Friday, 16 June 2017

Country Billboard Chart News June 5, 2017

Country Billboard Chart News June 5, 2017

RIAA Certifications

Multi-Platinum = 2,000,000 plus units
Platinum = 1-million units
Gold = 500,000 units
Note: For ALBUM certifications the RIAA base their figures on the number of units SHIPPED together with, track sales and on demand audio/ video stream units and NOT based purely on traditional retail sales.
1,500 on-demand audio and/or video song streams = 10 track sales = 1 album sale.
150 on-demand streams = 1 track download

Florida Georgia Line Leads RIAA Gold And Platinum Honors For May
BMLG RECORDS' Florida Georgia Line (FGL) led the RIAA GOLD and PLATINUM honours for the full month of May 2017 for the Country format.
FGL received MULTI-PLATINUM Single honors for:
 "H.O.L.Y.;" (released AUGUST 26, 2016; 3x Multi-Platinum 3 million units)
PLATINUM Single honors for "May We All" (released July 17, 2016; 1 Million units), "GOD, Your Mama, And Me" (released Jan 1, 2016; 1 million units) and "Confession" (released Oct 14, 2014 1 Million units) and GOLD Single honors for "GOD, Your Mama, And Me."

Also earning RIAA PLATINUM Singles honors was:
BMLG RECORDS' Brett Young for "In Case You Didn't Know." (released Feb 12, 2017; Gold | April 14, 2017; Platinum | May 23, 2017 1 million units)

RIAA GOLD Singles honors went to:
Valory Music Co.'s Thomas Rhett for "Star Of The Show" (released Oct 28, 2016; 0.5 Million units)
Black River Entertainment's Kelsea Ballerini for "Yeah Boy" (released Oct 10, 2016; 0.5 Million units)
Valory Music Co.'s Brantley Gilbert for "The Weekend" (released Jan 27, 2017; 0.5 Million units)

Artists Of Then, Now & Forever for "Forever Country." (released Sept 8, 2016; 0.5 Million units) 18,6million YouTube Views / . The song debuted atop Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, becoming the third song in history to achieve this feat and giving every artist featured on the song a number one hit on the chart.
The single sold 93,000 downloads and was streamed 5.7 million times in its first week. It also debuted atop the Country Digital Song Sales and Country Streaming Songs charts. The song went on spend a second week atop the Hot Country Songs chart and the Country Digital Song Sales, although it descended 1-2 on Country Streaming Songs, with a 34% drop to 61,000 sold and streaming down 38% percent to 3.5 million. it peaked at #32 on the Billboard Country Airplay.
For a complete list of RIAA awards, visit here.

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of June 17, 2017)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (3 non-consecutive weeks) From A Room: Volume 1 Chris Stapleton
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (17 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
Country Airplay ** No.1 (2 weeks) ** "In Case You Didn’t Know” Brett Young
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (17 non-consecutive weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of June 17, 2017)

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

Bryson Tiller Notches His First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'True to Self'
Bryson Tiller notched his first No.1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart (BB200), as his second studio effort, TRUE TO SELF, debuted atop the tally. The set, which was released through TrapSoul/RCA Records on May 26, earned 107,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 1, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 47,436 were in traditional album sales.
True to Self was released a month earlier than its expected June 23 street date, and is the follow-up to Tiller’s debut set, Trapsoul. The latter set peaked at No.8 on the chart in January of 2016, and helped Tiller finish the year as Billboard’s top new artist. Trapsoul has earned 1.6 million equivalent album units, of which 441,000 are in traditional album sales.
True to Self was supported mostly by SEA units (57,000) and traditional album sales. The remainder of its bow came from TEA units (2,000).
Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. held steady at No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, with 84,000 units (down 14 percent).
The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band returned to the chart, re-entering at No.3 with 75,000 units (up 2,062%) with 71,036 in traditional album sales (up 3,889%). It is the highest rank for the former No.1 album since the Dec. 30, 1967-dated chart, when the set also placed at No. 3.
As the re-release stirs renewed interest in the Fab Four, it’s noteworthy to mention that the group has made a sizable impact on the country genre.

Among its most notable efforts was the 1995 album Come Together: America Salutes the Beatles. The LP, which peaked at No. 13 on Top Country Albums, includes covers by Kris Kristofferson (“Paperback Writer”), Little Texas (“Help!”), Willie Nelson (“One After 909”), Tanya Tucker (“Something”) and Steve Wariner (“Get Back”), among others.

Before that, 1989 brought two Beatles remakes to the Hot Country Songs top 10. In March, duo Sweethearts of the Rodeo, aka sisters Janis Oliver and Kristine Arnold, reached No. 9 with their version of “I Feel Fine.” That September, Rosanne Cash scored her 11th Hot Country Songs No. 1 with her take on “I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party.”
It has worked the other way around, too. In 1965, The Beatles released their rendition of “Act Naturally,” with Ringo Starr on lead vocals. The song was originally a Buck Owens hit that topped the Hot Country Songs chart dated June 15, 1963, marking his first of 21 leaders. Also in 1989 (a year after The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Owens and Starr united for an update of “Naturally,” which rose to No.27 on Hot Country Songs.

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of June 17, 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.

Chris Stapleton with From A Room: Volume 1 (Mercury/Universal Music Group Nashville) held at No.1 (5-8 Billboard 200) selling 31,292 copies (down 26%; 4-week total 341,483) to lead Top Country Albums for a third non-consecutive week.
Stapleton’s TRAVELLER (MERCURY/ UMGN) rose 5-2 (#29 non-mover BB200) selling 9,572 copies (down 16%; 109-week total 1,964,200).

Zac Brown Band with WELCOME HOME (Southern Ground/Elektra/Atlantic Group) held at No.3 (15-31 BB200) selling 12,633 copies (down 45%; 3-week total 174,521).
Brett Young with self-titled debut (BMLG) rose 6-4 (#46-40 BB200) selling 4,152 copies (up 5%; 16-week total 81,000).
Florida Georgia Line with DIG YOUR ROOTS (BMLG) fell 8-5 (#55-47 BB200) selling 2,461 copies (40-week total 394,400).
Keith Urban with RIPCORD (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville) climbed 7-6 (52-48 BB200) selling 5,256 copies (down 5%; 56-week total 588,600).
In their second chart frame Rascal Flatts with BACK TO US (Big Machine/BMLG) fell 2-8 (#11-55 BB200) selling 7,305 copies (down 71%; 2-week total 32,568).
Thomas Rhett with TANGLED UP (Valory) rose 10-9 (#93-73 BB200) selling 1,400 copies (88-week total 582,000).

Outside the Top 10
Kane Brown with self-titled KANE BROWN (Zone 4/RCA Nashville) rose 13-11 (#115-94 BB200) selling 2,615 copies (down 5%; 26-week total 155,000)

Miranda Lambert with THE WEIGHT OF THESE WINGS (Vanner/ RCA Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) fell 12-13 (112-110 BB200) selling 2,621 copies (down 7%; 28-week total 356,100).
Brantley Gilbert with The Devil Dont Sleep (Valory | BMLG) fell 16-17 selling 1,830 copies (down 11%; 18-week total 172,330).
Maren Morris with HERO (Columbia Nashville | SMN) held at #24 (165-175 BB200)

Outside the Top 25
Midland with their 5 track self-titled (EP) made a debut at No.46 (released Oct 28, 2016; Amazon UK |

On the Country Album Sales list (pure sales; old methodology)

Various Artists with Gentle Giants: The Songs Of Don Williams made a debut at No.15 selling 1,825 copies.
Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams turns 78 on Saturday May 27, but it was his legion of “Gentle Giant” fans around the globe that received a star-packed present Friday (May 26) with the Slate Creek Records release (Amazon UK -

In honour of his legendary career, Williams' longtime producer and friend Garth Fundis produced the tribute album.
The 11-song tribute features an impressive lineup of musical innovators including Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Brandy Clark, Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires, Keb’ Mo’, Alison Krauss, Lady Antebellum, John Prine featuring Roger Cook, Pistol Annies, Chris Stapleton featuring Morgane Stapleton and Trisha Yearwood. 
To celebrate the release and Williams’ extraordinary career, the Grand Ole Opry will honoured the music of the legend on Tuesday night’s Opry (May 30). The evening featured performances by Opry member Krauss, Prine, Isbell and Shires, all of whom appear on the album, as well as Darius Rucker and Bill Anderson.

Year-To-Date Albums
8,582,000 (Physical sales 5,767,000 (down -12.9%) + Digital sales 2,815,000 (down -19.8%) which is 15.3% down at the same point in 2016 (10,132,000 sales) 

Year-To-Date Digital Tracks

30,772,000 down 23.3% at the same point in 2016 (40,108,000)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of June 17, 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) continued its domination on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart (dated June 17), expanding its reign to 17 weeks.
“Body,” which Hunt co-wrote for his fiancée, Hannah Lee Fowler, debuted on the multimetric list (which blends airplay, sales and streaming data) at No.2 on Feb. 18. It ascended to No.1 the following week (Feb. 25) and has locked down the summit ever since.
“Body” concurrently topped Country Streaming Songs and Country Digital Song Sales for a 17th week each. It ruled the former with 16.2 million U.S. streams (down 1%) in the week ending June 1, according to Nielsen Music, and the latter with 50,000 downloads sold (down 5%). On Country Airplay, where it led for three weeks (May 6,13 and 20), “Road” rolled for a 10th week in the top five, holding at No.3 (39.9 million audience impressions, down 3%).
“Body” has become a crossover hit as well, reaching No.6 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 (April 22), marking the first country song to reach the chart’s top 10 since Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” which rose to No.4 on July 6, 2013. “Road” rose 18-16 on the Adult Top 40 airplay chart and 29-27 on Mainstream Top 40.
With 17 weeks atop Hot Country Songs, “Body” ties Thomas Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man,” which first led the list dated Nov. 14, 2015, for the fourth-longest reign since the tally began as an all-encompassing genre ranking in 1958. “Cruise” leads with 24 weeks at No.1 in 2012 and 2013, followed by Leroy Van Dyke’s “Walk on By” (19 weeks in 1961-62) and FGL’s “H.O.L.Y” (18 weeks, 2016).

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (17 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
** Airplay Gainer ** No.5 “If I Told You” Darius Rucker
** Streaming Gainer ** No.16 “Yours If You Want It” Rascal Flatts
** Digital Gainer ** No.18 “Small Town Boy” Dustin Lynch
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.42 “Fix A Drink” Chris Janson
Debut No.47 “Just A Phase” Adam Craig

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of June 17, 2017)

Brett Young with “In Case You Didn’t Know” (Big Machine Label Group/BMLG Records) crowned Country Airplay for a second week, increasing by 2% to 47.1 million audience impressions. On Hot Country Songs, it ranked at its No. 2 peak for an eighth straight week. It also places at No.2 on Country Streaming Songs (9.1 million, essentially even week over week) and Country Digital Song Sales (41,000 sales)

Country Airplay
*** No.1 (2 weeks) *** "In Case You Didn’t Know” Brett Young 47.088 million audience (+1.121 million) / 8,385 radio plays (+120)
** Most Increased Audience ** No.2 “If I Told You” Darius Rucker +4.032 million audience gain
** Most Added ** No.43 “Fix A Drink” Chris Janson (# ADDS)
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.54 “All The Pretty Girls” Kenny Chesney
Debut No.59 “Doin’ Fine” Lauren Alaina

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart 
(Chart issue week of June 17, 2017)

Sam Hunt with Body Like a Back Road” (MCA Nashville) returned to No.1 moving 2-1 (9-6 Digital Songs; 50,000 sales; down 5%; 18-week total 1,055,000) leading the chart a 17th non-consecutive week.
It was five places behind Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber with "Despacito" which ruled the Digital Song Sales chart for a fifth week, with 148,000 downloads sold (up 8%) in the week ending June 1; the remix with Bieber accounted for 80% of the song's sales (up from 77% the previous week).

Brett Young with “In Case You Didn’t Know” climbed 3-2 (#15-11 Digital Songs; 41,000 sales; down 11%; 35-week total 647,000).
Luke Combs with “Hurricane” rose 8-3 (#39-28 Digital Songs)
Keith Urban with “The Fighter,” featuring Carrie Underwood (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville), climbed 9-4 (#42-35 Digital Songs)
Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris with “Craving You” lifted 12-5 (#40 Re-Entry Digital Songs).
Florida Georgia Line feat. Backstreet Boys with “God, Your Mama, And Me” darted 13-6 (46 Re-Entry Digital Songs)

Chris Stapleton with “Either Way” held at #7 (#38-48 Digital Songs)
Lady Antebellum with “You Look Good” advanced 11-8 (#49-50 Digital Songs)
Midland with “Drinkin’ Problem” rose 15-9.
Dustin Lynch climbed 23-10Small Town Boy” 

Outside the Top 10
The Voice Season 12 runner-up Lauren Duski with last weeks No.1 “Déjà Vu” retreated 1-25.

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

5 June 2017
Brett Young Reaches #1 With 'In Case You Didn't Know'
Congrats to Brett Young, Matthew Hargis and the BMLG Records promotion staff on landing the week’s No.1 with “In Case
You Didn’t Know.” The song is Young’s second chart-topper, following “Sleep Without Youin November (Nov 28, 2016). Writers are Trent Tomlinson, Tyler Reeve, Kylie Schlienger and Young.

In Case You Didn’t Know logged 9,088 radio spins (+316) and 60.566 million audience impressions (+1.898 million) with 27022 Total Points from 159 tracking stations for the tracking week May 28 to June 3, 2017 and published chart June 5th 2017.

Kenny Chesney Is Most-Added With 'All The Pretty Girls'
Kudos to Shane Allen and the Columbia team for notching 47 adds for Kenny Chesney’s All The Pretty Girls”. The song topped the "Most Added" board this chart week.
Columbia Nashville Kenny Chesney promotions team celebrate
47 Mediabase adds for All The Pretty Girls

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 553 - June 5, 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: #7  
Event Venue City/State: Eric Church Bridgestone Arena Nashville, Tenn.
Dates: May 26-27, 2017 Gross Sales: $2,524,287 Attend: 38,016/ 38,016
Shows/ Sellouts: 2/2 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $89, $20
Promoters: Messina Touring Group/AEG Presents

Rank Artist: #19
Event Venue City/State: Eric Church KFC Yum! Center Louisville, Ky.
Dates: May 25, 2017 Gross Sales: $1,052,065 Attend: 16,443/ 16,443
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $89, $23
Promoters: Messina Touring Group/AEG Presents

Rank Artist: #38
Event Venue City/State: Donny & Marie The Showroom at The Flamingo Las Vegas, Nev.
Dates: May 2-6, 16-20, 23-27, 2017 Gross Sales: $722,226 Attend: 7,877/ 10,844
Shows/ Sellouts: 15/0 (2,967 unsold tickets) Prices: $283, $136, $119, $104
Promoters: Caesars Entertainment

Rank Artist: #51
Event Venue City/State: Brad Paisley, Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant, Lindsay Ell BB&T Pavilion Camden, N.J.
Dates: May 19, 2017 Gross Sales: $505,669 Attend: 19,455/ 21,000
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (1,555 unsold tickets) Prices: $69, $20
Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #90
Event Venue City/State: Daniel O'Donnell Palladium London, U.K.        
Dates: May 5-6, 2017 Gross Sales: $207,449 Attend: 3,560/ 4,300
Shows/ Sellouts: 2/0 (740 unsold tickets) Prices: $77.33, $58
Promoters: Triple A Entertainment

Rank Artist: #97
Event Venue City/State: Kenny Rogers, Linda Davis Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, Fla.
Dates: Jan. 22, 2017 Gross Sales: $185,730 Attend: 2,036/ 2,036
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $103.75, $60
Promoters: Ruth Eckerd Hall Presents
Latest Billboard Boxscore Chart

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