Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Country Billboard Chart News July 10, 2017

Country Billboard Chart News July 10, 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

Chris Stapleton on From A Room Vol1 the first RIAA certified GOLD country album of 2017

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of July 22, 2017)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (5 non-consecutive weeks) From A Room: Volume 1 Chris Stapleton
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (22 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
Country Airplay ** No.1 (1 week) ** "Craving You” Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (22 non-consecutive weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of July 22, 2017)

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

DJ Khaled Spends Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Calvin Harris Debuts at No. 2
DJ Khaled’s GRATEFUL notched a second week at No.1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart (BB200) -- it is the first album to spend more than one week at No.1 in two months. In the week ending July 6, Grateful earned 70,000 equivalent album units (down 53%), according to Nielsen Music. Traditional album sales comprised 15,633 (down 68%) of that sum.

The album continues to be supported largely by streams, as it tallied 42,000 SEA units -- down 48%, equaling 63.4 million on-demand audio streams for the album’s songs. Grateful also earned 12,000 TEA units for the week (down 36%).
Debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 is Calvin Harris’ Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, earning the superstar DJ/producer his highest charting album yet. The star-filled dance-meets-R&B/hip-hop effort features guests ranging from Frank Ocean and Katy Perry to ScHoolboy Q and Nicki Minaj. Harris’ previous high on the Billboard 200 was logged when his last studio effort, Motion, debuted and peaked at No. 5 in 2014.
Rock band Stone Sour clocked a debut in the top 10, as Hydrograd bows at No 8 with a little less than 33,000 units (30,309 in traditional album sales). The album marks the fifth top 10-charting effort for the group, which first reached the region with 2006’s No. 4-peaking Come What(ever) May.
Yahoo Chart Watch: Billboard methodology move was as a reaction to dwindling album sales. Stone Sour’s album sold a mere 30K copies this week, a pitiful total for the week’s top-selling album in America. Billboard‘s judgment was that, taking everything into account, DJ Khaled’s album was more popular — more “consumed” to use its word — even though it didn’t sell as many copies (just 16K this week). This is only the second time since 1991 that the week’s best-selling album in the U.S. sold a mere 30K copies. The soundtrack to the Disney Channel’s 2015 original TV movie, Descendants, also sold just 30K copies.

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of July 22, 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.

iTunes and GooglePlay sales gave a boost to a dose of albums that rose up the charts.

A One-Two For Stapleton
Chris Stapleton with From A Room: Volume 1 (Mercury/Universal Music Group Nashville) held at #1 for a 5th non-consecutive week (#22 non mover Billboard 200) selling 12,977 copies (down 7%; 9-week total 431,742) while Stapleton’s TRAVELLER (MERCURY/ UMGN) moved 4-2 (38-29 BB200) selling 7,577 copies (up 15%, 114-week total 2,002,500).

Keith Urban with RIPCORD (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville) rose 6-3 (#43-39 BB200) selling 5,106 copies (61-week total 619,100).

In their fourth frame Lady Antebellum with HEART BREAK (Capitol Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville), fell 3-4 (33-40 Billboard 200) selling 8,903 copies (down 18%; 4-week total 82,929).

Luke Combs with THIS ONE’S FOR YOU (River House/Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) held at #5 (#41 non-mover BB200) selling 5,337 copies (down 1%; 5-week total 60,928).
Florida Georgia Line with DIG YOUR ROOTS (BMLG) rose 7-6 (#46 non-mover BB200) selling 2,103 copies (down 9%; 45-week total 406,200).
Brett Young with self-titled debut (BMLG) rose 9-7 (#54-48 BB200) selling 4,070 copies (up 17%; 21-week total 101,100).

Various Artists with Now That's What I Call Country Volume 10 (Universal Music Group) fell #10-9 (#57-54 Billboard 200) selling 10,204 copies (up 5%; 4-week total 48,973).
Jon Pardi with California Sunrise rose 12-10 (73-56 BB200) selling 3,416 copies (55-week total 162,300)

Outside the Top 10
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit with THE NASHVILLE SOUND (Southeastern/Thirty Tigers), fell 2-12 (#31-73 BB200) selling 7,105 copies (down 46%; 3-week total 71,643).

 Zac Brown Band with WELCOME HOME (Southern Ground/Elektra/Atlantic Group) fell 11-13 (69-80 BB200) selling 5,327 copies (down 12%; 8-week total 223,800).
Kane Brown with self-titled KANE BROWN (Zone 4/RCA Nashville) fell 15-16 (#105-95 BB200) selling 2,582 copies (up 26%; 31-week total 166,200).

Outside the Top 25
Miranda Lambert with her now platinum certified THE WEIGHT OF THESE WINGS (Vanner/ RCA Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) fell 20-26 (144-135 BB200) selling 2,244 copies (up 7%; 33-week total 368,526).

Toby Keith with compilation set Icon: Toby Keith made a debut at No.41 selling 1,000 copies.

Year-To-Date Albums
10,595,000 (Physical sales 7,105,000 (down -13.0%) + Digital sales 3,490,000 (down -19.2%) which is 15.2% down at the same point in 2016 (12,488,000 sales) 

Year-To-Date Digital Tracks
37,567,000 down 23.5% at the same point in 2016 (49,088,000)

Top 6 country albums released in 2017, based on pure album sales according to Nielsen Music.

Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1 (419,000 pure albums)
Zac Brown Band, Welcome Home (218,000)
Reba McEntire, Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope (183,000, which includes metrics from Nielsen’s Christian SoundsScan)
Brantley Gilbert, The Devil Don’t Sleep (179,000)
Little Big Town, Breaker (123,000)
Alison Krauss, Windy City (110,000)

When you factor in equivalent album sales (10 song sales or 1,500 song streams from an album are treated as equivalent to one purchase of the album), Brett Young makes an appearance in the Top 5.
Here are the Top 5 country albums released in 2017, based on equivalent album sales according to Nielsen Music.
Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1 (484,000 equivalent albums)
Brantley Gilbert, The Devil Don’t Sleep (284,000)
Zac Brown Band, Welcome Home (274,000)
Brett Young, Brett Young (250,000)
Little Big Town, Breaker (210,000)

Sales Plummet, Streaming Soars
Overall country-album consumption, as measured by equivalent album units, was up less than 1% in the first half of 2017 compared with the same time frame in 2016 (21.32 million units earned versus 21.27 million).
Country album sales fell 16.1% to 9.7million (down from 11.6 million), and country digital song sales dropped 22.9% to 37.9 million (down from 49.3 million).
On-demand streams of country music (audio and video combined) grew 51.55 to 15.8 billion (up from 10.5 billion).
On-demand audio streams vaulted 64.2% to 11.7 billion (up from 7.1 billion), while on-demand video streams rose 24.4% to 4.1 billion (from 3.3 billion).

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of July 22, 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) extended its rule on Hot Country Songs to 22 weeks. Only Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” has led longer, for 24 weeks in 2012 and 2013.
“Road” likewise led Country Streaming Songs (17.8 million U.S. streams, up 6%) and Country Digital Song Sales (50,000 sold, up 1%) for a 22nd week each.
On Country Airplay, where it ruled for three weeks beginning on the May 6-dated chart, “Road” ranked in the top five (4-5; 37.2 million impressions, up less than 1%) for a record-setting 15th week. It passed four tracks that each logged 14 weeks in the top five: Rascal Flatts’ “My Wish” (2006-07), Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” (2004), Faith Hill’s “Breathe” (1999-2000) and Lonestar’s “Amazed” (1999).
Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” has been “doin’ 15 in a 30” for 22 straight weeks atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, surpassing the 19-week record set by a solo artist (Leroy Van Dyke’s “Walk on By” in 1962).
 “I wrote ‘Body Like a Back Road’ with my producer Zach Crowell, Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally,” said Sam to NCD. “I connect music to the emotions that come from relationships, so most of the songs that I write are inspired by those circumstances, emotions, feelings, all that kind of stuff. ‘Body Like a Back Road’ is a light-hearted song that was a lot of fun to write. It sort of swings, and hopefully it’s easy to listen to and will put a smile on some folks’ faces.”

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (22 weeks)/ Airplay Gainer ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
** Digital & Streaming Gainer ** No.3 “Craving You” Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.50 “All On Me” Devin Dawson

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of July 22, 2017)

Thomas Rhett with “Craving You” (Valory), featuring Maren Morris, ascended 2-1 in its 15th week on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart (dated July 22), increasing 7% to 45.2 million audience impressions in the week ending July 9, according to Nielsen Music. On Hot Country Songs chart, it pushed to a new high, bumping 4-3.
Dave Barnes and Julian Bunetta wrote the duet/launch single from Rhett’s third full-length studio album, due this fall. The love song marks Rhett’s eighth Country Airplay leader, while Morris achieved her first.
“I can’t believe we’re sitting here talking about my eighth No. 1 single,” Rhett told Billboard. “I am so proud to be able to share this with Maren and can’t thank her enough for lending her talent to this song. ‘Craving You’ wasn’t initially written with a female vocal part, but now I can’t imagine the song without her voice on it.”
Morris reigns in her fourth Country Airplay appearance. Her debut, “My Church,” yielded her previous high, reaching No.9 on May 21, 2016. Additionally, Morris’ current solo single, “I Could Use a Love Song” (Columbia Nashville), from her album Hero, ranked at No.26 on both Country Airplay (9.9 million, up 7%) and Hot Country Songs.
She is the second woman to top Country Airplay in 2017: Lauren Alaina’s “Road Less Traveled” led the April 22 list.

Billy Currington with “Do I Make You Wanna” (Mercury) rose 12-8 on Country Airplay, increasing 8% to 29.8 million impressions. It’s his 15th top 10.
Midland achieved their first Country Airplay top 10 with debut single “Drinkin’ Problem” (Big Machine), moved 11-9 (up 7%; 29.8 million in audience)

Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (1 week) *** "Craving You” Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris 45.158 million audience (+2.885 million) / 7,831 radio plays (+428)
** Most Increased Audience ** No.15 “They Don’t Know” Jason Aldean +2.998 million audience gain.
** Most Added ** (13 ADDS) No.34 “Tin Man” Miranda Lambert

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart
(Chart issue week of July 22, 2017)

Sam Hunt with Body Like a Back Road” (MCA Nashville) held at No.1 (#6-5 Digital Songs; 50,000 sales; 23-week total 1,296,000) leading the chart for a 22nd non-consecutive week.
It was four places behind Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber with "Despacito" (released on Universal Music Latino / Raymond Braun / SchoolBoy / Def Jam / UMLE / Republic Records) which dominated the Digital Song Sales chart for a 11th week, with 129,000 downloads sold (down 6%) in the week ending July 6, according to Nielsen Music; the remix with Bieber accounted for 78% of the song's sales. The track is just the 11th to spend at least 10 weeks at No.1 on Digital Song Sales and the first since Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You," which tallied 10 beginning Jan. 28. On the Streaming Songs chart, "Despacito" led for a ninth week, with 61.2 million U.S. streams (down 2%) in the week ending July 6.

With the Independence Day Fourth of July celebrations resulted in a sprinkling of patriotic tracks which returned to the charts. Lee Greenwood's timeless "God Bless The U.S.A." made its annually showing with a No.2 re-entry (No.22 Digital Songs; 23,000 sales; historical total 1,188,000).
God Bless the USA,” originally peaked at No.7 on Hot Country Songs in 1984 and its re-entry marked a new peak of No.2, up 1,128 percent to 23,000 downloads sold in the week ending July 6. The move bests last year’s action, when “USA” re-entered the sales chart at No.9 with 19,000 sold (July 23, 2016). The song also surges by 606% to 2.2 million U.S. streams.

Toby Keith with “Courtesy of the Red White And Blue (The Angry American) re-entered at #9 (14,000 sales; up 685%; Total sales 1,528,000) for the first time since July 23, 2016, when it returned with 16,000 sold. His “American Soldier” track was a re-entry at #23 (8,000 sales; Total 1,029,000) and received a 103% hike to 2.6 million U.S. streams.

Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris with “Craving You” rose 5-3 (#37-30 Digital Songs; 19,000 sales; 14-week total 263,000).
Brett Young with “In Case You Didn’t Know” fell 2-4 (#27-31 Digital Songs; 19,000 sales; 40-week total 776,000)
Keith Urban with “The Fighter,” featuring Carrie Underwood (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville), fell 3-5 (#32-33 Digital Songs; 18,000 sales; 27-week total 680,000)

Billy Currington with “Do I Make You Wanna” rose 7-6 (#44-38 Digital Songs; 15,000 sales; total 124,000).
Midland with “Drinkin’ Problem” fell 6-7 (#42-40 Digital Songs; 15,000 sales; 12-week total 190,000).
Dustin Lynch with “Small Town Boy held at #8 (#45-44 Digital Songs; 14,000 sales; 19-week total 212,600).
Lady Antebellum with “You Look Good” fell 9-10 (#49-46 Digital Songs; 13,000 sales; 24-week total 320,000).
Outside the Top 10
Florida Georgia Line feat. Backstreet Boys with “God, Your Mama, And Me” fell 4-11 (#36-48 Digital Songs; 13,000 sales; 22-week total 391,000)
Luke Combs with “Hurricane” fell 10-15 (11,000 sales; 32-week total 525,000)

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

10 July 2017
Thomas Rhett Is #1 With 'Craving You' Featuring Maren Morris
Congrats to Thomas Rhett, George Briner, Ashley Sidoti and the Valory promotion staff on securing this week’s No.1 “Craving You” featuring Maren Morris. The song is the lead single from an album due later this year. Writers are Julian Bunetta and Dave Barnes. "Craving You" is Rhett's eighth career #1 single.

"‘Craving You’" (Valory) logged 8,649 radio spins (+697) and 57.384 million audience impressions (+4.304 million) with 25599 Total Points from 159 tracking stations for the tracking week July 2 to July 8, 2017 and published chart July 10th 2017.

Kudos to Bobby Young and the Capitol crew on notching 25 adds on Dierks Bentley’s What The Hell Did I Say”. The song topped the "Most Added" board this chart week.

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 558 - July 10, 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: #31
Event Venue City/State: Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini, Brett Young Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, Calif.
Dates: June 3, 2017 Gross Sales: $1,061,738 Attend: 14,437/ 17,578
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (3,141 unsold tickets) Prices: $151.60, $34.10
Promoters: Andrew Hewitt & Bill Silva Presents/Live Nation

Rank Artist: #85
Event Venue City/State: Imelda May Park West Chicago, Ill.
Dates: June 30, 2017 Gross Sales: $17,603 Attend: 607/ 700
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (93 unsold tickets) Prices: $29
Promoters: Jam Productions
Latest Billboard Boxscore Chart

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