - Billboard
 “Brandy Clark is, hands down, the best wordsmith in Nashville right now, and she proves it by using old-school country writing on her new CD, Big Day in a Small Town. Even better, all those songs are delivered with a pure country twang that is reminiscent of Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn and even Patsy Cline.” – The Plain Dealer
According to TIME Magazine shetells stories that “populate her Town with characters whose personalities spring in full from the smallest details.”
According to Rolling Stone, Clark reaches a wide audience with her music that is “tooled alternately for stadiums and songwriting circles, commercial and public radio, line-dance bars and coffee shops.”

Brandy Clark Shows Her True Character(s) With New Album, Big Day in a Small Town
I love a character. I love to write about characters. I love to surround myself with characters. I just think they’re interesting. Of course, there’s a lot of me in all these songs, but I sometimes can write best and sing best if I think about a character—almost like it’s a movie. And I play the movie out in my mind as I write it.”
Produced by Jay Joyce, Brandy’s 11-song offering—of which she wrote or co-wrote every tune—plays out like a series of short films. There’s the long-past-her-reign “Homecoming Queen” who reminisces about her plastic crown and wonders where the last 10 years have gone; there’s the bold every-woman of “Girl Next Door” who refuses to fit her lover’s Marcia Brady-like expectations; there’s the couple in “Broke” who are living hand to mouth with their tattered jeans and empty cupboards; there’s the mom in the title track who, unbeknownst that her high schooler is preggo, chides her for gaining weight, and eventually has to come down to the principal’s office when her water breaks....Nash Country Daily

NPR Five short words add up to one of the most tantalizing, trouble-making phrases in the English language: "I shouldn't say this, but..." That qualifier stands at the gateway to gossip, confession and necessary truths, banishing polite talk in favor of getting somewhere. Brandy Clark's songs often turn on the phrase, examining what happens right after it falls from the mouth of an ordinary person. It can set up a joke or wreck a marriage. It can even free a mind. Clark, one of Nashville's most valued songwriters, doesn't seek out what's hard to say in order to stage rock-star transgressions. Instead, she focuses on more intimate challenges people face and risks they take; ones that take place in private, or even in the silence of self-examination. Throughout her second studio album Big Day In A Small Town — the bigger-sounding but still beautifully detailed follow-up to her 2013 solo debut, 12 Stories — Clark speaks for those often pushed aside within the narratives that dominate the American scene: rural people, beauty queens who've lost their youthful shine, single moms muddling through their two-shift days. With humor, compassion and an ear for small signals of desire, Clark seeks out the turning points and the dead ends in her characters' lives as they move through hardship, fighting for happiness and the right to stop holding their tongues.

Spin.com (Rating: 8/10) …..With relief, I can write that Clark the Artist has taken a few more steps into a sunlit room. Aggressive and big-grinned, sophomore album Big Day in a Small Town sounds fantastic; it’s often a superb piece of recorded music, designed to move people and make them feel things. A few months ago she dropped a hint of the new direction with “Girl Next Door,” bubblelicious country disco that takes Dolly Parton’s “Baby I’m Burnin’” and Shania Twain’s “That Don’t Impress Me Much” for a honky-tonk badonkadonk on a dust-covered terrace....To imagine that Big Day in a Small Town will sell more copies in 2016 than 12 Stories did three years ago depends on how fervently one believes Clark will garner the same attention as Lambert’s ex and his drum loops. Modest insights and modest voices surpassing expectations are the stuff country radio’s been made of for decades. Simply put, I don’t know if Clark wants to be a star hard enough. Which is why it’s fortunate she remains a writer after all.

ToC Critic’s Pick (Rating: Positive)..Great albums include great songs, and Brandy Clark’s Big Day in a Small Town is fat with them. The singer’s songwriting relationship with Shane McAnnally is among country’s most delightful pairings. They’re simply working on another level. Fans of “Girl Next Door,” Clark’s 12 Stories album and, well, this singer in general, expect a certain sassy charm and tracks like “Daughter” deliver. “Yeah, karma’s a bitch, so I hope you have a daughter,” she sings during a standout track on Big Day in a Small Town.The title track (a fusion of Miranda Lambert’s “Famous in a Small Town” and several Kacey Musgraves songs), “Soap Opera” and “Homecoming Queen” dig deep into the small-town malaise that Clark could nearly trademark. It’s the thread that unifies this collection of songs and ideas. Her strong storytelling finds her characters quietly screaming in desperation for a ticket out of town. Like Musgraves, Clark loves her tiny hometown, but she paints pictures so starkly vivid you have to ask.

Sounds Like Nashville by Chuck Dauphin (Rating Very Positive) …Big Day In A Small Town kicks off with “Soap Opera,” which might throw the listener off a little with such a lush opening, but once the lyrics begin – you’ll be hooked. Clark doesn’t miss a beat from start to finish. The track is as witty and as well-written as anything else out there. She continues that lovable gift of small-town spunk on “Girl Next Door,” which is snappy, fun…and maybe, just a little bit dead center between the eyes....The disc continues on with “Broke,” which will touch a chord with many – who have ever rolled their own smokes, or drank a can of Sam’s Choice cola. Again, it’s hilarious, but laced with a lot of truth. That can also be said of “Daughter.” When I first heard the song, I had to pause for a second. Did she really just say that? Though this won’t be a radio single (unless the editors do a masterful job!), it’s going to be the song that causes the biggest ripple at Clark’s live shows. It’s one of those compositions that make you scratch your head and go ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ It’s “Sen-Fricken-Sational” – a word I just made up....Well, in my fifteen years of doing reviews, I have only broken the 800-word barrier once. That must mean I really like this album, right? Yes, I do. I wish I could sum it up in a deep and introspective way as some of my peers with names like Gleason, Oermann, or Roland could do. I’m not even going to try. I will simply say Brandy Clark is a bad ass. That says it all. Maybe I should have just said that in the first place!

Frankie Ballard with EL RIO (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville) made a debut at No.68 Billboard 200 (9,000 units) and entered Top Country Albums at No.9 selling 6,663 copies. It’s Ballard’s second top 10, following SUNSHINE & WHISKEY, which opened at No.5 with 11,000 sales in 2014. El Rio’s first single, “It All Started With a Beer,” made a 23-22 hop on Hot Country Songs, as it bulleted at No.18 on Country Airplay (17.7 million, up 5%)
Ballard and producer Marshall Altman left Nashville to record at famed studio Sonic Ranch outside El Paso. His second album includes current single “It All Started With A Beer” plus the Chris Stapleton penned “El Camino” and “Cigarette” and a cover of Bob Seger’s “You’ll Accomp’ny Me.”

Frankie Ballard Performs On 'Live With Kelly'
Promoting the album Frankie took the stage on "Live With KELLY" (June 13). 

He performed his current single, "It All Started With A Beer," the lead single off his recently released album, "El Rio."  He also took the stage on NBC-TV's "The TODAY Show" (June 14). Ballard also partook in Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb's "Guys Tell All" panel. He represented the single men; offering his relationship advice, and why he says men are slow to respond to text messages.

Critical reception for Frankie Ballard’s El Rio:
11 Tracks/ Time: 43:03 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com

Allmusic (rating: 4 STARS) He may trade in some Spanish lingo in its title, but El Rio finds Frankie Ballard embracing his Midwestern roots, turning out a record that's a proud throwback to the heartland rock of the '80s. Unadorned yet muscular, El Rio easily evokes the lean crackle of prime John Mellencamp, but just in case you didn't get the point, Ballard covers Bob Seger's "You'll Accomp'ny Me," the ballad providing one of few quiet moments here. ...Still, the charm of El Rio is its simplicity: with a handful of key collaborators -- including Chris Stapleton, who co-wrote "El Camino" and "Cigarette," but producer Marshall Altman is prominent here -- Ballard replicates the appeal of Scarecrow, a record that helped enshrine a certain idea of tarnished romantic Midwestern rock.

Sounds Like Nashville (Rating: Positive) A perfect blend of rock and country, El Rio showcases Ballard’s influences while continuing to push his music forward. While tracks like his cover of Bob Seger’s “You’ll Accomp’ny Me” take a look back, he manages to put his own flavor on the song and every song, whether he wrote it or it is an outside cut. The rock side is apparent throughout El Rio, but so is Ballard’s country depth on tracks like the beautiful “Good As Gold” and “It All Started with a Beer.” A standout release, Ballard more than accomplishes what he set out to do on El Rio.

Drew Baldridge with DIRT ON US (Cold River/ Select O Hits; Amazon UK | UK iTunes  | Amazon.com ) made a debut at No.113 Billboard 200, #48 Top Albums and No.11 Country selling 5,748 copies.
The Illinois native co-wrote 11 of the 13 tracks, including debut single “Dance With Ya.” Guests include co-writer and duet partner Emily Weisband (“Rebound”); and Baldridge also puts his spin on the gospel classic “It Is Well With My Soul.”

Drew Baldridge Has Emotional Opry Debut After Surprise Duet With Josh Turner
Roughstock "Dance With Ya" singer makes debut at country music institution and gets surprise of his life while performing.
Wednesday night (June 15), emotions were running high for Drew Baldridge who made his debut on the prestigious stage of the Grand Ole Opry. Drew did a great job at keeping his composure while soaking in every morning from walking through the "artist entrance" to rubbing elbows with the likes of Mark Wills, Larry Gatlin and others who roamed the halls. "I'm in the Grand Ole Opry right now," Drew told Roughstock with a grin. "I'm going to start crying just thinking about it! Looking around and seeing all these people that I've looked up to all over the walls is awesome."
Drew had the support of his friends and family from back home in Pakota, IL (population 600) who were all in attendance to watch the rising star experience one of the highest honors for a country music artist. "I am so excited because I feel like I'm giving them something to be proud of," Drew said, his eyes welling with tears. "It's just awesome. I am lucky to have them here."

Colvin & Earle with their self-titled 10 track set (Universal Music Group International | Fantasy Records | Amazon UK) made a debut at No.130 Billboard 200, #51 Top Albums and No.13 Country selling 5,640 copies.
As Colvin & Earle, longtime friends and admirers Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle have united to record their self-titled debut, a true standout in careers already filled with pinnacles and masterpieces. Produced by the masterful Buddy Miller and recorded in his living room studio, Colvin & Earle contains six co-written originals plus inspired covers including the Rolling Stones 'Ruby Tuesday,' and Emmylou Harris 'Raise the Dead.'

Outside Top 25 Country Albums

The Springs with their Pledge Music crowd funded 5 track DANCE WITH ME EP (Cfc Productions LLC; Amazon UK - UK iTunes) arrived at No.42 Country.

Band Members: Stewart (Lead Vocals/Songwriter) (BMI) and Holly (Lead Vocals/Songwriter) (BMI)
Home Town: Alabama
What do you get when you pair Stewart Halcomb and Holly Helms together? According to their Facebook profile:  Along with tight harmonies, sure-footed songwriting direction, high energy shows, authenticity, and undeniable chemistry, you ultimately get - The Springs. At just 23 and 26, the driven pair is carving out a place of longevity in Music City. Featuring both male and female vocals, The Springs come packed with an always growing fan base. The versatile multi-award winning duo delivers Country, Southern Rock, Pop, and traditional favorites, offering something for the whole family...

They shared: We woke up to the news this morning that our "Dance With Me" EP made it to #42 on the country Billboard charts!!! Is this real life?!? If you're in Nashville can you please come find us and pinch us. This would have never happened without those of you who bought the EP from us or just simply downloaded it from your computer.

Year-To-Date Albums
11,143,000 (Physical sales 7,272,000 (down 9%) + Digital sales 3,871,000 (down -15.1%)) which is 9.0% down at the same point in 2015 (12,251,000 sales)
Year-To-Date Digital Tracks

43,638,000 down 21.7% at the same point in 2015 (55,761,000)

Billboard Country Catalog Albums Chart 

TW LW 2W Wks
1 Re-Entry 261 Loaded: The Best Of Blake Shelton - Blake Shelton
2 Re-Entry 359 The Foundation - Zac Brown Band
3 1 2 294 The Legend Of Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash
4 Re-Entry 317 The Essential Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash
5 2 1 11 20 Greatest Hits - Merle Haggard
13 New 1 Greatest Hits: Decade #1 - Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood with her Greatest Hits: Decade #1 (Arista Nashville) greatest hits set, first released on Dec 9, 2014 has migrated from Top Country Albums making the transition to the Country Catalog list with an entry at No.13.
The two-disc set, contained every single from Underwood's first four studio albums with 2 newly recorded songs "Something in the Water" and "Little Toy Guns". The album also contains four additional tracks.
The compilation first debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 and #1 Top Country Albums charts, with a combined 103,000 units and 93,714 copies in pure album sales (chart dated Dec 27, 2014. The album was certified Platinum on January 8, 2016. It became the largest-selling greatest hits album of 2015 and as of April 2016, the album had sold 503,300 copies in America.
Underwood has had four previous albums, all studio efforts, reach both the Catalog chart and Billboard 200 as Catalog albums…
* Billboard magazine ranks the best-selling catalog titles, regardless of genre and defines a catalog title as one that is more than 18-months old and that has fallen below position 100 on the Billboard 200. Albums which meet these criteria are removed from the Billboard Current Albums rankings and begin a new chart runs on Top Pop Catalog Albums.

Albums more than 78 weeks separated from their chart debut on the charts of June 25, July 2 that were on the Billboard 200 but not in Catalog status:
Taylor Swift with 1989 (chart debut: Nov. 15, 2014). Is at #61 Billboard 200 in its 86th week and it's still listed in the top 100 Current Albums.
Sam Hunt’s MONTEVALLO (chart debut: Nov. 15, 2014). Chart weeks: 87. It is #35 on the Billboard 200 on both the top 100 Current Albums and the Country Albums chart.
Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of July 2, 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 seventh straight week atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart (dated July 2, 2016).

Keith Urban with “Wasted Time” (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville) entered the top 10 (11-7), powered most heavily by its 5-3 push on Country Airplay (41.1 million, up 5%).
“Wasted” became Urban’s 36th Hot Country Songs top 10, all achieved consecutively (when counting songs in lead roles officially promoted to country radio), extending his streak that started with the No. 4-peaking “Your Everything” in 2000. His roll is the longest since Alabama linked 41 straight top 10s from 1980-94, from “Tennessee River” through “T.L.C. A.S.A.P.
Jon Pardi with “Head Over Boots” (Capitol Nashville) was new in the top 10. It kicked 12-9, marking his best rank and second top 10. His hit “Up All Night” reached No.10 in February 2014.

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (7 weeks) ** H.O.L.Y. Florida Georgia Line
** Airplay Gainer ** No.6 “Lights Come On” Jason Aldean
** Digital Gainer ** No.22 “It All Started With A Beer” Frankie Ballard
** Streaming Gainer ** No.32 “Vacation” Thomas Rhett
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.39 “Infinite Love” Todd Chrisley & Sara Evans
Debut No.44 “Song For Another Time” Old Dominion
Debut No.48 “Sober Saturday Night” Chris Young featuring Vince Gill

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of July 2, 2016)

Luke Bryan with “Huntin’, Fishin’ & Lovin’ Every Day” (Capitol Nashville) rose 2-1 in its 15th week on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart (dated July 2), increasing by 8% to 46.7 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music.
Bryan banked his 15th Country Airplay leader, a run that began nearly six years ago when “Rain Is a Good Thing” crowned the chart dated July 24, 2010.
Bryan moves into sole possession of 11th place among acts with the most No.1s dating to the chart’s January 1990 launch, passing Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and Carrie Underwood, each with 14. Garth Brooks ranks 10th with 18 toppers, while Tim McGraw leads with 28.
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The fairly traditional new No.1, which Bryan co-wrote with Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip, embraces his roots in the Georgia outdoors. “This song is meaningful to me because it encompasses a way of life that I have known since I was a kid,” Bryan told Billboard. “I hope everyone out there can relate in a way that inspires them to wake up every day [to do] the things they love. I am so thankful to the country fans for making this my 15th No.1. Unbelievable.”
The song was a “first-listen hit, but, in this time of pop-rock crossover, what clinched it for me was hearing it on repeat in the MGM Grand for four days while in Las Vegas for the Academy of Country Music Awards [held April 3],” said WJVC Nassau, N.Y., PDPhathead. “If it sounded insanely good blaring throughout the casino, it had to be a smash.”
Bryan scored his fourth Country Airplay No. 1 from KILL THE LIGHTS, his fifth studio set, following “Kick the Dust Up,” “Strip It Down” and “Home Alone Tonight” (featuring Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild). The success follows the record-tying five No.1s that he tallied from his prior LP, 2013’s Crash My Party. Only Brad Paisley’s 5th Gear (2007-08) and Blake Shelton’s Based On a True Story… (2013-14) also yielded five leaders apiece on the ranking.
Eric Church with “Record Year” (EMI Nashville) became his 11th top 10, rose 11-10 (29.7 million, up 9%). The song follows the No. 15-peaking title-cut lead single from his fifth album, Mr. Misunderstood.

Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (1 week) *** " Huntin’, Fishin’ & Lovin’ Every Day” Luke Bryan 46.66 million audience (+3.258 million) / 8,196 radio plays (+312)
** Most Increased Audience ** No.2 “Lights Come On” Jason Aldean 4.130 million audience gain
** Most Added ** No.28 “She’s Got a Way With Words” Blake Shelton (38 ADDS)
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.45 “Vacation” Thomas Rhett

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart (Chart issue week of July 2, 2016)

Florida Georgia Line (Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley) with “H.O.L.Y.” (Republic Nashville) remained at No.1 for the seventh week on Billboard’s Country Digital Singles Chart with sales of 72,270 downloads (6-3 Digital Songs; 7-week total 581,032) .

Tim McGraw with “Humble and Kind” (McGraw/Big Machine/Big Machine Label Group) held at #2 (#25-23 Digital Songs; 32,370 sales; down 4%; 22-week total 676,000).
Dan+Shay with "From The Ground Up" held at #3 (#28-34 Digital Songs; 25,882 sales; -18%; 19-week total 284,284)
Carrie Underwood with "Church Bells" climbed 6-4 (#39-35 Digital Songs; 25,139 sales; +2%; 11-week total 199,259).
Luke Bryan with "Huntin' Fishin' & Loving Every Day" held #5 (#37-38 Digital Songs; 22,862 sales; -14%; 15-week total 322,060).
Thomas Rhett with “T-Shirt” (Valory | BMLG) rose 8-6 (#44-39 Digital Songs; 22,007 sales; -1%; 22-week total 429,437)
Kelsea Ballerini with “Peter Pan” (Black River) climbed 12-7 (#48-45 Digital Songs; 19,625 sales; +4%; 11-week total 201,243)
Jason Aldean with "Lights Come On" rose 10-8 (non-mover #46 Digital Songs; 19,438 sales; 11-week total 241,688)
Jon Pardi with “Head Over Boots” rose 11-9 in his 33rd frame (non-mover #47 Digital Songs; 19,308 sales; +2%; 33-week total 424,516)
Maren Morris with "My Church" (Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) fell 4-10 (#33-49 Digital Songs; 18,500 sales; -36%; 23-week total 625,603)
Dierks Bentley with “Somewhere On A Beach" fell 7-11 (#43-53 Digital Songs; 17,261 sales; -23%; 22-week total 558,980)

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

20 June 2016

Congratulations to Luke Bryan, Royce Risser, Bobby Young, David Friedman and the whole Capitol promotion crew on landing “Huntin’, Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day” at No.1 on this week’s chart. The song is fourth consecutive chart-topper from KILL THE LIGHTS. "Kick The Dust Up" hit #1 (Aug 3, 2015), "Strip It Down" hit #1 in October for two consecutive weeks (Oct 26), and "Home Alone Tonight" hit #1 for two consecutive weeks in February (Feb 8).
The song logged 8,793 radio spins (+612) and 60.33 million audience impressions (+4.223) with 27996 Total Points from 158 tracking stations for the tracking week June 12 to June 18, 2016 and published chart June 20th 2016.

Kudos to Blake Shelton, Kristen Williams and the WMN team on “She’s Got A Way With Words” notching 38 adds”. The song topped the week’s "Most Added" board for a second consecutive week week.

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 504 - June 20, 2016 [PDF File]
For the very latest up to the minute Mediabase Chart (Past 7 Days) go here - www.mediabase.com

Billboard Boxscores (Selective Country concerts)

Rank Artist: #10
Event Venue City/State: CMC Rocks Queensland: Brantley Gilbert, Kip Moore, Tyler Farr, Blackjack Billy, Kelsea Ballerini, Chase Rice, The Cadillac Three, The Road Hammers, Tim Hicks, Cam, Drake White & the Big Fire Willowbank Raceway Ipswich, Australia
Dates: March 11-13, 2016 Gross Sales: $2,551,730 Attend: 13,424/ 13,500
Shows/ Sellouts: 3/0 Prices: $208.39, $171.04, $85.15, $59.01
Promoters: Chugg Festivals/Rob Potts Entertainment Edge

Rank Artist: #15
Event Venue City/State: Dixie Chicks, Augustana, Josh Herbert Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Tinley Park, Ill.
Dates: June 5, 2016 Gross Sales: $1,372,366 Attend: 21,516/ 28,059
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 Prices: $136, $106, $76, $42 Promoters: Live Nation
Rank Artist: #17
Event Venue City/State: Dixie Chicks, Augustana, Josh Herbert Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, Ohio
Dates: June 1, 2016 Gross Sales: $1,150,340 Attend: 19,877/ 19,877
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $137, $107, $77, $43 Promoters: Live Nation
Rank Artist: #168
Event Venue City/State: Jon Pardi, Brothers Osborne House of Blues Boston, Mass.
Dates: Jan. 14, 2016 Gross Sales: $47,927 Attend: 1,973/ 2,067
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 ** Prices: $25 Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #185
Event Venue City/State: Clare Bowen Metro Theatre Sydney, Australia
Dates: May 28, 2016 Gross Sales: $40,128 Attend: 1,147/ 1,200
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0  Prices: $36.05 Promoters: Chugg Entertainment

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