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Country Billboard Chart News June 4, 2018

Country Billboard Chart News June 4, 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

Luke Bryan Leads May RIAA Gold And Platinum Honors
The RIAA GOLD and PLATINUM honors for the full month of MAY 2018 have been unveiled,
CAPITOL NASHVILLE's Luke Bryan leads the honours. Bryan earned RIAA 2X PLATINUM Single honors for "Huntin', Fishin', Lovin' Every Day" and "Drink A Beer;" as well as RIAA GOLD Single honors for "Light It Up," "Move," and "Most People Are Good."
MERCURY NASHVILLE's Chris Stapleton saw his TRAVELLER project earn RIAA 3X PLATINUM Album certification while BMLG RECORDS' Florida Georgia Line received 3X PLATINUM Single certification for their collaboration with BEBE REXHA on "Meant To Be."

Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line Meant To Be | released August 11, 2017 Warner Bros Records | certified 3x Multi-Platinum May 31, 2018, 3 Million units      (actual pure sales 1,104,000)
Luke Bryan Huntin', Fishin', Lovin' Every Day | released August 7, 2015 Capitol Records Nashville | certified 2x Multi-Platinum May 31, 2018 2 Million units
Luke Bryan Drink A Beer | released Aug 13, 2013 Capitol Records Nashville | certified 2x Multi-Platinum May 31, 2018 2 Million units 

Scotty McCreery Five More Minutes | released May 5, 2017 Triple Tigers Records | certified Platinum May 21, 2018 1 Million units    

Brett Young Mercy | released February 20, 2018 BMLG Records | certified Gold May 3, 2018, 0.5 Million units (actual pure sales 214,000)
Jason Aldean You Make It Easy | released Jan 26, 2018 Broken Bow | certified Gold May 4, 2018, 0.5 Million units (actual pure sales 455,000)

Dan + Shay Tequila | released January 10, 2018 Warner Bros | certified Gold May 22, 2018 0.5 Million units (actual pure sales 208,000)
Luke Bryan Most People Are Good | released Oct 27, 2017 Capitol Records Nashville | certified Gold May 31, 2018 0.5 Million units (actual pure sales 268,000)
Luke Bryan Light It Up | released Aug 21, 2017 Capitol Records Nashville | certified Gold May 31, 2018, 0.5 Million units
Luke Bryan Move | released July 30, 2015 Capitol Records Nashville | certified Gold May 31, 2018, 0.5 Million units
Brett Eldredge Somethin' I'm Good At | released Feb 24, 2017 | certified Gold May 31, 2018, 0.5 Million units
Brett Eldredge The Long Way | released Aug 21, 2017 | certified Gold May 31, 2018, 0.5 Million units  

Chris Stapleton TRAVELLER | released May 5, 2015 Mercury Nashville | certified 3x Multi-Platinum May 10, 2018 3 Million units (actual pure sales 2,298,400)        

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of June 9, 2018)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (10 non-consecutive weeks) ** SELF-TITLED (Deluxe) Kane Brown
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (27 weeks) ** “Meant To Be” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line
Country Airplay *** No.1 (1 week) *** “One Number Away” Luke Combs
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (21 non-consecutive weeks) ** “Meant To Be” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of June 9, 2018)

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

Shawn Mendes Scores Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart
Shawn Mendes’ new SELF-TITLED, third full-length studio album bowed atop the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, scoring the pop singer-songwriter his third No.1. The set — which was released on May 25 via Island Records — launches with 182,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending May 31, according to Nielsen Music. Of that figure, 142,000 were in traditional album sales. Both sums represent new highs for the artist.
Mendes also debuted at No. 1 on the chart with his two earlier full-length studio sets: Illuminate (in 2016) and Handwritten (2015).
Second-Largest Streaming Week of 2018 for a Pop Album: SEA units comprise 34,000 of Mendes’ overall starting unit sum. As each SEA unit represents 1,500 on-demand audio streams, that means Mendes’ album earned 50.3 million streams for its tracks in its opening week.

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of June 9, 2018)
Top Country Albums now ranks the most popular country albums of the week, as compiled by Nielsen Music, based on multi-metric consumption (blending traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA), and streaming equivalent albums (SEA)).
10 digital track sales from an album = 1 track equivalent album (TEA) “sale”
1,500 on demand song streams from an album to one streaming equivalent album (SEA) “sale”.
Nielsen Music compiles the sales and streaming data. Billboard continues to publish pure album sales charts (subscription to billboard biz ), exclusively comprising Nielsen’s sales data.

Kane Brown with his SELF-TITLED returned to the top of the chart moving 2-1 (#23 non-mover Billboard 200) selling 4,400 copies (78-week total 399,700) for a 10th non-consecutive week at the summit.
Last weeks No.1 Jason Aldean with REARVIEW TOWN (Macon/Broken Bow Records) slipped 1-2 (13-27 Billboard 200) selling 6,200 copies (7-week total 257,500).

Former No.1 Luke Combs with THIS ONE’S FOR YOU (River House/ Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) held at No.3 (#46-39 Billboard 200) selling 1,800 copies (52-week total 223,300).

Former No.1 Thomas Rhett with LIFE CHANGES (Valory/Big Machine Label Group) held at No.4 (#48-45 Billboard 200) selling 1,700 (38-week total 272,000)
Chris Stapleton with TRAVELLER (MERCURY/ UMGN) climbed 6-5 (57-52 BB200) selling 3,300 copies (161-week total 2,298,400) as his set From A Room: Volume 1 (Mercury/Universal Music Group Nashville) held at No.14 (#136-126 BB200) selling 2,900 copies (56-week total 797,900) and From A Room: Volume 2 fell 20-22 (176-174 BB200) selling 3,100 copies (26-week total 394,100).

Brett Young with self- titled BRETT YOUNG (BMLG) rose 7-6 (#65-65 Billboard 200) selling 1,300 copies (68-week total 210,600).
Former No.1 Keith Urban with GRAFFITI U (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville) fell 5-7 (#53-70 Billboard 200) selling 5,100 copies (5-week total 178,400)
Former No.1 Luke Bryan with WHAT MAKES YOU COUNTRY (Capitol Nashville | UMGN) held at No.8 (#84-83 Billboard 200) selling 2,800 copies (25-week total 293,100). 

Outside the Top 10
Former No1 from Kacey Musgraves with GOLDEN HOUR (MCA Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville) fell 11-15 (#110-128 BB200) selling 2,300 copies (9-week total 78,100).

In his fifth week Morgan Wallen with IF I KNOW ME (Big Loud Records) climbed 21-18 (#182-150 Billboard 200).

Former No.1 Blake Shelton with TEXOMA SHORE (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville) fell 17-20 (#148-164 BB200) selling 1,400 copies (30-week total 231,400)

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

Davisson Brothers Band with 8-track FIGHTER (Dreamlined | BFD Amazon UK) made a debut at No.15 selling 1,600 copies.
Lindsay Ell with the 12-track THE CONTINUUM PROJECT (Stoney Creek/BMG | BBMG Amazon UK) made a debut at No.22 selling 1,100 copies.

Various Artists with NOW That's What I Call A Country Workout 2018 (Columbia/Universal | Ume) made a debut at No.36 selling around 700 copies.

Taylor Phillips with 4-track SIX STRINGS ATTACHED (EP; Taylor Phillips Amazon UK) made a debut at No.39 selling around 600 copies.

Year-To-Date Albums
6,788,000 (Physical sales 4,814,000 (down -16.5%) + Digital sales 1,926,000 (down -31.6%) which is 20.9% down at the same point in 2017 (8,582,000 sales) 

Year-To-Date Digital Tracks
22,274,000 down 27.6% at the same point in 2017 (30,772,000)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of June 9, 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:

Meanwhile, Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line with “Meant to Be” (Warner Bros./Big Machine Label Group) ruled Hot Country Songs for a 27th week, extending the longest reign for a song by a duo or group in the chart’s 59-year history. The overall runner-up moves a notch closer to the record held by Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road”: 34 weeks at No. 1 in 2017.

Dierks Bentley banked his 22nd Hot Country Songs top 10 as “Woman, Amen” (Capitol Nashville) scooted 11-8. It bumped 4-3 on Country Airplay (38.6 million, up 8 percent) while gaining by 19 percent to 6,000 downloads sold and 15 percent to 3.2 million U.S. streams.

David Lee Murphy and Kenny Chesney with “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” (Blue Chair/ Reviver) hopped 12-9 on Hot Country Songs on the strength of its 11 percent hike to 37.8 million impressions as it pushed 5-4 on Country Airplay. It also romps 18-9 on Country Digital Song Sales (10,000 sold, up 27 percent), returning to the top 10 for the first time since the April 21-dated list while increasing by 5 percent to 2.6million U.S. streams.
Chesney achieved his 52nd Hot Country Songs top 10, extending his mark for the most of any act since his first week in the region (June 24, 1995, with “Fall in Love”). Tim McGraw ranks second with 50 top 10s in that span (and 55 overall). (George Strait leads all artists with 86 total top 10s.)
Murphy earned his sixth Hot Country Songs top 10 and first since 2004’s No. 5-peaking “Loco.” He first hit the tier in 1995 with “Party Crowd” (No. 6) and followed that year with his sole No. 1 to date, “Dust on the Bottle”

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (27 weeks) ** Meant To Be” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line
** Digital Gainer ** No.6 “Up Down” Morgan Wallen feat. Florida Georgia Line
** Streaming Gainer ** No.28 “Speechless” Dan + Shay
** Airplay Gainer” No.34 “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” Luke Bryan
** Hot Shot Debut **
Debut No.43 “Love Ain't” Eli Young Band
Debut No.46 “Simple” Florida Georgia Line
Debut No.49 “Burning Man” Dierks Bentley feat. Brothers Osborne
Debut No.50 “Burn Out” Midland

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of June 9, 2018)

Luke Combs collected his third No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart (dated June 9) as “One Number Away” (River House/Columbia Nashville) rose 2-1 in its 24th week, increasing 6% to 45.6 million audience impressions in the week ending June 3, according to Nielsen Music. On the Hot Country Songs chart, “One” held at its No.3 high.
“One” is the third total and consecutive Country Airplay No.1 for the 28-year-old singer-songwriter.

Combs’ debut hit, “Hurricane,” led for two weeks starting on the chart dated May 27, 2017, followed by “When It Rains It Pours,” which also dominated for two frames, beginning Nov. 4.
Says Combs, “When people sing my songs back to me [in concert], I know they are doing the same in their cars, on their boats or at a bonfire as the radio is playing, and that is just the coolest thing to me.”
Combs becomes the first artist to top Country Airplay in his first three appearances since Kelsea Ballerini, who rattled off three career-opening No.1s from 2015-16: “Love Me Like You Mean It,” “Dibs” and “Peter Pan,” all of which led for a week each.
The last solo male to send his first three Country Airplay entries to No. 1 before Combs? Sam Hunt, from 2014-15, with “Leave the Night On,” “Take Your Time” and “House Party.” They are all one-week leaders also.
Combs co-wrote “One” with Sammy Mitchell, Steven Andre Battey and Robert Williford. The song is from Combs’ debut full-length, This One’s for You, which launched at the summit of Top Country Albums on June 24, 2017. A deluxe version, This One’s for You Too, arrived June 1, and includes five new tracks

Florida Georgia Line launched at No.24 on Country Airplay with “Simple.” The track was released June 1 as the first single from the upcoming fourth LP from the duo of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard. (The pair released fellow new track “Colorado” the same day.)
With help from hourly plays at participating iHeartMedia stations starting at 6 a.m. locally on June 1, “Simple” bounded onto Country Airplay with 9.7 million audience impressions in its first three days. The bow marks FGL’s second highest, trailing only the No. 1-peaking “Dirt,” which debuted at No.16 (July 26, 2014). On Hot Country Songs, “Simple” starts at No. 47; its first full week of streaming and sales (ending June 7) will count toward next week’s chart that’s dated June 16.

Country Airplay
*** No.1 (1 week) *** “One Number Away” Luke Combs 45.648 million audience (+2.493 million) / 8,366 radio plays (+441)
** Hot Shot Debut/ Most Increased Audience/ Most Added ** No.24 “Simple” Florida Georgia Line 9.747 million audience gain thanks to 74 fresh radio commitments (ADDS)
Debut No.57 “This Is It” Scotty McCreery
Debut No.59 “Love By The Moon” Tyler Farr

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart
(Chart issue week of June 9, 2018)

Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line with "Meant to Be" (Warner Bros. | BMLG) held at No.1 (#7-8 Digital Songs; 21,000 sales; 27-week total 1,104,000) leading the chart for a 21st non-consecutive week.
It was seven places behind Post Malone's "Psycho," featuring Ty Dolla $ign which returned to its No.2 Hot 100 peak, from No. 4. The track surged 9-1 for a second week atop the Digital Song Sales chart, up 36 percent to 31,000 sold in the week ending May 31, according to Nielsen Music (helped by a 69-cent sale price in the iTunes Store).

Kane Brown with “Heaven” (Zone 4 | RCA Nashville) held at No.2 (#12-14 Digital Songs; 17,000 sales; 28-week total 493,000).
Kenny Chesney with “Get Along” rose 4-3 (#32-17 Digital Songs; 16,000 sales; 8-week total 136,000).
Jason Aldean with “You Make It Easy” (Macon/Broken Bow | BBMG) slipped #3-4 (#27-24 Digital Songs; 14,000 sales; 18-week total 455,000).
Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) with “Tequila” (Warner Bros. | WAR) climbed 7-5 (#41-27 Digital Songs; 12,000 sales; 19-week total 208,000) as their new single “Speechless” (Warner Bros. | WAR) fell 17-19 (6,000 sales; 2-week total 14,000)

Morgan Wallen feat. Florida Georgia Line with “Up Down” (Big Loud) climbed 12-6 (#40-36 Digital Songs; 12,000 sales; 24-week total 221,000).
Luke Combs with “One Number Away” (River House | Columbia Nashville) rose 8-7 (#45-32 Digital Songs; 11,000 sales; 19-week total 199,000) as former No.1 "Beautiful Crazy held at No.10 (8,000 sales; 4-week total 74,000).
Brett Young with “Mercy” (BMLG) rose 9-8 (#47-42 Digital Songs; 10,000 sales; 12-week total 214,000).
David Lee Murphy and Kenny Chesney with “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” (Blue Chair/Reviver) rocketed 18-9 (#45 Re-entry; 10,000 sales; 17-week total 173,000).

Outside the Top 10
Eli Young Band with “Love Ain't” (Valory) made a debut at No.14 with 6,000 sales.
Darius Rucker with “For The First Time” (Capitol Nashville) was new at No.23 with 5,000 sales (90,000 total sales).
Dierks Bentley feat. Brothers Osborne with album pre-grat track “Burning Man” (Capitol Nashville) made a debut at No.24 selling 5,000 copies.

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

June 4, 2018

Luke Combs Is #1 With 'One Number Away'
Congrats to Luke Combs, Steve Hodges, Shane Allen and the Columbia team on earning this week’s No.1 with “One Number Away.” The song is the third chart-topper from THIS ONE’S FOR YOU. Writers are Sammy Mitchell, Steven Andre Battey, Robert Williford and Combs.
This marked Combs' third consecutive #1, following last year's success with "When It Rains It Pours" (Oct 30, 2017) and his debut single, "Hurricane" (NET NEWS May 22, 2017).

One Number Away” (River House/Columbia) climbed 2-1 logging 9,100 radio spins (+586) and 63.045 million audience impressions (+3,252 million gain) with 24590 Total Points (+1523) from 157 tracking stations (157 ADDS) for the tracking week May 27 to June 2, 2018 and published chart June 4th, 2018.

Florida Georgia Line Is Most-Added With 'Simple'
Kudos to Matthew Hargis and the BMLG Records crew for notching 109 adds for Florida Georgia Line’s Simple”. The song topped the "Most Added" board this chart week.
BMLG Promo Crew Most Added FGL "Simple"

Mediabase Adds (Selective)
Artist/Title (Label) TW Total Historic Adds
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE/Simple (BMLGR)       109       109      
LUKE BRYAN/Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset (Capitol)           30         121      
CLARE DUNN/More (MCA)        26         28        
ABBY ANDERSON/Make Him Wait (Black River)            21         25        
JASON ALDEAN f/M. LAMBERT/Drowns The Whiskey (Broken Bow)      19         140      
KELSEA BALLERINI/I Hate Love Songs (Black River)     13         121      
SAM HUNT/Downtown's Dead (MCA)     11         144      
DUSTIN LYNCH/Good Girl (Broken Bow)           7          58        
JOE NICHOLS/Billy Graham's Bible (Red Bow)   7          31        
MADDIE & TAE/Friends Don't (Mercury) 6          50        
CHRIS STAPLETON/Millionaire (Mercury)          5          98        
JORDAN DAVIS/Take It From Me (MCA)            5          84        
RODNEY ATKINS/Caught Up In The Country (Curb)       5          70        
RUSSELL DICKERSON/Blue Tacoma (Triple Tigers)      5          125      
THOMAS RHETT/Life Changes (Valory) 5          152      
LANCO/Born To Love You (Arista)         4          141      
SCOTTY MCCREERY/This Is It (Triple Tigers)    4          60        
SUGARLAND f/T. SWIFT/Babe (UMGN/Big Machine)      4          141      
CARLY PEARCE/Hide The Wine (Big Machine)  2          149      
JAMES BARKER BAND/Chills (UMGC/New Revolution)  2          62        
KRYSTAL KEITH & LANCE CARPENTER/Anyone Else (Show Dog)       2          19        
STEPHANIE QUAYLE/Selfish (Rebel Engine)     2          25        
TYLER FARR/Love By The Moon (Columbia)      2          26        
ABI/A Day Without (One Country/Nine North)      1          2         
CARLTON ANDERSON/Drop Everything (Arista)            1          2         
DARIUS RUCKER f/J. Aldean/Straight To Hell (Capitol)   1          1         
DAVISSON BROTHERS BAND/Po Boyz (Dreamlined)    1          5         
DYLAN SCHNEIDER/How Does It Sound (Dylan Schneider/Placer Music)           1          2         
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE/Smile (Republic)        1          1         
KACEY MUSGRAVES/Butterflies (MCA) 1          18

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 604 - June 4, 2018   
For the very latest up to the minute Mediabase Chart (Past 7 Days) go here -

Billboard Boxscores (Selective Country concerts)

Rank Artist: #1
Event Venue City/State: Taylor Swift, Charli XCX, Camila Cabello Soldier Field Chicago, Ill.
Dates: June 1-2, 2018 Gross Sales: $14,576,697 Attend: 105,208/ 105,208
Shows/ Sellouts: 2/2 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $499.50, $49.50
Promoters: Messina Touring Group

Rank Artist: #22
Event Venue City/State: Kenny Chesney, Old Dominion Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center Noblesville, Ind.
Dates: May 31, 2018 Gross Sales: $873,447 Attend: 19,660/ 23,065       
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (3,405 unsold tickets) Prices: $133.25, $33.25
Promoters: Messina Touring Group

Rank Artist: #23
Event Venue City/State: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Caitlyn Smith Richmond Coliseum Richmond, Va.
Dates: May 31, 2018 Gross Sales: $873,206 Attend: 9,489/ 9,489
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $152, $29.50
Promoters: Messina Touring Group

Rank Artist: #37
Event Venue City/State: Willie Nelson, Sturgill Simpson, Chris Jacobs The Anthem Washington, D.C.
Dates: May 27, 2018 Gross Sales: $310,335 Attend: 2,881/ 2,881
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $175, $95
Promoters: I.M.P.

Rank Artist: #53  
Event Venue City/State: Wynonna & the Big Noise Bridge View Center Ottumwa, Iowa
Dates: May 17, 2018 Gross Sales: $28,694 Attend: 495/ 570
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 ** (75 unsold tickets) Prices: $66, $52
Promoters: VenuWorks
Latest Billboard Boxscore Chart

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