Country Billboard Chart News March 27, 2017
In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of April 8, 2017)
Country Album Chart ** No.1 (3 weeks non-consecutive) RIPCORD Keith Urban
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (7 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
Country Airplay ** No.1 (3 weeks) ** "Dirt On My Boots” Jon Pardi
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (8 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of April 8, 2017)
The Billboard 200 chart measures multi-metric album consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
Drake scored his seventh No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart (BB200) and set a new streaming record, as his MORE LIFE set made a bow atop the tally dated April 8.
The effort, which was released on March 18, earned 505,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 23, according to Nielsen Music. That’s the biggest week for any album since Drake’s own Views launched with 1.04 million units on the list dated May 21, 2016. Of More Life’s starting sum, 225,513 were traditional pure sales, a record 257,000 units were driven by streaming equivalent album units, equating to 384.8 million streams of songs from the 22-track album during the tracking frame (each unit equals 1,500 streams of songs from the album). More Life’s streaming sum beats the previous record holder of Drake’s Views, which launched with 163,000 streaming equivalent units (245.1 million song streams).
Album sales and song sales on titles from Chuck Berry exploded after news of his death this past Saturday, March 18, 2017. The iconic musician and rock & roll pioneer was 90. Overall, Chuck Berry album sales increased 9,581% after his passing. His album sales average was 39 per day, which went to 2,054 the day of his death and then to 3,808 the day after. Two-thirds of those album sales were for his album, The Definitive Collection.
Chuck Berry song sales increased 11,684% with 16,616 total sales the day after his passing. Johnny B Goode was the most downloaded song the day after Chuck Berry’s passing with 4,297 sales, a 10,330% increase.
In the wake of the rock 'n' roll legend’s death, Chuck Berry, was in the top 40 for the first time since 1972, as his greatest hits set The Definitive Collection debuted at No.33 (13,000 units; 5,643 in traditional album sales). The set also enters at No. 1 on the Catalog Albums chart.
Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of April 8, 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) earned the most album equivalent album units and climbed 4-1 (#35-30 Billboard 200) to top the chart for a third non-consecutive week, selling 6,722 copies (up 12%; 46-week total 499,222) just short of selling GOLD at retail. He last topped the Billboard Top Country album chart with the set over chart weeks dated May 28 – June 4, 2016.
Chris Stapleton with TRAVELLER (MERCURY/ UMGN) climbed 3-2 (#32-38 BB200) selling 6,083 copies (down 15%; 99 week total 1,872,000).
Former 2-week No1 from Little Big Town with THE BREAKER (Capitol Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville) slipped 2-3 (#31-40 Billboard 200) with 7,259 copies sold (down 27%; 4-week total 77,400).
Florida Georgia Line with DIG YOUR ROOTS climbed 5-4 (#42 non-mover BB200) selling 3,112 copies (down 1.5%; 30-week total 364,700).
Brett Young with self-titled debut (BMLG) rose 9-5 (#59-54 BB200) selling 3,835 copies (up 6%; 6-week total 39,200).
Brantley Gilbert with THE DEVIL DONT SLEEP (Valory) moved #7-6 (#50-56 BB200) with 5,178 copies sold (down 13%; 8-week total 139,200).
Thomas Rhett with TANGLED UP (Valory) fell 6-8 (#49-60 BB200) selling 2,310 copies (down 15%; 78-week total 555,800).
Jon Pardi with CALIFORNIA SUNRISE advanced 10-9 (#60-61 BB200) selling 2,980 copies (up 7%; 40-week total 127,100).
Outside the Top 10
In his second week, last week’s No.1 from Josh Turner with DEEP SOUTH (MCA Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville) fell 1-11 (#18-75 BB200) selling 5,810 copies (down 68%, 2-week total 23,900).
Alison Krauss with former #1 WINDY CITY (Capitol), held at #13 (#67-83 BB200) selling 7,358 copies (down 8%; 5-week total 81,400). In terms of pure sales, it was the week’s top selling country album.
Reba McEntire with Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope (Rockin' R/Nash Icon | BMLG) fell 11-14 (62-88 BB200) selling 6,904 copies (down 16%; 7-week total 129,700) which was the week’s second best country seller.
Jason Aldean with THEY DON'T KNOW (Macon/Broken Bow) moved 16-15 (#83-93 BB200) selling 2,929 copies (down 11%; 28-week total 354,700)
Maren Morris with HERO (Columbia Nashville | SMN) rebounded 28-17 (145-113 BB200) selling 2,189 copies in her 42nd frame
Kane Brown with self-titled set Kane Brown fell 20-25 (#122-141 BB200) selling 2,661 copies (down 19%; 16-week total 124,000) to round out the top 25.
Outside the Top 25
Miranda Lambert with 2-CD set- THE WEIGHT OF THESE WINGS (Vanner/RCA Nashville | SMN) fell 25-26 (#139-154 BB200) selling 2,665 copies sold (down 11%; 18-week total 293,400).
The Nashville Cast with The Music Of Nashville: Season 5, Volume 1 Soundtrack (Lions Gate/ABC Studios/Big Machine | BMLG) in its second frame fell off the top 50 from previous weeks #12. It fell #9-39 on Country Album Sales list.
Falling Short of Top 50 Top Country albums
On the Country Album Sales list (pure sales; old methodology) Steve Moakler with STEEL TOWN (Soundly Music, LLC) debuted at #38.
The 11-track album, produced by GRAMMY Award winning songwriter/producer Luke Laird, features SiriusXM hits “Suitcase” and “Love Drunk,” and released on the heels of Moakler’s headlining Highway Finds Tour, presented by SiriusXM and Live Nation, which launched Thursday, March 16.
Called an “in-demand artist” (Taste of Country), Moakler has landed on more than 20 “artist to watch” lists including CMT, Huffington Post, Nashville Lifestyles, Rolling Stone Country and more.
All Access has already placed Steel Town on its “The Year’s Best Albums (So Far)” list, calling the LP, “song-driven, but sonically flexible enough to appeal to transplanted rock fans, or thematically traditional fans, too.” Read More Press Release
Critical reception for Steve Moakler’s- Steel Town:
Chorus.fm (Rating: Postive) ...With Laird on board, Steel Town finds Moakler sounding smoother, cleaner, and more streamlined. Like Kacey Musgraves’ 2015 LP Pageant Material—which Laird also co-produced—Steel Town goes down nice and easy.
NKD Mag - Over all it has a light, feel-good vibe with an emotional undertone (“Long Enough”, “Summer Without Her”). From front to back it’s upbeat and sunny sounding...I can already feel Steel Town being this summer’s staple, so make sure you know the songs before the warm weather hits.
Midland with their self-titled EP (Big Machine Records, LLC) first released 27 Oct 2016 made a first showing at #47
Released on March 17, 2017 Rich O'Toole with 11 track set AMERICAN KID (PTO Records; Amazon UK) made a debut at #48
All three albums mentioned above failed to generate enough overall consumption to make Billboard Top 50 Country albums.
4,513,000 (Physical sales 3,084,000 (down -10.3%) + Digital sales 1,429,000 (down -20.9%) which is 13.9% down at the same point in 2016 (5,242,000 sales)
Year-To-Date Digital Tracks
16,419,000 down 21.7% at the same point in 2016 (20,972,000)
Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of April 8, 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), the lead single from Sam Hunt’s forthcoming second studio full-length, extended its reign on Hot Country Songs to a seventh week. The track rules Country Digital Song Sales for an eighth week (61,000 sold, up 11 percent) and Country Streaming Songs for a seventh frame (12.2 million in audience, up 5%). On Country Airplay, “Body” bumped 8-6, increasing 11% to 30.1 million.
The song has reigned for the second-longest time out of Hunt’s four No.1s on Hot Country Songs. “Take Your Time,” which first crowned the survey on Feb. 21, 2015, ruled for 11 weeks. “Road” passes “House Party,” which ruled for six frames beginning Aug. 22, 2015. His debut, “Leave the Night On,” spent a week at No.1 (Nov. 15, 2014).
Hot County Songs
** No.1 (7 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
** Digital & Streaming Gainer ** No.8 “The Fighter” Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood
** Airplay Gainer ** No.10 “Road Less Traveled” Lauren Alaina
** Hot Shot Debut ** No. 33 “Speak To A Girl” Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Debut No.47 “Heaven South” Brad Paisley
Debut No.48 “A Girl Like You” Easton Corbin
Debut No. 50 “I Could Use A Love Song” Maren Morris
Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of April 8, 2017)
John Pardi with “Dirt on My Boots” (Capitol Nashville) led for a third week on Country Airplay, gaining 1% to 46.4 million impressions.
The song is just the third in the last year to post as many as three weeks at No. 1, following Blake Shelton’s “A Guy With a Girl” (Jan. 28-Feb. 11) and Cole Swindell’s “You Should Be Here” (April 9-23, 2016).
Brantley Gilbert banked his seventh Country Airplay top 10, as “The Weekend” (Valory) pushed 11-10 (23.4 million, 2%). On Hot Country Songs, it remained at No.12 after reaching No. 9 (Feb. 18)
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill with new single “Speak to a Girl” (McGraw/Arista Nashville), marked the married superstars’ highest debut as a duo on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, as the song entereds the list (dated April 8) at No.19 with 12.7 million first-week audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music.
On the multimetric Hot Country Songs chart, which blends airplay, streaming and sales data, the track opens at No. 33.
The song’s No.19 arrival on Country Airplay was the chart’s highest since Garth Brooks’ “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” bowed at the same rank on Oct. 29, 2016. (Brooks, by the way, is the only artist to debut at No. 1 on Country Airplay: “More Than a Memory” launched at the summit on Sept. 15, 2007.) “Speak” is also easily the highest debut for McGraw and Hill in tandem, topping the No.35 start of “It’s Your Love” on May 10, 1997.
The song logged 136 adds at Mediabase this week, with 146 total stations reporting. The Billboard debut was to be expected after it's hourly airplay on Thursday evening and all-day Friday.
The new ballad, written by Shy Carter, Dave Gibson and Joe Spargur, is from McGraw and Hill’s forthcoming duets album, expected in 2017. On Feb. 13, Billboard reported that the couple (married since Oct. 6, 1996), signed individual recording contracts with Sony Music Entertainment.
“Speak” was released digitally and to country radio on March 23; thus, it debuts with about half a week’s worth of airplay, as the chart’s tracking week ran March 20-26.
“We played the song within 15 minutes after receiving it,” says Charlie Cook, Cumulus vp programming and PD of Nashville’s WSM-FM and WKDF. “I think every guy who hears this song wants to call the woman in his life immediately and tell her that he loves her. I’ve not heard Faith Hill sound so strong in years. And her voice blends perfectly with McGraw’s.”
“Speaked marks the first Country Airplay appearance for McGraw and Hill together since “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” which peaked at No.2 on the chart dated Sept. 6, 2014, and is their sixth collaborative entry overall. The lone Country Airplay No. 1 for the pair remains their first as a team, the six-week No.1 “It’s Your Love.” “Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me” climbed to No. 3 on Country Airplay in 1998, followed by “Let’s Make Love” (No. 6, 2000) and “I Need You” (No. 8, 2007).
On Hot Country Songs, “Speak” is McGraw and Hill’s seventh appearance together and followed their spiritual-based “Keep Your Eyes on Me,” from the movie The Shack (which opened in theaters on March 3 and stars McGraw, among others); it debuted and peaked at No. 44 on Feb. 18. “Keep” also granted the couple its first appearance on Hot Christian Songs, opening and peaking at No.12 that week.
*** No. 1 (3 weeks) *** "Dirt On My Boots” Jon Pardi 46.381 million audience (+0.345 million) / 8,518 radio plays (-20)
** Hot Shot Debut/ Most Increased Audience/ Most Added ** No.19 “Speak To A Girl” Tim McGraw & Faith Hill 12.724 million audience gain thanks to 99 fresh radio commitment (ADDS)
Debut No.52 “Ask Me How I Know” Garth Brooks
Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart
(Chart issue week of April 8, 2017)
Sam Hunt with “Body Like a Back Road” (MCA Nashville) held at No.1 on the Billboard Country Song Sales Chart for a eighth week with 61,000 sales (up 11%; 8-week total 487,000). On the overall Digital Song Sales chart, it rose 6-3, two rungs behind the No.1 “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran (97,000 downloads sold, down 7%).
Keith Urban with “The Fighter,” featuring Carrie Underwood (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville), lifted 4-2 (#43-27 Digital Songs)
Brett Young with “In Case You Didn’t Know” was a non-mover at #3 (#35-29 Digital Songs)
Jon Pardi with “Dirt On My Boots” slipped 2-4 (#30-32 Digital Songs)
Little Big Town with “Better Man” moved 6-5 (#47-39 Digital Songs)
Luke Combs with “Hurricane” climbed 8-6 (#49-45 Digital Songs)
Florida Georgia Line feat. Backstreet Boys with “God, Your Mama, And Me” rolled up 10-7.
Michael Ray with “Think A Little Less” advanced 11-8.
Luke Bryan will “Fast” jumped 17-9.
Keith Urban with “Blue Ain’t Your Color” lifted 13-10
Outside the Top 10
Lady Antebellum with “You Look Good” rose 14-11
Josh Turner with “Hometown Girl” held at #12
Midland with “Drinkin’ Problem” made a debut at #14
Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart
27 March 2017
Jon Pardi Hits #1 With 'Dirt On My Boots'
Congrats to Jon Pardi, Royce Risser, Bobby Young, David Friedman and the Capitol promotion staff on scoring the week's No.1 with "Dirt On My Boots." The song is the second chart-topper from CALIFORNIA SUNRISE. It marked Pardi's second consecutive #1, following "Head Over Boots," which topped the charts in August (August 15, 2016).
The song logged 9,201 radio spins (+262) and 64.012 million audience impressions (+1.615 million) with 28278 Total Points from 158 tracking stations for the tracking week March 19 to March 25, 2017 and published chart March 27th 2017
|Team Arista celebrate landing 136 Mediabase adds for|
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill's "Speak To A Girl"
Kudos to Josh Easler and Arista for nabbing 136 adds for Tim McGraw & Faith Hill's "Speak To A Girl". The song topped the "Most Added" board this chart week.
For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 543 - March 27, 2017 [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: #2
Event Venue City/State: C2C Country To Country: Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, Zac Brown Band, Chris Young, Darius Rucker, Marty Stuart, Jennifer Nettles, Hunter Hayes, Maren Morris, Cam, Dan + Shay, Brothers Osborne O2 Arena London, U.K.
Dates: March 10-12, 2017 Gross Sales: $3,774,210 Attend: 40,970/ 45,518
Shows/ Sellouts: 3/0 (4,548 unsold tickets) Prices: $912.30, $48.05 Promoters: SJM Concerts/in-house
Rank Artist: #8
Event Venue City/State: Blake Shelton, RaeLynn, Sundance Head Allstate Arena Rosemont, Ill.
Dates: March 17, 2017 Gross Sales: $872,739 Attend: 12,909/ 12,909
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $82.50, $32.50
Promoters: Messina Touring Group/AEG Presents
Rank Artist: #9
Event Venue City/State: Florida Georgia Line, Dustin Lynch, Chris Lane CenturyLink Center Omaha, Neb.
Dates: Feb. 24, 2017 Gross Sales: $827,483 Attend: 12,860/ 13,357
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (497 unsold tickets) ** Prices: $75, $29.75
Promoters: Live Nation
Rank Artist: #10
Event Venue City/State: The X Factor Live O2 Arena London, U.K.
Dates: Feb. 24-25, 2017 Gross Sales: $807,582 Attend: 15,193/ 21,543
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (6,350 unsold tickets) Prices: $124.03, $25.06
Promoters: SJM Concerts
Rank Artist: #27
Event Venue City/State: Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion, Aubrie Sellers Van Andel Arena Grand Rapids, Mich.
Dates: March 19, 2017 Gross Sales: $484,915 Attend: 9,381/ 9,984
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (603 unsold tickets) Prices: $59.75, $39.75
Promoters: Live Nation
Rank Artist: #65
Event Venue City/State: Martina McBride, Lauren Alaina, Maggie Rose, Post Monroe Durham Performing Arts Center Durham, N.C.
Dates: March 2, 2017 Gross Sales: $103,488 Attend: 2,252/ 2,712
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (460 unsold tickets) Prices: $85.25, $35.25
Rank Artist: #94
Event Venue City/State: Nikki Lane, Brent Cobb, Jonathan Tyler Lincoln Hall Chicago, Ill.
Dates: March 11, 2017 Gross Sales: $9,254 Attend: 490/ 490
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $20, $18
Promoters: Madison House Presents/AEG PresentsPFM/Nederlander/AEG Presents
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