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Country Billboard Chart News July 9, 2018

Country Billboard Chart News July 9, 2018

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of July 14, 2018)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (5 non-consecutive weeks) ** THIS ONE’S FOR YOU Luke Combs
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (32 weeks) ** “Meant To Be” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line
Country Airplay *** No.1 (2 weeks) *** “Tequila” Dan + Shay
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (3 non-consecutive weeks) “Simple” Florida Georgia Line

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of July 14, 2018)

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

Drake with SCORPION album made a smashing, streaming-powered debut atop the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (BB200), as the set opened with the largest overall week of 2018 for any album.
Scorpion, which was released on June 29 via Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records, bowed with 732,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending July 5 according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 160,000 were in traditional album sales.
Biggest Streaming Week Ever for an Album: The 25-track Scorpion charges in with a new one-week record for on-demand audio streams generated by an album’s songs: 745.92 million. It beat the previous record-holder, Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys, when it arrived with 431.3 million on the May 12-dated chart. Post Malone now has the second-biggest streaming week.

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of July 14, 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.

 Luke Combs with THIS ONE’S FOR YOU (River House/ Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) moved 2-1 (#15-14 Billboard 200) to top the chart for a 5th non-consecutive week in his 57th chart frame.
He earned 27,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 5 (23,923,000 streams) selling 5,900 copies (57-week total 966,300 units)

Previous weeks’ No1 Dan + Shay with their self-titled album (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville) fell 1-2 (22,000 units; 6-20 Billboard 200) selling 5,400 copies (2-week pure sales total 29,400).

Former 6 non-consecutive week No.1 Jason Aldean with REARVIEW TOWN (Macon/Broken Bow Records) held at No.3 (20,000 units; 27-23 BB200) selling 9,600 copies in his 12th week.

Kane Brown with his 10 non-consecutive week No.1 SELF-TITLED held at No.4 (16,000 units; #31-32 Billboard 200) selling 3,900 copies in his 83rd week.

Chris Stapleton with TRAVELLER (MERCURY/ UMGN) rose 6-5 (14,000 units; #51-37 BB200) selling 3,900 copies as his set From A Room: Volume 1 (Mercury/Universal Music Group Nashville) fell 19-21 (6,000 units; #153-145 BB200) selling 2,800 copies and From A Room: Volume 2 fell 23-27 (5,000 units; #180-175 BB200) selling 3,000 copies in its 31st frame.

Former No.1 Thomas Rhett with LIFE CHANGES (Valory/Big Machine Label Group) fell 5-6 (13,000 units; #48-42 BB200) selling 1,600 copies in his 43rd frame.

Brett Young with self- titled BRETT YOUNG (BMLG) held at No.7 (12,000 units; #62-51 BB200) selling 1,300 copies in his 73rd week.
Kenny Chesney with LIVE IN NO SHOES NATION made a re-Entry at No.8 (10,000 units; Re-Entry No.29 BB200) selling 8,400 copies in his 29th frame.
Former No.1 Luke Bryan with WHAT MAKES YOU COUNTRY (Capitol Nashville | UMGN) held at No.10 (9,000 #93-84 BB200) selling 2,600 copies in his 30th frame.

Outside the Top 10
Former No.1 Keith Urban with GRAFFITI U (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville) fell 9-13 (7,000 units; #89-109 BB200) selling 3,900 copies in his 10th week.
In his fourth week Dierks Bentley with THE MOUNTAIN (Capitol Nashville | UMGN) fell 8-15 (7,000 units; #75-114 BB200) selling 3,400 copies.  
Morgan Wallen with IF I KNOW ME (Big Loud Records) held at No.20 (6,000 units; #162-135 BB200) selling 400 copies in his tenth frame.
Various Artists, NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL COUNTRY, Volume 11 fell 16-24 (#137-163 BB200) selling 5,500 copies in its fourth frame.
In their fourth week Sugarland with BIGGER (Big Machine/Big Machine Label Group/ UMGN) fell 15-25 (5,000 units; #134-173 BB200) selling 2,800 copies.

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

Riley Green with his 4 track EP IN A TRUCK RIGHT NOW (BMLG Records | Amazon UK - UK iTunes - 
Produced by Dann Huff, the EP features four songs, all of which were co-written by Green (“There Was This Girl,” “Same Old Song,” “Break Up More Often” and “In A Truck Right Now”) made a debut at No.15.

The Wild Feathers with 10 track GREETINGS FROM THE NEON FRONTIER (Amazon UK - UK iTunes - made a debut at No.17 selling around 2,000 copies.
Formed in 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee around the talents of Ricky Young, Joel King, and Taylor Burns, all of whom had served as lead singers in their previous bands, the Wild Feathers came together out of a shared love for all things Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, the Band, and the Allman Brothers.

Cody Canada & The Departed with 14 track 3 (2018 Underground Sound | Amazon UK - UK iTunes - made a debut at No.30 selling an estimated 1,000 copies..

Year-To-Date Albums
8,359,000 (Physical sales 5,938,000 (down -16.4%) + Digital sales 2,413,000 (down -30.9%) which is 21.1% down at the same point in 2017 (10,595,000 sales) 

Year-To-Date Digital Tracks
27,386,000 down 27.1% at the same point in 2017 (37,567,000)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of July 14, 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./BMLG) held at No.1 for a 32nd week on Hot Country Songs now just 2-weeks short of Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” (34 weeks in 2017).

Jake Owen banked his ninth Hot Country Songs top 10, and first since 2016, as “I Was Jack (You Were Diane)” (Big Loud) climbed 11-9.
The song is a nod to John Mellencamp’s four-week 1982 Billboard Hot 100 No.1 “Jack & Diane” (with Mellencamp claiming a writing credit on Owen’s song, which is derived from Mellencamp’s).
“I Was Jack” surged on the strength of its 21 percent increase to 5,000 downloads sold, its 20 percent hike to 4.3 million U.S. streams and its 6 percent gain to 35.9 million audience impressions as it bumped 4-3 on Country Airplay.
The track is Owen’s first Hot Country Songs top 10 since “American Country Love Song,” which peaked at No. 6 in August 2016

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (32 weeks) ** “Meant To Be” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line
** Airplay Gainer” No.10 “Drowns The Whiskey” Jason Aldean feat. Miranda Lambert
** Digital Gainer ** No.13 “Kiss Somebody” Morgan Evans
** Streaming Gainer ** No.26 “Lose It” Kane Brown  
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.41 “Take Me Home, Country Roads” Copilot Music + Sound  
Debut No.47 “I Don't Know About You” Chris Lane

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of July 14, 2018)

Dan + Shay with “Tequila” (Warner Bros./WAR) topped Billboard’s Country Airplay chart for a second week (up 2 percent to 44.6 million audience impressions in the week ending July 8, according to Nielsen Music).

Carrie Underwood landed her 27th consecutive and total top 10. Her “Cry Pretty” (Capitol Nashville) lifted 11-10 on the chart, gaining 7 percent to 24.3 million in audience in its 13th week.
Underwood co-wrote the launch single from her new studio album, her first for Capitol Records (due Sept. 14), with Lori McKenna, Liz Rose and Hillary Lindsey. (She previously spent her entire career on Arista Nashville after winning the fourth season of American Idol in 2005.)
Underwood has now linked all 27 of her top 10s consecutively, encompassing all her singles promoted to the format, excluding holiday fare. She began her run with her debut single, “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” her first of 15 Country Airplay No. 1s, which led the list for six weeks starting Jan. 21, 2006.
On the Hot Country Songs chart “Cry Pretty” achieved top 10 status when it flew from No. 20 to its No. 5 high on the chart dated April 28. The vault followed Underwood’s debut live performance of the song at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards on April 15. On the new, July14-dated chart, “Cry Pretty” holds at No. 17.
With 27 straight career-opening Country Airplay top 10s, Underwood extended the longest such streak. Tracy Lawrence ranks second with 19, from 1992-97.
As for the longest Country Airplay top 10 streak overall, Keith Urban owns the record: 38 in a row. His run, which includes 21 No. 1s, began with his second single, “Your Everything;” it peaked at No. 4 in 2000. The streak snapped earlier in 2018 when “Female” peaked at No. 12 on Feb. 24.

Meanwhile, with 25 top 10s in succession to date, Luke Bryan owns the second-longest active run on the chart.
Underwood’s career total of top 10s is second among women only to Reba McEntire’s 36, dating to the chart’s 1990 inception. Among all artists, George Strait leads with 61 top 10s.
Country Airplay
*** No.1 (2 weeks) *** “Tequila” Dan + Shay 44.602 million audience (+0.780 million) / 8,276 radio plays (+159)
** Most Increased Audience ** No.12 “Drowns The Whiskey” Jason Aldean feat. Miranda Lambert 3.669 million audience gain
** Most Added ** No.32 “Lose It” Kane Brown (17 ADDS)
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.49 “She Got The Best Of Me” Luke Combs  
Debut No.55 “Burning Man” Dierks Bentley feat. Brothers Osborne
Debut No.58 “Love Someone” Brett Eldredge

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart 
(Chart issue week of July 14, 2018)

Florida Georgia Line with “Simple” (BMLG) moved 2-1 (#9-4 Digital Songs) to top the summit for a 3rd non-consecutive week.
It was thre places behind Maroon 5's "Girls Like You," featuring Cardi B which slipped to No. 5 on the Hot 100 from its No. 4 peak, as it led Digital Song Sales for a fifth week (49,000, up 8 percent) and added top Airplay Gainer honors on the Hot 100 for a fifth consecutive week.
Previous week No1 Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line with “Meant to Be" (Warner Bros. | BMLG) fell 1-3 (#6-15 Digital Songs)

Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) with “Tequila” (Warner Bros. | WAR) climbed 3-2 (#18-14 Digital Songs)
Kenny Chesney with “Get Along” pushed 6-4 (#26-17 Digital Songs)
Brett Young with “Mercy” (BMLG) fell 4-5 (#22 non-mover Digital Songs).

Morgan Wallen feat. Florida Georgia Line with “Up Down” (Big Loud) advanced 8-6 (#30-25 Digital Songs).

A remake of John Denver’s classic “Take Me Home, Country Roads” — which hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 50 on Hot Country Songs in 1971 — arrived, via Copilot Music + Sound’s cover (Bethesda). The new version scored a synch in the trailer for forthcoming video game Fallout76.
Copilot Music + Sound’s “Country Roads” arrives at No. 41 on Hot Country Songs. It also started at No.7 on Country Digital Song Sales with 13,000 downloads sold in its first week (ending July 5); all proceeds from its sales benefit Habitat for Humanity.
The song, written by Denver, Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert, marked Copilot Music + Sound’s first Billboard chart appearance. The new release has also stirred interest in the original as Denver’s “Country Roads” gained by 7 percent to 6,000 sold and bulleted at No.21 on Country Digital Song Sales.
The original experienced one additional recent revival: Artists of Then, Now & Forever’s “Forever Country”—a mashup of “Country Roads,” Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again” and Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You”—spent two weeks at No 1. on Hot Country Songs in 2016.

Jason Aldean feat. Miranda Lambert with “Drowns The Whiskey” (Macon | Broken Bow) fell 7-8 (#29-28 Digital Songs) as Aldean’s “You Make It Easy” dropped 10-16.

The Annual Fourth of July favourite Lee Greenwood with the patriot “God Bless The USA” made a re-entry at No.9 (#30 Re-Entry Digital Songs).
David Lee Murphy & Kenny Chesney with “Everything's Gonna Be Alright” fell 5-10 (25-31 Digital Songs; 13,000 sales; 21-week total 217,000).

Outside the Top 10
Kane Brown with “Heaven” (Zone 4 | RCA Nashville) fell 9-11 (#31-37 Digital Songs).
Morgan Evans with “Kiss Somebody” made a debut at No.12 (#42 new Entry Digital Songs).
Luke Bryan with “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” fell 11-13.
Chris Lane with ballad “I Don’t Know About You” the newest release from Lane’s sophomore studio album, LAPS AROUND THE SUN (due July 13) arrived at No.15 on Country Digital Song Sales with 8,000 sold in its first week and No. 47 on Hot Country Songs.

Country/Southern Rock outfit Wes Cook Band with debut single “I Stand For The Flag” (>> Video) made a debut at No.24. Their paid Facebook ads were denied, and their reach thereby censored because this video contained "political content". They believe Patriotism is not Political!
So what is the story behind the song and the band? Music City locals and tourists have been drinking and dancing along with the Wes Cook Band for several years. The band typically plays seven shows each week at downtown venues including The Stage, Famous Saloon, Legends Corner, Tin Roof, Redneck Riviera, and The Second Fiddle. Wes says, “we don’t sound anything like today’s country music that’s on the radio.” The band Wes Cook (lead vocals); Nathan Stoops (fiddle); Trevor Layne (drums); Jason Kirkimilis (lead guitar); Paul Sanders (bass) mostly covers 90’s country and southern rock; their original material “is more of a southern rock, red dirt Americana sound.” Read more here

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart
July 9, 2018

Congrats to Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Kristen Williams, Tom Martens and the WAR promotion team on topping the chart for the second consecutive week with Dan + Shay’s Tequila.”
The song is the first single from their self-titled album, which debuted atop the country albums chart last week. Songwriters are Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds and Smyers.

Tequila” (Warner Bros./WAR) held at No.1 logging 8,906 radio spins (+386) and 60.976 million audience impressions (+2.039 million gain) with 23933 Total Points (+779) from 157 tracking stations (157 ADDS) for the tracking week July 1 to July 7, 2018 and published chart July 9th, 2018.

Kudos to Shane Allen and the River House/Columbia team on landing 47 adds for Luke Combs’ She Got The Best Of Me”.  The song topped the "Most Added" board this chart week.

Mediabase Adds (Selective)

Artist/Title (Label) TW Total Historic Adds
LUKE COMBS/She Got The Best Of Me (River House/Columbia)            47         56        
DIERKS BENTLEY f/BROTHERS OSBORNE/Burning Man (Capitol)        20         51        
MICHAEL RAY/One That Got Away (Atlantic/WEA)         12         43        
UNCLE KRACKER/Floatin' (Hit Bunch/New Revolution)   12         15        
DUSTIN LYNCH/Good Girl (Broken Bow)           7          85        
GARTH BROOKS/All Day Long (Pearl)   7          152      
LITTLE BIG TOWN/Summer Fever (Capitol)       7          89        
BRETT ELDREDGE/Love Someone (Atlantic/WMN)        6          51        
KANE BROWN/Lose It (RCA)     6          109      
D.RUCKER F/ALDEAN/BRYAN/KELLEY/Straight To Hell (Capitol)          5          42        
EVERETTE/Slow Roll (Broken Bow)       5          54        
RILEY GREEN/There Was This Girl (BMLGR)     3          15        
ABBY ANDERSON/Make Him Wait (Black River)            2          48        
CLARE DUNN/More (MCA)        2          46        
LEE BRICE/Rumor (Curb)          2          3         
MADDIE & TAE/Friends Don't (Mercury) 2          64        
RANDY HOUSER/What Whiskey Does (Stoney Creek)    2          2         
SMITHFIELD/Hey Whiskey (Deluge/In2une)        2          39        
RACHEL WAMMACK/Damage (RCA)     1          1         
STEPHANIE QUAYLE/Selfish (Rebel Engine)     1          27        

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 609 - July 9, 2018 | Magazine View
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 Ohio Stadium Columbus, Ohio
Dates:  7 July 2018 Gross Sales: $6,606,529 Attend: 62,897/ 62,897
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 Prices: $499.50, $49.50
Promoters: Messina Touring Group     

Rank Artist: #3
Event Venue City/State: Kenny Chesney, Brandon Lay, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett Sports Authority Field at Mile High Denver, Colo.
Dates: 30 June 2018 Gross Sales: $4,442,006 Attend: 51,553/ 53,983
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (2430 unsold tickets) Prices: $265, $31
Promoters: Messina Touring Group

Rank Artist: #7
Event Venue City/State: Shania Twain Budweiser Gardens London, Ontario
Dates:  July 3-4, 2018 Gross Sales: $1,473,090 Attend: 16,399/ 16,715
Shows/ Sellouts: 2/0 (316 unsold tickets) Prices: $144.07, $22.72
Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #10
Event Venue City/State: Shania Twain Bell Centre Montreal, Quebec
Dates: 26 June 2018 Gross Sales: $1,045,900 Attend: 11,592/ 14,402
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (2810 unsold tickets) Prices: $135.32, $45.08
Promoters: evenko/Live Nation

Rank Artist: #13
Event Venue City/State: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Devin Dawson Resch Center Green Bay, Wis.
Dates: 6 July 2018 Gross Sales: $875,724 Attend: 8,242/ 8,242
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT Prices: $119.50, $69.50
Promoters: Messina Touring Group

Rank Artist: #26
Event Venue City/State: Sugarland TaxSlayer Center     Moline, Ill.
Dates:  29 June 2018 Gross Sales: $336,444 Attend: 6,057/ 7,575
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (1518 unsold tickets) Prices: $98, $68, $48, $2,850
Promoters: AEG
Rank Artist: #31
Event Venue City/State: Rascal Flatts, Dan + Shay, Carly Pearce Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion Gilford, N.H.
Dates: 10 June 2018 Gross Sales: $287,685 Attend: 5,279/ 7,983           
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (2704 unsold tickets) Prices: $89.50, $15
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