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Country Billboard Chart News April 24, 2017

Country Billboard Chart News April 24, 2017

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of May 6, 2017)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (5 weeks non-consecutive) RIPCORD Keith Urban
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (11 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
Country Airplay ** No.1 (1 week) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (12 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of May 6, 2017)

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

Kendrick Lamar Earns Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With Biggest Debut of 2017
Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. blasted in at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (BB200) with 2017’s biggest week for an album: 603,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending April 20, according to Nielsen Music. That’s the most units earned by an album in a single week in nearly a year, since Drake’s Views launched with 1.04 million units in the week ending May 5, 2016. The previous record holder for 2017’s biggest week was the debut of Drake’s More Life, with 505,000 units in the week ending March 23.
DAMN. marks Lamar’s third No.1 album, following last year’s UNTITLED UNMASTERED. and 2015’s TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY. DAMN. was released April 14 through Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope Records.
In total, DAMN. sold 352,766 in traditional album sales in its first week. That’s both the largest sales week of 2017 (surpassing Ed Sheeran’s ÷ [Divide] launch of 322,307) and a career-high sales frame for Lamar (beating To Pimp a Butterfly’s bow of 324,000 in 2015). DAMN.’s sales are the largest for an album in a week since J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only started with 363,000 in the week ending Dec. 15, 2016.

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of May 6, 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) held at #1 (#23-26 Billboard 200) selling 8,531 copies (down 21%; 50-week total 545,200). It marked his 5th non-consecutive week at No.1.

Chris Stapleton with TRAVELLER (MERCURY/ UMGN) climbed 3-2 (#38-33 BB200) selling 6,741 copies (103 week total 1,900,400).

Florida Georgia Line with DIG YOUR ROOTS (BMLG) rose 4-3 (#40-36 BB200) selling 3,248 copies (down 9%; 34-week total 378,900).

Brett Young with self-titled debut (BMLG) climbed 5-4 (#49-42 BB200) selling 4,008 copies (down 2%; 10-week total 55,700).
Thomas Rhett with TANGLED UP (Valory) rose 8-6 (#56-52 BB200) selling 2,332 copies (down 12%; 82-week total 566,300).
Miranda Lambert with THE WEIGHT OF THESE WINGS (Vanner/ RCA Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) fell 2-7 (31-53 BB200) selling 5,691 copies (down 41%, 22-week total 333,600).
Blake Shelton with IF I’M HONEST (Warner Bros./WMN) rebounded 17-8 (#110-61 BB200) selling 4,531 copies and a 48-week total of 591,300 copies.

Jon Pardi with CALIFORNIA SUNRISE rose 11-9 (#75-65 BB200) selling 2,412 copies (down 7%; 44-week total 139,800).
Brantley Gilbert with THE DEVIL DONT SLEEP (Valory) lifted 12-10 (#78-69 BB200) with 3,804 copies sold (down 9%; 11-week total 156,300).

Outside the Top 10
Jason Aldean with THEY DON'T KNOW (Macon/Broken Bow) rose 14-11 (#84-77 BB200) selling 3,034 copies (down 7%; 32-week total 368,100).
Johnny Cash’s catalog album The Legend Of Johnny Cash (Columbia Nashville/Legacy/American/Island) blew up the chart 34-13 (#90 Re-Entry BB200) selling 6,060 copies in its 117th frame.

In its second chart frame Joey Feek with IF NOT FOR YOU (Farmhouse/Gaither/Capitol CMG), fell 6-14 (#50-102 BB200) selling 6,657 copies (down 37%; 2-week total 17,150).
Maren Morris with HERO (Columbia Nashville | SMN) moved 16-15 (101-110 BB200) selling 2,987 copies (down 24%; 46-week total 214,500).

Dierks Bentley with BLACK (Capitol Nashville | UMGN) rose 18-16 (#111 non- mover BB200) selling 1,548 copies (47-week total 255,000).
Kelsea Ballerini with THE FIRST TIME (Black River) climbed 19-17 (120-118 BB200) selling 2,086 copies (101-week total 274,200)
Little Big Town with THE BREAKER (Capitol Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville) fell 15-20 (#91-123 BB200) selling 3,297 copies (down 26%; 8-week total 96,800).

Reba McEntire with Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope (Rockin' R/Nash Icon | BMLG) fell 9-21 (63-125 BB200) selling 5,323 copies (down 35%; 11-week total 159,100).
Kane Brown with self-titled set Kane Brown rose 24-22 (#139-126 BB200) selling 3,160 copies (up 7%; 20-week total 138,200)
Josh Turner with DEEP SOUTH (MCA Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville) moved 25-24 (#140-133 BB200) selling 2,625 copies (down 10%, 6-week total 36,500).

Outside the Top 25
There was one new entry at #37 New Hosier with the 10 track PAVING MY WAY (Redneckin Records; Amazon UK - UK iTunes ) selling 3,545 copies. It was the 9th best selling country album of the week on the Country Album Sales list.
New country hip hop artist Hosier’s features Upchurch The Redneck Jelly Roll TheRealBigSmo and Struggle.

FALLING SHORT of Top 50:

On the Country Album Sales list (pure sales; old methodology) Dylan Schneider with his 5 track Country/ Pop SPOTLIGHT'S ON YOU (EP) debuted at #24 selling 1,712 copies.
Sam Outlaw with TENDERHEART (Six Shooter Records; Amazon UK) made a bow at #37 selling 1,200 copies.
Chris Shiflett with West Coast Town (SideOneDummy Records) arrived at #42 selling 900 copies.
Lillie Mae with FOREVER AND THEN SOME (Third Man Records) made a debut at #45 selling 800 copies.

Bailey Bryan with SO FAR (EP) sold just 400 copies despite high profile promotion of her single and video “Own It” and playing multiple appearances at the C2C 2017 Country To Country music festival.

Year-To-Date Albums
6,004,000 (Physical sales 4,073,000 (down -12.6%) + Digital sales 1,932,000 (down -20.4%) which is 15.3% down at the same point in 2016 (7,087,000 sales) 

Year-To-Date Digital Tracks
22,347,000 down 23.2% at the same point in 2016 (29,110,000)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of May 6, 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) shifted into an even higher gear, leading Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart (dated May 6) for an 11th week, tying for his longest reign on the tally — and taking over atop Country Airplay. Meanwhile, it continued to rule the Country Streaming Songs and Country Digital Song Sales charts, making for a rare domination of all four country song surveys.

Hunt earned his fifth Country Airplay leader, as “Road” traveled 2-1 with a 4% gain to 44 million audience impressions in the week ending April 23, according to Nielsen Music. He notched four from his debut full-length, Montevallo, in 2014 through 2016 (all for a week each): “Leave the Night On,” “Take Your Time,”House Party” and “Make You Miss Me.” (No sophomore album is yet in sight, with Hunt recently telling Billboard, “Putting out music as it’s made, versus holding it until an album’s finished, allows me to be more timely.”)
The airplay advance helped “Road” match Hunt’s longest rule on Hot Country Songs, as it equalled the 11-week command of “Time,” which reached No.1 on Feb. 21, 2015. “Road” additionally leads Country Digital Song Sales for an 11th week (61,000 downloads sold, down 12 percent) and Country Streaming Songs for a 10th frame (14.9 million U.S. streams, up 1%). (“Time” led the lists for 12 and 22 weeks, respectively.)
“Road” is the fifth smash to top Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay, Country Digital Songs and Country Streaming Songs simultaneously (dating to the launch of Country Streaming Songs, the youngest of the four surveys, in April 2013). It’s the first since Keith Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color” on Jan. 21. Before that, Luke Bryan’s “Kick the Dust Up” (Aug. 15, 2015) and “Play It Again” (May 31 and June 14, 2014), and Jason Aldean’s “Burnin’ It Down” (Nov. 1 and 8, 2014) ruled four charts at once.

Kelsea Ballerini bounded to her fourth Hot Country Songs top 10, as “Yeah Boy” (Black River) rose 12-10. All four top 10s are from her debut LP, The First Time. “Love Me Like You Mean It” reached No. 5 in June 2015, “Dibs” hit No. 7 in February 2016, and “Peter Pan” flew to No.1 for two weeks beginning Sept. 24, 2016.
Ballerini is the first solo female to bank at least four Hot Country Songs top 10s from a first LP since Taylor Swift, who 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). Among all artists, Ballerini is the first to generate at least four Hot Country Songs top 10s from a debut LP since Sam Hunt, who collected five (including four No. 1s) from Montevallo in 2014-16.
“Boy” bumped into the top five on Country Airplay, where Ballerini’s three prior hits all hit No.1 — up by 8% to 34.7 million in audience.

Chris Stapleton returned to Hot Country Songs, as “Broken Halos” (Mercury) made a bow at No.13. Sales account for 84% of the song’s points on the chart, as it soared onto Country Digital Song Sales at No. 2 with 37,000 first week downloads sold (in the week ending April 20). Stapleton achieves his third-highest-charting entry on Hot Country Songs, after “Tennessee Whiskey,” which led for two weeks in November 2015, and “Parachute” (No.12 in January).
Halos” is the first taste of Stapleton’s second studio album, FROM A ROOM: Volume 1, due May 2. His first, 2015’s Traveller (which houses “Parachute” and “Whiskey”), has reigned for 28 total weeks (and ranks at No. 2 on the May 6-dated list).

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (11 week)/ Digital Gainer ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
** Streaming Gainer ** No.3 “Hurricane” Luke Combs
 ** Airplay Gainer ** No.5 “Hometown Girl” Josh Turner
 ** Hot Shot Debut ** No.13 “Broken Halos” Chris Stapleton
Debut No.49 “You Broke Up With Me” Walker Hayes
Debut No.50 “Missing” William Michael Morgan

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of May 6, 2017)

Sam Hunt with “Body Like a Back Road” is a monster hit! The song climbed to No.1 on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart in just 12 weeks and is continuing to engage folks who streamed it nearly 12-million times last week. It logged a 4% gain to 44 million audience impressions.
If you’re wondering how he came up with the song, he says the phrase “Body Like a Back Road” came first. The Georgia native wrote the song with his producer Zach Crowell and his songwriter friends Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne and the song seemed to just fall out.

“I try to think of titles or lines that’ll cross my mind and I’ll put ‘em in my phone, and this was one that I wanted to write for a while – the title ‘Body Like a Back Road’ – or use it as a lyric, do something with it. I didn’t have a melody, but one night this melody got stuck in my head and the phrase ‘Body Like a Back Road’ sang perfectly to it and the chorus came out pretty quick. And then we went in and started working on the song with the producer and a couple of writing buddies, and I wanted to write it because I thought it was a fun song
“Body Like a Back Road” is the first release from his as-yet-to-be-titled forthcoming album.
In the song, he sings about going “15 in a 30,” which is what he named his upcoming tour. The trek, featuring Maren Morris, Chris Janson and Ryan Follese, will kick off June 1st in Cleveland, Ohio.
Lyric Video:


Brantley Gilbert with "The Weekend" climbed 11-9 to land his 7th top 10 in his 40th chart frame

Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (1 week) *** "Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt 43.982 million audience (+1.670 million) / 7,974 radio plays (+300)
** Most Increased Audience ** No.2 “Hometown Girl” Josh Turner 5.553 million audience gain
** Most Added ** No.47 “Round Here Buzz” Eric Church (15 ADDS)
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.53 “Good Company” Jake Owen
Debut No.54 “Last Time For Everything” Brad Paisley
Debut No.59 “Act Like You Don’t” Brooke Eden

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart 
(Chart issue week of May 6, 2017)

Sam Hunt with Body Like a Back Road” (MCA Nashville) held at No.1 on the Billboard Country Song Sales Chart for a twelfth week selling 61,000 downloads (down 12%; 12-week total 738,000).
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 Zedd & Alessia Cara (up 135% to 91,000 downloads sold, in the week ending April 20, according to Nielsen Music).

Chris Stapleton Broken Halos” (Mercury) soared onto Country Digital Song Sales at No. 2 with 37,000 first week downloads sold (#19 Digital Songs)
Brett Young with “In Case You Didn’t Know” held at #3 (#19-23 Digital Songs) in his 29th week.
Keith Urban with “The Fighter,” featuring Carrie Underwood (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville), fell 2-4 (18-30 Digital Songs) in their 16th frame.
Luke Combs with “Hurricane” lifted 8-5 (#41-40 Digital Songs) in his 21st frame.
Jon Pardi with “Dirt On My Boots” held #6 (#33-46 Digital Songs) in his 30th frame.
Florida Georgia Line feat. Backstreet Boys with “God, Your Mama, And Me” held at #7 (40-50 Digital Songs) in their 11th week.

Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris with “Craving You” fell 4-8 in their third week.
Lady Antebellum with “You Look Good held at #9 in their 13th week.
Miranda Lambert with “Tin Man” retreated 5-10 in her fourth frame.  
Outside the Top 10
Keith Urban with “Blue Ain’t Your Color” held at #11 in his 40th week.
Josh Turner with “Hometown Girl” rose 17-12 in his eighth week.
Cole Swindell feat. Dierks Bentley fell 12-14 in their 6th week
Jason Aldean with “Any Ol’ Barstool” slipped 13-15 in his frame.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill with “Speak to a Girl” (McGraw/Arista Nashville) fell 10-16 in their fourth week.

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

24 April 2017

Josh Turner Is #1 With 'Hometown Girl'
MCA Nashville’s Josh Turner took the No. 1 spot on the MediaBase country radio airplay chart with “Hometown Girl.” Written by Marc Beeson and Daniel Tashian, “Hometown Girl” immediately hit home for Turner’s fans as it “pairs the South Carolina native’s unmistakable, country-to-the-core baritone with a modern, rollicking beat” (Rolling Stone).
The song is the second single from Turner’s album DEEP SOUTH which debuted at #1 (March 21). The South Carolina native's most recent prior #1 came with this song "All over Me." from 2010.

The song logged 8,805 radio spins (+1292) and 58.715 million audience impressions (+7.874 million) with 26520 Total Points from 159 tracking stations for the tracking week April 16 to April 22, 2017 and published chart April 24th 2017.


“Man, I am beyond excited about ‘Hometown Girl’ going No. 1 this week. It’s a pretty sweet week for me considering the journey that I’ve been through to get to this place,” says Josh. 

“I’m thankful to country radio for playing this song. I’m thankful to the fans for loving it and buying the record and buying the single. I’m feeling a lot of love from a lot of different directions this week, so it’s a pretty good place to be.”

“‘Hometown Girl’ is officially No. 1!” shares an elated Turner via Twitter. “Thank you God, country radio and MCA Nashville! It’s Party Time!!”


Josh Turner (why he recorded Hometown Girl): “I first heard the song at my producer’s house – Kenny Greenburg – and I was kind of looking for some different kind of stuff that I hadn’t really done before, and ‘Hometown Girl’ kind of fit that mold. Even before I knew the lyrics, I had that melody stuck in my head. It’s such a catchy melody. When I really got to diggin’ into what the lyrics were saying, I loved the message in the song a nd I just felt like my female fan base would really get this song and relate to this song. I felt like the guys in my fan base, I feel like that’s the kind of girl they’re looking for or either they have already. So, I just felt like it was a good message to put out there and just a great song to give me kind of the opportunity to shake things up production-wise, so…”

Brad Paisley Is Most-Added With 'Last Time For Everything'
Kudos to Josh Easler and the Arista team on landing 50 adds for Brad Paisley’s Last Time For Everything”. The song topped the "Most Added" board this chart week.
Arista's Luke Jenson "doesn't do" carbs. Pictured L-R (front): Arista Coord./Promotion Olivia Laster, Dir./Northeast Promotion Abi Fishbone, Dr./South/Southwest Promotion Rusty Sherrill; (back): Mgr/Regional Promotion Jensen
  
For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 547 - April 24, 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: #9
Event Venue City/State: Eric Church BMO Harris Bradley Center Milwaukee, Wis.
Dates: April 14, 2017 Gross Sales: $1,102,384 Attend: 17,931/ 17,931
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $89, $25
Promoters: Messina Touring Group/AEG Presents
                                                           
Rank Artist: #12
Event Venue City/State: Dixie Chicks, Avalanche City Perth Arena, Perth, Australia
Dates: April 5, 2017 Gross Sales: $841,711 Attend: 7,536/ 9,306
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (1770 unsold tickets) Prices: $151.41, $75.67          
Promoters: Chugg Entertainment/Rob Potts Entertainment Edge

Rank Artist: #15
Event Venue City/State: Dixie Chicks, Smooth Hound Smith Budweiser Gardens London, Ontario
Dates: April 18, 2017 Gross Sales: $744,895 Attend: 8,148/ 8,148
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $104.51, $74.43, $51.88
Promoters: Live Nation
           
Rank Artist: #35
Event Venue City/State: Brantley Gilbert, Tucker Beathard, Luke Combs, Brian Davis Verizon Arena    North Little Rock, Ark.
Dates: April 21, 2017 Gross Sales: $285,165 Attend: 7,257/ 7,257
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $39.75, $34.75
Promoters: Frank Productions/NS2/CMoore Live
Latest Billboard Boxscore Chart

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