Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Country Billboard Chart News July 17, 2017

Country Billboard Chart News July 17, 2017

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of July 29, 2017)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (6 non-consecutive weeks) From A Room: Volume 1 Chris Stapleton
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (23 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
Country Airplay ** No.1 (1 week) ** "My Girl” Dylan Scott
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (23 non-consecutive weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of July 29, 2017)

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

JAY-Z Scores 14th No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With '4:44'
JAY-Z collected his 14th No. 1 album on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (BB200), as his latest release, 4:44, debuted atop the tally. According to Nielsen Music, in the week ending July 13, the set earned 262,000 equivalent album units -- a larger-than-initially-expected sum, and the fourth-largest week of 2017 for any album. Of its total, 173,728 units were in traditional album sales.
Overall, 4:44’s launch of 262,000 units granted the album the fourth-largest week of 2017, behind the debuts of Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. (603,000 units), Drake’s More Life (505,000) and Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) (451,000).

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of July 29, 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.

A One-Two For Stapleton for a second successive week
Chris Stapleton with From A Room: Volume 1 (Mercury/Universal Music Group Nashville) held at #1 for a 6th non-consecutive week (#22-30 Billboard 200) selling 10,576 copies (down 19%; 10-week total 442,318) while Stapleton’s TRAVELLER (MERCURY/ UMGN) held at #2 (29-33 BB200) selling 6,320 copies (down 17%, 115-week total 2,008,800).

Luke Combs with THIS ONE’S FOR YOU (River House/Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) rose 5-3 (#41-38 BB200) selling 4,796 copies (down 10%; 6-week total 65,724).

Keith Urban with RIPCORD (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville) fell 3-4 (#39 non-mover BB200) selling 4,342 copies (down 15%; 62-week total 623,400).
Florida Georgia Line with DIG YOUR ROOTS (BMLG) held at #6 (#46-44 BB200) selling 1,857 copies (down 12%; 46-week total 408,000).

Lady Antebellum with HEART BREAK (Capitol Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville), fell 4-7 (40-47 Billboard 200) selling 7,291 copies (down 18%; 5-week total 90,220).
Brett Young with self-titled debut (BMLG) fell 7-8 (#48-49 BB200) selling 3,327 copies (down 18%; 22-week total 104,400).
Jon Pardi with California Sunrise rose 10-9 (56-65 BB200) selling 1,766 copies (down 48%; 56-week total 164,000)
Various Artists with Now That's What I Call Country Volume 10 (Universal Music Group) fell #9-10 (#54-66 Billboard 200) selling 7,955 copies (down 22%; 5-week total 56,928).

Outside the Top 10
Kane Brown with self-titled KANE BROWN (Zone 4/RCA Nashville) rose 16-12 (#95-82 BB200) selling 2,359 copies (down 9%; 32-week total 168,600).

Zac Brown Band with WELCOME HOME (Southern Ground/Elektra/Atlantic Group) fell 13-14 (80-98 BB200) selling 4,327 copies (down 19%; 9-week total 228,100).
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit with THE NASHVILLE SOUND (Southeastern/Thirty Tigers), fell 12-16 (#73-111 BB200) selling 5,030 copies (down 29%; 4-week total 76,673).
Miranda Lambert with THE WEIGHT OF THESE WINGS (Vanner/ RCA Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) rose 26-20 (134-132 BB200) selling 2,025 copies (down 10%; 34-week total 370,551).

Outside the Top 25
Rhonda Vincent & Daryle Singletary with AMERICAN GRANDSTAND (Upper Management) made a debut No.45 selling 3,060 copies.
It debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart, and No.1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Album Chart for the week of July 29, 2017.

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

Parker McCollum with his 4 track EP Probably Wrong: Session One made a debut at #15 selling 1,978 copies to log the 103rd best seller in America this chart frame.

Parker McCollum is a member of the talented new crop of young Texas and Red Dirt artists that will soon be tasked with carrying on its legacy. 

The Austin-based singer/songwriter released his full-length debut album, The Limestone Kid, in February 24 of 2015. Read More: Parker McCollum Updates Us on 'Probably Wrong: Session One' |

Critical reception for Parker McCollum’s Probably Wrong: Session One:
4 Tracks/ Time: 16:03 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -

The 3rd track, “South of the City Lights” is our *PICK* of the record.  The extra twangy strings and earthy delivery give it a distinctive sound and help paint an intricate picture of the lessons in life and love often learned in small-towns......The EP concludes with current single “I Can’t Breathe”, which is at #100 this week on the Texas Regional Radio Report.  The emotional, musically driven track is the most powerful of the project’s first series and when it releases we predict it will quickly become the most streamed of the batch! - Texas Music Pickers

Falling Short of the charts:

Charley Pride with his 13-song set MUSIC IN MY HEART (Music City Records; Amazon UK | opened with sales of just 300 copies.
The Grammy winning, Opry & Country Music Hall of Fame star, sat down with the Rock & Review >> to talk about his new album.
On Music in My Heart, Pride shared 13 new tracks produced by Billy Yates. The album remains true to Pride’s traditional county roots: The songs’ writers include Whisperin’ Bill Anderson, Ben Peters, Tommy Collins, “Country” Johnny Mathis and Yates himself; Yates’ own musical history — “his self-produced albums show a strong respect for traditional country,” Pride explains in a press release — also helped Pride keep his eye on a traditional sound.

My goal was to record the best traditional country album possible. But I also wanted someone else to handle all of the producer chores so that I could focus more on my singing,” Pride explained. “Finding the right songs took a while, and we both keep busy schedules, so this album took longer to finish than I’m used to. But we did find some wonderful songs, and I’m very happy with how everything sounds. I hope everyone will enjoy listening to the album as much as I enjoyed making it.”
Though fans have patiently waited years for a new album from Pride, the country icon saids that they won’t have to wait quite as long for his next project. The singer has already started work on Music in My Heart‘s follow up, and plans to release it in 2018….Read More 

Year-To-Date Albums
10,914,000 (Physical sales 7,325,000 (down -13.0%) + Digital sales 3,588,000 (down -19.2%) which is 15.2% down at the same point in 2016 (12,865,000 sales) 

Year-To-Date Digital Tracks
38,840,000 down 23.4% at the same point in 2016 (50,715,000)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of July 29, 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) lengthened its domination to a 23rd week atop Hot Country Songs. The track is now a week from matching Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” (24 weeks at No.1 in 2012 and 2013) for the most time spent at No.1 since Hot Country Songs launched as an all encompassing genre chart on Oct. 20, 1958.
The flirty, R&B-f lavored “Back Road,” which Hunt wrote with Zach Crowell and Shane and Josh Osborne, also held its grip atop Country Streaming Songs (17.2million U.S. streams, down 4%) and Country Digital Song Sales (46,000 downloads, down 8%) for a 23rd week each.
On Country Airplay, the track sported record longevity in the top five, lingering in the region for a record-extending 16th week (5-4, down 4% to 35.8 million in audience). It led the list for three weeks in May.

Billy Currington rolled up his 14th top 10 on Hot Country Songs as “Do I Make You Wanna” (Mercury) pushed 11-8. It’s buoyed by a 15% gain on Country Airplay, where it earned Most Increased Audience honors (34.3 million audience impressions, up 15%) and darted 8-6.

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (23 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
** Airplay Gainer ** No.8 “Do I Make You Wanna” Billy Currington
** Digital Gainer ** No.15 “What Ifs” Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina
** Streaming Gainer ** No.27 “When It Rains It Pours” Luke Combs
 ** Hot Shot Debut ** No.31 “Written In The Sand” Old Dominion

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of July 29, 2017)

In its 46th week, singer-songwriter Dylan Scott with “My Girl” (Curb) ascended 2-1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart (dated July 29), gaining 5% to 45.9 million audience impressions in the week ending July 16, according to Nielsen Music.

On Hot Country Songs, which blends airplay, streaming and sales data, “My Girl” held at its No.4 high.
The 26-year-old from Louisiana (full name: Dylan Scott Robinson) landed his first No.1 in his third appearance on Country Airplay. “Makin’ This Girl Go Crazy” peaked at No.54 on the chart dated April 19, 2014, and “Crazy Over Me” climbed to No.36 on Feb. 27, 2016.

“This is definitely an incredible day for me and one that I will never forget,” Scott told Billboard after hearing the news of his coronation. “It has been a long and winding journey to get to this point in my career, and now I have my first No.1 record. However, I realize that I still have a long way to go. I am really anxious to continue to work hard to fulfill my dreams.
I feel very blessed and am thankful for all the support I have received.”
“My Girl” additionally marked Curb Records’ first Country Airplay leader in almost three years. The label last led with Lee Brice’s “I Don’t Dance” on the chart dated Aug. 23, 2014. “With Dylan reaching the Country Airplay pinnacle in 46 weeks, it means two things,” said Curb Records vice president/GM Taylor Childress. “It takes an incredible song, one that transcends any challenges in its path and profoundly connects with the consumer. And second, unrelenting execution by the radio promotion team.”
In reaching the Country Airplay summit in its 46th chart week, “My Girl,” which Scott wrote with Josh Kerr, becomes one of only seven songs to complete such a lengthy journey to No.1 in the tally’s 27-year history. Most recently, Darius Rucker’s “If I Told You” hit the top in its 47th frame (June 24). The longest trip to the top belongs to Chris Young’s “Voices,” which ascended to No.1 in its 51st week (over two release cycles) on Feb. 19, 2011.

Country Airplay
*** No.1 (1 week) *** "My Girl” Dylan Scott 45.895 million audience (+1.978 million) / 7,943 radio plays (+440)
** Most Increased Audience ** No.6 “Do I Make You Wanna” Billy Currington 4.498 million audience gain.
Most Added ** No.20 “What Ifs” Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina (15 ADDS)
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.59 “Like You That Way” Canaan Smith

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart
(Chart issue week of July 29, 2017)

Sam Hunt with Body Like a Back Road” (MCA Nashville) held at No.1 (#5-7 Digital Songs; 46,000 sales; down 8%; 24-week total 1,342,000) leading the chart for a 22nd non-consecutive week.
It was six places behind Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber with "Despacito" which dominated the Digital Song Sales chart for an 11th week, with 124,000 downloads sold (down 3%) in the week ending July 13, according to Nielsen Music; the remix with Bieber accounted for 77% of the song's sales.

Brett Young with “In Case You Didn’t Know” rose 2-4 (#31-32 Digital Songs; 17,000 sales; down 10%; 41-week total 794,000)
Billy Currington with “Do I Make You Wanna” climbed 6-3 (#38-34 Digital Songs; 15,000 sales; up 13%; total 141,000).
Keith Urban with “The Fighter,” featuring Carrie Underwood (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville), lifted 5-4 (#33-37 Digital Songs; 16,000 sales; 28-week total 695,000)
Dustin Lynch with “Small Town Boy rose 8-5 (#44-40 Digital Songs; 15,000 sales; 20-week total 228,000).

Old Dominion with “Written In The Sand”, the ballad from the band’s second album HAPPY ENDINGS (out Aug 25) made a debut at #6 (#41 Digital Songs) selling 15,000 copies.
Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris with “Craving You” fell 3-7 (#30-42 Digital Songs; 19,000 sales; 15-week total 278,000).
Midland with “Drinkin’ Problem” fell 7-8 (#40-45 Digital Songs; 14,000 sales; 13-week total 203,000).
Outside the Top 10
Florida Georgia Line feat. Backstreet Boys with “God, Your Mama, And Me” held at #11. (11,000 sales; 23-week total 402,000)
Luke Combs with “Hurricane” rose 15-12 (10,000 sales; 33-week total 535,000)and his track “When It Rains It Pours” made a debut at #19 (8,000 sales; total 30,000)
Lady Antebellum with “You Look Good” fell 10-13 (10,000 sales; 25-week total 330,000).

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

17 July 2017

Dylan Scott Reaches #1 With 'My Girl'
Congrats to Dylan Scott, Ryan Dokke, Mike Rogers, RJ Meacham and the whole Curb promotion staff on landing Scott’s first No.1 with “My Girl.” The song hails from his self-titled debut album. Writers are Scott and Josh Kerr.

"‘My Girl’" (Curb) logged 8,658 radio spins (+549) and 56.87 million audience impressions (+1.846 million) with 25882 Total Points from 158 tracking stations for the tracking week July 9 to July 15, 2017 and published chart July 17th 2017.

Kudos to Matthew Hargis and the BMLG Records team on notching 46 adds with Brett Young’s Like I Loved You”. The song topped the "Most Added" board this chart week.

Mediabase Adds
Artist/Title (Label)                                                                        TW    Total Adds
BRETT YOUNG/Like I Loved You (BMLGR)                                46        53          
CHRIS STAPLETON/Broken Halos (Mercury)                             40        46          
DAN + SHAY/Road Trippin' (Warner Bros./WAR)                       33        40          
JOE NICHOLS/Never Gets Old (Red Bow)                                 26        26          
LUKE COMBS/When It Rains It Pours (River House/Columbia) 18        120         
DIERKS BENTLEY/What The Hell Did I Say (Capitol)                16        44           
CHRIS JANSON/Fix A Drink (Warner Bros./WAR)                     11        126         
KANE BROWN f/L. ALAINA/What Ifs (RCA)                               11        143

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 559 - July 17, 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: #2
Event Venue City/State: Florida Georgia Line, Backstreet Boys, Nelly, Chris Lane Fenway Park Boston, Mass.
Dates: July 7, 2017 Gross Sales: $3,072,146 Attend: 35,699/ 35,699
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $130, $44.75
Promoters: Live Nation
Rank Artist: #4
Event Venue City/State: Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Lauren Alaina Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park Alpharetta, Ga.
Dates: June 15-17, 2017 Gross Sales: $1,715,863 Attend: 33,493 / 36,492
Shows/ Sellouts: 3/0 (2,999 unsold tickets) Prices: $76.75, $60.75, $28
Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #16
Event Venue City/State: Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Adam Craig i wireless Center Moline, Ill.
Dates: May 18-19, 2017 Gross Sales: $1,131,644 Attend: 16,525/ 20,416
Shows/ Sellouts: 2/0 (3,891 unsold tickets) Prices: $72, $46.75
Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #18
Event Venue City/State: Sam Hunt, Maren Morris, Chris Janson Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Tinley Park, Ill.
Dates: July 8, 2017 Gross Sales: $1,025,328 Attend: 28,020/ 28,020
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $75.25, $26
Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #50
Event Venue City/State: Brad Paisley, Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant, Lindsay Ell Honda Center Anaheim, Calif.
Dates: June 24, 2017 Gross Sales: $539,550 Attend: 10,757/ 10,757
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $69, $20
Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #65
Event Venue City/State: Jason Isbell Beacon Theatre New York, N.Y
Dates: June 22-24, 2017 Gross Sales: $349,634 Attend: 6,550/ 8,076
Shows/ Sellouts: 3/0 (1,526 unsold tickets)  Prices: $59.50, $39.50
Promoters: The Bowery Presents

Rank Artist: #76
Event Venue City/State: Sturgill Simpson, Adia Victoria Fox Theatre Atlanta, Ga.
Dates: July 14, 2017 Gross Sales: $178,189 Attend: 4,503/ 4,503
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $85, $21.50
Promoters: Zero Mile
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