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Country Billboard Chart News May 14, 2018


Country Billboard Chart News May 14, 2018

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of May 19, 2018)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (3 non-consecutive weeks) ** REARVIEW TOWN Jason Aldean
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (24 weeks) ** “Meant To Be” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line
Country Airplay *** No.1 (1 week) *** “Heaven” Kane Brown
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (1 week) ** "Beautiful Crazy" Luke Combs

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of May 19, 2018)

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

Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys landed a second straight week at No.1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart (BB200), as the set earned 193,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 10 (down 58 percent from its debut frame), according to Nielsen Music
Beerbongs is just the third title to rack up multiple weeks at No.1 in 2018, and the first by an artist, following Black Panther: The Album (with three weeks at No. 1) and The Greatest Showman soundtrack (two weeks in the top slot). Beerbongs is also the first album by an artist to notch back-to-back weeks at No.1 since Taylor Swift’s reputation spent its first three weeks atop the tally (Dec. 2-16, 2017). (Reputation clocked one further week at No. 1, on the Jan. 6, 2018 chart.)
Beerbongs’ second week on the list was powered by streaming activity, as it garnered 160,000 SEA units (down 44%). In terms of traditional album sales, it sold 23,664 copies (down 85%), while TEA units equaled just 9,000 (down 59 percent).

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of May 19, 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.

Recent No.1 by Jason Aldean with REARVIEW TOWN (Macon/Broken Bow Records) rebounded 2-1 (10-14 Billboard 200) selling 14,801 copies (down 27%; 4-week total 221,800) to top the chart for a third week.

Former No.1 Luke Combs with THIS ONE’S FOR YOU (River House/ Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) climbed 5-2 (#37-16 Billboard 200) selling 2,710 copies (49-week total 217,200).

Previous week’s No.1 Keith Urban with his ninth studio LP, GRAFFITI U (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville), fell 1-3 (#2-18 Billboard 200) selling 17,080 copies (down 88%; 2-week total 153,943).

Former 9 non-consecutive week No.1 Kane Brown with his SELF-TITLED held at No.4 (#22-27 Billboard 200) selling 4,716 copies (75-week total 384,500).
Former No.1 Thomas Rhett with LIFE CHANGES (Valory/Big Machine Label Group) moved 6-5 (#39-42 Billboard 200) selling 2,075 copies (35-week total 266,400).

Chris Stapleton with TRAVELLER (MERCURY/ UMGN) rose 7-6 (42-46 BB200) selling 3,860 copies (158-week total 2,287,700) as his set From A Room: Volume 1 (Mercury/Universal Music Group Nashville) climbed 12-10 (#77-80 BB200) selling 4,815 copies (53-week total 787,8000) and From A Room: Volume 2 pushed 20-18 (133-143 BB200) selling 3,983 copies (23-week total 383,800).

Brett Young with self- titled BRETT YOUNG (BMLG) rose 9-7 (#62-63 Billboard 200) selling 1,349 copies (65-week total 205,600).

In his second week Willie Nelson with LAST MAN STANDING (Legacy) fell 3-8 Country (#14-64 Billboard 200) selling 8,721 copies (down 66%; 2-week total 34,063).
Former No.1 Luke Bryan with WHAT MAKES YOU COUNTRY (Capitol Nashville | UMGN) rose 10-9 (#65-76 Billboard 200) selling 3,251 copies (22-week total 284,100).

Outside the Top 10

Former No1 from Kacey Musgraves with GOLDEN HOUR (MCA Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville) climbed 15-12 (#98-105 Billboard 200) selling 3,267 copies (6-week total 67,000).

Kenny Chesney with LIVE IN NO SHOES NATION (Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville | SMN) fell 8-15 (#48-117 Billboard 200) selling 5,626 copies (22-week total 431,400).

In his second week Morgan Wallen with IF I KNOW ME (Big Loud Records) fell 11-20 (#72-152 Billboard 200 / 13-41 Country Album Sales) selling 700 copies (2-week total 3,400)

In their third week Brothers Osborne with PORT SAINT JOE fell 13-22 (#78-156 Billboard 200) selling 3,584 (down 35%, 3-week 27,747).

The Lacs with 12-track set DIRT ROCK (Dirt Rock Empire | Average Joes Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com) made a debut at No.24 (#178 Billboard 200) selling 4,519 copies, the weeks 38th all-genre best seller.  
The dirty southern, mud slingin' duo return dirtier than ever with their first independent studio album "Dirt Rock". Including the new backwoods anthem "Redneck Rockstar" and special features from Crucifix, Nate Kenyon, Hard Target, Cymple Man and Wess Nyle.

THE LACS: CHART HISTORY
AMERICAN REBELUTION (Backroad Records/Average Joes Entertainment) released April 7, 2017, made a debut at No.65 Billboard 200 & No.10 Top Country Albums selling 8,370 copies.
OUTLAW IN ME (Backroad Records) released May 26, 2015, made a debut at No.27 Billboard 200 & No.3 Billboard Top Country Albums selling 14,260 copies.
NOTHING IN PARTICULAR (Backroad Records) released Oct 28, 2014 a bits and bobs album of rarities, made a debut at No.86 Billboard 200 & No.17 Top Country Albums selling 4,594 copies.
KEEP IT REDNECK (Backroad/Average Joes) released Aug 20, 2013 enjoyed a career-best rank and biggest sales week on Billboard’s Top Country Albums with their third album, which opened with 14,460 copies to land at No.23 Billboard 200 & No.3 Top Country Albums. By October 2014 it had sold 100,000 copies.
190 PROOF (Backroad Records) released April 3, 2012, debuted at No.68 Billboard 200 & No.16 Top Country Albums selling with 6,745 units. It was on country album chart for over 72 consecutive weeks.  

Outside the Top 25
In his fourth frame John Prine with THE TREE OF FORGIVENESS fell 24-45 selling 3,071 4,653 copies (down 34%; 4-week total 68,6500).

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

Drake White with his 5-track EP PIECES (BMLG | Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com) made a debut at No.17 on Country Album Sales selling 2,257 copies.
The EP was produced by busbee. "I love writing that's very simple, but it's like, 'Oh, I know exactly what you're talking about,'" noted White. "I'm infatuated with words and trying to arrange them in a way that would make my heroes proud."

Josh Ward with MORE THAN I DESERVE (Josh Ward | Smith | Amazon UK ) made a debut at No.31 selling 900 copies.
The album includes some rich traditional ballads mix with honky-tonkers and heartbreakers, blending together seamlessly for a solid effort from the Houston native. Standouts are "A Cowboy Can," "God Made A Woman," destined to be a Texas dance floor classic, and the title track, a touching waltz surrounded by gorgeous pedal steel and heartbreaking lyrics.

Year-To-Date Albums
5,971,000 (Physical sales 4,283,000 (down -12.7%) + Digital sales 1,688,000 (down -29.5%) which is 18.3% down at the same point in 2017 (7,304,000 sales) 

Year-To-Date Digital Tracks
18,347,000 down 30.7% at the same point in 2017 (26,459,000)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of May 19, 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) led Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart dated May for a 24th week, tying FGL’s own “Cruise,” which ruled for 24 weeks in 2012-13.
The reigns are the longest for a song by a duo or group in the chart’s 59-year history and the second-longest overall. Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” holds the record with 34 weeks at No. 1 in 2017.
“Crazy to see how this song has taken on a life of its own and hear that it’s making chart history,” FGL’s Brian Kelley told Billboard. “Bebe is part of our tribe now, and it’s been magic to see fans from all over the globe react to such a special song.”
Rexha and FGL’s Tyler Hubbard co-wrote “Meant” with Josh Miller and David Garcia.
“As songwriters, BK [Brian Kelley] and I aspire to create music that makes a difference,” said Hubbard. “For us to have not only one but two songs that tie each other has gone far beyond our wildest dreams.”
“Meant” remained atop Country Streaming Songs for a 20th week, collecting 21.8 million U.S. streams (down 5 percent, according to Nielsen Music). On Country Digital Song Sales, which it led for 19 weeks, it dipped to No. 2 (28,000 downloads sold, down 13 percent). On Country Airplay, which “Meant” topped April 28, it ranked in the top five for an eighth week, descending 3-5 (33.4 million in format audience, down 5 percent).

Luke Combs earned his highest debut on Hot Country Songs as “Beautiful Crazy” (River House/Columbia Nashville) flew in at No.6. He collected his fourth top 10 in as many appearances. He has scored one No.1: “When It Rains It Pours” (two weeks, beginning Nov. 25, 2017).
“Beautiful” is one of five new tracks on a deluxe version of Combs’ debut LP, THIS ONE’S FOR YOU, aptly titled This One’s for You Too, due June 1. The original set bowed atop the June 24, 2017-dated Top Country Albums chart. The track started with 44,000 downloads sold and debuted as his first No.1 on Country Digital Song Sales.
“Beautiful” also arrived with 5.6 million U.S. streams and enters Country Streaming Songs at No.12, marking Combs’ highest start.

Kenny Chesney earned his 51st top 10 on Hot Country Songs and his 55th on Country Airplay as his first single for Warner Music Nashville, “Get Along” (Blue Chair/Warner Bros./WEA), rose 11-9 on the former and 11-10 on the latter (25.5 million, up 11 percent).
Since Chesney’s first week in the Hot Country Songs top 10, with “Fall in Love” (June 24, 1995), he boasts the most top 10s, one-upping Tim McGraw, with 50 in that span (and 55 overall). On Country Airplay, Chesney’s 55 top 10s rank him third among all artists (since the chart’s 1990 launch), behind only George Strait (61) and McGraw (57)

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (24 weeks) ** “Meant To Be” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line
** Digital Gainer/ Streaming Gainer ** No.4 “One Number Away” Luke Combs
** Airplay Gainer” ** No.5 “Tequila” Dan + Shay
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.6 “Beautiful Crazy” Luke Combs
Debut No.29 “All To Myself” Dan + Shay
Debut No.44 “Good Girl” Dustin Lynch

Country Streaming Songs (5/05/2018)

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of May 19, 2018)

Kane Brown notched his second Country Airplay No.1 as “Heaven” (Zone 4/RCA Nashville) rose 2-1, increasing 4 percent to 45.3 million audience impressions. On Hot Country Songs, the song held at its No.2 high, tucked behind Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line’s “Meant to Be” for an eighth week.
“I think we always knew something about this song [“Heaven”] was special, especially hearing the fan reaction when we play it live, but to have it go to No.1 means so much,” Brown told Billboard. “This means the world to me.”
Brown first led Country Airplay with “What Ifs” (featuring Lauren Alaina) on Oct. 28, 2017. It topped Hot Country Songs for five weeks. “Heaven” is the fourth single from Brown’s self-titled debut full-length, which debuted atop the Top Country Albums chart dated Dec. 24, 2016. Its first two singles, “Used to Love You Sober” and “Thunder in the Rain,” reached Nos. 35 and 43, respectively, on Country Airplay


Country Airplay
*** No.1 (1 week) *** “Heaven” Kane Brown 45.274 million audience (+1.797 million) / 8,306 radio plays (+347)
** Most Increased Audience ** No.3 “One Number Away” Luke Combs 4.497 million audience gain
** Most Added ** No.29 “Babe” Sugarland feat. Taylor Swift (15 ADDS)
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.50 “Drowns The Whiskey” Jason Aldean feat. Miranda Lambert

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart
(Chart issue week of May 19, 2018)

Luke Combs with "Beautiful Crazy," the first instant-gratification track update on the forthcoming deluxe edition of his debut album This One's For You (Too), blew in at No.1 on the Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart and arrived at #2 on the all-genre Digital Songs Sales chart selling 44,000 copies.
It was one place behind Childish Gambino's new single "This Is America" which arrived atop Digital Song Sales charts with 78,000 downloads sold.

The 19th non-consecutive week No.1 by Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line with "Meant to Be" (Warner Bros. | BMLG) slipped 1-2 (#2-5 Digital Songs; 28,000 sales 24-week total 1,035,000).
Kane Brown with “Heaven” (Zone 4 | RCA Nashville) rose 4-3 (#14 non-mover Digital Songs; 17,000 sales; 25-week total 429,000).
Jason Aldean with “You Make It Easy” (Macon/Broken Bow | BBMG) fell 3-4 (#13-15 Digital Songs; 17,000 sales; 15-week total 411,000).
Kenny Chesney with “Get Along” held at No.5 (#27-22 Digital Songs; 14,000 sales; 5-week total 93,000).

Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) banked its fifth top 10 on Country Digital Song Sales with “All To Myself” which made a debut at No.6 (#22 Digital Songs; 14,000 sales) as “Tequila” (Warner Bros. | WAR) fell 6-8 (#37-30 Digital Songs; 12,000 sales; 16-week total 172,000).
Luke Combs with “One Number Away” (River House | Columbia Nashville) lifted 8-7 (#45-29 Digital Songs; 14,000 sales; 16-week total 166,000).
Former all-genre Digital Songs and Country Digital No1 Carrie Underwood with Cry Pretty” (Capitol Nashville) rebounded 13-9 (#38 Re-Entry; 10,000 sales; 5-week total 108,000).
Morgan Wallen feat. Florida Georgia Line with “Up Down” (Big Loud) slipped 9-10 (#40 New Entry Digital Songs; 10,000 sales; 21-week total 189,000).

Outside the Top 10
Mason Ramsey, the 11-year old with “Famous” (Atlantic/Big Loud) fell 2-14 (7,000 sales; 2-week total 26,000).  
Dustin Lynch with “Good Girl” (Broken Bow) made a debut at No.16 with 6,000 sales.
Competing for Team Blake Shelton on NBC’s The Voice, Pryor Baird covered Montgomery Gentry’s “My Town”, which reached No. 5 on the Billboard Country Songs chart in 2002. Following Baird’s performance on the May 7 episode 23, his version arrived on Country Digital Song Sales at No.24 (5,000 sales)

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

May 14, 2018

Kane Brown Hits #1 With 'Heaven'
Congrats to Kane Brown, Steve Hodges, Dennis Reese and the RCA team on ascending “Heaven” to this week’s peak position. The song is Brown’s second chart-topper from his self-titled debut. Songwriters are Matthew McGinn, Lindsay Rimes and Shy Carter. The tune marks Kane’s second-career #1, following the success of "What Ifs," featuring Lauren Alaina (NEWS Oct 16, 2017).

Heaven” (RCA) moved 2-1 logging 8,906 radio spins (+395) and 62.390 million audience impressions (+4.234 million) with 24093 Total Points (+1,266) from 157 tracking stations (157 ADDS) for the tracking week May 6 to May 12, 2018 and published chart May 14th 2018.

Kudos to Lee Adams and the Broken Bow reps on notching 55 adds for Jason Aldean’s Drowns The Whiskey,” which also features Miranda Lambert. The song topped the "Most Added" board this chart week.

Mediabase Adds (Selective)

Artist/Title (Label) TW Total Historic Adds
JASON ALDEAN f/M.LAMBERT/Drowns The Whiskey (Broken Bow)      55         55        
MADDIE & TAE/Friends Don't (Mercury) 34         35        
JORDAN DAVIS/Take It From Me (MCA)            14         67        
CRAIG CAMPBELL/See You Try (Red Bow)       12         89        
DUSTIN LYNCH/Good Girl (Broken Bow)           11         27        
SUGARLAND f/T. SWIFT/Babe (UMGN/Big Machine)      10         125      
SCOTTY MCCREERY/This Is It (Triple Tigers)    9          47        
RODNEY ATKINS/Caught Up In The Country (Curb)       7          60        
GRANGER SMITH/You're In It (Wheelhouse)      6          46        
TYLER RICH/The Difference (Valory)     6          72        
MASON RAMSEY/Famous (Big Loud/Atlantic)    5          9         
CHRIS STAPLETON/Millionaire (Mercury)          4          81        
DEVIN DAWSON/Asking For A Friend (Atlantic/WEA)     4          49        
OLD DOMINION/Hotel Key (RCA)          4          112      
SMITHFIELD/Hey Whiskey (Deluge/In2une)        4          30        
MIRANDA LAMBERT/Keeper Of The Flame (RCA)         3          41        
ALEXANDRA DEMETREE/Coastin' (SSM)          2          2         
ASHLEY MCBRYDE/A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega (Atlantic/WAR)         2          109      
CARRIE UNDERWOOD/Cry Pretty (Capitol)       2          156      
RADIO ROMANCE/The Weekend (Big Machine) 2          18        
WALKER HAYES/Craig (Monument/Arista)         1          35

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 601 - May 14, 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: #10
Event Venue City/State: Jimmy Buffett Royal Farms Arena Baltimore, Md.
Dates: March 30, 2018 Gross Sales: $1,295,112 Attend: 11,334/ 12,902
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (1,568 unsold tickets) Prices: $130, $30
Promoters: Live Nation
                            
Rank Artist: #16
Event Venue City/State: Kenny Chesney, Old Dominion Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Raleigh, N.C.
Dates: May 12, 2018 Gross Sales: $850,119 Attend: 18,554/ 19,934
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (1,380 unsold tickets) Prices: $125, $25
Promoters: Messina Touring Group

Rank Artist: #20
Event Venue City/State: Chris Stapleton MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre Tampa, Fla.
Dates: Nov. 10, 2017 Gross Sales: $734,986 Attend: 18,714/ 19,222
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (1** unsold tickets) Prices: $70.75, $20.75
Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #39
Event Venue City/State: Chris Young, Kane Brown, Morgan Evans, Dee Jay Silver Schottenstein Center Columbus, Ohio
Dates: May 3, 2018 Gross Sales: $512,405 Attend: 10,819/ 10,819
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $60, $40
Promoters: Concerts West/AEG Presents
                                                         
Rank Artist: #51
Event Venue City/State: Alan Jackson Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Tuscaloosa, Ala
Dates: May 4, 2018 Gross Sales: $365,420 Attend: 7,003/ 7,003
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $78, $35
Promoters: Red Mountain Entertainment
                  
Rank Artist: #61
Event Venue City/State: Alison Krauss & David Gray Starlight Theatre Kansas City, Mo.
Dates: Oct. 8, 2017 Gross Sales: $222,921 Attend: 2,900/ 4,163
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (1,263 unsold tickets) Prices: $75, $39.50
Promoters: Live Nation
                                                         
Rank Artist: #114
Event Venue City/State: Luke Combs U.S. Cellular Center Asheville, N.C.
Dates:  Dec. 16, 2017 Gross Sales: $100,640 Attend: 4,308/ 4,476
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (168 unsold tickets) Prices: $25, $20
Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #135
Event Venue City/State: Sara Evans, RaeLynn, Kalie Shorr Rialto Square Theatre Joliet, Ill.
Dates: Feb. 25, 2018 Gross Sales: $85,160 Attend: 887/ 887
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $63.50, $48.50, $43.50
Promoters: Live Nation
Latest Billboard Boxscore Chart


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