Saturday, 29 July 2017

Country Billboard Chart News July 24, 2017

Country Billboard Chart News July 24, 2017

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of August 5, 2017)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (7 non-consecutive weeks) From A Room: Volume 1 Chris Stapleton
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (24 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
Country Airplay ** No.1 (1 week) "Yours If You Want It” Rascal Flatts
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (24 non-consecutive weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of August 5, 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’s 4:44 notched a second week at No.1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart (BB200). The set, which bowed atop the tally a week ago, earned 87,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 20, according to Nielsen Music. That sum is down 67% compared to its bow of 262,000.
4:44 sold 60,737 in traditional album sales in its second week (down 65% from 173,000).

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of August 5, 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 #1 for a 7th non-consecutive week (#30-23 Billboard 200) selling 12,469 copies (up 18%; 11-week total 454,900)
Stapleton’s TRAVELLER (MERCURY/ UMGN) fell 2-3 (33-30 BB200) selling 7,900 copies (up 25%, 116-week total 2,016,700).

Zac Brown Band with WELCOME HOME (Southern Ground/Elektra/Atlantic Group) climbed 14-2 (98-25 BB200) selling 13,488 copies (up 212%; 10-week total 241,600). 
It was the biggest selling country album this chart frame.

Luke Combs with THIS ONE’S FOR YOU (River House/Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) fell 3-4 (#38-36 BB200) selling 4,888 copies (up 2%; 7-week total 70,612).

Keith Urban with RIPCORD (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville) fell 4-5 (#39-41 BB200) selling 4,575 copies (up 5%; 63-week total 628,000).

Lady Antebellum with HEART BREAK (Capitol Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville), rose 7-6 (47-43 Billboard 200) selling 7,481 copies (up 2.6%; 6-week total 97,701).
Brett Young with self-titled debut (BMLG) held at #8 (#49-52 BB200) selling 3,310 copies (23-week total 107,800).
Florida Georgia Line with DIG YOUR ROOTS (BMLG) held at #6 (#44-56 BB200) selling 1,634 copies (down 12%; 47-week total 409,600).
Jon Pardi with California Sunrise fell 9-10 (65-69 BB200) selling 1,855 copies (up 5%; 57-week total 165,900)

Outside the Top 10
Kane Brown with self-titled KANE BROWN (Zone 4/RCA Nashville) rose 12-11 (#82-75 BB200) selling 2,455 copies (up 4%; 33-week total 171,100).
Various Artists with Now That's What I Call Country Volume 10 (Universal Music Group) fell #10-13 (#66-84 Billboard 200) selling 7,159 copies (down 11%; 6-week total 64,087).

Maren Morris with HERO (Columbia Nashville) fell 15-18 (108-141 Billboard 200) selling 1,676 copies (59-week total 238,500).
Miranda Lambert with THE WEIGHT OF THESE WINGS (Vanner/ RCA Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) fell 20-23 (132-160 BB200) selling 1,939 copies (down 4%; 35-week total 372,490).

Outside the Top 25
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit with THE NASHVILLE SOUND (Southeastern/Thirty Tigers), fell 16-26 (#111-171 BB200) selling 3,987 copies (down 21%; 5-week total 80,660).

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

Mitchell Tenpenny with his 6 track LINDEN AVE (Riser House Records; Amazon UK - ) made a debut at No.12 selling 2,112 copies

Named after the street his grandmother Donna Hilley (Sony/ATV Music Publishing President and CEO), a pioneering music executive and inspiration to Mitchell, once lived, the adventurous, genre-bending EP flies in the face of the contemporary country formula. 

On the six tracks — all of which Tenpenny co-wrote — the limitless songwriter showcases a diverse set of influences ranging from Michael Jackson and John Mayer to the Oak Ridge Boys and R. Kelly.

The EP’s debut track is unapologetically titled “Bitches” and is a buoyant anthem for anyone who has ever been cheated on in a relationship. “I kept thinking about that lousy feeling — It wasn’t about a specific girl or girls in general, but about people who cheat. A guy can cheat and I’d call him a bitch,” said Tenpenny. “Yeah, it can be a harsh word, but in our song, it’s about a feeling more than a curse.”

‘Linden Ave’ features radio-friendly tracks like “Truck I Drove In High School,” “Mixed Drinks,” and “Laid Back” — all of which exhibit Tenpenny’s crystalline voice that dips and dives on command. Cuts like “Make It To The Party” and “If The Boot Fits (Acoustic)” also exemplify his hyper-creative songwriting.
“Country music is grounded in authenticity and in blue-collar people working their asses off. Everyone is working hard, whether it’s in the entertainment industry or with their hands, and I want to be the voice for that,” says Tenpenny. “I also want you to believe in everything I sing… and get lost in it.” (Source: The Country Note)

Falling Short of the charts:
Lewis Brice with his 6 track self-titled (EP) (Pump House Music; Amazon UK - sold 500 copies.

Year-To-Date Albums
11,249,000 (Physical sales 7,559,000 (down -13.0%) + Digital sales 3,690,000 (down -19.3%) which is 15.2% down at the same point in 2016 (13,259,000 sales) 

Year-To-Date Digital Tracks

40,093,000 down 23.6% at the same point in 2016 (52,499,000)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of August 5, 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) tied the record for the most weeks spent atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, as it earned its 24th week at No.1 on the survey dated Aug. 5. “Back Road” equals the 24-week reign of Florida Georgia Line’s debut single, “Cruise,” in 2012 and 2013.
Hot Country Songs chart launched as an all-encompassing genre survey in October 1958. (It had been purely airplay-based, powered by Nielsen Music, since 1990; in 2012, it transitioned to its current multimetric methodology.)
“Making history is fun, and this summertime smash keeps going and going,”
Universal Music Group Nashville chairman/CEO Mike Dungan told Billboard.

“The audience response has been Beatle-esque at his sold-out live shows.”
For now, at least, “Back Road” — co-written by Hunt, Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne — is a stand-alone single following Hunt’s debut full-length, 2014’s Montevallo, which has sold 1.3 million copies in the United States to date, according to Nielsen Music.
As for a potential follow-up LP, “Sam has been writing, and he’s going to do things on his time schedule,” UMGN president Cindy Mabe recently told Billboard, adding that “Back Road” is “just a cool, laid-back song that’s also really soulful.”
Along with its 24-week domination on Hot Country Songs, “Back Road” likewise led Country Streaming Songs (16.7 million U.S. streams, down 3%) and Country Digital Song Sales (46,000 downloads sold, down
less than 1%) for a 24th week each.
On Country Airplay, “Back Road” ruled for three weeks beginning on the chart dated May 6. It declined 4-6 in its 25th week, down 4% to 35 million audience impressions at the format. It spent a record-breaking 16 weeks in the top five.

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (24 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
** Digital Gainer ** No.3 “My Girl” Dylan Scott
** Streaming Gainer ** No.7 “Small Town Boy” Dustin Lynch
 ** Airplay Gainer ** No.9 “Do I Make You Wanna” Billy Currington
 ** Hot Shot Debut ** No.27 “Po-Dunk” Kid Rock
Debut No.47 “Singles You Up” Jordan Davis
Debut No.48 “She's With Me” High Valley

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of August 5, 2017)

Rascal Flatts rolled up its 14th Country Airplay No.1, as “Yours If You Want It” (Big Machine) ascended 2-1 in its 29th week on the chart, increasing 6% to 41 million audience impressions.
With its latest Country Airplay leader, Rascal Flatts takes the lead for the most No.1s by groups with three members or more, passing Zac Brown Band (13).
Tim McGraw leads all acts, with 29 No.1s (dating to the chart’s 1990 launch).
“Yours,” written by Andrew Dorff and Jonathan Singleton, is the lead single from Rascal Flatts’ Back to Us LP, which debuted at No.2 on the June 10-dated Top Country Albums chart. The group first scaled the Country Airplay summit almost 15 years ago, when “These Days” reached No.1 for its first of three weeks on top on the chart dated Nov. 30, 2002.

Old Dominion notched its fourth top 10 on both Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay with “No Such Thing As a Broken Heart” (RCA Nashville). On Hot Country Songs, the track hopped 11-10; on Country Airplay, it jumped 12-8, up 7% to 30.9 million in audience.
Justin Moore with “Somebody Else Will” (Valory) became his ninth top 10 (11-10; 30.7 million, up 5%).

Country Airplay
*** No.1 (1 week) *** "Yours If You Want It” Rascal Flatts 41.824 million audience (+2.335 million) / 7,581 radio plays (+626)
** Most Increased Audience ** No.4 “Do I Make You Wanna” Billy Currington +5.184 million audience gain
** Most Added ** No.19 “All The Pretty Girls” Kenny Chesney (22 ADDS)
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.45 “All On Me” Devin Dawson
Debut No.48 “Like I Loved You” Brett Young
Debut No.58 “Broken Halos” Chris Stapleton
Debut No.59 “What The Hell Did I Say” Dierks Bentley
Debut No.60 “Get To You” Michael Ray

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart 
(Chart issue week of August 5, 2017)

Sam Hunt with Body Like a Back Road” (MCA Nashville) held at No.1 (#7-5 Digital Songs; 46,000 sales; 25-week total 1,388,000) leading the chart for a 23rd non-consecutive week.
It rebounded 10-9 on the Hot 100 after reaching No.6. On the Hot Country Songs chart, the single tied a historic mark: it reigned for a record-tying 25th week, matching the rule of Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" in 2012-13.
It was six places behind Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber with "Despacito" which dominated the Digital Song Sales chart for an 12th week, with 118,000 downloads sold (down 6%) in the week ending July 20, according to Nielsen Music; the remix with Bieber accounted for 77% of the song's sales for a second consecutive week (and in line with its breakdown in recent weeks).

Dylan Scott with “My Girl” climbed 10-2 (#30 New Entry Digital Songs; 18,000 sales; 26-week total 331,000)
KID ROCKS - After the Republican announced a possible run for the U.S. Senate in his home state of Michigan, “Po-Dunk” rebounds onto Country Digital Songs at a career-best No. 3 (#31 Digital Songs; 16,000 sales). On Hot Country Songs, it debuted at No.27, his highest entrance.
Dustin Lynch with “Small Town Boy rose 5-4 (#40-32 Digital Songs; 16,000 sales; 21-week total 244,000).
Brett Young with “In Case You Didn’t Know” fell 2-5 (#32-33 Digital Songs; 16,000 sales; down 6%; 42-week total 810,000)

Midland with “Drinkin’ Problem” rose 8-6 (#45-34 Digital Songs; 15,000 sales; 14-week total 218,000).
Keith Urban with “The Fighter,” featuring Carrie Underwood (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville), fell 4-7 (#37-35 Digital Songs; 15,000 sales; 28-week total 710,000).
Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina with “What If’s” rose 9-8 (#38 Digital Songs; 14,000 sales; 10-week total 182,000).
Lady Antebellum with “You Look Good” rose 13-9 (#40 Re-Entry Digital Songs; 14,000 sales; 26-week total 344,000).
Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris with “Craving You” fell 7-10 (#42 Digital Songs; 13,000 sales; 16-week total 291,000).
Outside the Top 10
Chris Stapleton with “Tennessee Whiskey” rose 23-11 (12,000 sales; 83-week total 1,245,000)

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

24 July 2017

Rascal Flatts Land 15th Career #1 With 'Yours If You Want It
Congrats to Rascal Flatts, Kris Lamb, Erik Powell and the Big Machine promotion staff on landing this week’s No.1 with “Yours If You Want It.” The chart-topper is the first single from their album BACK TO US. Writers are Jonathan Singleton and the late Andrew Dorff. This is FLATTS' 15th career chart-topper.

"‘Yours if You Want It’" (Big Machine) logged 8,264 radio spins (+776) and 53.78 million audience impressions (+3.962 million) with 24706 Total Points from 158 tracking stations for the tracking week July 16 to July 22, 2017 and published chart July 24th 2017.

Michael Ray Is Most-Added With 'Get To You'
Kudos to Adrian Michaels and the WEA crew on notching 36 adds for Michael Ray’s Get To You”. The song topped the "Most Added" board this chart week.

Atlantic WEA Staffers celebrate Michael Ray's Most Added for 'Get To You'

Mediabase Adds
Artist/Title (Label)                                                           TW   Total Historic Adds
MICHAEL RAY/Get To You (Atlantic/WEA)                    36    47  
DARIUS RUCKER/For The First Time (Capitol)              28    31  
BRETT YOUNG/Like I Loved You (BMLGR)                   16    69  
DIERKS BENTLEY/What The Hell Did I Say (Capitol)    13    57  
BRAD PAISLEY/Last Time For Everything (Arista)         11   140
FIONA CULLEY/Act Like A Lady (Marro/in2une)            4      4
DANIELLE BRADBERY/Sway (BMLGR)                         2      2    
SHANIA TWAIN/Life's About To Get Good (Mercury)     1     36

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 560 - July 24, 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: #26
Event Venue City/State: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Rachel Platten Staples Center Los Angeles, Calif.
Dates: July 14-15, 2017 Gross Sales: $2,028,973 Attend: 25,571/            25,571
Shows/ Sellouts: 2/2 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $129.50, $99.50, $69.50
Promoters: Messina Touring Group/AEG Presents

Rank Artist: #35
Event Venue City/State: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Rhiannon Giddens Citizens Business Bank Arena Ontario, Calif.
Dates: July 22, 2017 Gross Sales: $963,746 Attend: 8,903/ 8,903
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $129.50, $99.50, $69.50
Promoters: Messina Touring Group/AEG Presents
Rank Artist: #64
Event Venue City/State: Brad Paisley, Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant, Lindsay Ell Isleta Amphitheater Albuquerque, N.M.
Dates: July 14, 2017 Gross Sales: $431,339 Attend: 14,695/ 17,000
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (2,305 unsold tickets) Prices: $69, $20
Promoters: Live Nation             

Rank Artist: #95
Event Venue City/State: Lee Brice, Easton Corbin United Wireless Arena Dodge City, Kan.
Dates: July 7, 2017 Gross Sales: $73,765 Attend: 2,013/ 3,042
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (1,029 unsold tickets) Prices: $59, $29
Promoters: VenuWorks

Rank Artist: #107
Event Venue City/State: The Oak Ridge Boys Bob Hope Theatre Stockton, Calif.          
Dates: Feb. 16, 2017 Gross Sales: $44,478 Attend: 782/ 1,886
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (1,104 unsold tickets) Prices: $72.50, $35
Promoters: Richter Entertainment Group
Latest Billboard Boxscore Chart

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