Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Country Billboard Chart News March 13, 2017

Country Billboard Chart News March 13, 2017

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

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (2 weeks) THE BREAKER Little Big Town
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (5 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
Country Airplay ** No.1 (1 week) ** "Dirt On My Boots” Jon Pardi
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (6 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of March 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).

Ed Sheeran with ÷ (Divide) blasted in at No.1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart (BB200), earning a whopping 451,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 10, according to Nielsen Music. That’s the largest week for an album in 2017, and the biggest since J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only launched at No. 1 with 492,000 on the Dec. 31, 2016-dated list.
Further, ÷ starts with 322,307 in traditional album sales -- again, the largest sales frame for an album since 4 Your Eyez Only debuted with 363,000 copies sold.
This is Sheeran’s second No.1 album on the Billboard 200, following the chart-topping bow of his previous studio effort, x (Multiply), in 2014. That set launched with 208,974 in traditional album sales (before the Billboard 200 transitioned to a ranking based on equivalent album units) and trailed that year the arrivals of Coldplay's "Ghost Stories" (383,000), Eric Church's "The Outsiders" (288,000) and Brantley Gilbert's "Just As I Am" (211,000).

Additionally, ÷ logged the biggest streaming week for an album since 4 Your Eyez Only’s debut frame. ÷ earned 90,000 streaming equivalent album units (which equates to 134.6 million streams of songs from the album in the tracking week). 4 Your Eyez Only arrived with 118,000 streaming equivalent album units (176.9 million streams of the album’s songs).
Sheeran made a bow at No.5 on the Billboard 200 (chart dated June 30, 2012) with his first full-length album, "+." (Asylum Atlantic; pronounced "plus"). The set started with 41,744 sales and debuted at No.1 on the Folk Albums chart. Seventy-nine percent of its first-week sales were digital downloads. Sheeran's US arrival marked the highest debut for a U.K. solo artist's first full-length album since Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" bowed at No.1 on Dec, 12, 2009.

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of March 25, 2017)
Top Country Albums now ranks the most popular country albums of the week, as compiled by Nielsen Music, based on multi-metric consumption (blending traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA), and streaming equivalent albums (SEA)).
10 digital track sales from an album = 1 track equivalent album (TEA) “sale”
1,500 on demand song streams from an album to one streaming equivalent album (SEA) “sale”.
Nielsen Music compiles the sales and streaming data. Billboard continues to publish pure album sales charts (subscription to billboard biz ), exclusively comprising Nielsen’s sales data.

Little Big Town with THE BREAKER (Capitol Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville) held at #1 (#4-19 Billboard 200) in their second chart frame on Billboard Top Country Albums
They sold 16,562 in pure sales out of their equivalent album units total to reached a 2-week tally of 60,123 sales.

Garth Brooks with THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION climbed 2-3 (#15-25 BB200) with 16,000 copies sold (13-week total 538,800).

Keith Urban with RIPCORD (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville) rose 5-3 (#31 non-mover BB200) selling 7,686 copies (44-week total 486,600).
Alison Krauss with first solo album and former #1 WINDY CITY (Capitol), held at #4 (#29-32 BB200) selling another 13,327 copies (3-week total 66,000)

Chris Stapleton with TRAVELLER (MERCURY/ UMGN) rose #6-5 (#32-33 BB200) selling 7,677 copies (97 week total 1,859,000).
Brantley Gilbert with THE DEVIL DONT SLEEP (Valory) rose 7-6 (#35-38 BB200) with 8,040 copies sold (6-week total 128,100).

Florida Georgia Line with DIG YOUR ROOTS moved 8-7 (#66-53 BB200) selling 3,667 copies (28-week total 358,500).
Reba McEntire with Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope (Rockin' R/Nash Icon | BMLG) rebounded 9-8 (43-47 BB200) selling another 10,200 copies (5-week total 114,500).
Thomas Rhett with TANGLED UP (Valory) climbed 10-9 (#53-50 BB200) selling 3,122 copies (76-week total 550,800)
In his second chart frame Aaron Watson with VAQUERO (BIG Label/Thirty Tigers) fell 2-10 (#10-55 BB200) shifting another 7,882 copies. (2-week total 44,649)

Outside the Top 10
Brett Young with self-titled debut full-length (BMLG) held at #12 (#61-63 BB200) selling 3,873 copies in his fourth frame (4-week total 31,800).
Jon Pardi with CALIFORNIA SUNRISE was a non-mover at #14 (#73-72 BB200) selling 3,873 copies (38-week total 121,300).
Jason Aldean with THEY DON'T KNOW (Macon/Broken Bow) held at #15 (#79-74 BB200) selling 3,867 copies (26-week total 348,500)

Kane Brown with self-titled set Kane Brown moved 20-16 (#109-90 BB200) selling 4,669 copies (14-week total 118,100).
C2C2017 Festival star Maren Morris with HERO (Columbia Nashville) fell 17-21 (97-120 BB200) with 2,451 copies sold (40-week total 194,900).

UK bound Kelsea Ballerini with THE FIRST TIME (Black River) held at #23 (115-124 BB200) with 2,033 copies sold (95-week total 261,600).
Miranda Lambert with 2-CD set- THE WEIGHT OF THESE WINGS (Vanner/RCA Nashville | SMN) rounded the top 25 (#111-129 BB200) with 3,535 copies sold (16-week total 287,700).

The was only one debut on the consumption-based methodology top 50 Top Country Album chart.
Moonshine Bandits with BAPTIZED IN BOURBON (BackRoad | Average Joes) made a debut at #19 (#111 Billboard 200) selling 5,600 copies. It was #9 on the Country Album Sales list.

California's Moonshine Bandits return with more of their maverick country, rap, and rock mix on 2017's Baptized in Bourbon. 

The duo's seventh studio album, Baptized in Bourbon follows up their 2015 Billboard 200 charting effort, BLACKED OUT.

Produced by Burn County, the album features guest appearances by a bevy of country and hip-hop artists including Uncle Kracker, David Allan Coe, Colt Ford, Bubba Sparxxx, the Lacs, and more. Included on the album is the leadoff single "I'm a HellRazor," featuring Crucifix.

Moonshine Bandits - Take This Job (feat. David Allan Coe) Published on Mar 6, 2017 179K views.

Critical reception for Moonshine Bandits’ Baptized In Bourbon:
16 Tracks/ Time: 55:44 Country Hip-Hop & Rap Amazon UK - UK iTunes -

Digital (Rating: Positive) Their album, released on Backroad Records and Average Joes Entertainment, opens with "The Sermon," and it is followed by the mid-tempo "I'm a HellRazor," which is a collaboration with Crucifix. "Red, White & Blue Collar" is bound to be a favorite recording for their fans. "Stomp Like Hell" is a true toe-stomping anthem, whereas in "51fifty," …
Fans of both hip-hop and country will appreciate what the Moonshine Bandits have produced. “Baptized in Bourbon” is chock full of their distinct southern rock swagger and signature outlaw country sound. For their “Shiner Nation” fanbase, the duo will take their new music on the road for a nationwide tour.

On Country Album Sales chart, there was a #46 debut for Guy Clark: The Best Of The Duatone Years selling 700 copies
Clark, who passed away on May 17, 2016, made over a dozen critically acclaimed albums, with Dualtone Records the home of his final recordingsThe new retrospective, Guy Clark: Best of the Dualtone Years, due out on March 3, 2017, draws upon his last three studio releases: Workbench Songs (2006), Somedays The Song Writes You (2009) and My Favorite Picture of You (2013) 
BLOG POST: GUY CLARK is honored with a new 19-Track Compilation due March 3, 2017

Seth Ennis with his 4 track EP MABELLE failed to trouble the Country Album Sales Top 50 selling 400 copies. The Arista Nashville singer/songwriter first body of work, was released Fri March 3, 2017. The 4-song digital EP was produced by Corey Crowder and recorded in Nashville, TN.
To celebrate the release of his first EP, Ennis returned to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, March 3, marking Seth’s second time performing on the Country Music historical program. Seth made several appearances at the C2C Country To Country Festival 2017. BLOG POST: Seth Ennis’ new EP Mabelle is released by Arista Nashville

Year-To-Date Albums
3,787,000 (Physical sales 2,582,000 (down -8.2%) + Digital sales 1,204,000 (down -20.1%)) which is 12.4% down at the same point in 2016 (4,322,000 sales) 

Year-To-Date Digital Tracks
13,750,000 down 22.0% at the same point in 2016 (17,618,000)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of March 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:

On Hot Country Songs, where Sam Hunt with “Body Like a Back Road” (MCA Nashville) ruled for a fifth week.

Brett Young earned his second top 10 on Hot Country Songs as “In Case You Didn’t Know” (Big Machine Label Group) surged 13-9. It bounded 28-20 on Country Airplay, where it gained 27% with 11.3 million in audience. The track follows Young’s debut hit, “Sleep Without You,” which rose to No. 3 last December.

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (5 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
** Airplay & Streaming Gainer ** No.5 “Fast” Luke Bryan
** Digital ** No. 9 “In Case You Didn't Know” Brett Young
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.
Debut No.42 “Sanctuary” Nashville Cast featuring Charles Esten & Lennon & Maisy
Debut No.45 “Drinkin' Problem” Midland

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

Jon Pardi scored his second No.1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart — both drawn from his sophomore LP, CALIFORNIA SUNRISE — as “Dirt on My Boots” (Capitol Nashville) kicked 2-1 on the March 25 list, increasing 5% to 42.7 million audience impressions in the tracking week ending March 12, according to Nielsen Music.
“Dirt” lifted to a new Hot Country Songs peak (3-2). It also climbed 3-2 on Country Digital Song Sales (21,000 downloads sold, down 4%) and helds with a bullet at No. 3 on Country Streaming Songs (5.8 million U.S. streams, up 7%).

The song, penned by Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure and Ashley Gorley, is also Pardi’s second straight Country Airplay leader with the word “boots” in its title. Lead California Sunrise single “Head Over Boots” became his first No. 1 on Aug. 27, 2016. 
“Head” took 46 weeks to reach the summit, becoming the third-longest trek to the top of the chart, dating to the launch of Country Airplay on Jan. 20, 1990. In comparison, “Dirt” topped the tally in its 25th frame.
“Being No.1 is a fresh, new place for me, and I’m loving it,” Pardi told Billboard. “I really appreciate country radio playing two pretty traditional-sounding songs back-to-back.”
Was there any hesitation in releasing a second single with “Boots” in the title? “Nah,” says Pardi. “ ‘Dirt on My Boots’ was pegged as the second single from California Sunrise from the get-go. We felt like it was just a fun song to go with. Plus, I had complete support from my label. They had no hesitation at all.”
As for Pardi’s traditional bent, “a great song is a great song,” says Cumulus Nash director of programming John Shomby. “I don’t really think it matters whether a song leans more pop or more traditional — as long as it’s strong — and ‘Dirt’ is just a fun country song. If you’ve seen Pardi perform it live, you really get the sense as to why the audience loves it. It’s fun and hooky, and it’s easy to sing along to. It has all the ingredients for a hit.”

Kelsea Ballerini notched her fourth total and consecutive top 10 on the Country Airplay chart from debut full-length THE FIRST TIME as “Yeah Boy” (Black River) rolled 11-10, gaining by 5% to 24.5 million in audience.
“Boy” follows Ballerini’s three prior top 10s on Country Airplay, all of them spending a week at No. 1: “Love Me Like You Mean it” (July 4, 2015), “Dibs” (March 5, 2016) and “Peter Pan” (Sept. 24, 2016).
Ballerini is the first solo female to bank at least four top 10s on Country Airplay from a first LP since Taylor Swift notched five between 2006 and 2008 from her self-titled debut: “Tim McGraw” (No. 6), “Teardrops on My Guitar” (No. 2), “Our Song” (No. 1, six weeks), “Picture to Burn” (No. 3) and “Should’ve Said No” (No. 1, two weeks). Meanwhile, Ballerini shared space in the top 10 of Country Airplay with Swift, as the latter wrote Little Big Town’s “Better Man,” which dipped 5-8 after two weeks atop the chart.
Among all artists, Ballerini is the first to generate at least four top 10s on Country Airplay from a debut LP since Sam Hunt notched five (including four No. 1s) between 2014 and 2016.

Country Airplay
*** No.1 (1 week) *** "Dirt On My Boots” Jon Pardi 42.684 million audience (+1.870 million) / 7,893 radio plays (+208)
** Hot Shot Debut/ Most Increased Audience/ Most Added ** No.31 “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart” Old Dominion 5.678 million gain thanks to 48 fresh radio commitments (ADDS)
Debut No.47 “California” Big & Rich
Debut No.54 “Small Town Boy” Dustin Lynch
Debut No.56 “Back To God” Reba McEntire
Debut No.57 “Watered Down” Trace Adkins
Debut No.58 “Sing Along” Kristian Bush
Debut No.59 “They Can’t See” Michael Tyler
Debut No.60 “You’ll Accomp’ny Me” Frankie Ballard

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

Sam Hunt with Body Like a Back Road” (MCA Nashville) held at No.1 on the Billboard Country Song Sales Chart for a sixth successive week selling 62,000 downloads (6-week total 371,000). On the overall Digital Song Sales chart, it held at #4 three places behind the No.1 “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran.

Jon Pardi with “Dirt On My Boots” rose 3-2 (#34-36 Digital Songs; 22,000 sales; 24-week total 393,000).
Little Big Town with “Better Man” slipped 2-3 (#24-37 Digital Songs; 21,000 sales; 21-week total 535,000).
Keith Urban with “The Fighter,” featuring Carrie Underwood (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville), held at #4 (#37-39 Digital Songs; 20,000 sales; 10-week total 269,000).
Brett Young with “In Case You Didn’t Know” rose 6-5 (#49-44 Digital Songs; 18,000 sales; 23-week total 281,000)
Florida Georgia Line feat. Backstreet Boys with “God, Your Mama, And Me” fell 5-6 (#41-50 Digital Songs; 16,000 sales; 5-week total 139,000).
Luke Combs with “Hurricane” lifted 10-7 (14,000 sales; 15-week total 223,000)
Michael Ray with “Think A Little Less” rose 9-8 (13,000 sales; 12-week total 226,000)
Keith Urban with “Blue Ain’t Your Color” advanced 11-9 (13,000 sales; 34-week total 863,000).
Luke Bryan with ”Fast” kicked 14-10 (12,000 sales; 7-week total 103,000)

Outside the Top 10
Jason Aldean with “Any Ol' Barstool” rolled up 16-11 (10,000 sales; 8-week total 91,000)
Zac Brown Band with “My Old Man” retreated 8-13 (9,000 sales; 5-week total 83,000)
LANCO with “Greatest Love Story” made a chart debut at #19 (8,000 sales; total 39,000)

Nashville Cast with “Sanctuary” made a debut at #14 with 9,000 sales.
It’s the end of an era for Rayna James as she tragically passed away in the most recent heartbreaking episode of CMT’s Nashville.
“It’s devastating,” said Connie Britton when CMT’s Nashville delivered one of the saddest, most heartbreaking and — yes — devastating death scenes in TV history. Rayna Jaymes — having already suffered through being held at knifepoint by a crazed stalker, a car crash and emergency surgery — unexpectedly slipped away at the end of February 23, 2017 aired episode, “If Tomorrow Never Comes.”
After being held hostage during an assault with her stalker and surviving a critical car accident on the way home, Rayna’s recovery looked hopeful among doctors and family. But following complications of one of her surgeries, she died due to her failing organs after artificially receiving blood pressure assistance. Both Nashies and the cast mourned the loss of Rayna, as well as said a heartfelt goodbye to Connie Britton for the duration of the series.

Rayna Jaymes was laid to rest on Thursday's March 2, 2017 episode of CMT's "Nashville."
The fictional country singer — played by the series' former lead star, Connie Britton — died suddenly in the previous week's episode, following Britton's decision to depart from "Nashville" to pursue other opportunities.
While her burial was a small gathering, a group of a dozen or so family members and, conveniently, every other star of the show,  the show culminated in a live musical tribute to Britton's character, as part of the CMT Music Awards.
The tribute to Jaymes included two new songs. Will Lexington's (Chris Carmack) "By Your Side" was written by Chance Peña and Simon Gugala. "Sanctuary" is said to be one of Jaymes' own songs, though this episode was the first time viewers have heard it. The song was originally supposed to be performed at the CMT Music Awards by Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere), but it's ultimately sung by Jaymes' daughters (Lennon and Maisy Stella) and Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten). "Sanctuary" was penned by Sarah Siskind, Jill Andrews and Gary Nicholson.

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

13 March 2017
Brad Paisley Is #1 With 'Today'
Congrats to Brad Paisley, Steve Hodges, Josh Easler and the Arista promotion staff on scoring the week’s No.1 with “Today.” The song is the lead single from LOVE AND WAR, out April 21. Songwriters are Paisley, Chris DuBois and Ashley Gorley.
"Today" marks Paisley's 24th career #1 single (21st #1 hit as a songwriter) and is his first trip to the top of the chart since "Perfect Storm" in January 2015

The “Today” music video literally went viral upon release. During its first week, the emotional clip garnered over 25 million views with over ½ million shares on Facebook. Fans have made sentimental posts on Brad’s Facebook page, including wedding proposals, baby announcements, military returns, first dance at weddings, and many other unique “Today” moments.
On the heels of the flurry of online and social activity surrounding the release of “Today,” Paisley achieved his first #1 on Billboard’s Country Digital Song sales chart. The song accumulated 41,000 downloads in its debut week.

The song logged 8,855 radio spins (+706) and 58.373 million audience impressions (+3.017 million) with 26458 Total Points from 158 tracking stations for the tracking week March 5 to March 11, 2017 and published chart March 13th 2017

Kudos to the RCA team for landing 52 adds on Old Dominion’s “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart”. The song topped the "Most Added" board this chart week.

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 541 - March 13, 2017 [PDF File]
For the very latest up to the minute Mediabase Chart (Past 7 Days) go here -

Billboard Boxscores (Selective Country concerts)

Rank Artist: #3
Event Venue City/State: Reba McEntire & Brooks & Dunn The Colosseum at Caesars Palace    Las Vegas, Nev.
Dates: Feb. 22, 24-25, March 1, 3-4, 2017 Gross Sales: $3,201,282 Attend: 24,549/ 25,425
Shows/ Sellouts: 6/2 2 sell-outs; 876 unsold tickets Prices: $205, $155, $105, $59.50
Promoters: Concerts West/AEG Presents/Caesars Entertainment

Rank Artist: #12
Event Venue City/State: Eric Church Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario
Dates: March 2, 2017 Gross Sales: $868,865 Attend: 16,405/ 16,405
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $66.80, $20.26
Promoters: Messina Touring Group/AEG Presents

Rank Artist: #18
Event Venue City/State: Blake Shelton, RaeLynn, Sundance Head Save Mart Center Fresno, Calif.
Dates: March 3, 2017 Gross Sales: $709,905 Attend: 11,676/ 11,676
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $72.50, $32.50
Promoters: Messina Touring Group/AEG Presents
Rank Artist: #29
Event Venue City/State: Alan Jackson Pinnacle Bank Arena Lincoln, Neb.
Dates: Nov. 4, 2016 Gross Sales: $459,793 Attend: 10,386/ 10,613
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 227 unsold tickets Prices: $99.50, $39.50  Promoters: Live Nation
Latest Billboard Boxscore Chart

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