Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Country Billboard Chart News April 30, 2018

RIAA Certifications

Morgan Wallen Sees Gold

With his debut release "If I Know Me" hitting #2 on the iTunes country charts, Morgan Wallen is definitely country's new golden boy. Last week saw his most recent single " Up Down " certified GOLD in the US, a milestone he got to celebrate alongside Florida Georgia Line and Jimmy Kimmel.

As "Up Down" makes its way into the Top 10 at radio, Wallen is preparing for his first-ever stadium tour. Slated to kick off in Toronto later this month, the 22-date tour will see Wallen open for Jon Pardi, Sam Hunt and Luke Bryan.

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of May 5, 2018)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (2 weeks) ** REARVIEW TOWN Jason Aldean
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (22 weeks) ** “Meant To Be” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line
Country Airplay *** No.1 (1 week) *** “You Make It Easy” Jason Aldean
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (1 week) ** “Babe” Sugarland feat. Taylor Swift

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of May 5, 2018)

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

NEWS: Billboard Finalizes Changes to How Streams Are Weighted for Billboard Hot 100 & Billboard 200
The Billboard 200 will now include two tiers of on-demand audio streams. TIER 1: paid subscription audio streams (equating 1,250 streams to 1 album unit) and TIER 2: ad-supported audio streams (equating 3,750 streams to 1 album unit).
Streams from trial subscriptions that offer the same access and functionality as a paid tier will be considered TIER 1. At this juncture, the Billboard 200 will continue to not incorporate video streams.
The shift to a multi-level streaming approach to Billboard’s chart methodology is reflective of a global push to measure streams in a revenue-reflective and access-based manner. Music is now being consumed on streaming services in more diverse ways, migrating from a pure on-demand experience to a more diverse selection of listening preferences (including playlists and radio) and the various options in which a consumer can access music differs based on their subscription commitment.

J. Cole Claims Fifth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart & Biggest Week of 2018 With 'KOD'
Set logged biggest week of the year in overall units and third-largest streaming week ever.
J. Cole’s fifth studio album, KOD, roared in at No.1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart (BB200) with 2018’s biggest week for an album, as the set earned 397,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 26, according to Nielsen Music. It also notched the largest streaming week of the year, and the third-largest streaming week ever (322.7 million first-week on-demand audio streams).
That surpassed 2018’s previous largest week, registered when Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods bowed at No. 1 with 293,000 units on the chart dated Feb. 17. KOD logged the biggest week for any album since Taylor Swift’s reputation started atop the tally dated Dec. 2, 2017 with 1.238 million units.
KOD is J. Cole’s fifth consecutive No. 1 on the Billboard 200, following his four previous studio sets: 4 Your Eyez Only (2016), 2014 Forest Hills Drive (2014), Born Sinner (2013), and Cole World: The Sideline Story (2011).

Jason Aldean with REARVIEW TOWN fell from No.1 to No. 5 in its second week, earning 38,000 units (down 79 percent)

Record Store Day 2018 broke many sales records and proved that U.S. vinyl sales are not tapering off any time soon. The 733,000 LPs sold during Record Store Day week 2018 set an all-time high, according to Nielsen Music.
Independent record stores set other all-time Record Store Day week highs including Vinyl LPs sold, at 580,000; industry share of physical album sales in a week, at 39%; and total albums sold (all formats), at 799,000 albums, the highest non-holiday week sales total since July 2005.
Bruce Springsteen’s Greatest Hits, David Bowie’s Welcome To The Blackout (Live in London ’78) and Neil Young’s Tonight’s The Night Live At The Roxy, topped the charts of Top RSD Exclusive Albums at Independent Record Stores.

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of May 5, 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 with REARVIEW TOWN (Macon/Broken Bow Records) held at No.1 (1-5 Billboard 200) selling 24,266 copies (down 85%; 2-week total 186,800).

The sibling duo Brothers Osborne earn a new best peak on the ranking.
Brothers Osborne with their sophomore set, PORT SAINT JOE, arrived at No.2 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (No.15 Billboard 200; dated May 5), earning 22,000 equivalent album units in its first week, ending April 26, according to Nielsen Music. Of the sum, 18,618 were tallied via traditional album sales.

The 10-song set, produced by Jay Joyce, followed the duo's first full-length, PAWN SHOP, which debuted and peaked at No. 3 on the Top Country Albums (#17 Billboard 200; list dated Feb. 6, 2016) with 20,900 copies sold, the act's strongest sales week.
The twosome (siblings T. J. and John Osborne) previously released a self-titled EP, which started and peaked at No. 23 (Sept. 27, 2014).
Port Saint Joe's lead single, "Shoot Me Straight," which Brothers Osborne wrote with Lee Thomas Miller, hit a new peak, leaping 41-29, on Hot Country Songs. On Country Airplay, it climbed 37-35, increasing 3 percent to 3.9 million impressions.
John and TJ Osborne co-wrote all 10 tracks on PORT SAINT JOE, along with frequent collaborators Lee Thomas Miller, Kendall Marvel, Barry Dean, Shane McAnally and Troy Verges.
On April 15, Brothers Osborne won the vocal duo of the year trophy at the 53rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, marking their second year in a row receiving the honour.

Critical reception for Brothers Osborne’s Port Saint Joe:
10 Tracks/ Time: 37:56 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com

Allmusic (Rating; 4 STARS) Reuniting with producer Jay Joyce, the duo don't radically revise their sound but rather choose to deepen it, letting themselves stretch out on the thick Southern rock groove of "Shoot Me Straight," indulging in a bit of steamy soul on "A Little Bit Trouble," and delving into deep country on "Tequila Again." .... From its surface to its bones, it's clever, smart, adventurous, and hooky, creating a slow-rolling good-time vibe that doesn't lose its luster with repeated plays.

Sounds Like Nashville (Rating: Very Positive) On Port Saint Joe, Brothers Osborne prove exactly why they are the reigning ACM and CMA Vocal Duo of the Year. Their standout musicianship and powerful lyrics heard throughout the album make for a memorable and unique experience that only continues to grow with each listen.

Louder Sound (Rating: 3 Stars) The countrified R&B of Slow Your Roll carries echoes of Chris Stapleton, as does Weed, Whiskey And Willie. And while they tend to over-rely on Nashville’s standard lyrical tropes, the Osbornes excel on harder-rocking tunes like Shoot Me Straight, which morphs into a dazzling showcase for John’s guitar mastery.

Former 9 non-consecutive week No.1 Kane Brown with his SELF-TITLED held at No.3 (#19-20 Billboard 200) selling 4,681 copies (73-week total 374,800).
Former No.1 Thomas Rhett with LIFE CHANGES (Valory/Big Machine Label Group) held at No.4 (#30-34 Billboard 200) selling 2,116 copies (33-week total 262,100).

Making a debut at No.3 (#35 Billboard 200) was Rural rap artist Upchurch with his 10-track set CREEKER (Redneck Nation Records | Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com) selling 11,875 copies his best sales week. He continued his trend to release albums frequently and joins The Lacs, Colt Ford and Smo as vast sellers in the country subgenre.

Cheatham County, Tennessee-based Country rapper Upchurch (Ryan Edward Upchurch) earned his first top 10 and previous best sales week when KING OF DIXIE (Redneck Nation) entered at No.10, earning 10,000 equivalent units in its opening week, with 8,116 copies in traditional sales (Chart week of Dec 2, 2017) and has US sales of 14,800 as of March 13, 2018. Dixie marked Upchurch’s seventh Top Country Albums appearance.

CHICKEN WILLIE (released Aug 12, 2016) reached a No. 22 best with 2,763 copies sold in its debut week).
SON OF THE SOUTH (released May 5, 2017) peaked at No.29 Country (#182 Billboard 200) selling 4,122 copies.
Also, on 5 May 2017, Upchurch released a straight-up country EP, SUMMER LOVE, under his full name. King of Dixie, his second long-player of the year, featured the single "Johnny Cash."

Chris Stapleton with TRAVELLER (MERCURY/ UMGN) fell 5-6 (32-36 BB200) selling 5,330 copies (156-week total 2,279,500) as his set From A Room: Volume 1 (Mercury/Universal Music Group Nashville) fell 6-10 (#46-66 BB200) selling 5,985 copies (51-week total 778,200) and From A Room: Volume 2 fell 12-16 (90-115 BB200) selling 5,041 copies (21-week total 375,600).

Former No.1 Luke Combs with THIS ONE’S FOR YOU (River House/ Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) rose 8-7 (#50-41 Billboard 200) selling 2,095 copies (47-week total 212,400).

Former No.1 Luke Bryan with WHAT MAKES YOU COUNTRY (Capitol Nashville | UMGN) fell 7-8 (#47-60 Billboard 200) selling 4,231 copies (20-week total 277,400).

Brett Young with self- titled BRETT YOUNG (BMLG) rose 10-9 (#57-62 Billboard 200) selling 1,700 copies (63-week total 202,800).

Outside the Top 10

In her fourth week former No1 from Kacey Musgraves with GOLDEN HOUR (MCA Nashville/Universal Music Group Nasville) fell 9-11 (#54-68 Billboard 200) selling 5,194 copies (4-week total 60,400).

In his second frame John Prine with THE TREE OF FORGIVENESS fell 2-12 (#5-79 Billboard 200) selling 7,714 copies (down 85%; 2-week total 60,800), previous weeks’ sales included a ticket bundle album redemption offer.

Old Crow Medicine Show with VOLUNTEER arrived at No.14 on Top Country Albums (#100 Billboard 200) earning 7,000 equivalent album units in its first week, of those 6,462 copies were pure sales. The Dave Cobb-produced set was recorded at Nashville's historic RCA Studio A.
The LP also entered Bluegrass Albums at No.1 and Americana/Folk Albums at No. 7. On the former, the group earns its seventh leader, tying Ricky Skaggs and Rhonda Vincent for the most No.1s in the chart's 16-year history.

Old Crow Medicine Show Volunteer (Columbia) Commemorating their 20th anniversary, the project also marks the band’s use of electric guitar for the first time since 2004’s “Wagon Wheel.”

Frontman and fiddle player Ketch Secor wrote or co-wrote all 11 new tracks, including the lead single “Flicker & Shine.”

Critical reception for Old Crow Medicine Show’s Volunteer:
11 Tracks/ Time: 37:50 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com

Allmusic (Rating: 4.1/2 Stars) Nothing here is particularly outside the wheelhouse of Old Crow Medicine Show, but the songs are finely etched and the performances vivid, elements that separate Volunteer from its predecessors. Here, Old Crow Medicine Show feel focused and fully realized, as if they're just hitting their stride after two decades in the business.

Pop Matters (Rating: 80/100) There isn't a single clunker among these 11 songs, which makes the record an easy, fun listen from start to finish even as the mood changes considerably from track to track.
Uncut (Rating: 80/100) ...With Dave Cobb's production reinforcing their boisterous dynamism, Volunteer surveys the sacrifices Old Crow make for their music, the camaraderie of the bandmates and heroes at the expense of the stability of family and home

American Songwriter (Rating: 3 STARS) Despite a few missteps, Volunteer is a worthy next chapter for a group that continues do its best work when finding new ways to tell old stories.

Kenny Chesney with LIVE IN NO SHOES NATION (Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville | SMN) made a re-entry at #18 (#121 Billboard 200) selling 5,816 copies (20-week total 416,000)

Ashley Monroe with SPARROW (2018 Warner Music Nashville) made a debut at No.21 (#157 Billboard 200) selling 4,860 copies.
THE BLADE (Warner Bros./ Warner Music Nashville) released: July 24, 2015, made a debut at No 2 Country (#30 Billboard 200) with sales of 12,422 copies. It marked her highest position on the chart as a solo artist.
LIKE A ROSE (Warner Bros. Nashville) released March 5, 2013, made a debut at No.10 Country (#43 Billboard 200) with sales of 10,737 (chart dated March 23, 2013)
 due to great critical press acclaim, some industry and media events and an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. SATISFIED (Sony) eventually released on May 19, 2009 as a digital download, it did not chart. Monroe was eventually dropped from the label in 2007.

Critical reception for Ashley Monroe’s Sparrow:
 12 Tracks/ Time: 43:15 Pop Singer/Songwriter Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com "Wild Love" (>> Music Video)

Your Life In A Song Shannon Hynes (Rating; Very Postive)...To be honest, it’s a burning question on everyone’s mind, ‘how is Ashley Monroe going to top Grammy nominated album The Blade?’ Yes, we’ve all been thinking it since ‘Sparrow’ was announced to be released on the upcoming 20thApril. Well, let me tell you, I think she’s actually gone and done it. Sparrow is painstakingly, heart achingly, flawless.....The songs on the album showcase everything Ashley has spoken about openly and admitted she has struggled with, such as her father’s death that shook her early childhood. ‘Daddy, I told you’ and ‘This Heaven’ ......... Ashley Monroe is special, you must listen to Sparrow, it’s an album made up of the deepest parts of her soul and we’re so lucky she lets us in.

Slant Magazine (Rating: 4 STARS) Since the release of 2015's The Blade, Ashley Monroe lost her father and gave birth to a son—so it's no surprise that family matters, and family as a source of conflicting emotions, loom large over Sparrow. The singer-songwriter's fourth
album reckons with tangled genealogies and troubled pasts; throughout, Monroe's characters grieve their losses, count their scars, and try to heal. Working with producer Dave Cobb, Monroe has created a sonic palette to help translate those vivid feelings into expressive, visceral music. While Cobb is best known for the analog austerity he's brought to albums by Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell, he and Monroe sought inspiration in the syrupy strings of classic “countrypolitan” on Sparrow.
Yet while Monroe and Cobb draw inspiration from the lush, orchestral country of the 1960s, Sparrow is no throwback. Songs like “Rita” use cinematic orchestrations to evoke the dusty, widescreen pop of Tumbleweed Connection-era Elton John, but the lush melancholy of “Orphan” resembles the more contemporary, moody chamber-pop of Beck's Sea Change. ...Monroe is unparalleled at fusing classicist country songwriting with a modern sheen, something she proved on The Blade, which deftly balances traditional country sounds with bubbly pop. With Sparrow, she's topped even that achievement, creating a rich and emotional album that feels deeply connected to the past but also fully engaged with the present.

Rocking Magpie - Honest, Classy, Contemporary and Heart-string Tugging Album..................My own favourite track is a bit left of centre by this album’s standards, as Keys to the Kingdom which closes the record is quite Rootsy and painfully raw at times, which is just how I like my singer-songwriters; and when the string section finally come in it’s like a dessert wind and closes proceedings just perfectly…SPARROW is wonderful concept from Ashley Monroe, carefully and shrewdly steering her away from the Pop-Rock that is the norm in Nashville these days and concentrating not just her marvelous singing voice but her rather excellent songwriting too. I expect this album to surpass the Grammy Nominations of recent years too.

Former No.1 Blake Shelton with TEXOMA SHORE (Warner Bros. Nashville | WMN) fell 13-22 (#94-160 Billboard 200) selling 1,884 copies (25-week total 222,900)

Former No.1 Scotty McCreery, with SEASONS CHANGE (Triple Tigers/RED) fell 21-24 (#147-171 BB200) selling 2,938 copies (6-week total 59,500)

Outside the Top 25

Various Artists with RESTORATION: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin (HST Global/MCA Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville) fell 14-39 selling 3,200 copies (3-week total 21,700).

Maren Morris with HERO (Columbia Nashville | SMN) fell 18-28 (#96-week total 285,000)

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

Elvis Presley with Elvis: The King In The Ring (RCA Victor/RCA | Legacy) arrived at No.17 on Country Album Sales with around 2,900 copies sold.

Eric Church with 61 DAYS IN CHURCH: COVERS (EMI Nashville | UMGN) made a debut at No.23 with 1,801 copies sold.
It’s a collection of live covers from multiple shows, on Saturday, April 21st as part of Record Store Day. The project was available on LP with 2,500 exclusive copies available to fans. Covers include "Better Man," "Dixie Chicken," "Midnight Rider," and more.

Joshua Hedley with MR. JUKEBOX (Third Man | Amazon UK - Amazon.com) made a debut at No.31 with estimated sales of 1,500 copies.

Steve Earle And The Dukes with THE CONTINENTAL CLUB (E-Squared) made a debut at No.35.

Bobbie Gentry with LIVE AT THE BBC (BBC/Capitol | Ume) made a debut at No.42 with 1,000 sales.

Charley Crockett with 12-track Folk set LONESOME AS A SHADOW (Son Of Davy | Thirty Tigers Amazon UK - Amazon.com) made a debut at No.43 with 1,000 sales.

Year-To-Date Albums
5,206,000 (Physical sales 3,702,000 (down -14.4%) + Digital sales 1,503,000 (down -26.4%) which is 18.2% down at the same point in 2017 (6,368,000 sales) 

Year-To-Date Digital Tracks
16,467,000 down 30.6% at the same point in 2017 (23,711,000)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of May 5, 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) racked up their 22nd week atop the chart now just 2 frames away from equalling FGL’s debut, “Cruise” (24 weeks, 2012-13).

Sugarland’sBabe” (Big Machine), featuring Taylor Swift, vaulted 48-8 on Hot Country Songs following its first week of streaming and sales tracking; the song was released April 20 and debuted on the April 28 chart solely from its first three days of airplay measurement.
The newly reunited Sugarland, the duo of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, scored its 12th Hot Country Songs top 10 and first since “Stuck Like Glue,” which peaked at No. 2 on Nov. 20, 2010.
Swift, who co-penned “Babe” with Pat Monahan of pop-rock group Train, earned her 20th Hot Country Songs top 10 and first since 2013. She added her 19th with her Tim McGraw collaboration, “Highway Don’t Care,” which reached No. 4 on May 25, 2013. (She last ranked in the region with “Red” on Dec. 21, 2013, after the song debuted at its No. 2 peak in October 2012.)

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (22 weeks) ** “Meant To Be” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line
** Airplay Gainer” No.7 “One Number Away” Luke Combs
** Digital Gainer/ Streaming Gainer ** No.8 “Babe” Sugarland feat. Taylor Swift
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.45 “Caught Up In The Country” Rodney Atkins feat. The Fisk Jubilee Singers
Debut No.47 “Hotel Key” Old Dominion
Debut No.49 “Eyes On You” Chase Rice

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of May 5, 2018)

Jason Aldean with “You Make It Easy” (Macon/Broken Bow) ascended 2-1 on Country Airplay, up 12 percent to 46 million audience impressions in the week ending April 29, becoming his 18th No.1.
The track, written by Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line along with Morgan Wallen and Jordan Schmidt, is the first single from Aldean’s new album, Rearview Town, which leads Top Country Albums for a second week (38,000 units, down 78 percent).

The 14-week journey to No.1 on Country Airplay for “Easy” marked Aldean’s third-fastest trip to the top. “Take a Little Ride” made a brisk 10-week ascent to No. 1 (Oct. 6, 2012), and “Burnin’ It Down” ignited atop the tally in its 13th frame (Nov. 1, 2014).
“I felt like this song was something special the first time I heard it,” Aldean told Billboard. “So to watch it take off the way it has and have people respond to it so quickly has been really cool.”
Aldean, who claimed the coveted entertainer of the year prize at the ACM Awards, first led Country Airplay with his second entry, “Why,” on May 27, 2006. The song followed his first of 33 Country Airplay appearances to date, “Hicktown,” which became his first of 27 top10 titles, reaching No. 10 on Oct. 22, 2005.

David Lee Murphy and Kenny Chesney with “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” (Blue Chair/Reviver) hopped 12-10 on Country Airplay, up 13 percent to 25.9 million impressions. Murphy earned his sixth Country Airplay top 10 and first since the No.5-peaking “Loco” in 2004. Chesney added his 54th top 10; he ranks third in the chart’s 28-year history, trailing only George Strait (61) and Tim McGraw (57).

Country Airplay
*** No.1 (1 week) *** “You Make It Easy” Jason Aldean 46.028 million audience (+4.871 million) / 8,443 radio plays (+629)
** Most Increased Audience ** No.6 “One Number Away” Luke Combs +4.933 million audience gain
** Most Added ** No.32 “Babe” Sugarland feat. Taylor Swift (31 ADDS)
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.58 “Keeper Of The Flame” Miranda Lambert
Debut No.59 “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs” Travis Denning

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart 
(Chart issue week of May 5, 2018)

Sugarland feat. Taylor Swift with “Babe” blasted onto Country Digital Song Sales at No.1, selling 38,000 downloads. It also drew 4.2 million U.S. streams. Sugarland notched its second Country Digital Song Sales No.1 following “Stuck Like Glue.” Swift achieved her record-extending 14th No.1, pushing her further ahead of runner-up Luke Bryan (nine). She last led the list with “Highway” on Feb. 23, 2013.

On the all-genre Digital Song Sales chart, “Babe” made a bow at No.2, marking Sugarland’s first top 10 and Swift’s record-padding 43rd.
It was one place short of Ariana Grande who burst onto the Hot 100 at No.3 with "No Tears Left to Cry." Following its April 20 release, the track premiered at No.1 on Digital Song Sales (100,000 sold), where it's Grande's third leader; No. 5 on Streaming Songs (36.9 million); and No. 35 on Radio Songs (27 million).

The 18-week No.1 Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's "Meant to Be" (Warner Bros. | BMLG) held at No.2 (#3 Non-mover Digital Songs; 37,000 sales; 22-week total 976,000).

Jason Aldean with “You Make It Easy” (Macon/Broken Bow | BBMG) pushed 7-3 (#18-11 Digital Songs).
Kane Brown with “Heaven” (Zone 4 | RCA Nashville) rose 5-4 (#14-17 Digital Songs; 18,000 sales; 23-week total 394,000) as “What Ifs” featuring Lauren Alaina dropped 6-11 (9,000 sales; 50-week total 743,000).
Kenny Chesney with “Get Along” fell 4-5 (#10-23 Digital Songs; 15,000 sales; 3-week total 66,000).

Previous weeks’ all-genre Digital Songs and Country Digital No1 Carrie Underwood with Cry Pretty” (Capitol Nashville) fell back 1-6 (1-24 Digital Songs; 15,000 sales down 80%; 2-week total 89,000)
Luke Bryan with “Most People Are Good” (Capitol Nashville) slipped 3-7 (#9-35 Digital Songs; 13,000 sales; 16-week total 226,000).
Dan + Shay with “Tequila” (Warner Bros. | WAR) climbed 9-8 (#20-37 Digital Songs; 12,000 sales; 14-week total 150,000).
Morgan Wallen feat. Florida Georgia Line with “Up Down” (Big Loud) advanced 17-9 (9,000 sales; 19-week total 171,000)
Blake Shelton with “I Lived It” (Warner Bros. | WMN) fell 8-10 (9,000 sales; 8-week total 87,000)

Outside the Top 10
Luke Combs with “One Number Away” (River House | Columbia Nashville) lifted 19-12 (9,000 sales; 14-week total 145,000)
Thomas Rhett with “Marry Me” (Valory) fell 11-13 (8,000 sales; 28-week total 413,000)

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

April 30, 2018

Jason Aldean Hits #1 With 'You Make It Easy'
Congrats to Jason Aldean, Carson James, Lee Adams, Jim Malito and the Broken Bow promotion team on landing this week’s No.1 with “You Make It Easy.” The song marked his 20th career #1 and is the first single from REARVIEW TOWN. Writers are Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Morgan Wallen and Jordan Schmidt.

You Make It Easy” (BROKEN BOW RECORDS) rose 3-1 logging 9,054 radio spins (+679) and 63.493 million audience impressions (+4.706 million) with 24613 Total Points (+1,892) from 157 tracking stations (157 ADDS) for the tracking week April 22 to April 28, 2018 and published chart April 30th 2018.

Kudos to Adrian Michaels and the WEA crew for landing 38 adds on Devin Dawson’s Asking For A Friend”. The song topped the "Most Added" board this chart week.

In celebration of Atlantic/WEA's Devin Dawson being most-added at Country radio with his new single, "Asking For A Friend," Pictured L-R: Team WAR Coord./Radio & Streaming Taylor Aretz; Team WEA Dir./National Radio & Streaming Adrian Michaels; WMN SVP/Radio & Streaming Kristen Williams and Exec. Asst Kati Salverson; Team WEA Coord./Radio & Streaming Kate Myers; and Team WMN Coord./Radio & Streaming Justin Newell
Mediabase Adds (Selective)

Artist/Title (Label) TW Total Historic Adds
DEVIN DAWSON/Asking For A Friend (Atlantic/WEA)     38         39        
SUGARLAND f/T. SWIFT/Babe (UMGN/Big Machine)      28         101      
MIRANDA LAMBERT/Keeper Of The Flame (RCA)         24         31        
THOMAS RHETT/Life Changes (Valory) 11         125      
CHRIS STAPLETON/Millionaire (Mercury)          10         72        
OLD DOMINION/Hotel Key (RCA)          10         97        
WALKER HAYES/Craig (Monument/Arista)         9          31        
KEITH URBAN f/J. MICHAELS/Coming Home (Capitol)   8          155      
KIP MOORE/Last Shot (MCA)    8          117      
LANCO/Born To Love You (Arista)         7          120      
CRAIG CAMPBELL/See You Try (Red Bow)       6          72        
SCOTTY MCCREERY/This Is It (Triple Tigers)    6          7         
CARRIE UNDERWOOD/Cry Pretty (Capitol)       4          152      
MAREN MORRIS/Rich (Columbia)         4          102      
SMITHFIELD/Hey Whiskey (Deluge/In2une)        3          25        
STEPHANIE QUAYLE/Selfish (Rebel Engine)     3          23        
DANIELLE BRADBERY/Worth It (BMLGR)          2          52        
DAVISSON BROTHERS BAND/Po Boyz (Dreamlined)    2          2         
KACEY MUSGRAVES/Butterflies (MCA) 2          16        
PARMALEE/Hotdamalama (Stoney Creek)         2          25        
SHANE OWENS/Lie (AmeriMonte/1608) 2          2         
ABBY ANDERSON/Make Him Wait (Black River)            1          1         
ASHLEY MCBRYDE/A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega (Atlantic/WAR)         1          107      
LUCAS HOGE/Power Of Garth (Forge Entertainment)     1          9         
MADDIE & TAE/Friends Don't (Mercury) 1          1         
RADIO ROMANCE/The Weekend (Big Machine) 1          1         

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 597 - April 16, 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: #1
Event Venue City/State: Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion, Brandon Lay Raymond James Stadium Tampa, Fla.
Dates: April 21, 2018 Gross Sales: $6,245,650 Attend: 55,292/ 55,292
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $257.50, $32.50
Promoters: Messina Touring Group

Rank Artist: #4
Event Venue City/State: Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion, Brandon Lay Miller Park Milwaukee, Wis.           
Dates: April 28, 2018 Gross Sales: $5,136,660 Attend: 43,526/ 43,526
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $252, $42
Promoters: Messina Touring Group     

Rank Artist: #13
Event Venue City/State: Reba McEntire & Brooks & Dunn The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Nev.
Dates:  March 14, 16-17, 21, 23-24, 2018 Gross Sales: $2,399,988 Attend: 18,779/ 23,542
Shows/ Sellouts: 6/0 (4,763 unsold tickets) Prices: $205, $155, $105, $59.50
Promoters: Concerts West/AEG Presents/Caesars Entertainment

Rank Artist: #21
Event Venue City/State: Eric Church, Steve Earle & the Dukes, The Texas Gentlemen Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Woodlands, Texas
Dates: April 27, 2018 Gross Sales: $844,285 Attend: 15,665/ 15,665
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $285, $22
Promoters: Messina Touring Group
Rank Artist: #35
Event Venue City/State: Brandi Carlile, Marlon Williams Beacon Theatre New York, N.Y.
Dates: April 5-7, 2018 Gross Sales: $413,785 Attend: 8,235/ 8,235          
Shows/ Sellouts: 3/3 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $75.50, $50.50, $45.50, $35.50
Promoters: The Bowery Presents

Rank Artist: #42
Event Venue City/State: Brett Eldredge Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, Conn.
Dates: April 28, 2018 Gross Sales: $284,585 Attend: 6,737/ 6,737
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $45, $35, $25
Promoters: in-house
Rank Artist: #47
Event Venue City/State: Chris Young, Kane Brown, Morgan Evans, Dee Jay Silver Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Dates:  April 19, 2018 Gross Sales: $241,561 Attend: 6,545/ 7,308
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (763 unsold tickets) Prices: $57, $14.50
Promoters: Red Mountain Entertainment/AEG Presents

Rank Artist: #59
Event Venue City/State: Jon Pardi, Brandon Ray Landers Center Southaven, Miss.
Dates: April 20, 2018 Gross Sales: $124,462 Attend: 4,691/ 4,691
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $33, $23
Promoters: Red Mountain Entertainment
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