Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Country Billboard Chart News April 23, 2018


In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of April 28, 2018)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (1 week) ** REARVIEW TOWN Jason Aldean
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (21 weeks) ** “Meant To Be” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line
Country Airplay *** No.1 (1 week) *** “Meant To Be” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (1 week) ** “Cry Pretty” Carrie Underwood

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of April 28, 2018)

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

Jason Aldean Bundles His Way to a Billboard 200 No.1
Jason Aldean with eighth studio full-length, REARVIEW TOWN (Macon/Broken Bow/BMG/Broken Bow Music Group), launched atop the all-genre Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (BB200) and Top Country Albums charts (dated April 28) with 183,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 19, according to Nielsen Music. Of that amount, 162,500 were traditional album sales.

Produced by Michael Knox, Rearview Town is the first country LP to top the Billboard 200 in 2018, and the first since Luke Bryan’s WHAT MAKES YOU COUNTRY topped the Dec. 30, 2017-dated tally. Additionally, it netted the largest week for a country studio album in units and sales since Chris Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume 1, which bowed with 219,000 units (202,000 in album sales) on May 27, 2017.

Aldean’s new set also logged the largest week, both in terms of total units and traditional album sales, for a country title since Kenny Chesney’s live effort Live in No Shoes Nation launched at No. 1 with 219,000 units (of which 216,804  were in album sales) on the Nov. 18, 2017 chart. Like Chesney’s album, Aldean’s release was boosted by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with his upcoming tour, which starts on May 10.
The cost of the album is bundled into the price of each ticket sold online for a tour. After purchasing a ticket, customers received (via email) a redemption offer for the album, where they could choose to redeem the CD and have it mailed to them.
Others aided by a concert ticket/album bundle sale redemption promotion marketing strategy in 2017 were:
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill with THE REST OF OUR LIFE (104,000 units, 98,351 were in traditional album sales; second week sales down 68%).
Shania Twain debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart (BB200) with NOW (137,000 equivalent album units;  
134,268 were in traditional album sales; second week sales down 90%, the pre-orders and Internet ticket bundling tour offer comprised 115,211 Non-traditional (ticket bundle purchases + others) in the first week)

For Aldean, who won the Entertainer Of The Year trophy at the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards on April 15, Town marked his fourth Billboard 200 No.1. It’s his sixth leader on Top Country Albums and fifth album to debut at No.1, following They Don’t Know, which opened atop the list dated Oct. 1, 2016, with 131,000 copies sold; Old Boots, New Dirt (Oct. 25, 2014, 278,000); Night Train (Nov. 3, 2012, 409,000); and Relentless (June 16, 2007, 982,000, marking Aldean’s biggest sales week). His other Top Country Albums No. 1, My Kinda Party, debuted at No. 2 on Nov. 20, 2010 (with 193,000 sold) and hit No. 1 on Feb. 19, 2011.

Rock band Breaking Benjamin earned its fourth top 10 effort with Ember, as it debuts at No. 3 with 88,000 units (of which 80,000 were in traditional album sales). The band’s last release, 2015’s Dark Before Dawn, opened at No. 1 with 141,000 units (135,000 in album sales), securing the group its first leader on the list. (Like Rearview Town, Ember benefits from a ticket/album sale redemption offer.)

Singer-songwriter John Prine logged his highest-charting album ever, and first top 10, as THE TREE OF FORGIVENESS bows at No.5 with 54,000 units (53,100 in traditional album sales). The album is his first release album of his own new songs since 2005’s FAIR AND SQUARE. The new set got a big boost from sales driven by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer, which helps yield the two-time Grammy Award winner his best sales week since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991. (Prine has been charting on the Billboard 200 since 1972.)
Prine earned his previous best on the Billboard 200 with his last album, 2016’s For Better, Or Worse, which debuted and peaked at No.30.

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of April 28, 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.

Jason Aldean Notches Fourth Straight #1 Album, As 'Rearview Town' Opens With 183,000
Jason Aldean with REARVIEW TOWN, released on April 13 via Macon/Broken Bow Records, launches with 183,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending April 19, according to Nielsen Music, of which 162,500 were in traditional album sales.
Aldean is just the second country act to send four consecutive studio releases to the top. Rascal Flatts also claimed four No.1 studio sets in a row between 2004 and 2009: Feels Like Today, Me and My Gang, Still Feels Good and Unstoppable. (Between Still and Unstoppable, the trio clocked a No. 6-peaking set with the best-of package Greatest Hits Volume 1.)

Jason Aldean earns his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with arrival of They Don’t Know. The set, which was released on Sept. 9 through Macon/Broken Bow Records, earned 138,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sept. 15, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 131,000 were in traditional album sales.

CHART HISTORY
THEY DON'T KNOW (Sept 9, 2016 Broken Bow) debuted at No.1 Billboard 200; #1 Top Country Albums selling 130,873 copies (chart week Sept 19, 2016)        
BOOTS, NEW DIRT (Oct 7, 2014 Broken Bow/BBMG) debuted at No.1 Billboard 200; #1 Top Country Albums selling 278,096 copies (chart week Oct 25, 2014) and notched the largest sales week of 2014 for an independently-distributed album.
NIGHT TRAIN (Oct 16, 2012 Broken Bow) debuted at No.1 Billboard 200; #1 Top Country Albums selling 409,303 copies (Nov 3, 2012). As of January 2015, the album has sold 1,750,000 copies in the US. It was certified 2x Multi-Platinum (2 Million units) on Oct 17, 2014.         
MY KINDA PARTY (Nov 2, 2010 Broken Bow) debuted at No.2 Billboard 200; #1 Top Country Albums selling 192,998 copies
(chart dated Nov 20, 2010) selling and was kept off the No.1 by Taylor Swift’s SPEAK NOW (second week sales 319,701 copies). As of June 2014, the album has sold 3,130,000 copies in the US. It was certified 4x Multi-Platinum (4 Million units).

WIDE OPEN (April 7, 2009 Broken Bow) debuted at No.4 Billboard 200; #2 on the US Top Country Albums selling 108,960 copies (chart dated April 25, 2009). It was certified 2x Multi-Platinum (2 Million units) on Jan 31, 2017.
RELENTLESS (May 29, 2007 Broken Bow Records) debuted at No.4 Billboard 200; #1 Top Country Albums (a career first) selling 98,245 copies (chart dated June 16, 2007). It was certified Platinum (1 Million units) on Sept 26, 2012.
JASON ALDEAN the self-titled debut album (July 26, 2005 Broken Bow) debuted at No.37 Billboard 200; #6 Top Country Albums selling (chart dated Aug 13, 2005). The album had sold 1.6 million copies in the US as of January 2015. It was certified Gold on Nov 8, 2005 and Platinum (1 Million units) on March 6, 2007.

PROMOTION: Promoting REARVIEW TOWN the Multi-PLATINUM entertainer announced street week plans consisting of multiple national television appearances and fan opportunities in support of the new album REARVIEW TOWN. To celebrate his eighth studio album, Aldean hosted an intimate iHeartCountry Album Release Party tonight (April 12 at 10P ET via iHeartCountry's YouTube), prior to co-hosting CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown on Saturday and Sunday mornings (April 14 & 15 on CMT). He returned to Vegas for his performance at  the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards (April 15 on CBS).
He perform the Top 5 and climbing single "You Make It Easy” from his "muscular" (Rolling Stone) new record on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday (April 16) He chated about the ROUTE 91 HARVEST MUSIC FESTIVAL tragedy that took place this past October in LAS VEGAS; his new baby boy, MEMPHIS; and his newly-released album. Watch the interview here.
He then took over the Big Apple for additional performances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday (April 17 on CBS at 11:35P ET) and played a multi-performance set on TODAY (April 18 at 7:00A ET/CT on NBC).
He wrapped the week with the SiriusXM Private REARVIEW TOWN Album Release Show (April 18 at 6P ET on The Highway; Ch. 56) from the new Opry City Stage in New York City.

Critical reception for Jason Aldean’s Rearview Town: (Broken Bow Records)
15 Tracks/ Time: 46:52 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com

As he "flaunts his rich, robust vocals" (The Musical Hype) throughout REARVIEW TOWN, the "seasoned superstar's" (Entertainment Weekly) hard-charging and ferociously confident album has already received critical attention ahead of release.

As he "savors his ACM Entertainer of the Year hat trick" (Hits Daily Double), fans and critics rally behind REARVIEW TOWN for its "relatable premise," (Huffington Post).

"It's utterly serious in tone, as if enjoying weekend downtime to the fullest – in an almost nihilistic fashion – is a moral obligation, and it's another fine example of the empathetic approach Aldean has taken toward working-class life and Middle America." - Rolling Stone

"The record is full of the same swaggering, emotion-driven country rock that earned him a spot as one of the top live performers in the current Country landscape." - UPROXX

“…it often feels as though Aldean is reaching for very common comforts to get his way through very specific pain. And this is, of course, Country music’s great power." - The Atlantic

"The album is a straight-up shot of what has kept Aldean fans rocking through his previous seven studio albums – high-octane songs ready-made for his arena and stadium shows." - PEOPLE

"Surprising fans for almost a decade after his genre-bending breakthrough smash 'She's Country,' Aldean still revels in surprising fans and pushing the boundaries of Country music." - USA Today

"Twelve years after Aldean helped recenter the genre, these sounds aren’t novel in Country music. This is Aldean’s world; he inhabits it more convincingly than most." – Paste

AllMusic (Rating: 3.1/2 STARS) In many respects, Rearview Town is simply another sturdy Jason Aldean album -- "High Noon Neon," its meditative closer, could bleed into "Lights Come On," the opener from 2016's They Don't Know, and nobody could tell a different album had started -- but in subtle ways, the record reveals a singer who is beginning to feel out his middle age…. he lays into the classic soul trappings of "You Make It Easy" without a hitch, suggesting that Rearview Town may one day be seen as something more than another reliable Aldean album. Instead, it could wind up being the first chapter of his second act.

“Whether he’s trying to be an 80s rocker or a 00s hip-hopper, it just all sounds wrong and I struggled to find a single track that if I heard it on the radio I wouldn’t want to change channels immediately...Either way I’d say avoid this at all costs unless you’re a diehard fan...Duncan Warwick (1 STAR Country Music People)

John Prine with THE TREE OF FORGIVENESS made a bow at No.2 (#5 Billboard 200) selling 53,100 copies in traditional album sales.

Critical reception for John Prine’s The Tree of Forgiveness:
10 Tracks/ Time: 32:51 Folk Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com

AllMusic (Rating: 4 Stars) The Tree of Forgiveness is autumnal John Prine, but it's also a potent reminder that his remarkable skills as a songwriter and his rough-hewn excellence as a singer haven't failed him yet.

Rollingstone (Rating: 4 STARS)  Prine was a wiseass and a comedian, sure (his 1971 self-titled debut LP opened with "Illegal Smile," a sly ballad about being stoned). 
But it was his gigantic empathy, channeled with casually exacting poetics, that set him apart, that would have him channeling the voice of an aged woman fingering unfairly dashed dreams at the height of the hippie movement....Prine's kept at it steadily, despite a muse evidently grown less insistent, for nearly 50 years, and Tree of Forgiveness is his first set of originals in over a decade. It's produced by Dave Cobb, and it's very good, frequently brilliant, with all the qualities that define Prine's music.

Pitchfork (Rating 7.6)  At 71, John Prine is a virtuoso at understatement, finding the joy in the mundane, and writing about what it means to be alive....This album does not contain a line like “Jesus Christ died for nothin’, I suppose.” It contains lines about porches and washing machines and shadows on ceilings. But in their own quiet, ramshackle ways, they’re about being alive and what it means to be alive. There’s a hard-won wisdom to all these songs, a wisdom that can only come with age, where pork chops can be one of the most important things in the world, where joy and divinity can be found in the everyday, on a porch, looking at clouds.

Kane Brown with his SELF-TITLED fell 1-3 (#27-19 Billboard 200) selling 5,900 copies (72-week total 370,100).
Former No.1 Thomas Rhett with LIFE CHANGES (Valory/Big Machine Label Group) rose 6-4 (#52-30 Billboard 200).

Chris Stapleton with TRAVELLER (MERCURY/ UMGN) held at No.5 (47-32 BB200) selling 5,700 copies (154-week total 2,274,200) as his set From A Room: Volume 1 (Mercury/Universal Music Group Nashville) lifted 11-6 (#71-46 BB200) selling 7,400 copies (50-week total 772,200) and From A Room: Volume 2 rose 16-12 (130-90 BB200) selling 5,600 copies (20-week total 370,600).

Former No.1 Luke Bryan with WHAT MAKES YOU COUNTRY (Capitol Nashville | UMGN) pushed 8-7 (#65-47 Billboard 200) selling 5,100 copies (19-week total 273,200).
Former No.1 Luke Combs with THIS ONE’S FOR YOU (River House/ Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) slipped 7-8 (#56-50 Billboard 200) selling 2,000 copies (46-week total 210,300).

In her third week at retail previous weeks’ No1 from Kacey Musgraves with GOLDEN HOUR (MCA Nashville/Universal Music Group Nasville) fell 2-9 (#29-54 Billboard 200) selling 6,300 copies (3-week total 55,200).

Brett Young with self- titled BRETT YOUNG (BMLG) held at No.10 (#60-67 Billboard 200) selling 1,700 copies (62-week total 201,100).

Outside the Top 10
Former No.1 Blake Shelton with TEXOMA SHORE (Warner Bros. Nashville | WMN) advanced 29-13 (#94 Re-Entry Billboard 200)

Various Artists with RESTORATION: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin (HST Global/MCA Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville) fell 4-14 (#36-95 Billboard 200) selling 5,760 copies (2-week total 18,500).
Maren Morris with HERO (Columbia Nashville | SMN) rose 28-18 (#135 Re-Entry Billboard 200; 95-week total 283,800)

ACM Song of the Year winner Miranda Lambert with THE WEIGHT OF THESE WINGS (Vanner/RCA Nashville | SMN) made a re-entry at No.20 (#140 Re-Entry Billboard 200)

Former No.1 Scotty McCreery, with SEASONS CHANGE (Triple Tigers/RED) fell 13-21 (#102-147 BB200) selling 3,400 copies (5-week total 56,600)

Outside the Top 25

In their second week Country-rock band Blackberry Smoke with FIND A LIGHT (3 Legged Records/Thirty Tigers) fell off the top 50 after a No.3 Top Country Album debut the previous week (#1-#13 Country Sales selling 2,800 copies; 2-week total 18,200).

Various Artists with Johnny Cash: Forever Words (Columbia Nashville/Legacy) fell 9-49 in its second frame selling 2,900 copies (2-week total 11,200)).

FALLING SHORT of Top 50:
On the Country Album Sales list (pure sales; old methodology)

Outlaw with 10 track Hip-Hop & Rap BACKWOODS BADASS made a debut at No.16 on Country Sales.
It also debuted at #3 on Heatseeker Albums, #71 on Top Album Sales and #21 on the Digital Albums listing.

Moonlight Social with their 5-track EP MAKE YOU SMILE made a debut at No.49 on Country Sales. It marked their first time on a Billboard chart hitting both Country Album Sales chart and the Heatseekers South Central chart.
They comprise duo (Jennica Scott – Vocals; Jeremy Burchard - Vocals, Music) and reside from Austin, Texas now hanging their hats in Nashville.
It’s not easy uprooting something you’ve grown for years and moving it from comfortable soil to unfamiliar territory. But in the summer of 2016, that’s exactly what Moonlight Social did. Jennica Scott and Jeremy Burchard loaded up the van, a trailer, a few other cars, the dog and the cat, and, with a bittersweet goodbye, put Austin, Texas in the rear view.

Year-To-Date Albums
4,838,000 (Physical sales 3,444,000 (down -15.4%) + Digital sales 1,395,000 (down -27.8%) which is 19.4% down at the same point in 2017 (6,005,000 sales) 

Year-To-Date Digital Tracks
15,483,000 down 30.7% at the same point in 2017 (22,347,000)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of April 28, 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 with “Meant to Be” (Warner Bros./Big Machine Label Group) tallied its 21st week in the penthouse, trailing only Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” (34 weeks at No.1 in 2017) and FGL’s debut, “Cruise” (24 weeks, 2012-13).
“Meant,” which is being dually promoted to both country and pop radio, tops the all-genre Radio Songs chart for a third week (142 million impressions, up 4 percent) and leads the Adult Pop Songs airplay survey for a second week

Carrie Underwood with “Cry Pretty” notched her 27th total and consecutive Hot Country Songs top 10, encompassing all of her country singles promoted to the format and excluding holiday fare. She began her run with her first country single, “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” which in 2006 became the first of her 14 No.1s.
Underwood extended the longest streak of top 10 promoted singles from a career’s start on Hot Country Songs. Tracy Lawrence ranks second with 19 from 1992-97.

Blake Shelton scored his 30th Hot Country Songs top 10, as “I Lived It” (Atlantic/Warner Music Nashville) darted 14-10. After he performed the song on the ACM Awards, it hiked by 226 percent to 19,000 sold, 6 percent to 3.7 million U.S. streams and 3 percent to 24.6 million in radio audience, despite its 9-11 dip on Country Airplay.

Of note: Jade Bird's first song to make a Billboard chart is also her first No. 1, as "Lottery" (>> Video) lifted 3-1 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay tally dated April 28 (chart).
"Lottery" is the lead single from Bird's upcoming debut full-length album. The 20-year-old English singer-songwriter became the second act to score an initial No.1 on Adult Alternative Songs in 2018, following The War on Drugs, whose "Pain" ruled for a week (Jan. 20).
Bird is the first act to ascend to No.1 with a first entry on the chart since Alice Merton, whose debut single "No Roots" led the list for four weeks beginning on Dec. 30. "Lottery" concurrently climbed the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart, rising 45-43 with 1.4 million audience impressions in the week ending April 22, according to Nielsen Music.

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (21 weeks)/ Airplay Gainer ** “Meant To Be” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line ** Airplay Gainer” No.
** Digital Gainer/ Streaming Gainer ** No.5 “Cry Pretty” Carrie Underwood
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.29 “Drowns The Whiskey” Jason Aldean feat. Miranda Lambert
Debut No. 43 “Diane” Cam
Debut No. 46 “Girl Like You” Jason Aldean
Debut No. 48 “Babe” Sugarland Featuring Taylor Swift
Debut No. 49 “Somebody's Been Drinkin' Cole Swindell
Debut No. 50 “Dirt To Dust” Jason Aldean

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of April 28, 2018)

Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line with “Meant to Be” (Warner Bros./Big Machine Label Group) ascended 2-1 on Country Airplay in its 22nd frame, increasing 3 percent to 41.3 million audience impressions. FGL banks its 12th Country Airplay No.1 among 14 top 10s. “Meant” is the first leader for core pop artist Rexha.

SWIFT RETURNS: The latest single from the newly reunited Sugarland (Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush), “Babe” (Big Machine), featuring Taylor Swift, debuted at No. 27 on Country Airplay with 8.1 million impressions. On Hot Country Songs, it started at No. 48.
The track is from Sugarland’s June 8 LP Bigger, the duo’s first album since 2010. Swift scored her first top 40 Country Airplay hit since December 2013, when “Red” reached No. 7. Before shifting to pop, she banked seven Country Airplay No.1s among 18 top 10s.

Luke Combs’ "One Number Away", his third hit, lifted into the Country Airplay top 10 (11-9), increasing 11 percent to 24.7 million audience impressions. It follows “Hurricane” and “When It Rains It Pours,” which ruled for two weeks apiece.

Country Airplay
*** No.1 (1 week) *** Meant To Be” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line 41.255 million audience (+1.084 million) / 7,829 radio plays (+211)
** Most Increased Audience/ Hot Shot Debut/ Most Added ** No.27 “Babe” Sugarland feat. Taylor Swift 8.128 million audience gain, 1,133 radio plays thanks to 58 fresh radio commitments (ADDS)
Debut No.53 “Millionaire” Chris Stapleton

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart 
(Chart issue week of April 28, 2018)

53rd Academy of Country Music Awards performances boosts sales!
19 songs with country connections make the Top 50 on Digital Songs

Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty” (Capitol Nashville), which she performed live for the first time on the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards, soared 20-5 on Hot Country Songs. Released April 11, the track jumped 4-1 on Country Digital Songs Sales with 54,000 sold in its first full week of tracking (April 13-19, up from 21,000), becoming Underwood’s sixth No. 1 on the survey and first since 2015’s “Smoke Break.”
“Pretty” concurrently became Underwood’s first No.1 on the all-genre Digital Song Sales survey, where it’s the first country leader since Jason Aldean’s “Burnin’ It Down,” which topped the Aug. 9, 2014-dated tally. It’s the first song by a woman to rule the list since Taylor Swift’s “Begin Again” (Oct. 13, 2012).
“Pretty” additionally boasted 3.8 million U.S. streams (up from 782,000). >> Cry Pretty Album Trailer 

Of Note: Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey's "The Middle" hit the Hot 100's top five (6-5). Zedd notches his second top five hit and first as a lead act, following his featured turn on Ariana Grande's "Break Free" (No. 4, 2014). Maren Morris and Grey each made their first visit to the region. Airplay leads the way for "The Middle," which holds at its No. 2 high on Radio Songs (117 million, up 2 percent).
With Florida Georgia Line at No. 3 and Morris at No. 5, two core country acts chart in the Hot 100's top five simultaneously for the first time in over 18 years, since the chart dated April 15, 2000, when Faith Hill's "Breathe" ranked at No. 3 and Lonestar's "Amazed" placed at No. 5. Of course, "The Middle" is not a country song; it topped the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for a 12th week.

The 18-week No.1 Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's "Meant to Be" (Warner Bros. | BMLG) fell 1-2 (#4-3 Digital Songs).
Luke Bryan with “Most People Are Good” (Capitol Nashville) rose 6-3 (#35-9 Digital Songs).
Kenny Chesney with “Get Along” fell 2-4 (#8-10 Digital Songs).
Kane Brown with “Heaven” (Zone 4 | RCA Nashville) held at No.5 (#18-14 Digital Songs) as “What Ifs” featuring Lauren Alaina
advanced 22-6 (#17 Re-Entry Digital Songs; sales up 284 percent to 20,000).
Jason Aldean with “You Make It Easy” (Macon/Broken Bow | BBMG) fell 3-7 (#11-18 Digital Songs).
Blake Shelton with “I Lived It” (Warner Bros. | WMN) pushed 20-8 (#19 Hot Shot Debut Digital Songs).
Dan + Shay with “Tequila” (Warner Bros. | WAR) climbed 15-9 in their 13th frame.
Chris Stapleton with “Broken Halos” (Mercury) rose 14-10 (23 Re-Entry Digital Songs).

Outside the Top 10
Thomas Rhett with “Marry Me” (Valory) fell 9-11 (#46-29 Digital Songs) in his 27rd frame.
Dierks Bentley with “Woman, Amen” (Capitol Nashville) pushed 24-14 (#34 Re-Entry Digital Songs).
Keith Urban Featuring Julia Michaels with “Coming Home” (Capitol Nashville) made a re-entry at #13 (#37 New Entry Digital Songs).
Jason Aldean feat. Miranda Lambert (Macon | Broken Bow) made a debut at #14 (#39 New Entry Digital Songs).
Lady Antebellum with “Heart Break” (Capitol Nashville) made a debut at No.15 (#41 New Entry Digital Songs).
Jordan Davis with “Singles You Up” fell 8-16 (#45-48 Digital Songs).

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

April 23, 2018

Florida Georgia Line Hits #1 With 'Meant To Be'
Congratulations to BMLG RECORDS' Florida Georgia Line, who reached #1 this week on the MEDIABASE Country singles chart with their single, "Meant To Be," featuring Pop singer Bebe Rexha. The song marks the duo's 13th career #1. The song
is Rexha’s first country No.1. Writers are Josh Miller, David Garcia, Rexha and Hubbard.

Meant To Be” (WBR/BMLGR) rose 2-1 logging 8,630 radio spins (+268) and 58.98 million audience impressions (+1.133 million) with 23368 Total Points (+744) from 156 tracking stations (154 ADDS) for the tracking week April 15 to April 21, 2018 and published chart April 23rd 2018.

Sugarland Is Most-Added With New Single, 'Babe'
Kudos to Kris Lamb and the Big Machine team on landing 73 adds for Sugarland’sBabe” featuring Taylor Swift. The song topped the "Most Added" board this chart week.
 
Pictured L-R: Big Machine Records VP/Promotion Kris Lamb and Dir./Southeast Promotion AJ Calvin; Photobomb by Swift; Cardboard cut-out of Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles; and Coord./Promotion Nicole Hunt





























Mediabase Adds (Selective)

Artist/Title (Label) TW Total Historic Adds
SUGARLAND f/T. SWIFT/Babe (UMGN/Big Machine)     73         73        
CHRIS STAPLETON/Millionaire (Mercury)          58         62        
CARRIE UNDERWOOD/Cry Pretty (Capitol)       27         148      
RODNEY ATKINS/Caught Up In The Country (Curb)       26         32        
THOMAS RHETT/Life Changes (Valory) 26         114      
PARMALEE/Hotdamalama (Stoney Creek)         22         23        
WALKER HAYES/Craig (Monument/Arista)         20         22        
LANCO/Born To Love You (Arista)         19         113      
BRETT YOUNG/Mercy (BMLGR)            13         137      
JIMMIE ALLEN/Best Shot (Stoney Creek)           12         101      
MITCHELL TENPENNY/Drunk Me (Riser House/Columbia)         12         90        
OLD DOMINION/Hotel Key (RCA)          12         87        
RUSSELL DICKERSON/Blue Tacoma (Triple Tigers)      9          96        
CRAIG CAMPBELL/See You Try (Red Bow)       8          66        
MIDLAND/Burn Out (Big Machine)          8          67        
MORGAN EVANS/Kiss Somebody (Warner Bros./WEA) 6          145      
KEITH URBAN f/J. MICHAELS/Coming Home (Capitol)   4          147      
KELSEA BALLERINI/I Hate Love Songs (Black River)     4          100      
MIRANDA LAMBERT/Keeper Of The Flame (RCA)         4          7         
DANIELLE BRADBERY/Worth It (BMLGR)          2          50        
ASHLEY MCBRYDE/A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega (Atlantic/WAR)         1          106      
JERROD NIEMANN/I Got This (Curb)     1          82        
JORDAN DAVIS/Take It From Me (MCA)            1          1         
KACEY MUSGRAVES/Butterflies (MCA) 1          14        
SMITHFIELD/Hey Whiskey (Deluge/In2une)        1          22        

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 598 - April 23, 2018  | Magazine View
For the very latest up to the minute Mediabase Chart (Past 7 Days) go here - www.mediabase.com

Billboard Boxscores (Selective Country concerts)

Rank Artist: #17
Event Venue City/State: Brantley Gilbert, Aaron Lewis, Josh Phillips Salem Civic Center Salem, Va.
Dates: April 20, 2018 Gross Sales: $256,226 Attend: 5,685/ 5,685
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $59.75, $25
Promoters: FPC Live/NS2
                                               
Rank Artist: #22
Event Venue City/State: Willie Nelson Peabody Opera House St. Louis, Mo.
Dates: April 18, 2018 Gross Sales: $228,795 Attend: 3,031/ 3,031
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $129.50, $54
Promoters: NS2

Rank Artist: #31
Event Venue City/State: Jason Isbell Altria Theater Richmond, Va.
Dates: Feb. 16, 2018 Gross Sales: $160,431 Attend: 3,440/         3,466
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (26 unsold tickets) Prices: $60, $32.50        
Promoters: Outback Concerts
                                     
Rank Artist: #92
Event Venue City/State: C2C Afterparty: Brett Young, Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real, Walker Hayes indigo at The O2 London, U.K.
Dates: March 9-11, 2018 Gross Sales: $59,661 Attend: 3,188/ 5,410
Shows/ Sellouts: 3/0 (2,213 unsold tickets) Prices: $18.71
Promoters: AEG Presents

Rank Artist: #133
Event Venue City/State: Blackberry Smoke Music Hall Charleston, S.C.
Dates: April 14, 2018 Gross Sales: $39,756 Attend: 832/ 919
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (87 unsold tickets) Prices: $55, $35
Promoters: NS2

Rank Artist: #145
Event Venue City/State: Gillian Welch Music Hall Charleston, S.C.
Dates: April 13, 2018 Gross Sales: $32,590 Attend: 922/ 922
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $35
Promoters: NS2

Rank Artist: #197
Event Venue City/State: Walker Hayes The Club at Stage AE Pittsburgh, Pa.
Dates: March 3, 2018 Gross Sales: $6,000 Attend: 400/   400
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 Prices: $20, $15
Promoters: PromoWest Productions
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