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Country Billboard Chart News May 28, 2018

Country Billboard Chart News May 28, 2018

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of June 2, 2018)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (5 non-consecutive weeks) ** REARVIEW TOWN Jason Aldean
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (26 weeks) ** “Meant To Be” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line
Country Airplay *** No.1 (1 week) *** “For The First Time” Darius Rucker
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (20 non-consecutive weeks) ** “Meant To Be” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of June 2, 2018)

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

Korean boy band BTS debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (BB200) with its latest effort, LOVE YOURSELF: TEAR. It’s the first No. 1 for the seven-member group, and the first K-pop album to lead the tally. The set, which was released through BitHit Entertainment on May 18, launches with 135,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending May 24, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 100,000 were in traditional album sales.
Love Yourself: Tear’s first-week sum is a bit bigger than expected. On May 21, some industry forecasters predicted the album would bow with over 100,000 units. By May 24, that forecast grew to over 120,000.

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of June 2, 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 (15-13 Billboard 200) to top the chart for a fifth week.

Former 9 non-consecutive week No.1 Kane Brown with his SELF-TITLED held at No.2 (#21-23 Billboard 200) .

Former No.1 Luke Combs with THIS ONE’S FOR YOU (River House/ Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) rose 4-3 (#36-46 Billboard 200).
Former No.1 Thomas Rhett with LIFE CHANGES (Valory/Big Machine Label Group) climbed 5-4 (#44-48 Billboard 200).
Former No.1 Keith Urban with GRAFFITI U (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville) fell 3-5 (#31-53 Billboard 200) in his fourth frame.

Chris Stapleton with TRAVELLER (MERCURY/ UMGN) held at No.6 (48-57 BB200) as his set From A Room: Volume 1 (Mercury/Universal Music Group Nashville) slipped 11-14 (#99-136 BB200) and From A Room: Volume 2 held at No.20 (144-176 BB200) in its 25th frame.
Brett Young with self- titled BRETT YOUNG (BMLG) rose 8-7 (#65-66 Billboard 200).
Former No.1 Luke Bryan with WHAT MAKES YOU COUNTRY (Capitol Nashville | UMGN) rose 9-8 (#82-84 Billboard 200). 

Outside the Top 10
Former No1 from Kacey Musgraves with GOLDEN HOUR (MCA Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville) fell 7-11 (#54-110).
In his fourth week Morgan Wallen with IF I KNOW ME (Big Loud Records) climbed 23-21 (#157-182 Billboard 200).

Outside the Top 25
Trent Harmon with his 11-track YOU GOT 'EM ALL (Big Machine | BMLG Amazon UK - UK iTunes - made a debut at No.34 with 3,000 estimated sales.
Recorded in Nashville with producers Jimmy Robbins and Scott Borchetta, Harmon cowrote eight of the 11 songs on his full-length album debut, including the title track/first single, which was co-written with Justin Ebach and Jordan Minton. Contributing songwriters include Jim Beavers and Chris Stapleton (“Hold On”) and Dallas Davidson, Brett James and Keith Urban (“Falling (Remix)”).

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

Jason Boland And The Stragglers with 11-track HARD TIMES ARE RELATIVE (Proud Souls | Thirty Tigers | Amazon UK - UK iTunes - made a debut at #14.

Kelly Willis with 10-track album BACK BEING BLUE (Premium | Thirty Tigers Amazon UK - UK iTunes - made a debut at No.26 with 1,100 estimated sales.

“Willis steps into the solo spotlight with her seventh full-length project, an enchanting collection of self-penned tunes and impeccably chosen covers. Showcasing the jagged, vulnerable vocals of a honky-tonk angel who's also freely dabbled in rockabilly, power pop, new wave and R&B, it's that last genre that informs the dazzling title tune” lauds Rolling Stone Country. Read HERE.
Review: Fatea-records: The title track is the most fun song of the collection, whilst the others perfectly demonstrate Kelly's prowess as both a songwriter and interpreter of others' songs. She has a gift for making a song her own, whilst retaining the integrity of the original version. Throughout the whole CD, there can be no doubt whatsoever about the quality and range of Willis, vocals.

Various Artists with 36-track compilation OUTLAWS & ARMADILLOS: Country's Roaring '70s (Legacy | Amazon UK - UK iTunes - made a debut at No.47

Year-To-Date Albums
6,556,000 (Physical sales 4,654,000 (down -15.9%) + Digital sales 1,853,000 (down -31.6%) which is 20.5% down at the same point in 2017 (8,243,000 sales)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of June 2, 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) ruled Hot Country Songs for a 26th week.
Now at six months, the longest reign for a song by a duo or group in the chart's 59-year history, overall runner-up "Meant" moves closer to the record held by Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road": 34 weeks at No. 1 in 2017.
"Meant" leads Country Streaming Songs for a 22nd week (19.6 million U.S. streams, down 4 percent) and Country Digital Song Sales for a 20th frame, rebounding 2-1 (24,000 sold, down 4 percent).

Brett Young banked his fourth Hot Country Songs top 10 as "Mercy" (BMLG) jumped 14-10. It also became his fourth top 10 on Country Digital Song Sales, increasing 9 percent to 10,000 sold and hopped 13-9. On Country Airplay, the ballad climbed 21-19, up 7 percent to 12.6 million impressions. It also boasted 7.1 million U.S. clicks (up 10 percent).

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (26 weeks) ** Meant To Be” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line
** Airplay Gainer” No.7 “For The First Time” Darius Rucker
** Digital Gainer/ Streaming Gainer ** No.14 “Downtown's Dead” Sam Hunt
** Hot Shot Debut ** No. 30 “Speechless” Dan + Shay
Debut No.37 “Old Soul” Spensha Baker
Debut No.48 “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” Luke Bryan
Debut No.50 “Blue Tacoma” Russell Dickerson

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of June 2, 2018)

Darius Rucker with "For the First Time" (Capitol Nashville) ascended 3-1 in its 42nd week on Billboard's Country Airplay chart dated June 2 as it hiked 11 percent to 43.4 million audience impressions in the week ending May 27, according to Nielsen Music.
On the Hot Country Songs survey it lifted 9-7 in its 31st frame. Released on July 24, 2017 the song has sold 90,000 copies.

Rucker, who co-wrote the song with Derek George and Scooter Carusoe, told Billboard, "When I sat down to write 'First Time' with Derek, it was based on an idea he had with Scooter, asking the question, 'When was the last time you did something for the first time?,' and, for me, so many memories came flooding back.
"To this day, so many of the moments we name-check in this song, I know when and where I was. 'First Time' became a favorite on this record [When Was the Last Time] to the point that we named the album after its lyric. To see country fans and country radio support it like this [and] to get it to No. 1 is the most incredible feeling."
"First Time" marked Rucker's eighth Country Airplay leader among 11 top 10s. The ballad is the second single from WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME, which opened at No. 2 on Top Country Albums on the chart dated Nov. 11, 2017.
The set's lead track, "If I Told You," crowned the Country Airplay tally dated June 24, becoming Rucker's first No. 1 since "Wagon Wheel" on April 13, 2013.
Hootie & The Blowfish frontman Rucker first led Country Airplay with his debut single at the format, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," for two weeks beginning Oct. 4, 2008. He followed with "It Won't Be Like This for Long" (three weeks, beginning March 28, 2009), "Alright" (one; Aug. 15, 2009), "Come Back Song" (two; Nov. 6, 2010) and "This" (one; April 30, 2011).

Dan + Shay notch their fourth Country Airplay top 10 as "Tequila" (Warner Bros./WAR) pushed 12-10 (25.7 million, up 11 percent). The song is the lead single from the duo's upcoming third studio album.

Country Airplay
*** No.1 (1 week)/ Most Increased Audience *** “For The First Time” Darius Rucker 43.355 million audience (+4.147 million audience gain) / 8,017 radio plays (+527),
** Most Added ** ** No.29 “Drowns The Whiskey” Jason Aldean (39 ADDS)
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.42 “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” Luke Bryan
Debut No.55 “Take It From Me” Jordan Davis
Debut No.59 “You're In It” Granger Smith

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart 
(Chart issue week of June 2, 2018)

Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line with "Meant to Be" (Warner Bros. | BMLG) moved 2-1 (#5-7 Digital Songs) in their 26th chart frame and leading the chart for a 20th non-consecutive week.
It was six places behind BTS with "Fake Love," which was performed on the Billboard Music Awards May 20,and marked BTS' first No. 1 on Digital Song Sales, where it opened with 29,000 sold. On Streaming Songs, it started at No.7 with 27.4 million U.S. streams.

Kane Brown with “Heaven” (Zone 4 | RCA Nashville) slipped 1-2 (#4-12 Digital Songs).
Jason Aldean with “You Make It Easy” (Macon/Broken Bow | BBMG) held at #3 (#15-27 Digital Songs).
Fourth placed The Voice Season 14 (Team Blake Shelton) 25-year old contestant Spensha Baker with original song “Old Soul” (Republic) made a debut at No.5 selling 13,000 downloads.
Sam Hunt with “Downtown's Dead” (MCA Nashville) rose 11-6 (#44-35 Digital Songs) in his second frame.
Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) with “Tequila” (Warner Bros. | WAR) held at No.7 (#30-41 Digital Songs).
Luke Combs with “One Number Away” (River House | Columbia Nashville) climbed 10-8 (#37-45 Digital Songs) as former No.1 "Beautiful Crazy fell 6-10.
Brett Young with “Mercy” (BMLG) rose 13-9 (#46-47 Digital Songs).

Outside the Top 10
Blake Shelton with “I Lived It” (Warner Bros. | WMN) fell 5-13.
Former all-genre Digital Songs and Country Digital No1 Carrie Underwood with Cry Pretty” (Capitol Nashville) fell 8-15.
Caleb Lee Hutchinson (Runner-up on season 16 of the American Idol) with single "Johnny Cash Heart" made a debut at No. 16. During the season, he lost 70 lbs. since he first appeared on the show. During the final, Caleb declared that he and winner Maddie Poppe were dating.
Dan + Shay with “Speechless” (Warner Bros. | WAR) made a debut at No.17.

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

May 28, 2018

Congrats to Darius Rucker, Royce Risser, Bobby Young, David Friedman and the Capitol and UMGN promotion teams on securing this week’s No.1 with “For The First Time.”  The song is the second chart-topper from
When Was The Last Time. The tune marks Rucker's ninth career #1 as a solo Country artist. Writers are Derek George, Scooter Carusoe and Rucker.

 For The First Time” (Capitol) climbed 3-1 logging 8,889 radio spins (+854) and 60.368 million audience impressions (5,668 million) with 23855 Total Points (+2419) from 157 tracking stations (157 ADDS) for the tracking week May 20 to May 26, 2018 and published chart May 28th, 2018.

Luke Bryan Is Most-Added With 'Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset'
Congratulations to Capitol Nashville's Luke Bryan, who earned 89 MEDIABASE adds with his new single, "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset." The song topped the "Most Added" board this chart week.

Mediabase Adds (Selective)

Artist/Title (Label) TW Total Historic Adds
LUKE BRYAN/Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset (Capitol)          89         91        
JASON ALDEAN f/M. LAMBERT/Drowns The Whiskey (Broken Bow)      34         121      
SAM HUNT/Downtown's Dead (MCA)     26         133      
JOE NICHOLS/Billy Graham's Bible (Red Bow)   24         24        
MAREN MORRIS/Rich (Columbia)         12         123      
JORDAN DAVIS/Take It From Me (MCA)            7          79        
DUSTIN LYNCH/Good Girl (Broken Bow)           6          51        
OLD DOMINION/Hotel Key (RCA)          6          127      
CHRIS STAPLETON/Millionaire (Mercury)          5          93        
GRANGER SMITH/You're In It (Wheelhouse)      5          59        
LANCO/Born To Love You (Arista)         5          137      
SUGARLAND f/T. SWIFT/Babe (UMGN/Big Machine)      5          137      
KRYSTAL KEITH & LANCE CARPENTER/Anyone Else (Show Dog)       4         17        
MIDLAND/Burn Out (Big Machine)          4          84        
SCOTTY MCCREERY/This Is It (Triple Tigers)    4          56        
CARLY PEARCE/Hide The Wine (Big Machine)  3          147      
ABBY ANDERSON/Make Him Wait (Black River)            2          4         
DEVIN DAWSON/Asking For A Friend (Atlantic/WEA)     2          52        
ERIC PASLAY/Young Forever (EMI Nashville)    2          63        
MORGAN EVANS/Kiss Somebody (Warner Bros./WEA) 2          153      
TYLER RICH/The Difference (Valory)     2          76        
AARON WATSON/Run Wild Horses (Big Label)  1          59        
CARRIE UNDERWOOD/Cry Pretty (Capitol)       1          157      
CLARE DUNN/More (MCA)        1          2         
CODY JOHNSON/With You I Am (Cojo) 1          9         
ELI YOUNG BAND/Love Ain't (Valory)    1          1         
LUCAS HOGE/Power Of Garth (Forge Entertainment)     1          11        
PARMALEE/Hotdamalama (Stoney Creek)         1          32        
SMITHFIELD/Hey Whiskey (Deluge/In2une)        1          33        
TRAVIS DENNING/David Ashley Parker From... (Mercury)           1          83

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 603 - May 29, 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 Rose Bowl Pasadena, Calif.
Dates:  May 18-19, 2018 Gross Sales: $16,251,980 Attend: 118,084/ 118,084
Shows/ Sellouts: 2/2 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $499.50, $49.50
Promoters: Messina Touring Group                                            

Rank Artist: #3
Event Venue City/State: Taylor Swift, Charli XCX, Camila Cabello Levi's Stadium Santa Clara, Calif.
Dates:  May 11-12, 2018 Gross Sales: $14,006,963 Attend: 107,550/ 107,550
Shows/ Sellouts: 2/2 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $499.50, $49.50
Promoters: Messina Touring Group

Rank Artist: #7
Event Venue City/State: Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion, Brandon Lay Mercedes-Benz Stadium Atlanta, Ga.
Dates: May 26, 2018 Gross Sales: $5,068,880 Attend: 51,312/ 51,312
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $265, $40
Promoters: Messina Touring Group                                  

Rank Artist: #20
Event Venue City/State: Nashville in Concert SSE Hydro Glasgow, U.K.
Dates:  April 17, 2018 Gross Sales: $731,337 Attend: 9,353/ 10,478
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (1** unsold tickets) Prices: $87.93, $50.04
Promoters: DF Concerts                                               

Rank Artist: #32
Event Venue City/State: Brantley Gilbert, Aaron Lewis, Josh Phillips Van Andel Arena Grand Rapids, Mich.
Dates: May 11, 2018 Gross Sales: $383,674 Attend: 9,385/ 9,385
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $57.25, $27.25
Promoters: FPC Live

Rank Artist: #81
Event Venue City/State: Cole Swindell, Chris Janson, Lauren Alaina Ryan Center Kingston, R.I.
Dates: March 3, 2018 Gross Sales: $143,153 Attend: 3,634/ 5,089
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (1** unsold tickets) Prices: $59.75, $29.75
Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #82
Event Venue City/State: Dwight Yoakam Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort Cherokee, N.C.
Dates: Jan. 13, 2018 Gross Sales: $137,874 Attend: 1,901/ 3,037
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (1** unsold tickets) Prices: $109.50, $39.50
Promoters: C3 Presents/Caesars Entertainment                                                          

Rank Artist: #108
Event Venue City/State: Aaron Lewis Harrah's VooDoo Lounge North Kansas City, Mo
Dates: Feb. 28, March 1, 2018 Gross Sales: $75,489 Attend: 1,510/ 1,528
Shows/ Sellouts: 2/1 (1** unsold tickets) Prices: $79.50, $29.50
Promoters: C3 Presents/Caesars Entertainment

Rank Artist: #110
Event Venue City/State: Jamey Johnson Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee, N.C.
Dates: Jan. 26, 2018 Gross Sales: $72,256 Attend: 2,201/ 3,037
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (1** unsold tickets) Prices: $87, $22
Promoters: C3 Presents/Caesars Entertainment          

Rank Artist: #159
Event Venue City/State: Blackberry Smoke, Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real Bluesville at Horseshoe Tunica, Miss.
Dates: Feb. 10, 2018 Gross Sales: $26,062 Attend: 1,046/ 1,465
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (1** unsold tickets) Prices: $27, $24
Promoters: C3 Presents/Caesars Entertainment 
Latest Billboard Boxscore Chart

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