Saturday, 14 October 2017

Country Billboard Chart News October 9, 2017

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of October 21, 2017)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (1 week) NOW Shania Twain
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (1 week) “What If’s” Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina
Country Airplay ** No.1 (2 weeks) *** “All The Pretty Girls” Kenny Chesney
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (1 week) ** “Dear Hate” Maren Morris

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of October 21, 2017)

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

A trio of divas are aiming for high debuts on next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart: Shania Twain, Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus. Industry forecasters suggest Twain’s new Now album will be the biggest of the bunch and could start at No.1 with more than 120,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 5. Lovato’s new Tell Me You Love Me and Cyrus’ Younger Now could bow with 70,000 and 50,000 units, respectively, in the top 10.
Twain’s Now is her first studio effort in nearly 15 years, since the bow of Up! in November of 2002. That set became her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and launched with 874,000 copies sold in its first week (according to Nielsen Music). Up! spent five weeks atop the chart. Two years later, Twain released Greatest Hits (which reached No. 2) and then didn’t return to the list until 2015 with the live album Still the One: Live From Las Vegas (No. 55).

Shania Twain's 'Now' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart
Shania Twain debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart (BB200) with NOW, her first studio album in nearly 15 years. 
The set starts atop the list with 137,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen Music (Forecasters suggest Twain’s new album would start at No.1 with more than 120,000 equivalent album units).

Of that sum, 134,268 were in traditional album sales -- the third-largest sales week for a country album in 2017, and the largest for a woman in nearly two years. Now, which was released on Sept. 29 through Mercury Nashville, is Twain’s second No. 1 album and the first chart-topping country set by a female artist in over three years.

Twain’s Now is the singer’s fifth studio album, and first since Up!, which was released in November of 2002. The latter album marked the performer’s first No.1 on the Billboard 200, and spent five weeks in the penthouse (and six weeks at No.1 on the Top Country Albums chart). Following Up!, she issued a GREATEST HITS album two years later that hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on Top Country Albums. Then, in 2015, she released the live album STILL THE ONE: Live From Las Vegas, which peaked at No.55 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on Top Country Albums.

Now is the second country album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2017, following Thomas Rhett’s LIFE CHANGES (Sept. 30; 123,000 equivalent album units/ 94,032 in traditional album sales). Now is also the first country set by a woman to lead the chart in over three years, since Miranda Lambert’s PLATINUM spent a week at No.1 with 179,646 copies sold (chart dated June 21, 2014).
Additionally, Now notched the third-biggest sales week for a country album in 2017, following Chris Stapleton’s FROM A ROOM: VOLUME 1 (219,000 units/ 202,154 in traditional album sales; chart dated May 27, 2017) and Zac Brown Band’s WELCOME HOME (146,000 units/ 138,780 were in traditional album sales; chart dated June 3, 2017).
NOW also claimed the biggest sales frame for a country album by a woman since Carrie Underwood’s STORYTELLER started with 164,212 copies sold (Nov. 14, 2015-dated chart; #2 Billboard 200/ #1 Country).

Miley Cyrus with YOUNGER NOW (RCA Records Label; Amazon UK - UK iTunes - made a bow at No.5 with 45,000 units (32,897 in traditional album sales). It marks Cyrus’ 13th charting effort, and 11th top 10 album (including titles billed to her former Disney Channel alter ego, Hannah Montana). She was last in the top 10 with her 2013 effort BANGERZ, which debuted at No. 1.

Five Petty albums re-enter the chart, led by his “Greatest Hits” set.
The late Tom Petty, who died on Oct. 2, was remembered on the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, as five of his albums return to the list.
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ GREATEST HITS re-enters at No. 2 with 84,000 units (up 2,231%) earned in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 51,688 were in traditional album sales (up 3,407%). Greatest Hits initially peaked at No. 5 in February of 1994, following its release the previous year.
The rock legend, who died Oct. 2, charts highest with "Free Fallin'" at No. 4.
Tom Petty populates 14 of the top 25 spots on Billboard's 50-position Hot Rock Songs chart (dated Oct. 21), as the late singer's sizable catalog grew in all metrics following his Oct. 2 death.
18 of the 25 songs on the Rock Digital Song Sales chart were by Petty, with 17 either solo or with the Heartbreakers, along with "End of the Line" by supergroup Traveling Wilburys (No. 20, 6,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music). Again, "Free Fallin'" led the pack with 31,000 sold (up 3,730% percent), good for No. 3 (as well as No. 10 on the overall all-format Digital Song Sales chart).
The top 5 Petty titles on Hot Rock Songs, along with each song's digital sales and U.S. streams in the tracking week ending Oct. 5.:
No. 4, "Free Fallin'": 31,000 downloads, 8.1 million streams
No. 5, "I Won't Back Down": 23,000 downloads, 5.8 million streams
No. 6, "Mary Jane's Last Dance": 18,000 downloads, 6.2 million streams
No. 7, "Learning to Fly": 17,000 downloads, 5.8 million streams
No. 8, "You Don't Know How It Feels": 14,000 downloads, 5.1 million streams

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of October 21, 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.

As mentioned Shania Twain with NOW (Mercury/Universal Music Group Nashville), her fifth full-length studio LP and her first in 15 years, flew in at No. 1 on Top Country Albums and the all-genre Billboard 200. It earns 137,000 equivalent album units, with 134,268 in traditional sales, in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen Music.
Now marked Twain’s second Billboard 200 No. 1. She previously led with her last studio set, when Up! which debuted at No.1 on Dec. 7, 2002, with 874,000 sold in a far more robust sales climate.
Twain first appeared on Top Country Albums in 1993 with her No.67-peaking SELF-TITLED debut album. Now is her fifth No.1 on the chart among six top 10s. Her previous release, STILL THE ONE: Live From Las Vegas, peaked at No. 2 (March 21, 2015).

Her previous Top Country Albums leaders before Now were:
THE WOMAN IN ME (released Feb 7, 1995; Polygram Mercury), which spent 29 weeks at No. 1 in 1995-96 selling 4 million copies by the end of 1995. It spent 110 weeks on the Top Country Album chart. It was eventually certified 12× Platinum by the RIAA on December 1, 2000,

COME ON OVER (released Nov 4, 1997), dominated for record 50 non-consecutive weeks 1997-2000. It debuted with then moderate sales of 172,000 copies and shifted another 170,000 copies in its second week. It was certified Gold, Platinum and 2× platinum by the RIAA on December 23, 1997 just 7 weeks after its release. It sold more than 100,000 units in each of 62 weeks. The album's best sales week was its 110th week, during which it sold 355,000 copies (#10 Christmas 1999). It stayed in the Top Ten for 151 weeks. To date, the album has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, shipped over 20 million copies in the United States (certified 20x Multi-Platinum on November 15, 2004).

UP! (Mercury Nashville; released Nov 18, 2002) lead for six weeks, 2002-03; came out 15 years ago. It debuted at #1 with sales of 874,137 (chart dated Dec 7, 2002). On September 23, 2004, the RIAA certified Up! at 11× Platinum

GREATEST HITS (Mercury Nashville released Nov 8, 2004) led for 11 weeks, 2004-05. It made a debut with 530,000 copies sold. As of October 2016, the album has sold 4.39 million copies in the US and was certified 4x Multi-Platinum on April 17, 2008.

Shania adds her 97th total week at No. 1, the most among women; Taylor Swift follows with 89. Among all acts, Garth Brooks leads with 171 cumulative weeks atop the chart.
Twain co-wrote all 12 tracks on Now and she also served as co-producer on the project. Shania worked with four producers across the 16 tracks including Matthew Koma, Ron Aniello (Bruce Springsteen, Gavin DeGraw), Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes) and Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Norah Jones).
Its lead single, “Life’s About to Get Good,” hit Nos.33 and 36 on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay, respectively for solitary weeks on both charts.

Shania will hit the road in 2018 in support of the new album marking Shania’s first tour since “Rock This Country” back in 2015. The tour kicks off May 3rd in Tacoma, WA and will run through the rest of the summer, culminating in Las Vegas on August 4th at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Promoting the album Shania appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and CBS-TV's The Late Late Show with James Corden (Tues Oct 3.) Watch "Swingin' With My Eyes Closed" >> here.

Critical reception for Shania Twain’s Now (Deluxe)
16 Tracks/ Time: 56:21 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -

Exclaim (Rating: 9/10): This is a record bursting with indecision and excess, but that excess is revealing; we're shown more of Shania's emotion than ever here. It's enough to make Now one of the best pop albums of the year.

Allmusic (Rating: 2.1/2 STARS) ...Now is melodically undernourished, with hooks never quite materializing in either the choruses or the excessively polished arrangements designed to support Twain, not sell the tracks. That production, a mishmash of Vegas showstoppers and feints toward the electronic-glazed AAA charts, feels as hesitant and

inarticulate as the songs. Sometimes, Twain's signature charm surfaces -- "Because of You" has a lovely, gentle sway, "You Can't Buy Love" is a fizzy bit of bubblegum in the vein of Amy Winehouse's "Valerie" (unfortunately both are buried deep into the album) -- but Now feels fussy, as if every element was triple-guessed because the pressure to have a triumphant comeback was too great.

Rollingstone (Rating: 3.1/2 STARS): From the opening seconds of "Swingin' With My Eyes Closed," it's clear Shania's up to her old genre-trashing tricks – the quasi-metal guitar twang and "We Will Rock You" stomp of "Any Man of Mine" meet a reggae skank, and for good measure, she urges us all to throw our fists in the air like we just don't care. As you'd expect, the songs on Now are her mid-life personal statements, along the lines of "Poor Me" and "Roll Me on the River," with an emphasis on post-divorce piano ballads about getting the Shania groove back. (As she sings in "Life's About to Get Good," "I wasn't just broken, I was shattered/ … /I couldn't move on and I think you were flattered.") Maybe next time she'll cover "Hotline Bling." But like Miley, Shania is taking inspiration from the expansively chaotic sound of contemporary country pop – a sound she helped to shape in the first place.

Saving Country Music (Rating: 1 3/4 Guns Down (2/10)... Sorry to disrupt any Shania Twain fans out there enjoying their Tim Horton’s Canadian bacon breakfast, but this new album is complete junk. It is an absolute abomination of recorded music, not to mention anything that might resemble “country.” .....But she is still an important figure in the history of country. “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under” is still a pretty good song, even if purists admit it begrudgingly. And nobody should want to see anyone fall on their face in this manner. Of course the mainstream media will portray this thing as “empowering” and a “graceful comeback” because Shaina has spent 15 years building up capital to now burn through. But sorry, this doesn’t pass the ear test, and this can be corroborated through numerous takes from many disappointed Twain fans. Sorry, but Shania’s songs deserved better, and so did her fans and the public. Instead of setting Shania on a new future, Now seems to foretell a career that now must rely on past greatness and touring purses to survive. (Rating: Grade C) At the same time, Twain is a capital C celebrity, with a popular reality series, appearances on American Idol, and a hugely successful 2015 concert tour under her rhinestone-studded belt. Unless she decided to release a metal album as part of some pitiful artistic makeover, anything she does is going to be greeted with open arms. Neither of the singles she released in advance of Now have gone into heavy radio rotation, but she’s already been given a hero’s welcome on TV and in
the press....The sticking point for some listeners may be how much she has tamped down the anthemic side of her musical personality on Now. The logic behind that decision seems to have something to do with her voice, which has lost a little bit of the soar that it once had. That’s due to the simple fact of aging and that she’s still dealing with the effects of dysphonia, an abnormality that constricts the larynx. Twain now sings with a little throatiness, like Marianne Faithfull in the ‘80s without the two-pack-a-day habit....It’s going to be interesting to see how the musical marketplace reacts to Now. Twain should be celebrating for wanting to grow as an artist, even if she is trying to twist herself into new knots to better fit into the currents of the mainstream. Any attempt to rewrite or recreate her past glories would have felt like a cop out, a pandering to the fans that have grown up with her. Those are the folks that should appreciate this wiser, more mature Shania. She wants to age gracefully. Let’s follow suit.

The Guardian (Rating: 3 STARS): Now is a strong comeback that plays to Twain’s strengths, but it could have done with some more of her feisty, Brad Pitt-skewering self, and fewer inspirational metaphors.

Mikael Wood of the Los Angeles Times (Rating: 6/10 criticized Twain's vocal delivery on the uptempo tracks as "flat and robotic," The Wall Street Journal writer Barry Mazor said the album finds Twain "singing in a somewhat lower register—audible, but not dramatically different."

Clash (Rating: 2 STARS) ..However, one listen to ‘Now’ confirms that the world was right to ignore it. It’s an album of by-the-numbers country-infused pop, but with none of the hooks or charm that made hits like ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’ so huge back in the day. The songs are forgettable odes to familiar topics - home, heartbreak, dusting yourself off and picking yourself back up - that wouldn’t get a second glance if they’d been penned by someone less famous. (UK) Review (3 STARS)

Previous weeks No.1 Thomas Rhett with LIFE CHANGES (Valory/Big Machine Label Group) fell 1-2 (#13-16 Billboard 200) selling 9,243 copies (down 28%; 4-week total 136,500).
Former multi-week No.1 Luke Combs with THIS ONE’S FOR YOU (River House/ Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) rose 4-3 (#40-41 Billboard 200) selling 4,369 copies (18-week total 124,100).
Chris Stapleton with TRAVELLER (MERCURY/ UMGN) rose 5-4 (50-49 Billboard 200) selling 5,035 copies (up 5%; 127-week total 2,080,400). Stapleton’s From a Room: Volume 1 (Mercury/Universal Music Group Nashville) rose 12-11 (78-90 BB200) selling 5,300 copies (22-week total 530,300).

Kane Brown with self-titled KANE BROWN (Zone 4/RCA Nashville) lifted 8-6 (#56 BB200) selling 2,033 copies (44-week total 198,600).
Brett Young with self-titled debut (BMLG) pushed 9-7 (#64-62 BB200) selling 2,700 copies (34-week total 141,700).
In his fourth frame Dustin Lynch with CURRENT MOOD (Broken Bow/Broken Bow Music Group) slipped 6-7 (#51-70 Billboard 200) selling 3,283 copies (down 46%; 4-week total 40,600).
Sam Hunt with MONTEVALLO (MCA Nashville | UMGN) rose 10-8 (#64-62 BB200).
Jon Pardi with CALIFORNIA SUNRISE climbed 11-9 (#71-80 BB200) selling 1,792 copies (68-week total 186,000).
Florida Georgia Line with DIG YOUR ROOTS (BMLG) rose 13-10 (81-85 BB200) selling 1,200 copies (58-week total 426,000)

Outside the Top 10

In their second week Midland with ON THE ROCKS (Big Machine Records) fell 2-12 (#20-102 Billboard 200) selling 4,914 copies (down 71%; 2-week total 22,144).   

Old Dominion with HAPPY ENDINGS (RCA Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) fell 15-16 (115-136 BB200) in their 6th week selling 1,727 copies (down 18%; 6-week total 47,800).

In his second week Chris Janson with EVERYBODY (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville), fell 7-19 (#53-169 BB200) selling 3,196 copies (down 60%; 2-week total 11,300).

Outside the Top 25
In his fourth frame Kip Moore with SLOWHEART (MCA Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville) fell 25-35 selling 1,567 copies (down 37%, 4-week total 33,400).

In their third Big & Rich with DID IT FOR THE PARTY (B&R/Thirty Tigers) dropped 28-43 selling 2,539 copies (down 31%; 3-week total 32,500).

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

Dolly Parton with I BELIEVE IN YOU (Dolly/RCA Nashville | SMN; Amazon UK - made a debut at #37 selling 900 copies.
She celebrates the worldwide release of her first-ever children’s album, I Believe In You.
Reviewers are already raving about I Believe In You:
“Dolly Parton may be singing children’s songs on I Believe In You, but the album’s topics and depth speak to listeners of all ages.” - Mike Ragona, Huffington Post
“Weaving powerful life lessons with catchy, sing-along music, led by one of the finest vocalists of any genre, Dolly pours her love of children into each of the 14 tracks on I Believe in You. It's a must-have not only for children, but for parents, grandparents, teachers, and anyone who works with the younger generation.” - Gayle Thompson, The Boot
The album features 14 new songs, all written and performed by Dolly with the spirit and heart of children in mind. Proceeds from the album will benefit Imagination Library, which was established in 1995 to honor Parton’s father, who never had the chance to learn to read or write.

Year-To-Date Albums
15,102,000 (Physical sales 10,067,000 (down -15.0%) + Digital sales 5,035,000 (down -20.2%) which is 16.8% down at the same point in 2016 (18,153,000 sales) 

Year-To-Date Digital Tracks

52,728,000 down 23.8% at the same point in 2016 (69,223,000)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of October 21, 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:

Blimey a NEW NO. 1!!!!!
Hot Country Songs boasted a new No.1 for the first time since Feb. 25, as Kane Brown with What Ifs” featuring Lauren Alaina (Zone 4/RCA Nashville), ascended 2-1 in its 44th week.
“What Ifs” replaced Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” (MCA Nashville), which slipped 1-2 after a record 34 weeks at No.1.

All I can say is, ‘Thirty-four weeks, Sam Hunt? Damn.’ I’m happy to get in there,” Brown told Billboard after hearing the news.
“What Ifs” rose 2-1 on Country Streaming Songs (10.3 million U.S. streams, up 1%; Chart) and 3-2 on Country Airplay (44 million, up 4%). It ranked at No.2 after two weeks atop Country Digital Song Sales (22,000 sold, down 7%).
“What Ifs” marked the first Hot Country Songs No.1 for childhood friends Brown and Alaina. She is the only woman to rule Country Airplay as a solo lead artist this year, with “Road Less Travelled” (April 22).

Cole Swindell with "Stay Downtown" is the fourth Hot Country Songs entry from Swindell’s YOU SHOULD BE HERE. “Downtown” made a debut at No.50, marking his 13th appearance. It’s powered by its 25% burst to 2.6 million in audience as it rose 45-42 on Country Airplay

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (1 week) ** “What Ifs” Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina
** Airplay Gainer” No.3 “When It Rains It Pours” Luke Combs
** Digital Gainer ** No.9 “They Don't Know” Jason Aldean
** Streaming Gainer ** No.17 “Like I Loved You” Brett Young
** Hot Shot Debut/   ** No. 21 “Dear Hate” Maren Morris feat. Vince Gill
Debut No.33 “Take Back Home Girl” Chris Lane feat. Tori Kelly
Debut No.43 “Hangin' On” Chris Young
Debut No.50 “Stay Downtown” Cole Swindell

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of October 21, 2017)

Kenny Chesney with “All the Pretty Girls” (Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville) held at No.1 for a second week on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart (dated Oct. 14), despite a 8% dip to 44.3 million audience impressions in the week ending Oct. 8, according to Nielsen Music. On Hot Country Songs, the single remained bulleted at its No. 7 peak.

Luke Bryan with "Light It Up" in its seventh week on Country Airplay, “Light” lifted 11-10 as it hiked 7% to 24.8 million audience impressions, marking Bryan’s 24th top 10. On Hot Country Songs, it returned to its peak (12-11).

Country Airplay
*** No.1 (2 weeks) *** “All The Pretty Girls” Kenny Chesney 44.317 million audience (-3.018 million) / 7,576 radio plays (-733)
** Hot Shot Debut/ Most Increased Audience/ Most Added ** No.29 “Dear Hate” Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill 5.535 million audience gain thanks to 45 fresh radio commitments (ADDS)
Debut No.51 “The Rest Of Our Life” Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Debut No.58 “Kinda Don't Care” Justin Moore

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart 
(Chart issue week of October 21, 2017)

MUSIC HEALS Maren Morris Debuts at No.1
Maren Morris, who performed in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sept. 30, the night before the shooting massacre that took 58 lives and injured approximately 500 others, released “Dear Hate,” featuring Vince Gill (Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville), on Oct.1. All proceeds go to Nashville’s Music City Cares Fund to support victims.
“Hate is everywhere, and I’m sick of not doing enough,” said Morris in a statement.
“Hate” arrived at No. 1 on Country Digital Song Sales (#13 Digital Songs) with 27,000 downloads sold. It’s Morris’ second No.1, following her 2016 debut single, “My Church.”
After Columbia serviced “Hate” (although without a traditional promotional push) to radio, it entered Country Airplay at No.29 (5.5 million). It also drew 716,000 U.S. streams in the tracking week.

“Hate” started on Hot Country Songs at No. 21, marking Morris’ and Gill’s highest career debuts.
I was in Las Vegas broadcasting the day after the shootings, simply allowing people to call and share their stories,” said KNIX Phoenix assistant PD/music director Lois Lewis, who doubles as midday host at iHeartMedia sister station KWNR Las Vegas.
It’s just the perfect time for ‘Dear Hate,’ a beautifully crafted song,” said Lewis. “Tons of our listeners have shared it on their personal social media pages. The country community has suffered a tremendous blow, and ‘Dear Hate’ is helping all of us.”

Maren was twelve places behind J Balvin and Willy William’s "Mi Gente" which surged from No.21 to No.3 on the Hot 100 (after previously reaching No.19), after the first full week of tracking for its new remix featuring Beyonce, scoring the chart's greatest gains in sales and streaming. It rocketed 34-1 on Digital Song Sales (79,000 sold, up 436%, with 87% of its sales from its new remix) and 14-5 on Streaming Songs (28.7 million, up 50%), while also climbing 32-29 on Radio Songs (46 million, up 18 percent).

Previous weeks No1 Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina with “What If’s” slipped 1-2 (#19-23 Digital Songs; 22,000 sales; 21-week total 417,000).
LANco with “Greatest Love Story” (Arista Nashville) lifted 5-3 (#27-28 Digital Songs; 17,000 sales; 14-week total 269,000).

Sam Hunt with his 31 non-consecutive week No1 “Body Like a Back Road” (MCA Nashville) fell 2-4 (#22-30 Digital Songs; 16,000 sales; 36-week total 1,696,000).

Luke Combs with “When It Rains It Pours” (River House | Columbia Nashville) fell 4-5 (#26-32 Digital Songs; 16,000 sales; 13-week total 202,000).
Thomas Rhett with “Unforgettable” (Valory) held at No.6 (35-42 Digital Songs; 13,000 sales; 10-week total 147,000).

Dustin Lynch with “Small Town Boy” fell 6-7 (#39-45 Digital Songs; 12,000 sales; 32-week total 419,000).
Carly Pearce with Every Little Thing” (Big Machine) held at No.9 (#43-46 Digital Songs 12,000 sales; 16-week total 257,000).
Blake Shelton with “I'll Name The Dogs” (Warner Bros) rose 8-9 (#40-47 Digital Songs; 13,000 sales; 3-week total 52,000).

Chris Lane featuring Tori Kelly with "Take Back Home Girl" (Big Loud) is the first single from Lane’s forthcoming second album. The duet sold 11,000 downloads in its first week and debuts at No.10 on Country Digital Song Sales and No.36 on Hot Country Songs, the latter bow marking Lane’s highest start to date.

Outside the Top 10
Jon Pardi with “Heartache On The Dancefloor” fell 10-11 (9,000 sales; 16-week total 212,000).
Chris Young with “Hangin' On” (RCA Nashville) made a debut at No.12 selling 9,000 copies
Brett Young with Like I Loved You” (BMLG) fell 12-13 (8,000 sales; 6-week total 92,000) as In Case You Didn’t Know” fell 13-15 (8,000 sales; 52-week total 927,000).
Jason Aldean with “They Don't Know” (Macon/Broken Bow | BBMG) made a debut at No.25 selling 5,000 copies (total to date 65,000)

Falling Off the Top 25
In their second weeks Darius Rucker with “Don't” (Capitol Nashville) sold just 2,000 copies (2-week total 12,000, last week #11)

Kelsea Ballerini with “High School” sold just 2,000 copies (2-week total 19,000, last week #3)

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

9 Oct 2017

Congrats to Kenny Chesney, Steve Hodges, Shane Allen and the Columbia promotion team on scoring a second week at No.1 with “All The Pretty Girls.” The song is the second chart-topper from Chesney’s current album Cosmic Hallelujah. Songwriters are Nicolle Galyon, Tommy Lee James and Josh Osborne.

"All The Pretty Girls (Blue Chair/Columbia) logged 8,402 radio spins (-607) and 55.66 million audience impressions (-3.609 million) with 25178 Total Points (-1550) from 159 tracking stations for the tracking week October 1 to October 7, 2017 and published chart October 9th 2017.

Kudos to Josh Easler and the Arista reps for notching 53 adds on Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s The Rest Of Our Life”. The song topped the "Most Added" board this chart week.

Mediabase Adds (Selective)

Mediabase Adds Artist/Title (Label) TW Total Historic Adds

TIM MCGRAW & FAITH HILL/The Rest Of Our Life (Arista) 53 53
MAREN MORRIS/Dear Hate (Columbia) 23 23
JACKSON MICHELSON/Rollin' (Curb) 19 19
MIDLAND/Make A Little (Big Machine) 16 98
DREW BALDRIDGE/Guns & Roses (Cold River) 15 58
OLD DOMINION/Written In The Sand (RCA) 15 84
BRETT ELDREDGE/The Long Way (Atlantic/WMN) 13 98
LADY ANTEBELLUM/Heart Break (Capitol) 10 54
HIGH VALLEY/She's With Me (Atlantic/WEA) 8 99
SCOTTY MCCREERY/Five More Minutes (Triple Tigers) 8 101
DYLAN SCOTT/Hooked (Curb) 7 73
JORDAN DAVIS/Singles You Up (MCA) 7 119
BRANDON LAY/Speakers, Bleachers And Preachers (EMI Nashville) 6 64
COLE SWINDELL/Stay Downtown (Warner Bros./WMN) 6 75
KELSEA BALLERINI/Legends (Black River) 6 140
KID ROCK/Tennessee Mountain Top (Red Bow) 6 17
WALKER HAYES/You Broke Up With Me (Monument/Arista) 6 139
ZAC BROWN BAND/Roots (SouthernGrnd/Elektra/WAR) 6 107
BILLY CURRINGTON/Wake Me Up (Mercury) 5 53
RUSSELL DICKERSON/Yours (Triple Tigers) 5
RUNAWAY JUNE/Wild West (Wheelhouse) 4 41
DUSTIN LYNCH/I'd Be Jealous Too (Broken Bow) 2 2
MONTGOMERY GENTRY/Better Me (Average Joes) 2 11 
LAUREN ALAINA/Doin' Fine (19/Interscope/Mercury) 2 104
LINDSAY ELL/Waiting On You (Stoney Creek) 1 75
MORGAN EVANS/Kiss Somebody (Warner Bros./WEA) 1 3

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 571 - Oct 9, 2017 [PDF File] Magazine View
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Billboard Boxscores (Selective Country concerts)

Rank Artist: #2
Event Venue City/State: Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Craig Campbell Citizens Bank Park Philadelphia, Pa.
Dates: Sept. 8, 2017 Gross Sales: $2,743,300 Attend: 35,855/ 39,528     
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 Prices: $100, $70, $50, $30
Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #7
Event Venue City/State: Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Lauren Alaina Progressive Field Cleveland, Ohio
Dates: July 15, 2017 Gross Sales: $1,856,373 Attend: 29,789/ 32,921
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 Prices: $99.75, $79.50, $39.75, $20
Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #73
Event Venue City/State: Lyle Lovett Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater Austin, Texas
Dates: Aug. 26, 2017 Gross Sales: $146,619 Attend: 2,031/ 2,078
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 Prices: $99, $79, $59, $49
Promoters: in-house
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