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Country Billboard Chart News February 13, 2017

Country Billboard Chart News February 13, 2017

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of February 25, 2017)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope Reba McEntire
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (1 week) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
Country Airplay ** No.1 (1 week) ** "Seein’ Red” Dustin Lynch
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (2 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of February 25, 2017)

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

Big Sean nabbed his second No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (BB200), as I DECIDED. made a debut atop the list, earning 151,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Feb. 9, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 65,000 were in traditional album sales. I Decided. was released on Feb. 3 through G.O.O.D./Def Jam Recordings.
Big Sean previously led the chart with his last album, 2015’s Dark Sky Paradise, which bowed with 173,000 units and 139,000 in traditional album sales. The new album also granted the hip-hop star his fourth top five-charting solo effort (and as one-half of the duo Twenty88, he notched another top five set with the act’s self-titled debut in 2016).

Lady Gaga with her JOANNE album roared from No. 66 to No.2 with 74,000 units (up 818%) and 48,000 copies sold (up 1,054%). The former No.1 album gained following Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show performance on Feb. 5, where she played six of her hits, including the Joanne single “Million Reasons.”

Reba McEntire with first inspirational album, Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope, started at No.4 with 54,000 units (52,039 from traditional album sales). The arrival granted the country superstar her 10th top 10-charting set on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, and a 13th leader on the Top Country Albums chart. Sing It Now also launched at No.1 on the Top Christian Albums chart – McEntire’s first entrance on that tally.

LeAnn Rimes with her POP set REMNANTS (RCA UK | Thirty Tigers) made a debut at No.88 selling 6,093 copies the weeks’ 28th Top Selling album. Released in the UK in 2016 REMNANTS made a debut at No.15 of the Official UK Top 100 Album chart with greater debut sales (8,140 copies; chart week 10 Nov 2016). Her sixth Top 20 album, it was helped considerably by Rimes' short UK promotional tour, which included appearances on Strictly Come Dancing's results show and The Graham Norton Show. It marked a massive improvement on the No.142 peak scaled by her last country album, SPITFIRE, in 2013 (cumulative sales of 3,986 copies).

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of February 18, 2017)

Reba McEntire with her first faith-based set, the double album Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope (Rockin’ R/Nash Icon/Big Machine Label Group), arrived atop Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, as well as Top Christian Albums (dated Feb. 25) after it earned 54,426 equivalent albums (52,039 were traditional pure sales) in the week ending Feb. 9, according to Nielsen Music. This is McEntire’s 13th leader on Top Country Albums extending her record for the most Top Country Albums No.1s among women; Loretta Lynn follows with 10. With 26, George Strait leads all acts.

This is such a special project for me personally, and I’m so thankful to see that the music is touching so many other hearts,” McEntire told Billboard. “To see that so many fans, both old and new, are sharing in the power of faith and hope is exciting and encouraging.”
McEntire is the first artist to simultaneously rule Top Country Albums and Top Christian Albums since Joey + Rory’s Hymns album (debut 68,300sales) topped both surveys for four weeks in 2016 (the last dated April 9). Prior to Hymns, Alabama had last doubled up when Songs of Inspiration launched atop both lists dated Nov. 11, 2006. Only two other sets scored such twofers in the past two decades: Alan Jackson’s Precious Memories (2006) and LeAnn Rimes’ You Light Up My Life — Inspirational Songs (1997-98).

Reba McEntire has never been one to "rest on her laurels" (Associated Press) and continues to prove that her strong work ethic couples well with passion as she prepared to release Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope on Feb 3, 2017 jointly through Nash Icon Records and Capitol Christian Music Group. For an entertainer with an illustrious career that has elicited 35 No.1 singles, over 56 million albums sold worldwide, prestigious industry awards, lead acting roles and brand endeavours, new is a rarity - yet an art form she has perfected...."Music conjures up great memories and goes hand and hand with us McEntires," said Reba. "Mama, Susie and Alice even came into the studio with me to record 'I'll Fly Away,' all of us gathered around an old hymnal straight from the Chockie church."

Promoting the album Reba McEntire appeared on NBC-TV's "The TODAY Show" (Feb 6). She guest-hosted and played a game of "Country Confessions" with co-hosts Al Roker and Sheinelle Jones. Watch her admit that her favourite Country song of all time is her own, "Fancy," here. MCENTIRE also chatted with co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb about her new gospel album and took the stage to perform her current single, "Back To GOD," ; "GOD And My Girlfriends" and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" .
Additionally, she appeared on NBC-TV's "Late Night With Seth Meyers" (Feb 7). She talked with Meyers about her new album, about her look over the years, and a new TV show she's working on. Watch the full interview here.

History: Regarding Reba’s previous studio non-seasonal albums, LOVE SOMEBODY released April 14, 2015 made a debut at No.  on the Billboard Top Country Albums, and No.3 on Billboard 200, selling 58,351 copies (Total sales at Sept 2016 were 202,400)
ALL THE WOMEN I AM (Starstruck/Valory) released on November 9, 2010 debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200, and at #3 on the Top Country Albums chart, selling 64,174 copies
KEEP ON LOVING YOU (Starstruck/Valory) released August 18, 2009, became McEntire's second album to debut at #1 on both the Billboard Top Country Albums and Billboard 200 charts, with 95,817 copies sold its first week. 
Reba: DUETS (Sept 18, 2007) arrived with 300,536 first-week sales  

Critical reception for Reba McEntire’s Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope:
22 Tracks/ Time: 1:24:09 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -

CCM Magazine (Rating: 5 STARS) McEntire co-produces the entire spread alongside Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus and her band leader/musical director Doug Sisemore, resulting in a sound that straddles southern gospel, classic country, pop and contemporary Christian with a message that boldly lives up to its title on literally every single stirring occasion.

Sounds Like Nashville Chuck Dauphin (Rating: Positive) However, if you are a fan of Reba, you know that this album is far from lip service. A look back into her recording history, and you see such album cuts as “Suddenly There’s A Valley,” “Somebody Up There Likes Me,” and “Sky Full Of Angels” – all of which contain inspirational lyrics about drawing near to a higher power. On disc two, the Oklahoma native loses none of her passion on the disc of
original songs. “Sing It Now” makes for a perfect segueway from the standards to the newer material. 

The song is a reminder that though the age might change, and life can make you feel downtrodden to the point that clinging to the past is the last thing you want to do, the lifeline is still there. “Angels Singin,” is another highlight, where the singer gives thanks to the unseen forces that keep us upright when we might not have the energy to do so. ...“There Is A God” stands as one of the most thought-provoking lyrics on the set. 

Originally recorded by Lee Ann Womack, McEntire lets the lyrics tell the story about the mystery of life – and how there simply has to be something bigger than us at play in life....The fact that the legendary songstress has lived through life, and survived some of the hardest knocks one can go through shows the timeless power of these songs. On this album, McEntire demonstrates that in a manner that will touch the listener for years to come!

My Kind Of Country (Rating: A-) Sing It Now shows that when she puts aside commercial considerations and works with good material, she is still second to none. Despite one or two minor missteps, Sing It Now is a great collection and hopefully a sign of the direction that this talented lady will be going in the future.
NPR While McEntire has come a long way from earning a nickel per show, her creative relationships with family and Christianity are as strong as ever. "I Got the Lord on My Side," a song from the new album, even features a co-writing credit from McEntire's own mother.

No other albums charted on the second week of the new consumption-based methodology top 50 Top Country Album chart.

Year-To-Date Albums
1,996,000 (Physical sales 1,333,000 (down -9.6%) + Digital sales 663,000 (down -23.6%)) which is 14.8% down at the same point in 2016 (2,342,000 sales) 

Year-To-Date Digital Tracks
8,047,000 down 22.6% at the same point in 2016 (10,392,000)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of February 25, 2017)
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:

Sam Hunt notched his fourth Hot Country Songs No.1, as “Body Like a Back Road” (MCA Nashville) lifted 2-1 in just its second week. Following its Feb. 1 release, the first single (which he co-wrote) from his forthcoming album debuted atop Country Streaming Songs (7 million U.S. streams, up 426%), where it’s Hunt’s fifth No.1, and topped Country Digital Song Sales for a second week (72,000 sold, up 36%), following its first full week of tracking.
The track’s two-week trip to the Hot Country Songs Summit is easily Hunt’s quickest. It passed the 15-week ascent of “Take Your Time” in 2014-15.

On Hot Country Songs, Zac Brown Band with “My Old Man” (Southern Ground/Elektra/Warner Atlantic Reprise) flew 49-10, and marked the group’s 16th top 10. It arrived at No.2 on Country Digital Song Sales, shifting 38,000 downloads in its first frame. The acoustic-driven track is the first single from ZBB’s May 12 studio album WELCOME HOME, produced by Dave Cobb.

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (1 week) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
** Digital & Streaming Gainer ** No.10 “My Old Man” Zac Brown Band
 ** Airplay Gainer ** No.14 Any Ol' Barstool Jason Aldean
 ** Hot Shot Debut ** No.39 “When I Pray For You” Dan + Shay
Debut No.47 “Happy People” Little Big Town

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of February 25, 2017)

Dustin Lynch continued his winning streak on Country Airplay, banking his fourth straight (and total) No.1, as “Seein’ Red” (Broken Bow) gained 7% to 42.1 million in audience impressions and romped 3-1 in its 34th week. 
The song, from Lynch’s upcoming third studio album, followed previous leaders “Mind Reader” (June 4, 2016, one week), “Hell of a Night” (Sept.19, 2015, one week) and “Where It’s At (Yep, Yep)” (Sept. 27, 2014, two weeks).

Luke Bryan inked his 23rd Country Airplay top 10, and sixth from his KILL THE LIGHTS LP, as “Fast” (Capitol Nashville) bumped 11-10 (25.6 million, up 1%). All five of Bryan’s previous singles from Lights led Country Airplay, tying for the most No.1s from a set and making him the only artist with five Country Airplay leaders from two albums apiece. His “Move” topped the Nov. 12, 2016, chart (for two weeks), following “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” (July 2, one week); “Home Alone Tonight,” featuring Karen Fairchild (Feb. 13, two weeks); “Strip It Down” (Oct. 31, 2015, two weeks); and “Kick the Dust Up” (Aug. 15, 2015, one week).
Bryan’s prior LP, Crash My Party, generated five Country Airplay leaders in 2013-15 (and also produced six top 10s). It matched Blake Shelton’s Based on a True Story …, which rattled off a quintet of No.1s in 2013-14, while Brad Paisley established the mark with five leading songs from his aptly titled 5th Gear in 2007-08.

Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (1 week) *** "Seein’ Red” Dustin Lynch 42.134 million audience (+2.606 million) / 7,995 radio plays (+500)
** Most Increased Audience ** No.7 “Think A Little Less” Michael Ray
** Most Added ** No.21 “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt (36 ADDS)
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.44 “The Fighter” Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood
Debut No.60 “Just A Phase” Adam Craig

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart 
(Chart issue week of February 25, 2017)

Sam Hunt with Body Like a Back Road” (MCA Nashville) held at No.1 on the Billboard Country Song Sales Chart selling another 72,000 downloads in its second. On the Digital Song Sales it fell 3-4 three places behind the No.1 “Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga.
Zac Brown Band with “My Old Man” made a debut at #2 (#11 Digital Songs; 38,000 sales)
Little Big Town with “Better Man” slipped 2-3 (#20-30 Digital Songs; 24,000 sales; 17-week total 437,000)
Jon Pardi with “Dirt On My Boots” fell 3-4 (#32-41 Digital Songs; 19,000 sales; 11-week 309,000)
Keith Urban with “Blue Ain’t Your Color” fell 4-5 (#35-42 Digital Songs; 19,000 sales; Total 805,000)
Brett Young with “In Case You Didn’t Know” held at #6 (#47 Digital Songs; 16,000 sales; 19-week total 212,000)
Dan + Shay with “When I Pray For You” made a debut at #7
Michael Ray with “Think A Little Less” moved 7-8 (12,000 sales; 8-week total 172,000)
Brantley Gilbert with “The Weekend” held at #9 (10,000 sales; 2-week total 203,000)
Dierks Bentley with “Black” lifted 12-10 (9,000 sales; 7-week total 121,000)
Outside the Top 10
Lady Antebellum with “You Look Good” rebounded 18-15 (8,000 sales; 3-week total 35,000)
Lauren Alaina with “Road Less Traveled” fell 8-16 (8,000 sales; 17-week total 140,000)
Reba McEntire with “Back To God” fell 5-18
Kelsea Ballerini with “Yeah Boy” was new on the chart at #22 (7,000 sales; total 124,000)

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

Congrats to Dustin Lynch, Carson James, Lee Adams, Jim Malito and the whole Broken Bow crew who secured the week’s No. 1 with “Seein’s Red.” The song is his fourth consecutive chart-topper and the first single from his upcoming album. "Seein' Red" followed "Mind Reader" (May 2016), "Hell Of A Night" (Sept 2015), and "Where It's At" in 2014 (Sept 2014).
The song logged 8,773 radio spins (+783) and 59.817 million audience impressions with 26568 Total Points from 158 tracking stations for the tracking week February 5 to February 11, 2017 and published chart February 13th 2017.

Kudos to Capitol’s Bobby Young and Arista’s Josh Easler and their respective teams on notching 64 adds for Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood’s The Fighter”.  The song topped the "Most Added" board this chart week.

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 537 - Feb 13, 2017 [PDF File]
For the very latest up to the minute Mediabase Chart (Past 7 Days) go here -

13 February 2017

Rank Artist: #8
Event Venue City/State: Eric Church BOK Center Tulsa, Okla.
Dates: Feb. 2, 2017 Gross Sales: $712,827 Attend: 11,991/ 11,991
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $89, $22
Promoters: Messina Touring Group/AEG Live

Rank Artist: #10
Event Venue City/State: Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell, Jon Pardi Bridgestone Arena Nashville, Tenn
Dates: Jan. 21, 2017 Gross Sales: $644,460 Attend: 14,977/ 14,977
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $59.50, $29.50
Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #13
Event Venue City/State: Willie Nelson The Theater at the Venetian         Las Vegas, Nev.
Dates: Feb. 1, 3-4, 2017 Gross Sales: $586,811 Attend: 5,289/ 5,289
Shows/ Sellouts: 3/3 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $200, $150, $120, $59.50
Promoters: AEG Live/The Venetian Casino Resort

Rank Artist: #14
Event Venue City/State: A Heroes & Friends Tribute to Randy Travis: Garth Brooks, Alabama, Kenny Rogers, Chris Young, Travis Tritt, Jeff Foxworthy, Wynonna, Josh Turner, Kane Brown, Chris Janson & others Bridgestone Arena Nashville, Tenn.
Dates: Feb. 8, 2017 Gross Sales: $544,287 Attend: 12,515/ 12,515
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $80, $25
Promoters: Outback Concerts
Rank Artist: #18
Event Venue City/State: Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion, Aubrie Sellers Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, Conn
Dates: Feb. 4, 2017 Gross Sales: $495,366  Attend: 6,254/ 6,254
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $89, $69, $49
Promoters: in-house                 

Rank Artist: #30
Event Venue City/State: Brantley Gilbert, Tucker Beathard, Luke Combs, Brian Davis Charleston Civic Center Charleston, W. Va.
Dates: Feb. 11, 2017 Gross Sales: $279,582 Attend: 7,822 / 7,822
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $45, $29.75
Promoters: Frank Productions/NS2/CMoore Live

Rank Artist: #71
Event Venue City/State: Blackberry Smoke Iron City Birmingham, Ala
Dates: Feb. 4, 2017 Gross Sales: $41,600 Attend: 1,300/ 1,300
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $32
Promoters: in-house/Red Mountain Entertainment
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