Sunday, 23 April 2017

Country Billboard Chart News April 17, 2017

Country Billboard Chart News April 17, 2017

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of April 29, 2017)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (4 weeks non-consecutive) RIPCORD Keith Urban
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (10 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
Country Airplay ** No.1 (1 week) ** "Any Ol’ Barstool” Jason Aldean
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (11 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of April 29, 2017)

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

The Chainsmokers bowed at No.1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart with their debut full-length album, MEMORIES… DO NOT OPEN. The EDM duo's set earned 221,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 13, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 166,044 were in traditional album sales.
Memories’ sales launch was powered by a concert ticket/album bundle sale redemption promotion with the duo’s tour, which kicked off on April 13 in Miami. The ticket/album offer was also included with select dates of the act’s residency at the XS Nightclub and Encore Beach Club in Las Vegas. Memories is the first album to simultaneously lead both the Billboard 200 and the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart in nearly three-and-a-half years. The last to do so was Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP, when it debuted at No. 1 on both tallies dated Nov. 30, 2013 (with 258,000 copies sold in its first week).
Vocal group Pentatonix claimed its seventh top 10 album as PTX Vol. IV: Classics starts at No. 4 with 54,000 units (50,337 in traditional album sales). The new Classics effort includes renditions of familiar favorites like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Over the Rainbow” and the group’s Grammy Award-winning redux of Dolly Parton’s Jolene” (alongside Parton herself). In the UK they delivered their third Official UK Top 75 Album entry, debuting at No.41 (1,994 sales).

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of April 29, 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.

Keith Urban with RIPCORD (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville) climbed 2-1 (#13-23 Billboard 200) selling 10,785 copies (down 38%; 49-week total 536,700). It’s his 4th non-consecutive week at No.1 returning to the top since chart week issued April 8, 2017.

Miranda Lambert with THE WEIGHT OF THESE WINGS (Vanner/ RCA Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) slipped (12-31 BB200) selling another 9,727 copies (down 57%) in her 21st chart week.

Chris Stapleton with TRAVELLER (MERCURY/ UMGN) was a non-mover at #3 (#32-38 BB200) selling 6,789 copies (down 21%; 102 week total 1,893,400).

Florida Georgia Line with DIG YOUR ROOTS (BMLG) held at #4 (#33-40 BB200) selling 3,578 copies (down 20%; 33-week total 375,600).
Brett Young with self-titled debut (BMLG) bumped 11-5 (#51-49 BB200) selling 4,085 copies (down 2%; 9-week total 51,600).

Joey Feek with IF NOT FOR YOU (Farmhouse/Gaither/Capitol CMG), the solo album that Joey Feek, half of the duo Joey + Rory, recorded in 2005, arrived on Top Country Albums at No.6 (#50 BB200). It earns 11,000 equivalent album units, with 10,492 in pure sales marking the 21st best seller in America and #2 on Country Album Sales.

Feek, who died March 4, 2016, after battling cervical cancer, recorded the album prior to Joey + Rory’s first LP release, The Life of a Song, which debuted and peaked at No. 10 on the Top Country Albums chart dated Nov. 15, 2008. If Not for You was co-produced by her husband, Rory Feek, and Bill McDermott. The disc contains 12 songs, including a tribute to Joey Feek’s brother Justin (“See You There”) and the original version of “That’s Important to Me,” a charting single (No. 51) for Joey + Rory in 2010.

ccmmagazine : “This recording is, of course, a significant one for us,” said Paul Sizelove, vice president of Gaither Music Group. “I grew up in the same hometown with Joey and watched she and her family love each other and the people along their paths. We all watched her move to Nashville to pursue her dreams. Things seemed to come full circle when, years later, our label was able to join hands with Joey and Rory along their recording journey.  What a blessing it has been to be a part of their inspiring story. It is an honor to release this recording that captures so much of her heart and heritage and represents a dream of hers coming true.”
A special CD deluxe edition features a 48-page booklet of photos, memories and stories penned by Joey, her family and husband, Rory. Containing her original rendition of “That’s Important to Me,” cameo appearances from her parents and a tribute to her late brother, this recording highlights Joey’s unmistakable voice and honours her life of never-wavering faith that continues to inspire.

BLOG In the spring of 2005, Joey and I were still newlyweds (we had only been married for three years). I was still just writing songs for a living and Joey was a solo artist, at least she wanted to be. But unfortunately, the doors on music row weren't opening for her. And the few that did open, seemed to close again right away.
So, that April, we went in a small studio in Nashville and recorded an album of songs with Joey singing and me and our friend Bill McDermott behind the control board....Read More

Critical reception for Joey Feek’s If Not For You:
12 Tracks/ Time: 43:19
Feek originally recorded If Not for You in 2005, but the record was only available via her husband Rory Feek’s online store and at live shows that the Feeks performed as Joey + Rory.

Sounds Like Nashville by Chuck Dauphin (Rating: Very Positive) …Upon first listen to these
“new” cuts, you will find there is nothing too drastically different from the duo’s records here. “That’s Important To Me,” a staple of the couple’s live show is included, and it doesn’t differ much from the version that you know. As is the case with their music, you will find several songs with emotional undercurrents, such as “Strong Enough To Cry” and the tender “Nothing To Remember” that will definitely leave an impact on the listener......All in all, fans of the music that this couple made together will definitely gravitate toward the sounds here, proving that Martin knew exactly who she was and who she wanted to be. Thankfully, she got to become that very artist. This is a testament to that!

Roughstock (Rating: Positive) ...What’s especially interesting about these songs is that they tell stories that still fit within Joey’s worldview. This is an artist who knew who she was and who she wasn’t. The honest and sincere vocal delivery is a delight even 12 years after the record was recorded. This is a record that deserves a wide audience and one that I’ll be going back to whenever I need a soothing voice to heal broken parts of my soul.

Thomas Rhett with TANGLED UP (Valory) rose 10-8 (#46-56 BB200) selling 2,653 copies (down 22%; 81-week total 564,000).
Reba McEntire with Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope (Rockin' R/Nash Icon | BMLG) fell 7-9 (43-63 BB200) selling 8,212 copies (down 18%; 10-week total 153,900).

The Lacs with their 12 tracks AMERICAN REBELUTION (Backroad Records/Average Joes Entertainment; Amazon UK - UK iTunes - made a debut at No.10 (#65 BB200) selling 8,370 copies.
The Lacs career trajectory accelerates with every new album and every new beat. Staying true to who they are, the new studio album is a 12-pack of party anthems with a fresh take on what they know best.

With American Rebelution, Georgia-bred country rap unit the Lacs turn in their sixth volume of hick-hop party anthems, drinking songs, and skits. A staple of the Average Joe's Entertainment label, the Lacs once again team up with Florida rappers Hard Target on a handful of tunes while also collaborating with country duo Montgomery Gentry on hooky lead single "Jack in My Coke." There's a somewhat ominous tone to the title cut, but overall the veteran group stays true to their time-tested formula.
Published on Apr 15, 2017 The Lacs and Montgomery Gentry team up on new music video “Jack In My Coke.”

The Lacs Chart History: Released May 26, 2015 OUTLAW IN ME (Backroad Records); made a debut at #27 Billboard 200 & #3 Billboard Top Country Albums selling 14,260 copies.
Released October 28, 2014 NOTHING IN PARTICULAR (Backroad Records), a bits and bobs album of rarities, sold 4,594 copies to make a Billboard 200 bow at No.86 (#17 Country). The LACS’ (made up of Clay ‘Uncle Snap’ Sharpe and Brian ‘Rooster’ King, whose name is short for ‘Loud Ass Crackers,’) released the 11-song collection as a “fan must-haves”.
Released August 20, 2013 The Lacs enjoyed a career-best rank and biggest sales week on Billboard’s Top Country Albums with their third album, KEEP IT REDNECK (Backroad/Average Joes) which opened with 14,460 copies to land at No.3 on the country chart (#23 BB200, #5 on Billboard Rap Charts). By October 2014 it had sold 100,000 copies.
Their previous best was a No.16 bow (#68 BB200) with 190 PROOF, which debuted in April 2012 with 6,745 units sold and was on country album chart for over 72 consecutive weeks.

Outside the Top 10

Jon Pardi with CALIFORNIA SUNRISE climbed 13-11 (#55-75 BB200) selling 2,586 copies (down 34%; 43-week total 137,400).
Brantley Gilbert with THE DEVIL DONT SLEEP (Valory) climbed 17-12 (#75-78 BB200) with 4,208 copies sold (down 6%; 11-week total 152,500).
Jason Aldean with THEY DON'T KNOW (Macon/Broken Bow) held at #14 (#60-84 BB200) selling 3,262 copies (down 22%; 31-week total 365,100).
Little Big Town with THE BREAKER (Capitol Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville) fell 12-15 (#53-91 BB200) selling 4,477 copies (down 27%; 7-week total 93,400).

Maren Morris with HERO (Columbia Nashville | SMN) fell 6-16 (39-101 BB200) selling 2,987 copies (down 59%) on her 45th frame.
Kane Brown with self-titled set Kane Brown fell 21-24 (#103-139 BB200) selling 2,952 copies (down 29%; 19-week total 135,100)
Josh Turner with DEEP SOUTH (MCA Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville) held at #25 (#132-140 BB200) selling 2,898 copies (down 11%, 5-week total 33,900).

Outside the Top 25
Trace Adkins with SOMETHING’S GOING ON (Wheelhouse/Broken Bow Music Group) fell 5-31 in his second week selling 4,034 copies (down 70%, 2-week total 17,476)

SECOND WEEKS: The Mavericks with BRAND NEW DAY (Mono Mundo) fell off the top 50 after a #31 debut the previous week. It sold 1,529 copies (down 68%; 2-week total 6,437) falling 10-31 on Country Album Sales.
Rodney Crowell with CLOSE TIES (New West) also fell off the top 50 following a #28 debut (#138 BB200). It sold 1,468 copies (down 71%; 2-week total 6,611) falling 8-32 on Country Album Sales.

There was one new entry at #45 The Essential Elvis Presley by Elvis Presley

Ryan Hurd with his self-titled (EP) landed at #36 on Country Album Sales and Front Country with OTHER LOVE SONGS was new at #44.

Year-To-Date Albums
5,669,000 (Physical sales 3,842,000 (down -11.5%) + Digital sales 1,826,000 (down -19.3%) which is 14.2% down at the same point in 2016 (6,607,000 sales) 

Year-To-Date Digital Tracks
20,880,000 down 23.6% at the same point in 2016 (27,345,000)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of April 29, 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) dominated Hot Country Songs for a 10th week. After debuting at No. 2 on the chart dated Feb. 18, “Body” has spent the following 10 frames on top. Hunt is now within a week of matching his longest-running leader on the list: “Take Your Time” led for 11 weeks beginning Feb. 21, 2015.
“Body” bumped 4-2 on Country Airplay, increasing 12% to 42.3 million in audience, and, despite a 12% dip (to 61,000), it paced Country Digital Song Sales for an 11th week. Dating to the launch of “Body” atop Country Digital Song Sales (Feb. 18), it has sold 677,000 downloads; it is the fourth-best-selling song among all genres in 2017. On Country Streaming Songs, “Body” ruled for a 10th week, increasing 4% to 13.8 million U.S. streams

Dierks Bentley banked his 21st Hot Country Songs top 10 as “Black” (Capitol Nashville) bounded 11-8. The track increased by 5% to 29.9 million impressions and bulleted at No.9 on Country Airplay.

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (10 weeks)/ Airplay Gainer/ Streaming Gainer ** “Body Like a Back Road” Sam Hunt
** Digital Gainer ** No.20 “My Girl” Dylan Scott
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.45 “Last Time For Everything” Brad Paisley
Debut No.47 “Every Little Thing” Carly Pearce
Debut No.48 “Back To Us” Rascal Flatts
Debut No.49 “Round Here Buzz” Eric Church

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of April 29, 2017)

In its 21st week on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart (dated April 29), Jason Aldean with “Any Ol’ Barstool” (Macon/Broken Bow) ascended 2-1, increasing 5% to 45.2 million audience impressions in the week ending April 16, according to Nielsen Music.
Aldean, who won the Entertainer of the Year trophy at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs) on April 2, earned his 17th Country Airplay leader. “It’s always a cool feeling to know country radio and fans are behind you,” he told Billboard. “It never gets old making it to No. 1, and it proves I’ve got the best and hardest-working band, crew and team there is.”
Aldean ties Luke Bryan for 11th place among acts with the most No. 1s in the history of the Country Airplay chart, which launched Jan. 20, 1990. Tim McGraw leads with 29.
“Barstool,” written by Josh Thompson and Deric Ruttan, is the third single from Aldean’s seventh full-length, THEY DON’T KNOW, with all three now having reached the Country Airplay summit. Lead track “Lights Come On” topped the chart dated July 23, 2016, and “A Little More Summertime” crowned the Dec. 3, 2016, list (for a week each). Aldean reached No.1 for the first time with his second single, “Why” (May 27, 2006).
On the Hot Country Songs chart, “Barstool” bumped 6-5, becoming Aldean’s 21st top five hit on the tally. (“Lights” climbed to No.3, and “Summertime” reached No. 5.) His latest lifted 4% to 4.6 million U.S. streams in the tracking week. On Country Digital Song Sales, although it drops by 27% to 10,000 downloads sold, it hiked 19-13. (The week before, the track gained by 74% to 14,000 sold in the wake of the ACM Awards.)

 Brett Young notched his second Country Airplay top 10 with his sophomore single, “In Case You Didn’t Know” (Big Machine Label Group). It increased 14% to 27.8 million and hopped 12-10. Young’s debut single, “Sleep Without You,” peaked at No.2 on Country Airplay on the Dec. 10, 2016, chart.

Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (1 week) *** "Any Ol’ Barstool” Jason Aldean 45.236 million audience (+2.274 million) / 8,170 radio plays (+330)
** Most Increased Audience ** No.5 “Hurricane” Luke Combs 6.114 million audience gain
** Most Added ** No.44 “Tin Man” Miranda Lambert (20 ADDS)
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.53 “Round Here Buzz” Eric Church
Debut No.59 “Love Again” Todd O’Neill

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart 
(Chart issue week of April 29, 2017)

Sam Hunt with Body Like a Back Road” (MCA Nashville) held at No.1 on the Billboard Country Song Sales Chart for a eleventh week selling 61,000 downloads (down 12%).
It had surged by 19% in the prior tracking week after Hunt performed it at the Academy of Country Music Awards April 2.
On the overall Digital Song Sales chart, it was a non-mover at No.4, three places behind the No.1 “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles (142,000 downloads sold, in the week ending April 13, according to Nielsen Music).
Sam's "Body Like a Back Road" pulled into reverse, backing up to No.9 on the Hot 100 after reaching No.6 last week. It rose 23-17 on Radio Songs (53 million, up 16%) and gained by 7% to 14.8 million streams (despite dropping 24-25 on Streaming Songs). The track, which is crossing over from country to pop radio, topped Hot Country Songs for a 10th week.

Keith Urban with “The Fighter,” featuring Carrie Underwood (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville), lifted 3-2 (7-18 Digital Songs) in their 15th frame
Brett Young with “In Case You Didn’t Know” rebounded 7-3 (#20-19 Digital Songs) in his 28th week.
Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris with “Craving You” fell 2-4 (#6-30 Digital Songs) in their second week.

Miranda Lambert with “Tin Man” slipped 4-5 (9-32 Digital Songs)
Jon Pardi with “Dirt On My Boots” rose 10-6 (#29-33 Digital Songs) in his 29th frame.
Florida Georgia Line feat. Backstreet Boys with “God, Your Mama, And Me” climbed 8-7 (24-40 Digital Songs) in their 10th week.
Luke Combs with “Hurricane” improved 12-8 (#41 non-mover Digital Songs) in his 20th frame.
Lady Antebellum with “You Look Good fell 5-9 (#11-45 Digital Songs) in their 12th week.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill with “Speak to a Girl” (McGraw/Arista Nashville) fell 6-10 in their third week.
Outside the Top 10
Keith Urban with “Blue Ain’t Your Color” fell 9-11 in his 39th week.
Cole Swindell feat. Dierks Bentley rose 18-12 in their 5th week
Jason Aldean with last week’s Country radio No.1 “Any Ol’ Barstool” rose 19-13 in his frame.
Little Big Town with “Better Man” fell 13-14 in their 26th week.
Brothers Osborne with “It Ain’t My Fault” fell 14-22 in their second week).

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

17 April 2017

Congrats to Jason Aldean, Carson James, Lee Adams, Jim Malito, Renee Leymon and the Broken Bow promo team on scoring this week’s No.1 with “Any Ol’ Barstool.” The song is the third chart-topper from THEY DON’T KNOW. Songwriters are Deric Ruttan and Josh Thompson.

The song logged 8,835 radio spins (+539) and 61.135 million audience impressions (+3.05 million) with 27013 Total Points from 158 tracking stations for the tracking week April 9 to April 15, 2017 and published chart April 17th 2017.

Kudos to Dennis Reese and the RCA team (above) on notching 31 adds for Jake Owen’s Good Company.The song topped the "Most Added" board this chart week.

NEWS: High Valley Deliver Top 4 Most Added Single At Country Radio
She’s With Me” - follow up to Top 20 debut single - has already amassed nearly 5 million on-demand streams
After landing their first Top 20 hit with their major label debut single “Make You Mine,” Atlantic Records/Warner Music Nashville duo HIGH VALLEY is on track for a repeat performance with their newest track, “She’s With Me.” Written by High Valley lead singer Brad Rempel with Seth Mosley and Ben Stennis, >> “She’s With Me” became the fourth most added single this week at country radio and can be found on their recently released album, DEAR LIFE.

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 546 - April 17, 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: #13
Event Venue City/State: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Brothers Osborne Smoothie King Center New Orleans, La.
Dates: April 7, 2017 Gross Sales: $1,324,355 Attend: 14,959/ 14,959
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $119.50, $89.50, $69.50
Promoters: Messina Touring Group/AEG Presents

Rank Artist: #20
Event Venue City/State: Eric Church Pepsi Center Denver, Colo.
Dates: April 5, 2017 Gross Sales: $1,099,179 Attend: 16,351/ 16,351
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $89, $29
Promoters: Messina Touring Group/AEG Presents
Rank Artist: #33
Event Venue City/State: C2C Country To Country: Reba McEntire, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Marty Stuart, Chris Young, Hunter Hayes, Maren Morris, Jennifer Nettles, Brothers Osborne, Cam SEC – Armadillo, Glasgow, U.K.
Dates: March 10-12, 2017 Gross Sales: $752,897 Attend: 8,342/ 8,409
Shows/ Sellouts: 3/0 (67 unsold tickets) Prices: $291.94, $60.82
Promoters: DF Concerts

Rank Artist: #35
Event Venue City/State: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Brothers Osborne BancorpSouth Arena Tupelo, Miss.
Dates: April 9, 2017 Gross Sales: $685,612 Attend: 8,323/ 8,323
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $119.50, $89.50, $69.50
Promoters: Messina Touring Group/AEG Presents

Rank Artist: #99
Event Venue City/State: Paul Carrack, Sarah Munro Philharmonic Hall Liverpool, U.K. 
Dates: Feb. 11-12, 2017 Gross Sales: $126,010 Attend: 3,236/ 3,236
Shows/ Sellouts: 2/2 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $48.09, $18.74
Promoters: Triple A Entertainment
Latest Billboard Boxscore Chart

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