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Country Billboard Chart News May 29, 2017

Country Billboard Chart News May 29, 2017

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of June 10, 2017)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (2 non-consecutive weeks) From A Room: Volume 1 Chris Stapleton
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (16 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
Country Airplay ** No.1 (1 week) ** "In Case You Didn’t Know” Brett Young
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (1 week) ** Déjà Vu” Lauren Duski

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of June 10, 2017)

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

Linkin Park Scores Sixth No.1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'One More Light'
Linkin Park notched its sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard Top 200Album Chart (BB200), as ONE MORE LIGHT debuted atop the tally. The set earned 111,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 25, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 99,515 were in traditional album sales. The album is Linkin Park’s seventh studio effort, and was released on May 25 through Machine Shop/Warner Bros. Records.

Chris Stapleton with From A Room: Volume 1 (Mercury/Universal Music Group Nashville) fell 4-5 Billboard 200 with 50,000 equivalent album units (down 33%)

Lauren Duski, Chris Blue & Jesse Larson, The Voice: The Complete Season 12 Collection charted at Nos.26, 50 & 163 — Following the 12th season finale of The Voice, some of its top performers hit the chart with their Voice highlights collections. 

Second-place finisher Lauren Duski (Coach Blake Shelton) arrives at No.26 (19,000 units; 1,000 from traditional album sales; #38 Country Album Sales), winner Chris Blue bows at No. 50 (12,000 units; 1,000 in album sales) and fourth place finisher Jesse Larson debuted at No. 163 (5,000 units; negligible album sales).

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of June 10, 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) rose 2-1 (4-5 Billboard 200) selling 42,168 copies (down 36%; 3-week total 310,191) to lead Top Country Albums for a second non-consecutive week.
Stapleton’s TRAVELLER (MERCURY/ UMGN) fell 3-5 (#28-29 BB200) selling 11,356 copies (down 11%; 108-week total 1,954,600).

Rascal Flatts with BACK TO US (Big Machine/BMLG) made a bow at No.2 (#11 BB200; 30,000 units) selling 25,263 copies. The album is the trio’s 12th top 10 on Top Country Albums, a sum that includes eight No.1s.

CHART HISTORY: Rascal Flatts last release was their Christmas album THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL which debuted at #167 Billboard 200 (#7 Country; chart dated Nov 5, 2016) selling 4,156 copies and was the 5th best country Seasonal seller (9-week total 64,400).
Their last non holiday studio REWIND (Big Machine/Big Machine Label Group) scored its seventh No.1 debut and eighth overall leader on Billboard Top Country Albums (and starts at No.5 on the BB200) arrived with 61,207 copies sold. Rewind’s opening sales sum was less than half of what the trio’s previous studio set, CHANGED released April 3, 2012, scored upon its debut (129,569 copies) in April 2012 and marked the smallest opening-week sum for a new studio set since its self-titled debut bowed with 11,000 copies on June 24, 2000. The band claimed its biggest weekly haul when ME AND MY GANG debuted at the summit with 722,000 in 2006.

Promoting the album Rascal Flatts head coast to coast for a hard-hitting release week as their 10th studio album, BACK TO US, debuts on Big Machine Records.  

The superstar vocal group took over TODAY, featuring in all four hours of the show on Monday (May 22) beginning at 7:00am EST on NBC. 

Their NYC jaunt then takes them across town to chat in depth about their album for an AOL Build Series livestream at 12:00pm EST; watch here. 

They round out the day with SiriusXM for a special Rascal Flatts’ Artist Confidential at 2:00pm EST on SiriusXM The Highway.  The following day (May 23) the trio stopped by mega-platform Facebook's headquarters allowing fans to catch up with them and ask them anything during a LIVE Q&A at 10:30am EST.
Later that night, fans caught Rascal Flatts on the finale of The Voice for a special performance at 8:00pm EST on NBC. Fans tuned in (May 19) to relive the group’s rousing iHeartCountry Festival performance, which aired at 9pm ET/PT on DIRECTV Channel 239, DIRECTV NOW or U-verse Channel 1114.
Billboard - Rascal Flatts Discuss Why New Album 'Back To Us' Was 'One of the More Fun Projects We've Done'

Critical reception for Rascal Flatts’ Back To Us:
10 Tracks/ Time: 35:09 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -

Allmusic (Rating: 3 Stars) …The group produced the album themselves apart from one track on the deluxe edition by busbee. "Yours If You Want It" (writers the late Andrew Dorff & Jonathan Singleton) was released in January 2017 which has so far peaked at #12 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and #20 on Hot Country Songs.
If the title of Back to Us suggests that the three members of Rascal Flatts have decided to ditch everything extraneous and return to their roots, well, that's intentional. ....there's not a trace of hip-hop in its rhythms, although there is some R&B -- but busbee helps push the veteran trio toward a hipper adult contemporary. The shift is crystallized on "Vandalized," a song co-written by neo-outlaw sensation Chris Stapleton and Luke Laird..-- the group remains cheerfully square, prizing gentle melodies, slick harmonies, and shiny surfaces. That's been their specialty since 2000, and Back to Us delivers the goods just as reliably as any of the nine albums they've released since.

Sounds Like Nashville (Rating: Positive) The 10 tracks within the project feature LeVox’s distinctive warm and emotive vocals while Jay DeMarcus’ production skills only amplify Joe Don Rooney’s guitar chops. Many of the songs recall early hits from the trio. All the while, the band continuously prove that they know their fan base well with the project’s story songs
that immediately draw the listener in as their now career songs first did. After 17 years together, Rascal Flatts continue to prove their staying power with Back to Us…Each song has a detailed story that comes together as one big picture. The path is laid out from the beginning, middle and end of a relationship with joy, pain and hope toying against one another.

USA (Rating: 10/10) ...Each song has a detailed story that comes together as one big picture. The path is laid out from the beginning, middle and end of a relationship with joy, pain and hope toying against one another.

Also on Top Country Albums, The Voice: The Complete Season 12 Collection (Republic), featuring singer-songwriter Lauren Duski, debuts at No.4 (#26 BB200; 19,000 sales; | US iTunes). Duski, who competed for coach Blake Shelton’s team, finished second to Chris Blue (Gospel/Pop&Soul Singer/Songwriter, Dancer and Actor). “Deja Vu,” an original song that she performed on the season finale (May 22), debuts at No.1 on Country Digital Song Sales (86,000 downloads sold) and No.4 on Hot Country Songs. The second song that Duski sang on the finale was Garth Brooks’ 1990 Hot Country Songs No.1 “The Dance.” Her take entered Country Digital Song Sales at No.4 (37,000) and Hot Country Songs at No.18.

"Lauren is the Cassadee Pope of Season 12"
Published on May 22, 2017 Team Blake's Lauren Duski performs an original song, "Deja Vu," on the live finale. (474K YouTube Views)

Chris Blue:

Last week’s No.1 Zac Brown Band with WELCOME HOME (Southern Ground/Elektra/Atlantic Group) fell 1-3 (2-15 BB200) selling 23,108 copies (down 83%; 2-week total 161,888).

Brett Young with self-titled debut (BMLG) slipped 5-6 (#48-46 BB200) selling 3,946 copies (down 14%; 15-week total 77,000).
Keith Urban with RIPCORD (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville) fell 4-7 (39-52 BB200) selling 5,555 copies (down 28%; 55-week total 583,300).
Florida Georgia Line with DIG YOUR ROOTS (BMLG) fell 6-8 (#51-55 BB200) selling 2,480 copies (down 2%; 39-week total 391,900).
Thomas Rhett with TANGLED UP (Valory) fell 9-10 (#83-93 BB200) selling 1,400 copies (down 21%; 87-week total 574,700).

Outside the Top 10
Miranda Lambert with THE WEIGHT OF THESE WINGS (Vanner/ RCA Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) fell 10-12 (84-112 BB200) selling 2,814 copies (down 29%; 27-week total 353,500).
Kane Brown with self-titled KANE BROWN (Zone 4/RCA Nashville) fell 12-13 (#97-115 BB200) selling 2,759 copies (down 17%; 25-week total 152,400)

Willie Nelson with GOD’S PROBLEM CHILD (Legacy) fell 11-22 (#86-168 BB200) selling 4,726 copies (down 37%; 4-week total 56,500).
Brantley Gilbert with The Devil Dont Sleep (Valory | BMLG) fell 15-16 selling 2,058 copies (down 23%; 17-week total 170,500).
Maren Morris with HERO (Columbia Nashville | SMN) retreated 11-20 (88-140 BB200) selling 1,400 copies (down 26%; 51-week total 224,900).

Outside the Top 25
Brad Paisley with LOVE AND WAR (Arista Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) fell 26-37 selling 2,176 copies (down 39%, 5-week total 45,900).

Mechanicsville, Maryland native now Nashville based Singer/Songwriter/Performer Sam Grow with his 6 track EP THE BLAME (2017 ole; Amazon UK - UK iTunes - ) made a debut at No.42 on Billboard Top Country Albums, No.8 on Country Album Sales, #13 Independent Albums and was ranked at #75 on Top Album Sales this chart frame selling 2,975 copies.
Music has been part of Sam Grow's life ever since he took his first breath, so it comes as no surprise that 30 years later he is burning up the charts with his latest self-released EP, The Blame. Born in southern Maryland to a blue-collar powerline worker, Sam's first taste of music was none other than the King of Rock n Roll, Elvis. “He had me when he was almost 40, so that's the kind of music I grew up on – old school music,” Sam explains.

Start This Car” by Sam Grow (Official Lyric Video)

His infatuation with music only continued to grow as years went on and his family relocated to Winfield, Kansas due to his father's traveling occupation.... Read More
Sam released his debut self-titled EP in 2014, gaining him chart success when the project landed at No. 8 on the iTunes Country Albums chart. His follow-up and most recent compilation of music, THE BLAME, succeeded that charting position when it made its charting debut at No. 5 on iTunes. The Blame also gained charting attention at No.8 on Billboard's Current Country Albums chart and No. 2 on its Top New Artist Albums chart following first week's 3,383 units.

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

Pokey Lafarge with his 10 track set MANIC REVELATIONS (New Rounder; Amazon UK - UK iTunes) made a #19 debut selling 1,800 copies.
The Empty Pockets with THE TEN CENT TOUR (first released June 2, 2015) made an entry at No.28, #11 Americana/Folk Album Chart and #13 Heatseekers Chart selling 1,400 copies.
They shared on Facebook: Two years ago this week, we released our first full-length album, The Ten Cent Tour, recorded completely on our own in a studio we built with our bare hands. TODAY... The Ten Cent Tour is CHARTING on Billboard (more than once)!

The Steel Woods with their 13 track album STRAW IN THE WIND (2017 Woods Music; Amazon UK - UK iTunes) made a debut at #31 selling 1,300 copies.
Nashville-based Southern rockers The Steel Woods make their debut to the world with the release of Straw In The Wind.
“We’ve had a vision for this album for over two years now and it’s always been about retaining our artistic integrity,” the band told American Songwriter. “We could not be more proud of how the album turned out and the sound we were able to hone in on. Our sound is very much soaked in southern culture even though our influences range from Led Zeppelin and Metallica to Darrell Scott and Jason Isbell. This being our introduction to the world, we feel this album truly represents who we are as musicians, songwriters and artists.

Jake Worthington with his 5 Track EP HELL OF A HIGHWAY (W3 Music; Amazon UK - UK iTunes) made a debut at No.43 selling 800 copies.
Hell of a Highway gives me flashbacks to the 90's of the Tracy Lawrence and Shenandoah days. I'm not sure if that is what he was going for but if it was it hit the head. If you know me I am a sucker for an album that really showcases a great steel guitar. I really enjoyed the album and can't wait to see what Jake will do in the future. I really hope that he can follow this up with more. This album really showcases his great voice - West Texas Sweetheart

Falling short of a Country Album Sales position were:
Chancey Williams & The Younger Brothers Band with 10 track RODEO COLD BEER (Younger Brothers Records; Amazon UK) sold 700 copies.
Maggie Rose with her 5 track Country/ Pop EP Dreams > Dollars (EP) (2017 Maggie Rose) sold 500 copies.
Tyler Barham with his 6 track EP HISTORY (EP; YN Records; UK iTunes) sold 400 copies.

Year-To-Date Albums
8,243,000 (Physical sales 5,535,000 (down -6.9%) + Digital sales 2,709,000 (down -18.1%) which is 14.2% down at the same point in 2016 (9,607,000 sales) 

Year-To-Date Digital Tracks
29,460,000 down 23.2% at the same point in 2016 (38,369,000)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of June 10, 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 16th week. Fueling its continuing domination are 16.3 million U.S. clicks (down 2%), leading “Road” to also top Country Streaming Songs for a 16th frame. It dropped to No.2 after 16 weeks atop Country Digital Song Sales, although it gains 11% to 53,000 sold and remained at No.3 on Country Airplay after leading the survey for three weeks (starting on the chart dated May 6), with 41.2 million in audience (down 3%).
With a sweet 16 weeks at No.1 on Hot Country Songs, “Road” ties Buck Owens’ “Love’s Gonna Live Here” (1963-64) as the fifth-longest-leading No.1 in the history of the chart, which began as an all-encompassing song scorecard for the genre in 1958. Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” leads with 24 weeks in charge in 2012 and 2013.

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (16 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
** Digital Gainer ** No.2 “In Case You Didn't Know” Brett Young
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.4 “Déjà vu” Lauren Duski
** Airplay Gainer ** No.7 “God, Your Mama, And Me” Florida Georgia Line feat. Backstreet Boys
Debut No.18 “The Dance” Lauren Duski
Debut No.19 “Boy” Lee Brice
Debut No.37 “One Number Away” Luke Combs
** Streaming Gainer ** No. 41 “They Don't Know” Jason Aldean
Debut No.46 “There's A Tear In My Beer” Lauren Duski & Blake Shelton
Debut No.47 “Somebody Else's Heart” Lady Antebellum
Debut No.48 “Ask Me How I Know” Garth Brooks

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of June 10, 2017)

Brett Young achieved his first No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart (dated June 10) as “In Case You Didn’t Know” (Big Machine Label Group/ BMLG Records) ascended 2-1, increasing 3% to 46 million audience impressions in the week ending May 28, according to Nielsen Music.

The ballad, which the 36-year-old Young wrote with Trent Tomlinson, Tyler Reeve and Kyle Schlienger, hit the summit in its 25th week. It follows Young’s debut single, “Sleep Without You,” which peaked at No.2 on Country Airplay (Dec. 10, 2016) and No.3 on Hot Country Songs (Dec. 3). (Both songs are from Young’s self-titled debut LP.) “Case” held at its No.2 high for a seventh straight week on the latter list. Aided by a 69-cent sale price in the iTunes Store,
“Case” sported a 56% surge with 46,000 downloads sold as it bulleted at No.3 on Country Digital Song Sales. It retained its No. 2 high on Country Streaming Songs with 9 million U.S. streams (down 4%).
There are fewer greater rewards for a songwriter than when you write a song that impacts someone’s life,” says Young. “I think as a writer that may be one of our biggest inspirations and challenges. And when it happens it’s simply the most fantastic feeling a songwriter can have.” WKLB Boston program director Mike Brophey told Billboard that the love song “connected with listeners as soon as we started playing it. It [also] gained noticeable excitement with listeners through social media chatter.”
Dylan Scott scored his first Country Airplay top 10, with his third chart entry, “My Girl” (Curb), climbed 11-9, rising 9% to 26.2 million impressions.
Thomas Rhett with “Craving You” (Valory), featuring Maren Morris, jumped 13-10 on Country Airplay (26.2 million, up 16%). It’s Rhett’s eighth Country Airplay top 10 and Morris’ second, following her launch single, “My Church,” which peaked at No. 9 on the chart dated May 21, 2016.

Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (1 week) *** "In Case You Didn’t Know” Brett Young 45.965 million audience (+1.424 million) / 8,264 radio plays (+263)
** Most Increased Audience ** No.7 “God, Your Mama, And Me” +4.311 million audience gain
** Most Added ** No.51 “Yours” Russell Dickerson (16 ADDS)
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.57 “Five More Minutes” Scotty McCreery
Debut No.59 “God Made a Woman” Jerrod Niemann
Debut No.60 “What I Wanna be” Jacob Davis

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart 
(Chart issue week of June 10, 2017)

The Voice Season 12 runner-up Lauren Duski dominated the Billboard Country Song Sales Chart with 4 songs on the Top 30.

Her self-penned original song “Déjà Vu” made a debut at #1 (#2 Digital Songs) selling 86,000 downloads thus halting the 16-week run by Sam Hunt. It was one place behind "Despacito" (released on Universal Music Latino / Raymond Braun / SchoolBoy / Def Jam / UMLE / Republic Records) which ruled the Digital Song Sales chart for a fourth week, with 137,000 downloads sold (up 19%) in the week ending May 25; the remix with Bieber, released April 17, accounted for 77% of the song's sales (up from 73% each of the two previous weeks).
Lauren Duski with "The Dance" (writer Tony Arata; recorded by Garth Brooks; April 30, 1990) debuted at No.4 selling 37,000 copies, her cover of “Ghost In This House” (Shenandoah, Alison Krauss) fell 2-6 in her second frame (#12-37 Digital Songs; 21,000 sales; down 43%) and her duet with coach Blake Shelton "There's a Tear in My Beer" (written and recorded by Hank Williams; 1950) made a bow at #16 selling 12,000 downloads. Three of the songs were performed on The Voice Week 6: Finals (May 22 and 23)

Sam Hunt with Body Like a Back Road” (MCA Nashville) slipped 1-2 (8-9 Digital Songs; 53,000 sales; up 11%; 17-week total 1,005,000) thus passing the 1-million Platinum status.

Brett Young with “In Case You Didn’t Know” held at #3 (#17-15 Digital Songs; 46,000 sales; up 53%; 34-week total 606,000).
Lee Brice with “Boy” made a debut at No.5 (#32 Digital Songs; selling 25,000 downloads).
Chris Stapleton with “Either Way” lifted 18-7 (#38 Re=Entry Digital Songs; 11,000 sales; up 90%; 3-week total 53,000)
Luke Combs with “Hurricane” fell 4-8 (#24-39 Digital Songs; 20,000 sales; down 15%; 26-week total 434,000).
Keith Urban with “The Fighter,” featuring Carrie Underwood (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville), fell 5-9 (#29-42 Digital Songs; 19,000 sales; down 10%; 21-week total 555,000).
Darius Rucker with “If I Told You” fell 6-10 (33-44 Digital Songs; 19,000 sales; down 5%; 22-week total 309,000).

Outside the Top 10
Lady Antebellum with “You Look Good” fell 10-11 (#49 Re-entry Digital Songs; 16,000 sales; up 45%; 18-week total 236,000) along with their pre-grat album track “Somebody Else's Heart” which arrived at #20 selling 10,000 copies.
Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris with “Craving You” fell 8-12 (15,000 sales; 8-week total 161,000).
Florida Georgia Line feat. Backstreet Boys with “God, Your Mama, And Me” fell 9-13 (14,000 sales; up 7%; 16-week total 305,000).
Luke Combs with “One Number Away” made a debut at #14 selling 14,000 copies.
Kane Brown feat Lauren Alaina with “What If’s” fell 11-22 in their second week (11,000 sales; down 18%; 2-week total 95,000)

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

29 May 2017

Dierks Bentley Is #1 With 'Black'
Congrats to Dierks Bentley, Royce Risser, Bobby Young, David Friedman and the Capitol promotion staff on securing the week’s No.1 with “Black.” The song is the third consecutive chart-topper from the album that shares the title. Songwriters are Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley and Bentley. It follows “Somewhere On A Beach" for two consecutive weeks last year (May 16) and "Different For Girls" (Sept 19). This also marks BENTLEY's 16th career #1.

Black logged 8,803 radio spins (+829) and 57.57 million audience impressions (+4.148 million) with 26257 Total Points from 159 tracking stations for the tracking week May 21 to May 27, 2017 and published chart May 29th 2017.

RCA Nashville celebrate Chris Young's Losing Sleep Most Adds

Chris Young Is Most-Added With 'Losing Sleep'
Kudos to Dennis Reese and the RCA team for notching 32 Mediabase adds with Chris Young’s Losing Sleep”.  The song topped the "Most Added" board this chart week.

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 552 - May 30, 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: #12
Event Venue City/State: Jason Aldean, Chris Young, Kane Brown, Dee Jay Silver Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, Conn.
Dates: May 19-20, 2017 Gross Sales: $1,211,520 Attend: 12,700/ 14,229
Shows/ Sellouts: 2/0 (1,529 unsold tickets) Prices: $99, $79
Promoters: Live Nation/in-house

Rank Artist: #65
Event Venue City/State: Martina McBride, Hailey Whitters, High Valley Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, Fla.
Dates: Dec. 9, 2016 Gross Sales: $88,128 Attend: 1,262/ 1,500
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (238 unsold tickets) Prices: $85, $45
Promoters: Ruth Eckerd Hall Presents/AEG Presents

Rank Artist: #97
Event Venue City/State: Chase Rice, Ryan Kinder Iron City Birmingham, Ala.
Dates: May 11, 2017 Gross Sales: $34,559 Attend: 1,161/ 1,300
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (373 unsold tickets) Prices: $34, $29
Promoters: in-house/Red Mountain Entertainment

Rank Artist: #98
Event Venue City/State: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Capitol Theatre Clearwater, Fla.
Dates: March 26, 2017 Gross Sales: $33,868 Attend: 629/ 629
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $57, $35
Promoters: Ruth Eckerd Hall Presents

Latest Billboard Boxscore Chart

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