Thursday, 6 July 2017

Country Billboard Chart News July 3, 2017

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of July 15, 2017)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (4 non-consecutive weeks) From A Room: Volume 1 Chris Stapleton
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (21 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
Country Airplay ** No.1 (1 week) ** "Every Time I Hear That Song” Blake Shelton
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (21 non-consecutive weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of July 15, 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 landed his second No.1 album on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (BB200) as his latest release, GRATEFUL, made a bow atop the list. The set — which was released on June 23 through We the Best/Epic Records — earned 149,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 29, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 49,527 were in traditional album sales.
Grateful followed DJ Khaled’s first No.1, earned a little less than a year ago, when MAJOR KEY launched in the penthouse (on the list dated Aug. 20, 2016) with 95,000 units. Of that starting-week sum, 59,000 were in traditional album sales. (Notably, during Major Key’s first week of release, it was exclusively available to stream through Apple Music, and for sale as a download through the iTunes Store. Grateful, however, was widely available at all streaming services and retailers.)
At No.2 on the new Billboard 200, Imagine Dragons’ new EVOLVE arrived with 147,000 units and the biggest week of the year for a rock album. Its starting sum is the biggest frame for a rock effort since Metallica’s Hardwired… To Self-Destruct launched at No.1 with 282,000 units on the list dated Dec. 20, 2016.
Further, Evolve sold 109,093 in traditional album sales — earning the rock group the top-selling album of the week, as it launched at No.1 on the Top Album Sales chart.

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of July 15, 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) returned to #1 for a 4th non-consecutive week (17-22 Billboard 200) selling 13,949 copies (down 31%; 8-week total 418,765) while Stapleton’s TRAVELLER (MERCURY/ UMGN) held at tight at rose #4 (#39-38 BB200) selling 6,550 copies (down 22%, 113-week total 1,994,900).

Stapleton switched places atop the chart with last weeks’ debut Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit with THE NASHVILLE SOUND (Southeastern/Thirty Tigers), down 1-2 (#4-31 BB200) selling 13,213 copies (down 75%; 2-week total 64,538).

In their third frame Lady Antebellum with HEART BREAK (Capitol Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville), held at #3 (24-33 Billboard 200) selling 10,885 copies (down 33%; 3-week total 74,026).

Luke Combs with THIS ONE’S FOR YOU (River House/Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) climbed 6-5 (#42-41 BB200) selling 5,414 copies (down 19%; 4-week total 55,591).

Keith Urban with RIPCORD (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville) rose 7-6 (#44-33 BB200) selling 5,097 copies (down 20%; 60-week total 614,000).
Florida Georgia Line with DIG YOUR ROOTS (BMLG) advanced 9-7 (#52-46 BB200) selling 2,323 copies (down 1%; 44-week total 404,000).

Brett Young with self-titled debut (BMLG) rose 10-9 (#58-54 BB200) selling 3,474 copies (down 9%; 20-week total 97,100).

In its third frame Various Artists with Now That's What I Call Country Volume 10 (Universal Music Group) fell #8-10 (#48-57 Billboard 200) selling 9,755 copies (down 20%; 3-week total 38,769).

Outside the Top 10
Zac Brown Band with WELCOME HOME (Southern Ground/Elektra/Atlantic Group) fell 5-11 (41-69 BB200) selling 6,051 copies (down 43%; 7-week total 218,400).

Kane Brown with self-titled KANE BROWN (Zone 4/RCA Nashville) rose 18-15 (#124- BB200) selling 2,045 copies (30-week total 163,600).
Miranda Lambert with THE WEIGHT OF THESE WINGS (Vanner/ RCA Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) rose 21-20 (144-135 BB200) selling 2,082 copies (down 9%; 32-week total 366,282).

Outside the Top 25
In his third frame Glen Campbell with ADIÓS (ME Direct) fell 16-43 (#40-109 BB200) selling 3,311 copies (down 52%; 3-week total 13,941). 

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

Steve Earle & The Dukes with SO YOU WANT TO BE AN OUTLAW (Warner Brothers) fell 7-13 on Country Album sales selling 2, 561 Copies (down 64%; 2-week total 9,695).
Eli Young Band with FINGERPRINTS (The Valory Music Co./ Big Machine Label Group, LLC) fell 11-24 selling 1,575 copies (down 72%; 2-week total 7,131).

Released on June 23, 2017, the 13-track compilation Various artists - Mud Digger 8 (Average Joes Entertainment; Amazon UK - made a debut at #29 selling around 1,000 copies.

The crown jewel of the Mud Digger series, “Mud Digger 8” is an exciting high-energy 13-track soundtrack devoted to extreme, off-road entertainment, and back-yard fun by some of country music’s favorite stars. 

Fans will hear hit songs like Montgomery Gentry’s rockin’, “Ain’t No Law Against That” and Lo Cash’s sexy “You Make It Look Good,” to The LACS “Outside of Town” f/Moonshine Bandits, JJ Lawhorn’s rebel anthem, “Last of A Dying Breed,” and a special remix of Colt Ford’s smash, “Outshine Me” f/Cypress Spring. 

Country’s newest rising star, Devin Burris, is introduced on the new album with his catchy song, “Boom Boom.”

Year-To-Date Albums
10,203,000 (Physical sales 6,858,000 (down -13.0%) + Digital sales 3,345,000 (down -19.8%) which is 15.4% down at the same point in 2016 (12,057,000 sales) 

Year-To-Date Digital Tracks
36,158,000 down 23.6% at the same point in 2016 (47,307,000)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of July 15, 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) stretched its rule to 21 weeks at the summit, extending its mark for the longest reign by a soloist. It’s second overall only to Florida Georgia Line’s debut hit, “Cruise,” which dominated for 24 weeks in 2012-13.
“Body” also topped Country Streaming Songs (16.7 million U.S. streams, up 3 percent) and Country Digital Song Sales (49,000, up 4%) also for a 21st week each.
Further aiding the song’s domination is its success on Country Airplay, where it held at No.4 (37.2 million impressions, down less than 1%) and spends its 14th total week in the top five. Most notably, “Road” logged its eighth frame after ranking at No.1 for three weeks (May 6, 13 and 20). That eight-week stay in the top five following a No.1 run sets a new longevity record, surpassing Rascal Flatts’ 2006 hit “My Wish,” which led the tally dated Dec. 16, 2006, and remained in the top five for seven more frames.
What has been key to “Road” remaining in the Country Airplay top five for so long? Says KKBQ Houston program director Johnny Chiang, “In these days of every record label taking a turn at the top spot of the chart, claiming every song to be a hit, ‘Body’ really stands out. [It] really shows that [a major] hit song needs to be played, regardless of its chart position. It happens too many times that a song reaches No.1, followed by way too many stations dropping it too early.”

Dustin Lynch with “Small Town Boy” (Broken Bow) rose 13-10 on Hot Country Songs, becoming his sixth top 10. Helping the cause, “Boy” rumbled 19-15 for a new Country Airplay peak, surged 31% to 18.6 million impressions. It also gained by 2% to 6.2 million U.S. streams

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (21 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
** Airplay Gainer ** No.5 “My Girl” Dylan Scott
** Digital Gainer ** No.13 “Do I Make You Wanna” Billy Currington
** Streaming Gainer ** No.19 “Heartache On The Dance Floor” Jon Pardi
 ** Hot Shot Debut ** No.45 “Wacky Tobaccy” Toby Keith
Debut No.49 “Mercy” Brett Young

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of July 15, 2017)

Blake Shelton with “Every Time I Hear That Song” (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville) ascended 2-1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart (dated July 15), increasing 8% to 46.4 million audience impressions in the tracking week ending July 2, according to Nielsen Music.
All I’ve ever wanted to be is a country singer, and having a No.1 song is thrilling,” Shelton told Billboard. “Thank you to the fans for supporting me and being part of this journey. And a special salute to the first responders and the servicemen and women, who allow us to celebrate freedom.”

Written by Aimee Mayo, Chris Lindsey, Brad Warren and Brett Warren, “Time” is the fourth country radio single from Shelton’s album IF I’M HONEST. It follows “A Guy With a Girl,” which began a three-week reign on the Country Airplay chart dated Jan. 28; the No. 7-peaking “She’s Got a Way With Words” (Sept. 10, 2016); and “Came Here to Forget,” which led the June 11, 2016, list.
Another track from If I’m Honest, the inspirational “Savior’s Shadow,” has not been promoted to country radio but became Shelton’s first charted title on Hot Christian Songs, reaching No. 14 in June 2016. Shelton has now linked two straight Country Airplay leaders after “Words” stopped at No.7; before that single, he had earned a record 17 consecutive No.1s (counting only officially promoted, non-seasonal singles), from 2010’s “Hillbilly Bone” (featuring Trace Adkins) through to “Forget.”

Cole Swindell collected his seventh top 10, as “Flatliner” (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville) climbed 13-9 (29.1 million in audience, up 12%)...Lady Antebellum landed its 13th Country Airplay top 10 and first since 2014, when “Bartender” became the trio’s ninth No. 1, as “You Look Good” (Capitol Nashville) pushed 11-10 (29 million, up 2%).

Country Airplay
*** No.1 (1 week) *** "Every Time I Hear That Song” Blake Shelton 46.408 million audience (+3.611 million) / 7,938 radio plays (+396)
** Most Increased Audience ** No.3 “My Girl” Dylan Scott
** Most Added ** No.40 “When It Rains it Pours” Luke Combs (16 ADDS)
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.54 “One’s That Like Me” Brantley Gilbert
Debut No.57 “You Broke Up With Me” Walker Hayes
Debut No.60 “Waitin On You” Lindsay Ell

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart
(Chart issue week of July 15, 2017)

Sam Hunt with Body Like a Back Road” (MCA Nashville) held at No.1 (#8-6 Digital Songs; 49,000 sales; up 4% change); 21-week total 1,246,000) leading the chart for a 21st non-consecutive week.
It was five places behind Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber with "Despacito" which dominated the Digital Song Sales chart for a ninth week, with 136,000 digital copies sold (down 1%) this week ending June 29, according to Nielsen Music; the remix with Bieber accounted for 78% of the song's sales (essentially even week-over-week and in line with its 80% share the three weeks before that).

Brett Young with “In Case You Didn’t Know” held at #2 (#27 non-mover Digital Songs)
Keith Urban with “The Fighter,” featuring Carrie Underwood (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville), rose 4-3 (#29-32 Digital Songs)
Florida Georgia Line feat. Backstreet Boys with “God, Your Mama, And Me” lifted 9-4 (#49-36 Digital Songs)
Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris with “Craving You” held at #5 (#37 non-mover Digital Songs).
Midland with “Drinkin’ Problem” held at #6 (#45-42 Digital Songs).
Billy Currington with “Do I Make You Wanna” made a re-entry at #7 (#44 Re-Entry Digital Songs).
Dustin Lynch with “Small Town Boy rose 10-8 (#45 Re-Entry Digital Songs).
Lady Antebellum with “You Look Good” fell 8-9 (#47-49 Digital Songs).
Luke Combs with “Hurricane” fell 7-10 (#46-50 Digital Songs)

Outside the Top 10
Russell Dickerson with “Yours” fell 3-17 in his third chart frame.

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

3 July 2017
Blake Shelton Scores 24th Career #1 With 'Every Time I Hear That Song'
Congrats to Blake Shelton and the Warner Bros./WMN promotion team on landing the week’s No1 with “Every Time I Hear That Song.” Songwriters are Aimee Mayo, Chris Lindsey, Brad Warren and Brett Warren. This marked Shelton's 24th career #1 single.

"‘Every Time I Hear That Song’" (Warner Bros./WMN) logged 8,728 radio spins (+728) and 57.495 million audience impressions (+4.502 million) with 25855 Total Points from 159 tracking stations for the tracking week June 25 to July 1, 2017 and published chart July 3rd 2017.

Luke Combs Is Most-Added With 'When It Rains It Pours'
Kudos to Shane Allen and the River House/Columbia crew for notching 13 adds on Luke Combs’ When It Rains It Pours”. The song topped the "Most Added" board this chart week.
To celebrate River House/Columbia Nashville’s Luke Combs being most-added to Country radio this week with “When It Rains It Pours,”. Combs earned 13 Mediabase adds this week, putting him at a total of 90 historical Mediabase adds. Pictured L-R: SMN Mgr./Promotion & Artist Development Jenny Shearin; Columbia Nashville Dir./West Coast Promotion Paige Elliott, Mgr./Regional Promotion Lyndsay Church, and Promotion Specialist Christy Garbinski; and SMN Dir./Promotion Strategy & Analysis RG Jones and SMN’s Joe Wills

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 557 - July 3, 2017 [PDF File]  Magazine View
For the very latest up to the minute Mediabase Chart (Past 7 Days) go here -

Billboard Boxscores (Selective Country concerts)

Rank Artist: #11
Event Venue City/State: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Charlie Worsham Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario
Dates: June 23-24, 2017 Gross Sales: $2,241,830 Attend: 26,956/ 26,956
Shows/ Sellouts: 2/2 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $112.47, $89.90, $67.33
Promoters: Messina Touring Group/AEG Presents

Rank Artist: #13
Event Venue City/State: Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Buchanan Rod Laver Arena Melbourne, Australia
Dates: Dec. 8-9, 2016 Gross Sales: $1,867,220 Attend: 18,726/ 19,310
Shows/ Sellouts: 2/0 (584 unsold tickets) Prices: $116.15, $81.88
Promoters: TEG Live

Rank Artist: #14
Event Venue City/State: Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne, Lucie Silvas Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park Alpharetta, Ga.
Dates: May 5-6, 2017 Gross Sales: $1,341,641 Attend: 24,970/ 24,970
Shows/ Sellouts: 2/2 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $70.75, $50.75, $30.75, $20.75
Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #72
Event Venue City/State: Willie Nelson, Robert Earl Keen McGrath Amphitheatre Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Dates: June 12, 2017 Gross Sales: $249,719 Attend: 3,156/ 3,156
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $151.50, $46.50
Promoters: Mammoth/VenuWorks

Rank Artist: #89
Event Venue City/State: Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Carly Pearce Denny Sanford Premier Center Sioux Falls, S.D.
Dates: June 17, 2017 Gross Sales: $175,418 Attend: 3,144/ 4,277
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (1,133 unsold tickets) Prices: $67, $27
Promoters: in-house

Rank Artist: #96
Event Venue City/State: Bonnie Raitt, Royal Wood National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
Dates: June 1, 2017 Gross Sales: $142,621 Attend: 1,984/ 1,984
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $85.35, $73.47, $63.08, $55.66
Promoters: RBI Productions/Dennis Ruffo Productions
Latest Billboard Boxscore Chart

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