Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Country Billboard Chart News May 7, 2018

RIAA Certifications

Multi-Platinum = 2,000,000 plus units
Platinum = 1-million units
Gold = 500,000 units
Note: For ALBUM certifications the RIAA base their figures on the number of units SHIPPED together with, track sales and on demand audio/ video stream units and NOT based purely on traditional retail sales.
1,500 on-demand audio and/or video song streams = 10 track sales = 1 album sale.
150 on-demand streams = 1 track download

The RIAA GOLD and PLATINUM honors for the full month of APRIL 2018 have been unveiled, and Mercury Nashville's Chris Stapleton led the honours earning an RIAA PLATINUM Album certification for his "From A Room: Volume 1" collection and an RIAA GOLD Album certification for its follow up, "From A Room: Volume 2." Additionally, Stapleton garnered RIAA 4X PLATINUM Single honours for "Tennessee Whiskey;" RIAA PLATINUM Single honors for "Broken Halos," "Nobody To Blame," and "Fire Away;" and RIAA GOLD Single honours for "Whiskey And You."

Chris Young I'm Comin' Over| released May 12, 2015 RCA Nashville | certified 2x Multi-Platinum April 4, 2018 2 Million units
Josh Turner Your Man | released July 26, 2005 MCA Nashville | certified 2x Multi-Platinum April 23, 2018 2 Million units   
Chris Stapleton Broken Halos | released April 14, 2017 Mercury Nashville | certified 2X Platinum April 26, 2018 2 Million units
Chris Stapleton Tennessee Whiskey | released May 4, 2015 Mercury Nashville | certified 4x Multi-Platinum April 26, 2018 4 Million units

Kane Brown Heaven | released RCA Nashville | certified Platinum April 4, 2018 1 Million units
Kacey Musgraves Follow Your Arrow  | released March 19, 2013 Mercury Records Nashville | certified Platinum April 4, 2018 1 Million units
Thomas Rhett Unforgettable | released July 28, 2017 The Valory Music Co | certified Platinum April 6, 2018 1 Million units
Walker Hayes You Broke Up With Me | released Jan 27, 2017 Monument Records | certified Platinum April 9, 2018 1 Million units    
Luke Combs When It Rains It Pours | released June 2, 2017 Columbia Nashville / River House | certified Platinum April 11, 2018 1 Million units
Josh Turner Hometown Girl | released May 13, 2016 MCA Nashville | certified Platinum April 23, 2018 1 Million units           
Josh Turner Long Black Train | released March 30, 2004 MCA Nashville | certified Platinum April 23, 2018 1 Million units
Josh Turner Time Is Love | released Dec 20, 2011 MCA Nashville | certified Platinum April 23, 2018 1 Million units           
Chris Stapleton Fire Away | released April 2, 2013 Mercury Nashville | certified  Platinum April 26, 2018 1 Million units
Chris Stapleton Parachute | released April 2, 2013 Mercury Nashville | certified Platinum April 26, 2018 1 Million units

Kacey Musgraves Blowin' Smoke | released March 19, 2013 Mercury Nashville | certified GOLD April 4, 2018 0.5 Million units
Morgan Wallen Up Down | released Oct 13, 2017 Big Loud Records | certified GOLD April 19, 2018 0.5 Million units
Chris Lane Take Back Home Girl | released Sept 29, 2017 Big Loud Records | certified GOLD April 19, 2018 0.5 Million units Raelynn Love Triangle    | released July 11, 2016 Warner Bros | certified GOLD April 23, 2018 0.5 Million units
Josh Turner Firecracker | released July 24, 2007 MCA Nashville | certified GOLD April 23, 2018 0.5 Million units
Jason Aldean You Make It Easy | released Jan 26, 2018 Broken Bow | certified GOLD May 4, 2018 Digital 0.5 Million units
Chris Stapleton Whiskey And You | released May 5, 2015 Mercury Nashville | certified  GOLD April 26, 2018

Kane Brown KANE BROWN | released Dec 2, 2016 RCA Nashville | certified Platinum April 4, 2018 1 Million units Actual pure traditional sales 394,000 as of April 30, 2018
Kacey Musgraves SAME TRAILER DIFFERENT PARK | released March 19, 2013 Mercury Nashville | certified Gold on July 17, 2014 & Platinum April 4, 2018 1 Million units
Chris Stapleton From A Room: Volume 1 | released June 8, 2017 Mercury Records | certified Platinum April 26, 2018
1 Million units

Chris Stapleton From A Room: Volume 2 | released Dec 1, 2017 Mercury Nashville | certified Gold April 26, 2018 0.5 Million units

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of May 12, 2018)
Country Album Chart ** No.1 (1 week) ** GRAFFITI U Keith Urban
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (23 weeks) ** “Meant To Be” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line
Country Airplay *** No.1 (2 weeks) *** “You Make It Easy” Jason Aldean
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (19 non-consecutive weeks) ** “Meant To Be” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of May 12, 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 second album, beerbongs & bentleys, made a smashing debut at No.1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (BB200), scoring both the artist’s first No. 1, the year’s biggest debut and a record-breaking streaming week for the set.
The effort, released on April 27 via Republic Records, earned 461,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 3, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 152,858 were in traditional album sales.
Biggest Streaming Week Ever: Of beerbongs’ overall start of 461,000 units, SEA units comprise 288,000 of that figure. As each SEA unit equals 1,500 on-demand audio streams, beerbongs garnered 431.3 million on-demand audio streams in the U.S. for its tracks during its debut frame. That zoomed past the previous record, set by Drake’s More Life, which started at No.1 with 384.8 million on the chart dated April 8, 2017 (tracking week ending March 23, 2017).

Keith Urban Bundles In At No.2
At No.2 on the Billboard 200, Keith Urban collected his seventh top 10 effort, as Graffiti U launched with 145,000 units, of which 136,836 were in traditional album sales. The new set follows 2016’s Ripcord, which debuted and peaked at No. 4 with 106,000 in its first week (93,000 in album sales).
Before RIPCORD, Urban previously logged top 10s with Fuse (No. 1 in 2013), Get Closer (No. 7, 2010), Defying Gravity (No. 1, 2009), Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing (No. 3, 2006) and Be Here (No. 3, 2004).
Both Urban and Post Malone’s sales starts benefitted from concert ticket/album sale redemption offers with their latest tours. Urban's trek begins on June 15, while Post Malone's tour launched on April 26.

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of May 12, 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.

Keith Urban's 'Graffiti U' Is #1 Country Album
Keith Urban with his ninth studio LP, GRAFFITI U (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville), roared in atop Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart (dated May 12), earning 145,000 equivalent album units in its first week (according to Nielsen Music), with 136,836 in traditional sales.
The album benefited from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer tied to Urban’s latest tour.
The new set has produced two singles so far: “Female” peaked at No.11 on Hot Country Songs, and “Coming Home” (featuring Julia Michaels) hopped 20-19 on Hot Country Songs and 17-15 on Country Airplay (14.8 million impressions, up 12 percent), its highest peaks yet on those charts.

“My audience, including those that have found my music more recently, has given me an amazing gift,” Urban tolds Billboard. “They’ve connected with the music, come out and seen us live and given so much to the shows, and they’ve come with me on this ongoing journey. They’re the ones that have made Graffiti U No.1, and for that, I’m so grateful.”
Urban earned his sixth Top Country Albums No.1, all of which have debuted at the summit. His new leader follows Ripcord (93,000 sold; 2016).

PROMOTION: Promoting the album Keith Urban celebrated the release of his newest album, "Graffiti U," by stopping by nationally syndicated "The Ellen Degeneres Show" (April 27). Urban shared the story behind his wife, Nicole Kidman, joining him to sing "Parallel Lines," as well as his signature scent, and more. See the full interview here. He also performed his current single, "Coming Home," from "Graffiti U" along with album cut "Steal My Thunder" and his previous hit, "Wasted Time." Watch URBAN's performances here and here.
Urban appeared on (5/3) episode of NBC-TV's "Late Night With SETH MEYERS." URBAN sat down with show host Seth Meyers to chat about his upcoming "GRAFFITI U TOUR;" his wife, Nicole Kidman, and their two daughters; his newly-released album, "GraffitiU;" and more. Enjoy the interview here. Urban also revealed to MEYERS that he purchases guitars on EBAY. Watch that here.
Additionally, URBAN performed two songs from his newly-released "Graffiti U" album. Watch him perform "My Wave" here and "Never Comin' Down" here.

GRAFFITI U marks Urban's seventh career top 10 album sales effort and follows 2016's RIPCORD.
RIPCORD (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville/ Universal Music Group Nashville), released May 6, 2016, bounded in at #4 Billboard 200 and No.1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart (chart dated May 28) with sales of 92,726 copies. 

FUSE (Hit Red Capitol Nashville) released Sept 10, 2013, debuted at #1 Billboard 200 and No.1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums selling 98,037 copies. By April 2016 it had shifted 478,000 copies. The album was certified Platinum by RIAA on April 14, 2017.

GET CLOSER (Capitol Nashville) released Nov 16, 2010 debuted at #7 Billboard 200 and No.2 Top Country Albums selling 161,528 copies its first week of release. As of 4 August 2013, the album has sold 743,000 copies in the US. The album was certified Platinum (1 million units) on April 17, 2017.

DEFYING GRAVITY (Capitol Nashville) released on March 31, 2009, debuted at #1 Billboard 200 and No.1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums with 171,547 sales. By Aug 8, 2010 it had sold 879,100 copies. It was certified Platinum on Sept 21, 2010

LOVE, PAIN & THE WHOLE CRAZY THING (Capitol Nashville), released Nov 7, 2006 debuted at #3 Billboard 200 and No.1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums with a debut sales of 270,000. The album has been certified Platinum on Dec 13, 2006.

BE HERE (Capitol Nashville), released Sept 21, 2004 debuted at #3 Billboard 200 and No.1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums
with a debut sales week of 148,000. The album was certified 4× Platinum by RIAA on Oct 26, 2006 and remains as Urban's best-selling album to date, with sales of 3,639,000 copies (as of July 2009).

GOLDEN ROAD (Capitol Nashville), released Oct 8, 2002 reached #11 on the Billboard 200 and peaked No.2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, and spent 108 weeks on the chart. The album was certified 3× Platinum on Sept 22, 2005.

KEITH URBAN (Capitol Nashville), released Oct 19, 1999 (also known as Keith Urban II) debuted and peaked at #145 on the Billboard 200 and No.17 on the Top Country Albums.
Urban’s breakthrough album produced four great singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart: "It's a Love Thing" (#18), "Your Everything" (#4), "But for the Grace of God" (#1), and "Where the Blacktop Ends" (#3). It had sold 980,000 copies by July 2012 and was certified Platinum on Dec 15, 2003

Critical reception for Keith Urban’s Graffiti U: (Capitol Records Nashville)
15 Tracks/ Time: 52:35 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com

Allmusic (Rating: 3 Stars) Urban knows his roots but realizes he's not living in the past, which is what gives Graffiti U its slick kick...Embarrassing as that may be, it's a mere misstep on an album that's ambitious and largely accomplished, existing right on the edge of adult pop and country in 2018.

Saving Country Music (Rating: Two Guns DOWN!)  - If you’re 17-years-old, can’t wait to get out from under the repressive regime of your parents house, and generally hate country music, Keith Urban’s new album Graffiti U is right for you. Only by the grace of Walker Hayes and the scourge of his music still infecting the populous like a puss-inducing venereal outbreak can we stop short of declaring Graffiti U the worst “country” music album ever unleashed for human consumption since historical stats of such kind were first ascribed....Urban’s obsequious obsession with youth on Graffiti U at times veers from the
outright deranged to the borderline predatory. You first assume the stupid ‘U’ in the title is some bid for urbanized hipness, but it more aptly stands for “University” since this record directly targets early 20-somethings....Urban’s obsequious obsession with youth on Graffiti U at times veers from the outright deranged to the borderline predatory. You first assume the stupid ‘U’ in the title is some bid for urbanized hipness, but it more aptly stands for “University” since this record directly targets early 20-somethings....Keith Urban needs to grow up. Sure, the baseline for his career was never incredibly country in the first place, but what we’re seeing here is an abomination of the country genre, and an embarrassment for Urban himself. You can’t tell me that when he was touring Australia with Slim Dusty in the mid 90’s, or taking “But For The Grace of God” to #1 in 2000, this was the future he envisioned for himself....Good gosh Keith Urban, have some dignity....

Your Life In A Song by James Daykin (Rating: Disappointing) New album, ‘Graffiti U’ ushers in the third age – an age of experimentation and confusion for Urban. There are no songs on ‘Graffiti U’ as good as any of the aforementioned songs and what we have instead is a lot of ideas all thrown together and a concerted attempt, by their creator, to re-position himself as something more, something different to just a ‘Country artist’. Ultimately that desire and career aspiration leads to nothing on this album but confusion – meaning ‘Graffiti’ is an apt description of what is on offer here – bright, messy and all over the place.....There are quite a lot of other moments on ‘Graffiti U’ that make you wonder just what it was Urban was trying to achieve here. There are so many flashbacks and references to the 80’s on it that it’s hard to remember which decade you are actually listening to it in. Ok, I know the 80’s are in-vogue right now and shows like ‘Stranger Things’ have brought the fashions and pop-culture of that decade back into the spotlight but do we really need a musical remember of what was a fun but ultimately tasteless musical time?....There are some good songs on ‘Graffiti U’ and it’s worth giving them a shout out. ‘Same Heart’ is perhaps the most traditional Keith Urban track on the album. It’s a lovely, mid-tempo piece with a simple melody and a perfectly executed chorus, leaving me with the feeling that Keith has forgotten the old adage that less is, sometimes, more. The same could be said for album highlight, ‘Parallel Line’. This is a beautiful song, worthy of any Keith Urban album....‘Graffiti U’ leaves Keith Urban looking a little bit like a man out of time, like your divorced dad, set free in his fifties and throwing everything out there, at a wall, just to see what sticks! Just like graffiti itself, it’s bright, sometimes interesting but ultimately an eyesore and whist you can enjoy it for what it is it’ll be so much better when someone comes along with a can of white paint and makes it all clean again.

Last weeks’ No.1 by Jason Aldean with REARVIEW TOWN (Macon/Broken Bow Records) slipped 1-2 (5-10 Billboard 200) selling 20,181 copies (down 17%; 3-week total 207,000).

Willie Nelson, who celebrated his 85th birthday on April 29, posted his record-extending 51st Top Country Albums top 10, as LAST MAN STANDING (Legacy) entered at No.3 Country (#14 Billboard 200; 26,000 units) selling 25,342 copies. He pads his lead over Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and George Strait, who each have 40 top 10s.


GOD’S PROBLEM CHILD (Legacy Recordings) released April 28, 2017 made a bow at No.10 Billboard 200 & No.1 Top Country Albums (36,000 units; 34,385 in traditional album sales, chart issue week of May 20, 2017). It marked the music legend’s sixth top 10 effort.
DJANGO AND JIMMIE (Legacy Recordings) released June 2, 2015 (with Merle Haggard), made a debut at No.7 Billboard 200 & No.1 Top Country Albums with 30,408 debut sales

BAND OF BROTHERS (Legacy Recordings) released June 17, 2014, made a debut at No.5 Billboard 200 & No.1 Top Country Albums with 37,441 debut sales
 TO ALL THE GIRLS (Legacy Recordings) released Oct 15, 2013, made a debut at No.9 Billboard 200 & No.2 Top Country Albums with 37,441 debut sales.

ALWAYS ON MY MIND (Columbia) released Feb 1982 peaked at No.2 on the Billboard 200 & No.1 Top Country Albums (where it stayed for 253 weeks; No1 for 22 weeks) and spent 99 weeks on the Billboard 200.
WANTED! THE OUTLAWS (RCA Victor) released Jan 12, 1976, a compilation album by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jessi Colter, and Tompall Glaser, peaked at #10 on the Pop Charts and No.1 Top Country albums.

Former 9 non-consecutive week No.1 Kane Brown with his SELF-TITLED fell 3-4 (#20-22 Billboard 200) selling 5,037 copies (74-week total 379,800).
Former No.1 Luke Combs with THIS ONE’S FOR YOU (River House/ Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) climbed 7-5 (#41-37 Billboard 200) selling 2,093 copies (48-week total 214,500).
Former No.1 Thomas Rhett with LIFE CHANGES (Valory/Big Machine Label Group) fell 4-6 (#34-39 Billboard 200) selling 2,138 copies (34-week total 264,200).

Chris Stapleton with TRAVELLER (MERCURY/ UMGN) fell 6-7 (36-42 BB200) selling 4,398 copies (157-week total 2,283,900) as his set From A Room: Volume 1 (Mercury/Universal Music Group Nashville) fell 10-12 (#66-77 BB200) selling 4,773 copies (52-week total 783,000) and From A Room: Volume 2 fell 16-20 (115-133 BB200) selling 4,234 copies (22-week total 379,800).

Kenny Chesney with LIVE IN NO SHOES NATION (Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville | SMN) lifted 18-8 (#121-48 Billboard 200) selling 9,766 copies (up 67%; 21-week total 425,800)

Brett Young with self- titled BRETT YOUNG (BMLG) held at No.9 (#62 non-mover Billboard 200) selling 1,439 copies (64-week total 204,200).

Former No.1 Luke Bryan with WHAT MAKES YOU COUNTRY (Capitol Nashville | UMGN) fell 8-10 (#60-65 Billboard 200) selling 3,489 copies (21-week total 280,900).

Outside the Top 10

Morgan Wallen with his 14-track album IF I KNOW ME (Big Loud Records) made a debut at No.11 (#72 Billboard 200) selling 2,662 copies.
Wallen’s Joey Moi-produced debut album follows his 2016 EP The Way I Talk. It includes 14 tracks, six of which he co-penned, including the lead single “Up Down” featuring Florida Georgia Line.
“I moved to town three years ago and have gotten to write with some of the best songwriters and artists in Nashville,” said Wallen. “I’m ready for people to hear this album and get to know what I’m all about. There are songs that have made the journey with me and I’m just really proud to be putting IF I KNOW ME out there.”

In May he’ll support Luke Bryan on the What Makes You Country Tour opening the show over nearly three dozen dates including 11 stadium shows.

Critical reception for Morgan Wallen’s If I Know Me:
14 Tracks/Time: 45:05 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com

CMC Chat (Rating: Very Positive) If I Know Me is a sturdy project with quality tracks and it reminds us that Wallen is a vibrant young artist with knowledge beyond his years. Each track shows us just how well his talent resonates. Morgan Wallen has arrived, all you other “country” singers can go home now. He can take it from here.

cntry.de (Rating: Positive)…Morgan Wallen's debut album features lyrics about the simple life of a small town boy and keeps the listener busy with rumbling guitars and a faded sound. Everything is New Country in its purest form. This is the perfect mix of modern Southern Sound. To put it briefly: If I Know Me rocks!

In their second week Brothers Osborne with PORT SAINT JOE fell 2-13 (#15-78 Billboard 200) selling 5,545 copies (down 70%, 2-week 24,163)
In her fifth week former No1 from Kacey Musgraves with GOLDEN HOUR (MCA Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville) fell 11-15 (#68-98 Billboard 200) selling 3,384 copies (down 35%; 5-week total 63,800).

In his third frame John Prine with THE TREE OF FORGIVENESS fell 12-24 (#79-168 Billboard 200) selling 4,653 copies (down 40%; 3-week total 65,500).

Outside the Top 25

Former No.1 Blake Shelton with TEXOMA SHORE (Warner Bros. Nashville | WMN) fell 22-26 (#160-175 Billboard 200) selling 1,571 copies (down 17%; 26-week total 224,500)
Former No.1 Scotty McCreery, with SEASONS CHANGE (Triple Tigers/RED) fell 24-27 (#171-188 BB200) selling 2,360 copies (down 20%; 7-week total 61,860)

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

Country duo Muscadine Bloodline with 5 track MOVIN' ON (EP; 2018 CN Records | Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com) made a debut at No.18 on Country Album Sales selling 1,964 copies.
Produced by Luke Laird, the five-track project includes "Gravel," "You On Me," "Can't Tell You No," "Put Me On A Pond," and "Movin' On."  

Randall King with 13 track self-titled album RANDELL KING (Amazon UK - Amazon.com ) made a debut at No.48

The thirteen-track album features his current single, "Tuggin' on My Heartstrings".  A fourth-generation hay hauler, King brings classic country influences and infuses them with modern honky-tonk music. The album encompasses his upbringing and family relationships in tracks like "When He Knows Me" and "Reason to Quit" while also showcasing songs like "Cool Under Pressure" and "Break It" to help fans cruise through summer. 

Rural rap artist Upchurch with his 10-track set CREEKER (Redneck Nation Records | Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com) fell off the top 50 after a No.3 Country debut the previous week with 1,585 sales (down 87%; 2-week total 13,460). The album fell 3-20 on the Country Sales Chart.  

In their second week Old Crow Medicine Show with VOLUNTEER also fell off the top 50 after previous weeks’ No.14 debut Top Country Albums with sales of 1,565 (down 76%; 2-week total 8,027). The album plummeted 5-22 on the Country Album Sales.  

In her second week Ashley Monroe with SPARROW (2018 Warner Music Nashville) fell of the top 50 after previous weeks’ No.21 bow (sales down 80%) with sales of around 1,000 copies; 2-week total 5,800). On Country Sales it fell 11-32.

Year-To-Date Albums
5,668,000 (Physical sales 4,060,000 (down -11.7%) + Digital sales 1,607,000 (down -25.3%) which is 16.0% down at the same point in 2017 (6,749,000 sales) 

Year-To-Date Digital Tracks
17,391,000 down 30.6% at the same point in 2017 (25,067,000)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of May 12, 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) topped Hot Country Songs for a 23rd week. The song is now a week from tying FGL’s debut hit, “Cruise,” which ruled for 24 weeks in 2012-13, as the second-longest-leading No.1 in the chart’s 59-year history. Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” leads with 34 weeks at No. 1 in 2017.
“Meant” also crowned Country Streaming Songs (22.9 million U.S. streams, up 1 percent) and Country Digital Song Sales (32,000 downloads sold, down 14 percent) for a 19th week each.

Mason Ramsey the 11-year old who drew viral buzz after yodeling at a Walmart in Illinois, debuted at No.4 on Hot Country Songs with “Famous” (Atlantic/Big Loud). The song launched at No.2 on Country Digital Song Sales (19,000) while drawing 10.8 million U.S. streams.
Ramsey follows such young performers on Hot Country Songs as Tanya Tucker, who was 13 when “Delta Dawn” reached No. 6 in 1972; Marie Osmond (14 when “Paper Roses” hit No. 1 in 1973); LeAnn Rimes (13 when “Blue” climbed to No. 10 in 1996); Billy Gilman (12 when “One Voice” hit No. 20 in 2000); and Lennon & Maisy, who reached No. 32 with their cover of The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” in 2013, when the members of the sister duo were 13 and 9, respectively.

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (23 weeks) ** “Meant To Be” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.4 “Famous” Mason Ramsey
** Airplay Gainer” No.5 “One Number Away” Luke Combs
** Digital Gainer ** No.19 “Coming Home” Keith Urban feat. Julia Michaels
** Streaming Gainer ** No.39 “Parallel Line” Keith Urban  
Debut No. 45 “The Difference” Tyler Rich
Debut No. 47 “Night Moves” Pryor Baird

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of May 12, 2018)

Jason Aldean with “You Make It Easy” (Macon/Broken Bow) topped Country Airplay for a second week (45.5 million, down 1 percent). He earns his first multiweek No. 1 since “Burnin’ It Down” (two weeks in November 2014).

Morgan Wallen earned his first Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay top 10 with “Up Down” (featuring Florida Georgia Line) (BMLG/Big Loud). It lifted 12-10 on the former chart and 11-10 on the latter (23.2 million in audience, up 9 percent).
For FGL, it is its 15th top 10 on each tally and, with “Meant to Be,” featuring Bebe Rexha, at No. 3 on Country Airplay, becomes the first duo or group with concurrent top 10s in the chart’s 28-year history. Among all acts, Tim McGraw last achieved such a double, thanks in part to FGL: On Jan. 21, 2017, the twosome’s “May We All,” featuring McGraw, and his own “How I’ll Always Be” ranked at Nos. 5 and 6, respectively

Country Airplay
*** No.1 (2 weeks) *** “You Make It Easy” Jason Aldean 45.524 million audience (-0.505 million) / 8,412 radio plays (-31)
** Most Increased Audience ** No.5 “One Number Away” Luke Combs +3.890 million audience gain
** Hot Shot Debut/ Most Added ** No.37 “Good Girl” Dustin Lynch  (45 ADDS)
Debut No.49 “Weekend” (Big Machine) Radio Romance
Debut No. 59 “Asking For A Friend” Devin Dawson

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart 
(Chart issue week of May 12, 2018)

Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line with "Meant to Be" (Warner Bros. | BMLG) moved 2-1 (#3-2 Digital Songs; 32,000 sales; down 14 percent, 23-week total 1,008,000). It led the chart for a 19th non-consecutive week.
It was one place behind Camila Cabello who roared to the Hot 100's top 10, as "Never Be the Same" vaulted 13-6, aided by its new remix with Kane Brown, released April 27. The song soared 10-1 on Digital Song Sales (51,000, up 120 percent, as it wins the Hot 100's sales-based top Digital Gainer honour), becoming Cabello's second leader on the list.

Mason Ramsey, the 11-year old with “Famous” (Atlantic/Big Loud) launched at No.2 on Country Digital Song Sales (#12 New Entry Digital Songs; 19,000 sales).  
Jason Aldean with “You Make It Easy” (Macon/Broken Bow | BBMG) held at No.3 (#11-13 Digital Songs).
Kane Brown with “Heaven” (Zone 4 | RCA Nashville) held at No.4 (#17-14 Digital Songs).
Kenny Chesney with “Get Along” held at No.5 (#23-27 Digital Songs).

Dan + Shay with “Tequila” (Warner Bros. | WAR) climbed 8-6 (#37 non-mover Digital Songs).
Luke Bryan with “Most People Are Good” (Capitol Nashville) held at No.7 (#35-40 Digital Songs).
Luke Combs with “One Number Away” (River House | Columbia Nashville) lifted 12-8 (#45 Re-Entry Digital Songs).
Morgan Wallen feat. Florida Georgia Line with “Up Down” (Big Loud) held at No.9
Competing for Team Blake Shelton on NBC’s The Voice, Pryor Baird covered Bob Seger’s classic “Night Moves”, which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1977. Following Baird’s performance on the April 30 episode, his version arrived on Country Digital Song Sales at No.10 (8,000 sold) and Hot Country Songs at No. 47.

Outside the Top 10
Former all-genre Digital Songs and Country Digital No1 Carrie Underwood with Cry Pretty” (Capitol Nashville) fell 6-13.
Previous weeks’ No.1 Sugarland feat. Taylor Swift with “Babe” slumped 1-21.
Dierks Bentley with “Living” made a debut at No.23.

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

May 7, 2018

Jason Aldean holds at  #1 With 'You Make It Easy'
Congrats to Jason Aldean, Carson James, Lee Adams, Jim Malito and the Broken Bow promotion staff who held a second week at No.1 with “You Make It Easy.”
The song 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) held at #1 logging 9,134 radio spins (+80) and 63.698 million audience impressions (+0.205 million) with 24632 Total Points (+19) from 157 tracking stations (157 ADDS) for the tracking week April 29 to May 5, 2018 and published chart May 7th 2018.
MCA Nashville staffers celebrate Jordan Davis' "Take It From Me" Mediabase Most Added

Kudos to Katie Dean and the MCA crew for landing 52 adds on Jordan Davis’ Take It From Me”. The song topped the "Most Added" board this chart week.

Mediabase Adds (Selective)

Artist/Title (Label) TW Total Historic Adds
JORDAN DAVIS/Take It From Me (MCA)           52         53
GRANGER SMITH/You're In It (Wheelhouse)      37         40
SCOTTY MCCREERY/This Is It (Triple Tigers)    31         38
RODNEY ATKINS/Caught Up In The Country (Curb)       17         53
DUSTIN LYNCH/Good Girl (Broken Bow)           16         16
RADIO ROMANCE/The Weekend (Big Machine) 15         16
SUGARLAND f/T. SWIFT/Babe (UMGN/Big Machine)      14         115
OLD DOMINION/Hotel Key (RCA)          11         108
RUSSELL DICKERSON/Blue Tacoma (Triple Tigers)      11         112
THOMAS RHETT/Life Changes (Valory) 11         136
LANCO/Born To Love You (Arista)         7          127
MIRANDA LAMBERT/Keeper Of The Flame (RCA)         7          38
DEVIN DAWSON/Asking For A Friend (Atlantic/WEA)     6          45
MITCHELL TENPENNY/Drunk Me (Riser House/Columbia)         6          101
TYLER RICH/The Difference (Valory)     6          66
CHRIS STAPLETON/Millionaire (Mercury)          5          77
CRAIG CAMPBELL/See You Try (Red Bow)       5          77
MIDLAND/Burn Out (Big Machine)          5          75
DANIELLE BRADBERY/Worth It (BMLGR)          4          56
MASON RAMSEY/Famous (Atlantic/Big Loud)    4          4
MAREN MORRIS/Rich (Columbia)         3          105
WALKER HAYES/Craig (Monument/Arista)         3          34
CARRIE UNDERWOOD/Cry Pretty (Capitol)       2          154
BROWN & GRAY/Top Down (NHMM)     1          11
CARLY PEARCE/Hide The Wine (Big Machine)  1          140
DAVISSON BROTHERS BAND/Po Boyz (Dreamlined)    1          3
PARMALEE/Hotdamalama (Stoney Creek)         1          26
SHANE OWENS/Lie (AmeriMonte/1608) 1          3
SMITHFIELD/Hey Whiskey (Deluge/In2une)        1          26
TYLER FARR/Love By The Moon (Columbia)      1          1

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 600 - May 7, 2018  | Magazine View
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Billboard Boxscores (Selective Country concerts)

Rank Artist: #2
Event Venue City/State: Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion, Brandon Lay U.S. Bank Stadium Minneapolis, Minn.
Dates: May 5, 2018 Gross Sales: $4,999,184 Attend: 48,255/ 48,255
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $260, $29
Promoters: Messina Touring Group

Rank Artist: #19
Event Venue City/State: Kid Rock Nationwide Arena Columbus, Ohio
Dates: Feb. 17, 2018 Gross Sales: $1,265,872 Attend: 13,061/ 13,361
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (300 unsold tickets) Prices: $129.50, $39.50
Promoters: Live Nation                    

Rank Artist: #92
Event Venue City/State: Chris Young, Kane Brown, Morgan Evans State Farm Arena Hidalgo, Texas
Dates: April 6, 2018 Gross Sales: $315,277 Attend: 5,435/ 5,435
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** (1** unsold tickets) Prices: $61, $41
Promoters: Concerts West/AEG Presents

Rank Artist: #93
Event Venue City/State: John Prine, The Milk Carton Kids Chicago Theatre Chicago, Ill.
Dates: April 27, 2018 Gross Sales: $313,759 Attend: 3,508/ 3,508
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $109.50, $96.50
Promoters: NS2

Rank Artist: #162
Event Venue City/State: Clint Black Hard Rock Live Northfield, Ohio
Dates: March 30, 2018 Gross Sales: $70,174 Attend: 1,448/ 1,614
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (166 unsold tickets) Prices: $50
Promoters: Live Nation
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