Friday, 24 March 2017

Country Billboard Chart News March 20, 2017

Country Billboard Chart News March 20, 2017

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of April 1, 2017)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (1 week) DEEP SOUTH Josh Turner
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (6 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
Country Airplay ** No.1 (2 weeks) ** "Dirt On My Boots” Jon Pardi
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (7 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of April 1, 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) held the No.1 slot for a second week on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (BB200), as the set earned 180,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 16, according to Nielsen Music. That was down 60% compared to its debut frame, when it launched atop the list with 451,000 units.
÷ sold 86,619 in traditional album sales in its second week -- down 73% compared to its starting sales haul of 322,307.
Sheeran’s album is the first in six months to spend its first two weeks at No.1 on the chart. The last to do so was the Suicide Squad soundtrack, which debuted atop the Aug. 27, 2016-dated list, and spent a second week at No. 1 the following frame, dated Sept. 3.
A rung below Sheeran on Billboard 200 was Metallica’s Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, which held at No. 2 with 102,000 units (up 25%) and 99,544 copies in traditional album sales (up 26%), over 12,900 more sales than Sheeran. The set continued to profit largely from a concert ticket/album bundle sale redemption promotion with the act’s stadium tour that went on sale on Feb. 17.

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.

Josh Turner banked his third No.1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart (dated April 1) and third title to debut at the summit as his sixth studio album, DEEP SOUTH (MCA Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville), arrived at No.1 with 21,000 equivalent album units earned (18,074 in pure sales) in the week ending March 16, according to Nielsen Music. On the all-genre Billboard 200, the LP started at No.18.
The 11-song set, which included five tracks penned by Turner (four solely by himself), was produced by Frank Rogers.

Chart History: Prior to Deep South, Turner most recently led Top Country Albums with PUNCHING BAG, which entered atop the chart dated June 30, 2012 (with 44,907 sold). He first reigned with sophomore album YOUR MAN, which debuted at No.1 on the Feb. 11, 2006-dated ranking (102,000 sold). 

Turner’s debut LP, LONG BLACK TRAIN, entered Top Country Albums at No. 19 on the Nov. 1, 2003, chart and rolled to a No. 3 peak on April 10, 2004. His other charted releases are EVERYTHING IS FINE, which opened and peaked at No. 3 on the Top Country Albums survey dated Nov. 17, 2007 (84,000); HAYWIRE, which bowed and peaked at No. 2 (Feb. 27, 2010; 85,337 sold; #5 Billboard 200); Icon: Josh Turner (No. 20, April 9, 2011; 5,000); and Live Across America, a Cracker Barrel exclusive, which entered the Sept. 15, 2012, chart at No. 9 (8,000 sold) and reached No. 7 (Oct. 27, 2012).

I got asked a lot while doing press for this album [Deep South] if releasing a new project gets old,” Turner told Billboard. “For me, I still feel the same excitement as I experienced when releasing Long Black Train. This project took longer than I imagined, but looking back, it unfolded like it was supposed to and I am really proud of this album.”
Longer, indeed: The lead single from Deep South, “Lay Low,” peaked at No.25 on Country Airplay and No. 28 on Hot Country Songs nearly two years ago (on the charts dated April 11, 2015). Meanwhile, the set’s second and current single, “Hometown Girl,” romped into the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, becoming Turner’s seventh top 10 on both tallies. On Hot Country Songs (which combines airplay, sales and streaming data), “Girl” sprinted 15-10. Written by Marc Beeson and Daniel Tashian, the single lifted 12-10 on Country Airplay, up by 14% to 25.6 million audience impressions.

Turner says Deep South: “represents hardworking people who find joy in the simple things in life. I’ve lived a lot of life since the release of my last album and I’ve learned a lot during the making of this album. I have grown as a writer and as an artist."
He added, "It’s been cool to see this culmination of life and lessons and age boiled down into this project and I am really proud of Deep South.”

Critical reception for Josh Turner’s Deep South:
11 Tracks/ Time: 41:28  Amazon UK - UK iTunes -

Sounds Like Nashville (Rating: Positive | Chuck Dauphin) With his sixth studio album, Josh Turner delivers a project that should serve as the perfect soundtrack for those perfect spring days. In a sense, you could almost call this a concept album, as many of the songs pay tribute to life beyond the borders of the Mason-Dixon line, the pursuits of romance, and the allure of the water.....The title cut takes listeners on a ride through all things southern, setting the stage quite nicely for other tracks such as “Beach Bums,” “Southern Drawl,” and the radio-ready “Where The Girls Are.” I really think that the latter might very well be one of the biggest hits on this disc from an airplay standpoint, joining the current top-20 hit “Hometown Girl” as the best bets for success... “All About You” and “Never Had A Reason To” both sparkle with the down-home simplicity that Turner has always specialized in.....Deep South is a celebration of all the things that Josh Turner has come to be depended on musically, and the singer doesn’t disappoint. The chances that he takes on this record show that he isn’t afraid of new challenges, sounds, or themes. Fifteen years into his career, that’s a very good place to be!

Saving Country Music (Rating: 1 1/2 Guns DOWN (3/10)…But what of the music on Josh Turner’s Deep South after the incessant delays leading up to this final, triumphant release? Unfortunately, it wasn’t much worth the wait, or the rancor many Turner fans expended trying to win this release. One of the few true traditionalists of contemporary country, Josh Turner and his deep baritone and bass voice were one of the respites on the radio dial for a decade. But realize that the last time Josh Turner released a record, the term “Bro-Country” hadn’t even been coined yet. ...Deep South feels like it was recorded in response to the Bro-Country craze still rolling with full steam in 2014 when much, if not all of this record was cut.....It might be a stretch to call Deep South Bro-Country, or to assign it the misogyny and objectification that the worst of Bro-Country implies. But it skirts very near there. It’s like Bro-Country lite, which means you don’t get what you want from Josh Turner as a dedicated fan aside from maybe a few fleeting moments in audience with his rich baritone, while the album doesn’t have nearly enough roided-out machismo to be commercially viable in today’s mainstream post-Bro marketplace...Instead though, we get an outdated, outmoded, delivered past the expiration date Josh Turner Bro-Country lite experiment with lagging singles that will likely get him dropped and will result in yet another great country music career bungled by Music Row.

Country Music People (Rating: 2 STARS, Duncan Warwick)….The belatedness of this new album suggests the record company don’t think they can’t shift a lot of Josh Turner albums anymore and this stinks of desperation trying to re-invent him for today’s market

"Lay Low" Published on Nov 25, 2014 9,2 million YouTube views (Rating: 3.5/5)..Current single Hometown Girl, one of the highlights on the record, is currently climbing the charts and it’s no surprise. Josh’s deep velvety voice wraps around striking melodies perfectly designed for radio play. Another standout moment comes on the uptempo All About You where Josh sings about taking a girl out on a Friday night and letting her take the lead.....The album closes with Hawaiian Girl, which is one of the most unexpected tracks on the record. It’s a fitting end to a mostly uptempo collection of songs and it’ll leave you with a big smile on your face....Deep South is a solid album from Josh. It doesn’t necessarily stray too far from what you’d expect from the star but that doesn’t really matter. There’s plenty here to keep Josh’s fans happy and it’s a cohesive body of work.

AllMusic (Rating: 3.5 STARS out of 5) Such a long wait between records, particularly with a failed single at its midpoint, suggests that Turner and his label were searching around for the right artistic direction for his sixth album. Deep South does bear this supposition out, but not in a bad way. Turner doesn't attempt to chase trends, choosing instead to lean into his knack for supple balladry and then build a mature modern country around that sound. While there may be a heavy dose of ballads on Deep South, he finds plenty of space for fun, going so far as to close the album with "Hawaiian Girl," a song that feels like a tip of the hat to Elvis Presley's Blue Hawaii.....What keeps Deep South from feeling like a throwback is how Turner is embracing his approaching middle age. He's relying on his musical roots while finding sustenance in home and family, and these two qualities tie together the musical walkabouts on Deep South.

Taste Of Country (Rating; Positive) The title track is a strong opener full of upbeat twang, with Turner giving a shout out to his roots in a song that can fit anywhere from a honky-tonk in Texas to the top of the country charts. He continues the uptempo, contemporary sound on “All About You,” and gets back to his traditional country roots on the album’s lead single “Hometown Girl,” which finds the singer calling out to the ambitious girl next door who’s chasing her dreams but knows where she comes from....“Southern Drawl,” one of the standout tracks on the album, hooks the listener in with its moody melody and Turner showing off a strong drawl of his own on lyrics...Key Tracks: “Deep South,” “Hometown Girl,” “Southern Drawl,” “Wonder”

Music News (Rating: 4 STARS) …However, if you are all about the simple, straight-up love song, we suggest you skip straight to All About You and Never Had A Reason To, for they will not disappoint. Yet it is on the break-up driven Wonder that Turner takes his balladry to new heights. His fans may have had to wait an extra couple of years for the release, but they will not be disappointed. Deep South digs deep and delivers musical gold.

The 2-week No1 from Little Big Town with THE BREAKER (Capitol Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville) slipped 1-2 (#19-31 Billboard 200) with 9,908 copies sold (down 40%; 3-week total 70,100)
Chris Stapleton with TRAVELLER (MERCURY/ UMGN) climbed 5-3 (#33-32 BB200) selling 7,184 copies (down 6%; 98 week total 1,866,000).
Keith Urban with RIPCORD (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville) fell 3-4 (#31-35 BB200) selling 5,992 copies (down 22%; 45-week total 492,500).

Florida Georgia Line with DIG YOUR ROOTS rolled up 7-5 (#41-42 BB200) selling 3,163 copies (down 14%; 29-week total 361,600).
Thomas Rhett with TANGLED UP (Valory) climbed 9-6 (#50-49 BB200) selling 2,712 copies (down 13%; 77-week total 553,500)
Brantley Gilbert with THE DEVIL DONT SLEEP (Valory) held at #6 (#38-50 BB200) with 5,972 copies sold (down 26%; 7-week total 134,000).

Brett Young with self-titled debut full-length (BMLG) rolled up 12-9 (#63-59 BB200) selling 3,609 copies (down 7%; 5-week total 35,400).
Jon Pardi with CALIFORNIA SUNRISE advanced 12-10 (#72-60 BB200) selling 2,787 copies (down 28%; 39-week total 124,100).

Outside the Top 10
Reba McEntire with Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope (Rockin' R/Nash Icon | BMLG) fell 8-11 (47-62 BB200) selling 8,268 copies (down 19%; 6-week total 122,800).

The Nashville Cast with The Music Of Nashville: Season 5, Volume 1 Soundtrack (Lions Gate/ABC Studios/Big Machine | BMLG) made a debut at #12 (#65 BB200) selling 5,149 copies. It was placed #9 on Country Album Sales list and the 34th best-selling album in America.
This latest offering from the CMT series includes songs by duo Lennon & Maisy, Jonathan Jackson, Chris Carmack and new cast member Rhiannon Giddens.
Last year The Nashville Cast: The Music Of Nashville, Season 4: Volume 2 - Soundtrack (ABC Studios/Big Machine | BMLG arrived on Billboard 200 at #165 and made a bow at #12 Country selling 3,700 copies.

Critical reception for Nashville Soundtrack Season 5 – Vol.1:
12 Tracks/ Time: 37:25 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -  

Digital (Rating: A)...The album opens with "God Shall Wipe All Tears Away" and it is followed by "Your Best" and "All of Me," which is sung by Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio. Charles Esten displays his velvet voice on "Simple As That," and "My Favorite Hurricane," his duet with Connie Britton is pure magic. Jonathan Jackson delivers on the rocking and spitfire "Won't Back Down," and Chris Carmack shows his soothing side on"Burn To Dark." Hayden Panettiere nails the ballad "On My Way," with Jonathan Jackson on harmonies. "Sanctuary" is melancholic yet beautifully sung by Esten, as well as Lennon & Maisy Stella in a moving tribute for the character Rayna Jaymes.

Alison Krauss with first solo album and former #1 WINDY CITY (Capitol), retreated 4-13 (#32-67 BB200) selling 8,038 copies (down 40%; 4-week total 74,000).
Jason Aldean with THEY DON'T KNOW (Macon/Broken Bow) moved 15-16 (#74-83 BB200) selling 3,281 copies (down 15%; 27-week total 351,800)
In his third chart frame Aaron Watson with VAQUERO (BIG Label/Thirty Tigers) 10-17 (#55-93 BB200) selling 5,474 copies. (down 35%, 3-week total 44,649)
Kane Brown with self-titled set Kane Brown fell 16-20 (#90-122 BB200) selling 3,270 copies (down 30%; 15-week total 121,300).

Miranda Lambert with 2-CD set- THE WEIGHT OF THESE WINGS (Vanner/RCA Nashville | SMN) again rounded the top 25 (#129-139 BB200) with 2,986 copies sold (down 15%; 17-week total 290,700).

Outside the top 25 Top Country albums

In their second week Moonshine Bandits with BAPTIZED IN BOURBON (BackRoad | Average Joes) fell off the top 50 after they made a debut at #19 (#111 Billboard 200) selling 5,600 copies. It fell #9-39 on the Country Album Sales list.

There were two more debuts on the consumption-based methodology top 50 Top Country Album chart:
Categorized as “country” by the chart managers Roy Orbison’s BLACK & WHITE NIGHT: 30 made a debut at #43
Black & White Night 30 is a re-imagined, re-edited, remastered and expanded version of the original television special, available both as a CD/DVD set and as a CD/Blu-ray set on February 24. Re-edited by Roy s youngest son Alex Orbison, the program has been restored to reflect the correct set order as the audience who attended the show saw it. Liner notes written by son Roy Orbison Jr. are included in the packaging as well as a treasure trove of bonus content.

Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives with WAY OUT WEST (Superlatone) made a debut at #44 selling 2,741 copies.
It was the 87th best selling album overall in the America and made a #18 bow on Country Album Sales
Described as a “love letter to California,” Stuart’s 18th studio album was produced by Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and features his band, The Fabulous Superlatives. Songs include the instrumental “Torpedo” and the title cut/current single.

Critical reception for Marty Stuart’s Way Out West:
15 Tracks/ Time: 39:50 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -

Saving Country (Rating: 8.5/10)...This album is steeped in a moment when forces thought to be so diametrically opposed in culture began to cross breed in ways we are still trying to match the creativity of today. Being a tireless student of the music as he is, Marty Stuart has gone and made a record that delves into this era with such authority and enthusiasm, it comes as close to matching those original moments as anyone since... Way
Out West is like a living, breathing expression of the land interpreted with loving care through Marty Stuart’s vision....Way Out West is not entirely a song cycle though, or a concept record in the traditional sense. Aside from the setting, there is really no cohesive thematic thread that runs through this record, and the songs don’t especially bleed into one another. Looking for criticisms of Way Out West might be as hard as discovering water in Joshua Tree, but one concern would be that Marty Stuart could have done just a little bit more in the songwriting realm to enhance the experience of this album even further since it already has an epic structure to it.....And with a refreshing boldness, and frankly a little bit of guts from running the risk of being misunderstood by some of the fuddy duddy fans of traditional country, Marty Stuart encapsulates a critical time in country and all of American music when country music became cool. And even better, with Way Out West, Marty Stuart proves it still is.

NPR (Rating: Positive) Way Out West is Marty Stuart's album-length paean to the myth and magic of the American West. It finds country's stalwart neo-traditionalist turning cosmic cowboy for a journey through the Joshua trees, shadowy canyons and desert dreams that tantalize travelers with the promise of a golden shore on the other side.....Way Out West's title track works the Cash legacy and a multitude of other elements into its lyrics, crafting a trippy travelogue that moves from Arizona to California and finds the narrator addled by taking too many pills, eventually having visions of everything from scorpions and poisonous ants to aliens. It feels a bit like what might have happened if Woody Guthrie had written his California-dreaming "Do Re Mi" during the temptation of Christ in the Judaean Desert......All the elements woven through the record come together for a final bow, as surf music, spaghetti western soundtracks, psychedelia, and cosmic country merge in celebration of the idealized West that Stuart's album brings to life. (Rating: 8/10) Marty Stuart's new album is technically immaculate, showcasing both an expansive formalism and a decorative beauty. The album argues about what the West was, what the West can be, and reminds listener that it used to be country & western — that the genre included California, Texas and Colorado as much as it included 16th Avenue in Nashville....

On the Country Album Sales list (pure sales; old methodology) Sunny Sweeney with TROPHY (Thirty Tigers/ Aunt Daddy Records) debut at #21 selling 2,300 copies.

Sweeney’s released her fourth album Trophy on March 10th via Thirty Tigers. Trophy, featuring the young troubadour’s most serious set of songs, offers a new side of Sunny Sweeney. Rootsy and real, Trophy showcases Sweeney's maturation as a songwriter and as an artist growing into her own. 
Trophy is the follow-up to PROVOKED (chart Aug 23, 2014; #165 BB200; #20 Country debut selling 2,200 copies) which was funded through Pledge Music (109% of goal reached), which offered a glimpse into where Sweeney was headed. Billboard, Rolling Stone Country, No Depression, The Washington Post and Elle are just a handful of the outlets that supported Sweeney's direction. NPR’s All Things Considered said, “Sunny Sweeney has all the right stuff for country stardom - a Texas pedigree, a heart-melting voice, stunning looks and the ability to seem both tough and vulnerable”. On Concrete, her 2011 major label release, Sweeney became the first female artist to reach the Top 10 on the country radio charts in over a decade.
Press Release: Sweeney has never been afraid to write about personal experiences, her unapologetic honesty and revealing vulnerability shows her as an artist who is equally as tough as she is tender. On Trophy it's clear that she's in a positive place, however the variety of songs on the album take listeners on an emotional rollercoaster. On the gorgeous “Grow Old With Me” and “Nothing Wrong With Texas”, Sweeney taps into the themes of love and sense of place. A highlight of the album, “Bottle By My Bed” is a heart-wrenching song expressing the sadness and frustration of not having a child. Though she didn’t set out to, Sweeney co-wrote the majority of Trophy with female writers, including four songs with Grammy Award-winning songwriter Lori McKenna. Her resulting songs capture the feminine experience with a combination of nuance, humor and accuracy only possible from the perspective of Sweeney and her collaborators. Trophy was produced by Grammy-nominated engineer/producer Dave Brainard (Brandy Clark's 12 Stories).

Critical reception for Sunny Sweeney’s Trophy:
10 Tracks/ Time: 35:51 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
American Songwriter (Rating: 4 STARS) ..She does not judge her characters; she places herself among them. It’s how “There’s Nothing Wrong With Texas,” a cowrite with Lori McKenna about the comforts of returning to your hometown, can sit comfortably next to a track about the perils of drug addiction....But Sweeney remains the star of Trophy. She leads the show as effortlessly as “watching the evening news with a couple of beers,” one of many unlikely images on Trophy that Sweeney turns to poetry.

Pop Matters (Rating: 7/10) The material is deep without ever being too heavy because Sweeney offers multiple insights into whatever topic she delves into...On songs such as “Grow Old with Me”, she pairs up the differences between lovers to show her mate how that
has only made their relationship stronger.....Sweeney’s a true romantic, not only about love and family but about the Lone Star state as well. “There’s Nothing Wrong with Texas” comes straight out of (or is that George Strait out of) the tradition of songs penned by those who find the state a different country than the rest of America.
She also shoots for the top, and reaches it, with the stone Country feel of “Pass The Pain,” which will make someone like Lee Ann Womack or Trisha Yearwood, who sings harmony on the cut, proud.

Sounds Like Nashville (Rating; Very Positive) ...She combines both elements of her personality on her fourth studio album, Trophy. There are quite a few cuts that have that fun and spicy side to the singer, such as the quite outspoken title cut, a track that one gets the feeling that Loretta Lynn could have pulled off quite easily circa 1972. She also plays the part of the dream Redneck girl on “Better Bad Idea,” which I have a feeling will become a popular live song for Sweeney given her amount of sass. But, what really sets this album apart is the more introspective numbers. As an artist, Sweeney is not afraid to show her vulnerable side, and does so quite effectively on tracks like the masterfully-written “Bottle By My Bed,” which is about the emotional longing in one’s life without children....She also shoots for the top, and reaches it, with the stone Country feel of “Pass The Pain,” which will make someone like Lee Ann Womack or Trisha Yearwood, who sings harmony on the cut, proud.

Clark Manson with his 6 track EP FRIDAY NIGHTERS (Warehouse West Entertainment) sold 400 copies and Ryan Griffin with his 5 Track EP titled SAKE OF THE SUMMER (Self Release) sold 300 copies and both failed to trouble the charts.

Year-To-Date Albums
4,169,000 (Physical sales 2,845,000 (down -9.2%) + Digital sales 1,324,000 (down -19.6%) which is 12.8% down at the same point in 2016 (4,779,000 sales) 

Year-To-Date Digital Tracks
15,534,000 down 21.4% at the same point in 2016 (19,753,000)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of April 1, 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 with “Body Like a Back Road” (MCA Nashville) led Hot Country Songs for a sixth frame, it becomes his sixth top 10 on Country Airplay. It grew by 19% to 27.1 million in audience, and stepped 11-9. In reaching the top tier of Country Airplay in seven just weeks, “Body” easily marks Hunt’s fastest trip to the top 10. It passes his debut single “Leave the Night On,” which needed 15 weeks to enter the bracket before topping the chart dated Nov. 15, 2014.

Lauren Alaina notched her first Hot Country Songs top 10 (in her sixth visit to the chart), as “Road Less Traveled” (19/Interscope/Mercury) rumbled 12-9. The gain was sparked partly by its 5% boost to 34.8 million in audience, as it pushed 5-4 on Country Airplay. The song, which Alaina wrote with Meghan Trainor and Jessie Frasure, is the title track from her second LP, which debuted at No.3 on Top Country Albums (Feb. 18).

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (1 week)/ Airplay Gainer ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
** Streaming Gainer ** No. 6 “Hurricane” Luke Combs
** Digital Gainer ** No.9 “Road Less Traveled” Lauren Alaina
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.26 “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart” Old Dominion
Debut No.34 “Real Thing” Zac Brown Band
Debut No.48 “Ring On Every Finger” LOCASH

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of April 1, 2017)

Jon Pardi with “Dirt on My Boots” (Capitol Nashville) topped Country Airplay for a second week, as it increased 7% to 46 million in audience. “Dirt” is Pardi’s second Country Airplay No.1 and first multiweek  leader. His first chart-topper, “Head Over Boots,” led the list dated Aug. 27, 2016. On Hot Country Songs, “Boots” bulleted at its No.2 high for a second week.

Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (2 weeks) *** "Dirt On My Boots” Jon Pardi 46.036 million audience (+3.081 million) / 8,538 radio plays (+549)
** Most Increased Audience ** No.8 “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
** Most Added ** No.27 “Every Time I Hear That Song” Blake Shelton (23 ADDS)
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.56 “I Could Use A Love Song” Maren Morris
Debut No.58 “Every Little Thing” Carly Pearce

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart 
(Chart issue week of April 1, 2017)

Sam Hunt with Body Like a Back Road” (MCA Nashville) held at No.1 on the Billboard Country Song Sales Chart for a seventh successive week selling 55,000 downloads (down 11%; 7-week total 426,000). On the overall Digital Song Sales chart, it fell 4-6 six places behind the No.1 “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran.

Jon Pardi with “Dirt On My Boots” held at #2 (#36-30 Digital Songs; 24,000 sales; 25-week total 417,000).
Brett Young with “In Case You Didn’t Know” rolled up 5-3 (#44-35 Digital Songs; 20,000 sales; 24-week total 301,000)
Keith Urban with “The Fighter,” featuring Carrie Underwood (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville), held at #4 (#39-43 Digital Songs; 18,000 sales; 11-week total 287,000).
Nashville Cast with “Sanctuary” kicked 14-5 with 16,000 sales (up 77%) (#44 Digital Songs; 2-week total 26,000).
Little Big Town with “Better Man” slipped 3-6 (#37-47 Digital Songs; 15,000 sales; 22-week total 550,000).
Old Dominion with “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart” made a debut at #7 (#48 Digital Songs; 15,000 sales) marking the band’s best bow. On Hot Country Songs, it began at No.26, also a new best debut for the act.

Luke Combs with “Hurricane” fell 7-8 (#49 Digital Songs; 15,000 sales; 16-week total 238,000)
Zac Brown Band with “Real Thing” made a debut at #9 with 14,000 sales as single “My Old Man” fell 13-16 (9,000 sales; 6-week total 92,000)
Florida Georgia Line feat. Backstreet Boys with “God, Your Mama, And Me” fell 6-10 (13,000 sales; 6-week total 152,000).
Outside the Top 10
Michael Ray with “Think A Little Less” fell 8-11 (12,000 sales; 12-week total 238,000)
Josh Turner with “Hometown Girl” rose 15-12 (11,000 sales; 4-week total 163,000)
Keith Urban with “Blue Ain’t Your Color” retreated 9-13 (11,000 sales; 35-week total 874,000).
Lady Antebellum with “You Look Good” fell 12-14 (10,000 sales; 8-week total 83,000)
Jason Aldean with “Any Ol' Barstool” slid 11-15 (10,000 sales; 9-week total 100,000)

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

20 March 2017
Michael Ray Scores Second Career #1 With 'Think A Little Less'
Congrats to Michael Ray, Kristen Williams, Chris Palmer, Chad Schultz, Adrian Michaels and the WEA team on scoring the week’s No.1 with “Think A Little Less” (Writers: Barry Dean, Jon Nite, Jimmy Robbins and Thomas Rhett).
The song is Ray’s second #1 chart-topper following "Kiss You In The Morning," which topped the charts in 2015 (Aug 20, 2015).

The song logged 9,166 radio spins (+683) and 62.639 million audience impressions (+3.004 million) with 27852 Total Points from 158 tracking stations for the tracking week March 12 to March 18, 2017 and published chart March 20th 2017.

Kudos to the RCA crew on notching 33 adds for Old Dominion’s No Such Thing As A Broken Heart”. The song topped the "Most Added" board for a second succesive week.

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 542 - March 20, 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: #21
Event Venue City/State: Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Brett Young Amphitheater at the Wharf Orange Beach, Ala
Dates: March 17-18, 2017 Gross Sales: $1,203,301 Attend: 19,412/ 19,412
Shows/ Sellouts: 2/2 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $73.75, $33.75
Promoters: Red Mountain Entertainment

Rank Artist: #25
Event Venue City/State: Eric Church Tacoma Dome Tacoma, Wash.
Dates: March 18, 2017 Gross Sales: $1,126,710 Attend: 19,030/  19,030
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $89, $23
Promoters: Messina Touring Group/AEG Presents

Rank Artist: #54
Event Venue City/State: Blake Shelton, RaeLynn, Sundance Head Golden 1 Center Sacramento, Calif.
Dates: March 9, 2017 Gross Sales: $864,023 Attend: 14,248/ 14,248
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $72.50, $52.50, $32.50
Promoters: Messina Touring Group/AEG Presents
Rank Artist: #89
Event Venue City/State: Dolly Parton Smoothie King Center New Orleans, La.
Dates: Nov. 30, 2016 Gross Sales: $617,545 Attend: 9,005/ 9,662
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 657 unsold tickets Prices: $124.50, $49.50
Promoters: Live Nation
Latest Billboard Boxscore Chart

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