Thursday, 8 March 2018

Country Billboard Chart News March 5, 2018

Country Billboard Chart News March 5, 2018

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of March 10, 2018)
Country Album Chart ** No.1 (6 non-consecutive weeks) ** SELF-TITLED (Deluxe) Kane Brown
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (14 weeks) ** “Meant To Be” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line
Country Airplay *** No.1 (1 week) ** “Marry Me” Thomas Rhett
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (12 non-consecutive weeks) ** “Meant To Be” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of March 10, 2018)

The Billboard 200 chart measures multi-metric album consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
Bon Jovi BUNDLE their way Back at No.1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart
Bon Jovi's former No.1 album, THIS HOUSE IS NOT FOR SALE, is back atop the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (BB200) for a second week.

The set re-entered the tally with 120,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending March 1, according to Nielsen Music, up from a negligible figure in the previous week. Essentially all of its sum is traditional album sales. The surge back to No.1 is owed nearly entirely to sales generated by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with Bon Jovi's upcoming U.S. arena tour.
This House Is Not for Sale first led the Billboard 200 on Nov. 26, 2016, when it opened in the penthouse with 129,000 units (128,000 in album sales), also driven by a ticket/album sale redemption offer. The set marked the band's sixth chart-topper.
Bon Jovi’s tour kicks off on March 14 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The 24-date U.S. trek is slated to wrap on May 24 at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. In total, Billboard estimates the tour may sell between 350,000 and 375,000 tickets.
For the tour’s ticket/album sale redemption offer, the price of the standard CD edition of This House Is Not for Sale was bundled into the purchase price of each ticket sold online to the tour. Customers received, via email, a redemption offer for the album, where they could choose to redeem the CD and have it mailed to them.
The only sales that count towards the charts are those albums that are redeemed by customers. Many ticket buyers never redeem the offer.
This House Is Not for Sale is the second album to re-enter the Billboard 200 straight in at No.1, following Chris Stapleton’s TRAVELLER. The latter returned to the list on Nov. 21, 2015, jumping in at No.1 for the first time, thanks to buzz generated by Stapleton’s big night on the 2015 Country Music Association Awards.
Why is Bon Jovi’s album back at No. 1, two years later — and is that fair? (author: Yahoo Music Paul Grein): The album owes almost all of its success to the two promotions. It sold 128K copies in traditional album sales in its first week. It sold 120K copies this week. But get this: In the 67 weeks between those tent-pole weeks, it sold just 78K copies - on average, just a little more than 1K copies a week. Last week, without the promotion, the album sold just 175 copies!!

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of March 10, 2018)
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.
Kane Brown with his SELF-TITLED held at No.1 (#27-22 Billboard 200) for a 6th non-consecutive week selling another 5,356 copies (65-week total ).

Chris Stapleton with TRAVELLER (MERCURY/ UMGN) was a non-mover at No.2 (33-26 BB200) selling 7,583 copies whilst his sets From A Room: Volume 1 (Mercury/Universal Music Group Nashville) fell 4-5 (38-40 BB200) selling 8,500 copies and From A Room: Volume 2 dropped 5-2 (43-57 BB200) selling 8,159 copies.

Former No.1 Luke Bryan with WHAT MAKES YOU COUNTRY (Capitol Nashville | UMGN) climbed 6-3 (#49-30 Billboard 200) selling 9,208 copies (up 52%).
Former No.1 Thomas Rhett with LIFE CHANGES (Valory/Big Machine Label Group) slipped 3-4 (#36-39 Billboard 200) selling 2,921 copies (25-week total    ).

Former No.1 Luke Combs with THIS ONE’S FOR YOU (River House/ Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) rose 7-6 (#54-53 Billboard 200) selling 2,365 copies (39-week total   ).

Brett Young with self- titled BRETT YOUNG (BMLG) held at No.8 (77-73 Billboard 200) selling 1,518 copies (55-week total  )
Jon Pardi with CALIFORNIA SUNRISE (Capitol Nashville | UMGN) held at No.9 (98-99 Billboard 200) selling 1,436 copies (89-week total  )

Outside the Top 10
Old Dominion with HAPPY ENDINGS (RCA Nashville | SMN) moved 13-12 (129-116 BB200)
LANCO with HALLELUJAH NIGHTS (Arista Nashville | SMN) rose 14-13 (144-146 BB200) selling 1,608 copies (6 chart weeks).
Former No.1 Chris Young with LOSING SLEEP (RCA Nashville | SMN) advanced 24-15 (#156 Re-Entry BB200) selling another 1,973 copies (19-week total   ) .

Former No.1 Blake Shelton with TEXOMA SHORE (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville) rose 23-19 (175 Re-Entry BB200) selling another 2,407 copies (17-week total   ) .
Walker Hayes with boom. (Monument | SMN) fell 18-23 in his 12th frame

On the Country Album Sales list (pure sales; old methodology)
Glen Campbell with Amazing Grace: 14 Hymns And Gospel Favorites (Gaither | Capitol CMG) made a debut at #25.

Year-To-Date Albums
2,537,000 (Physical sales 1,808,000 (down -20.9%) + Digital sales 729,000 (down -33.1%) which is 24.8% down at the same point in 2017 (3,374,000 sales) 

Year-To-Date Digital Tracks
8,621,000 down 30.4% at the same point in 2017 (12,393,000)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of March 10, 2018)

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:

Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line’s pop/country crossover hit “Meant to Be” (Warner Bros./Big Machine Label Group) led Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, for a 14th week (on the chart dated March 10), granting Rexha a record.

The title rewrites the mark for the most weeks at No.1 for a song with lead female vocals. It passes Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” (sung by the group’s Karen Fairchild), which ruled for 13 weeks in 2015. (Hot Country Songs launched as an all-encompassing genre songs chart in 1958 and adopted its current triple-metric methodology on Oct. 20, 2012.)
“Meant” hits the all-genre Radio Songs chart’s top 10, rose 11-8 with 80.2 million in audience, up 16 percent, in the week ending March 4. It also entered the Pop Songs top 10 (12-10) and climbs 15-11 on Country Airplay (21.3 million, up 25 percent). Additionally, it drew 21.3 million U.S. streams and sold 34,000 downloads in the tracking week.
Entercom’s WUSN Chicago is the country leader on “Meant,” having played it 901 times through March 4. PD Kenny Jay, who joined the station on Jan. 22, told Billboard that the song was already doing well when he arrived. “I got here and not only was ‘Meant to Be’ in power rotation, but it was also first in every metric that we look at,” he says. “It’s still our No. 1-testing song.”
As for its pop lean via Rexha? “I’m a fan of collaborations and everything they offer our station,” said Jay. “We may get a negative comment here or there on social media, but, overall, across-the-board research on [“Meant”] gets stronger and stronger. There’s no denying it: It’s a hit record.”

Jordan Davis with his co-authored debut single, “Singles You Up” (MCA Nashville,) hopped into the Hot Country Songs top 10 (12-9). It rose 10-8 on Country Airplay (26.9 million, up 10 percent), while gaining by 14 percent to 8,000 downloads sold and 7% to 4.9 million U.S. streams.

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (14 weeks)/ Airplay Gainer ** “Meant To Be” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line
** Digital Streaming Gainer ** No.4 “Heaven” Kane Brown
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.13 “Break Up In The End” Cole Swindell
Debut No.30 “Space Cowboy” Kacey Musgraves
Debut No.32 “Butterflies” Kacey Musgraves
Debut No.35 “I Was Jack (You Were Diane)” Jake Owen
Debut No.47 “Hands On You” Ashley Monroe
Debut No.49 “Hide The Wine” Carly Pearce

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of March 10, 2018)

Thomas Rhett collected his 10th Country Airplay No.1 as “Marry Me” (Valory) rose 2-1, hiking 6 percent to 40.7 million impressions. It ranked at its No.2 high on Hot Country Songs for an eighth week.

“Marry,” which Rhett co-wrote with Shane McAnally, Ashley Gorley and Jesse Frasure, is the third single and third Country Airplay No.1  from Rhett’s Life Changes LP, which debuted at the summit of Top Country Albums and the all-genre Billboard 200 (Sept. 30, 2017). The ballad follows “Unforgettable,” which topped the Nov. 18, 2017, Country Airplay chart, and “Craving You” (featuring Maren Morris), which led the July 22 list.
Rhett first ruled the Country Airplay chart dated Oct. 26, 2013, with “It Goes Like This.”

Jason Aldean with “You Make It Easy” (Macon/Broken Bow) bumped 13-10 on Country Airplay (22 million, up 16 percent), becoming his 27th top 10. At six weeks, the song completes the fastest flight to the top 10 since Kenny Chesney’s “Setting the World on Fire” (featuring P!nk) reached the region in its fifth frame (Sept. 10, 2016).

High Valley with “She’s With Me” (Atlantic/WEA) became the duo’s first Country Airplay top 10 (11-9; 25.4 million, up 13 percent). The song hits the top 10 in its 44th week on the chart, becoming the ninth song to take a scenic route of at least that long to the tier.

Jake Owen posted his highest start on Country Airplay as “I Was Jack (You Were Diane),” his first single on Big Loud, bounded in at No.22 with 8.3 million impressions. On Hot Country Songs, it arrived at No.35. The song interpolates John Mellencamp’s four-week 1982 Billboard Hot 100 No.1 “Jack & Diane.” Mellencamp, the sole writer of the original, receives a writing credit on Owen’s song.

Country Airplay
*** No.1 (1 week) *** “Marry Me” Thomas Rhett 40.701 million audience (+2.299 million) / 7,823 radio plays (+337)
** Hot Shot Debut/Most Increased Audience/Most Added ** No.22 “I Was Jack” (You Were Diane) Jake Owen
Debut No.59 “I Hate Love Songs” Kelsea Ballerini
Debut No.60 “Blue Tacoma” Russell Dickerson

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart
(Chart issue week of March 10, 2018)

Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line with “Meant To Be” (Warner Bros. | BMLG) remained at No.1 for in its 14th chart frame (12 non-consecutive weeks). It fell 3-6 on the all genre Digital Songs Chart five places behind Post Malone feat. Ty Dolla $ign with "Psycho" which snagged a No.1 debut on Digital Song Sales with 80,000 downloads sold in the week ending March 1. It marked his second leader on the list, after "Rockstar" debuted at No. 1 on Oct. 7 (its lone week on top). Ty Dolla $ign achieved his first Digital Song Sales No.1.

Jason Aldean with “You Make It Easy” (Macon/Broken Bow | BBMG) held at No.2 (#9 Digital Songs).
Cole Swindell with newly released “Break Up In The End” (Warner Bros. | WMN) made a debut at No.3 (#16 New Entry Digital Songs).
Kane Brown with “Heaven” (Zone 4 | RCA Nashville) held at #4 (#23-22 Digital Songs) in his 15th frame.
Thomas Rhett with “Marry Me” (Valory) fell 3-5 (#21-24 Digital Songs) in his 20th frame.
Luke Bryan with “Most People Are Good” (Capitol Nashville) held at No.6 (#32-29 Digital Songs) in his 8th frame.
Chris Stapleton with “Broken Halos” (Mercury | UMGN) fell 5-7 (#28-32 Digital Songs) in his 27th frame.
Scotty McCreery with “Five More Minutes” (Triple Tigers) slipped 7-8 (#34-33 Digital Songs) in his 18th frame.
Walker Hayes with “You Broke Up With Me” (Monument) was down 8-9 in his 33rd frame.
Old Dominion with “Written In The Sand” (RCA Nashville | SMN) fell 9-10 in their 17th frame.

Outside the Top 10
Kacey Musgraves posted 2 new entries with pre-grat tracks from her forthcoming album GOLDEN HOUR. “Space Cowboy” (MCA Nashville) was new at No.11 and “Butterflies” (MCA Nashville) arrived at No.12.

Ashley Monroe with her preview track “Hands On You” (Warner Bros. | WMN) made a debut at No.20. Her Dave Cobb-Produced LP SPARROW is out 20th April. 

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

March 5, 2018

Thomas Rhett Earns 10th Career #1 With 'Marry Me'
Congrats to Thomas Rhett, Chris Palmer, Ashley Sidoti and the Valory promotion team for securing this week’s No.1 with “Marry Me” moving up 2-1. The song is the third chart-topper from Life Changes. Writers are Shane McAnally, Ashley Gorley, Jesse Frasure and Rhett. The song marks RHETT's 10th career #1.

Marry Me” (Valory) logged 8,536 radio spins (+535) and 58.406 million audience impressions (+4.039 million) with 22860 Total Points (+1564) from 157 tracking stations for the tracking week February 25 to March 3, 2018 and published chart March 5th 2018.

Jake Owen Is Most-Added With 'I Was Jack (You Were Diane)'
Congratulations to BIG LOUD's JAKE OWEN, who earned 60 MEDIABASE adds this week with his new single, "I Was JACK (You Were DIANE)," making it the most-added single at Country radio.

Kudos to Stacy Blythe and the Big Loud reps on landing 60 MEDIABASE adds for Jake Owen’s I Was Jack (You Were Diane). The song topped the "Most Added" board this chart week.
Celebrating! Big Loud's Jake Owen being most-added at Country radio this week with his new single, "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)," Pictured L-R: (back) Big Loud Exec. Asst. Delaney Rogers, Photographer/Videographer Nick Swift, OM Sierra Crider, Mgr./Digital Marketing Tori Johnson, Dir./Southeast Promotion Tyler Waugh, Coord./Promotion Maggie Abrams, and Partner/Artist Mgr. Seth England; (front) Big Loud President Clay Hunnicutt, VP/A&R Patch Culbertson, and Dir./National Promotion Stacy Waugh

Mediabase Adds (Selective)

Artist/Title (Label) TW Total Historic Adds

JAKE OWEN/I Was Jack (You Were Diane) (Big Loud)  60         60
CHRIS YOUNG/Hangin' On (RCA)         48         53
RUSSELL DICKERSON/Blue Tacoma (Triple Tigers)      48         51
COLE SWINDELL/Break Up In The End (Warner Bros./WMN)     27         106
ERIC PASLAY/Young Forever (EMI Nashville)    24         26
JUSTIN MOORE/Kinda Don't Care (Valory)        17         121
MAREN MORRIS/Rich (Columbia)         13         75
BEBE REXHA f/FGL/Meant To Be (WBR/BMLGR)           10         150
DYLAN SCOTT/Hooked (Curb)  8          127
BRETT YOUNG/Mercy (BMLGR)            7          97
MORGAN EVANS/Kiss Somebody (Warner Bros./WEA) 7          123
CHRIS JANSON/Drunk Girl (Warner Bros./WAR)            6          110
DANIELLE BRADBERY/Worth It (BMLGR)          6          28
ASHLEY MCBRYDE/A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega (Atlantic/WAR)         5          89
KELSEA BALLERINI/I Hate Love Songs (Black River)     5          8
KID ROCK/American Rock'n'Roll (BBR/BMG/Red Bow)   5          50
LINDSAY ELL/Criminal (Stoney Creek)   5          145
TRENT HARMON/You Got 'Em All (Big Machine)            5          9
RUNAWAY JUNE/Wild West (Wheelhouse)         4          107
CARLY PEARCE/Hide The Wine (Big Machine)  3          116
JILLIAN JACQUELINE/Reasons (Big Loud)        2          45
CAROLINE JONES/Bare Feet (True To The Music)        1          6
KACEY MUSGRAVES/Butterflies (MCA) 1          1
SIR ROSEVELT/Something 'Bout You (Elektra/WAR)      1          19

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 591 - March 5, 2018  | Magazine View
For the very latest up to the minute Mediabase Chart (Past 7 Days) go here -

Billboard Boxscores (Selective Country concerts)

Rank Artist: #10
Event Venue City/State: Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins, Brett Eldredge, Carly Pearce American Airlines Center Dallas, Texas
Dates: March 2, 2018 Gross Sales: $1,181,966 Attend: 13,602/ 13,602
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $135, $57
Promoters: Messina Touring Group

Rank Artist: #24
Event Venue City/State: Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves, Midland Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, Conn.
Dates:  Feb. 23, 2018 Gross Sales: $460,617 Attend: 6,683/ 6,910
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (227 unsold tickets) Prices: $79, $59, $39
Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #36
Event Venue City/State: Cole Swindell, Chris Janson, Lauren Alaina Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, Conn.
Dates: Feb. 17, 2018 Gross Sales: $288,539 Attend: 6,541/ 6,541
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $49, $39, $29
Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #41
Event Venue City/State: Jason Isbell Durham Performing Arts Center Durham, N.C.
Dates: Feb. 10-11, 2018 Gross Sales: $238,695 Attend: 5,285/ 5,424
Shows/ Sellouts: 2/0 (139 unsold tickets) Prices: $60, $32.50
Promoters: PFM/Nederlander/Outback Concerts

Rank Artist: #79
Event Venue City/State: Aaron Watson, Runaway June Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater Austin, Texas
Dates: Feb. 17, 2018 Gross Sales: $64,698 Attend: 2,050/ 2,486
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (436 unsold tickets) Prices: $45, $37, $30, $20
Promoters: in-house

Rank Artist: #83
Event Venue City/State: Lee Brice, Walker McGuire Sanford Center Bemidji, Minn.
Dates: Feb. 8, 2018 Gross Sales: $58,541 Attend: 1,936/ 3,642
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (1,706 unsold tickets) Prices: $42.75, $25
Promoters: Pepper Entertainment/Mammoth/VenuWorks
Latest Billboard Boxscore Chart

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