Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Country Billboard Chart News June 25, 2018

RIAA Certifications
Broken Bow's Jason Aldean receives a plaque commemorating REARVIEW TOWN debuting at No.1 on the Country albums chart and Top 200 chart.
Pictured (l-r) are the label's Jon Loba, Aldean, BMG's Zach Katz and Maverick's Chris Parr.

All That Glitters Is Goldblum: Atlantic/WMN's Brett Eldredge celebrates the gold certification of two singles, "The Long Way" and "Somethin' I'm Good At," from his self-titled album.
Pictured (l-r) are the label's John Esposito, Eldredge, Longshot Management's
Rob Baker and the label's Scott Hendricks and Matt Signore.

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of June 30, 2018)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (6 non-consecutive weeks) ** REARVIEW TOWN Jason Aldean
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (30 weeks) ** “Meant To Be” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line
Country Airplay *** No.1 (1 week) *** “Up Down” Morgan Wallen feat. Florida Georgia Line
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (2 weeks) “Simple” Florida Georgia Line

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of June 30, 2018)

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

In a week where there’s no shortage of action at the top of the chart, 5 Seconds of Summer debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (BB200) with the band’s third full-length studio album, YOUNGBLOOD. The set arrived atop the tally with 142,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending June 21, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 117,000 were in traditional album sales.

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of June 30, 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’s Bundles to The Top
Former 5 non-consecutive week No.1 Jason Aldean with REARVIEW TOWN (Macon/Broken Bow Records) rose 4-1 (23-10 Billboard 200) to top the chart for sixth week logging 38,100 consumption units (28,500 in pure sales; 10,427,400 streams) in his 10th frame.
It was boosted by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with Aldean’s current tour.

Former No.1, Luke Combs with now deluxe version of THIS ONE’S FOR YOU (River House/ Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) climbed 3-2 (#12-17 Billboard 200) logging 26,000 units (7,000 pure sales; 23,354,900 streams) in its 54th frame.

Last weeks No.1 Dierks Bentley with THE MOUNTAIN (Capitol Nashville | UMGN) fell 1-3 (3-26 Billboard 200) with 18,200 units (13,400 sales; down 86%; 2-week total 107,400)

Kane Brown with his 10 non-consecutive week No.1 SELF-TITLED rose 5-4 (#26-29 Billboard 200) selling 4,700 copies in his 81st week.
Chris Stapleton with TRAVELLER (MERCURY/ UMGN) rose 8-5 (#54-49 BB200; 11,300 units) selling 4,200 copies as his set From A Room: Volume 1 (Mercury/Universal Music Group Nashville) held at No.16 (#122-136 BB200; 6,100 units) selling 3,600 copies and From A Room: Volume 2 rose 18-17 (132-145 BB200; 6,100 units) selling 4,000 copies in its 29th frame.

Former No.1 Thomas Rhett with LIFE CHANGES (Valory/Big Machine Label Group) moved 7-6 (#48-51 BB200; 11,100 units) selling 1,600 copies in his 41st frame.
Brett Young with self- titled BRETT YOUNG (BMLG) rose 9-7 (#61-64 Billboard 200; 9,900 units; 10,001,900 streams) selling 1,500 copiers in his 71st week.
Former No.1 Keith Urban with GRAFFITI U (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville) rebounded 11-8 (#79-84 Billboard 200; 8,500 units; 3,800,500 streams) selling 5,400 in his 8th week.

Various Artists, NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL COUNTRY, Volume 11 fell 6-9 (#44-87 Billboard 200) with 8,300 sales (2-week total 20,300).
Former No.1 Luke Bryan with WHAT MAKES YOU COUNTRY (Capitol Nashville | UMGN) pushed 12-10 (#91-90 BB200; 7,900 units; 5,689,900 streams) selling 2,800 copies in his 28th frame

Outside the Top 10
In their second week Sugarland with BIGGER (Big Machine/Big Machine Label Group/ UMGN) slumped 2-12 (#11-97 BB200; 7,600 units; 2,591,400 steams) selling 5,000 copies (2-week total 31,300).

Morgan Wallen with IF I KNOW ME (Big Loud Records) advanced 24-20 (#151-162 BB200; 5,300 units; 5,267,600 streams) selling just 400 copies in his eighthh frame.
Former No.1 Blake Shelton with TEXOMA SHORE (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville) fell 17-24 (#124-190 BB200) in his 32nd frame.

Former No1 from Kacey Musgraves with GOLDEN HOUR (MCA Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville) returned to the top 25 28-25 (#179-192 BB200) in her 12th week.

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

Various Artists with the 12-track Mud Digger, Volume 9 (Average Joes Entertainment; (Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com) made a debut at No.26.
A slew of The Biggest Hits Of compilations made debuts: Hank Williams Jr. #29, Tim McGraw #30, The Bellamy Brothers #31, The Judds #33, LeAnn Rimes #46 and The Biggest Inspirational Hits Of Randy Travis was new at No.43.

Year-To-Date Albums
7,800,000 (Physical sales 5,552,000 (down -16.1%) + Digital sales 2,241,000 (down -30.6%) which is 20.8% down at the same point in 2017 (9,847,000 sales) 

Year-To-Date Digital Tracks
25,375,000 down 27.1% at the same point in 2017 (34,808,000)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of June 30, 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) rolled to its 30th week at No.1 on Hot Country Songs.
The reign is the second-longest on the 58-year-old list, after Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” (34 weeks in 2017).
As previously noted, Morgan Wallen’s “Up Down,” featuring FGL, jumped 6-1 on Country Airplay, meaning the duo simultaneously leads both that chart and Hot Country Songs with different songs. It marked only the third time that an act has dominated both lists with different songs (since Hot Country Songs transitioned to its triple-metric methodology on Oct. 20, 2012), and FGL has been involved each time. Such a double last occurred when Luke Bryan’s “Play It Again” led Country Airplay for a fourth and final week, while FGL’s “This Is How We Roll,” featuring Bryan, topped Hot Country Songs for its fifth of six frames on
June 21, 2014.
Previously, on the charts dated May 18 and 25, 2013, FGL’s “Cruise” was amid its 24-week rule on Hot Country Songs, while follow-up “Get Your Shine On” led Country Airplay those same two weeks

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (30 weeks) ** “Meant To Be” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line
** Airplay Gainer” No.5 “Up Down” Morgan Wallen feat. Florida Georgia Line  
** Digital Gainer/ Streaming Gainer ** No.11 “Drowns The Whiskey” Jason Aldean feat. Miranda Lambert  
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.32 “Keeping Score” Dan + Shay feat. Kelly Clarkson  
Debut No.42 “All Day Long” Garth Brooks
Debut No.48 “Reason To Drink” Cole Swindell

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of June 30, 2018)

Morgan Wallen with “Up Down,” featuring Florida Georgia Line (Big Machine Label Group/Big Loud), surged 6-1 in its 32nd week on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart (dated June 30) as it hiked by 17 percent to 39.7 million audience impressions in the tracking week ending June 24. On Hot Country Songs, it lifted 6-5 for a new high.

“‘Up Down’ has changed my life,” Wallen told Billboard. “It’s taken me and my guys from a van to a tour bus, from clubs to opening for Luke Bryan in stadiums.
The song has shown me how many people are just like me when it comes to the things we consider to be a good time and the things we love.
“Having FGL [Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley], whom I now consider to be two of my closest friends, with me just makes it that much sweeter. And none of this would be possible without country radio for giving me a real chance to be heard by the fans.”
“Up” made the biggest jump to No.1 on Country Airplay since LOCASH’s “I Know Somebody,” which also romped 6-1 on the tally dated Oct. 29, 2016.
The 25-year-old Wallen earned his first Country Airplay No.1 in his second chart appearance; his debut single, “The Way I Talk,” peaked at No. 30 on May 6, 2016. Both tracks are from his debut LP, If I Know Me, which arrived and peaked at No.11 on the Top Country Albums chart dated May 12.
“Up” is FGL’s 13th Country Airplay leader, tying the twosome with Zac Brown Band for third place among duos and groups for the most No.1s in the chart’s 28-year history, after Brooks & Dunn (20) and Rascal Flatts (14).
Among all acts, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw share the record with 29 No.1s apiece.

Garth Brooks’ new single “All Day Long” (Pearl), released on the evening of June 18, debuted at No.21 on Country Airplay (14.5 million in audience). On Hot Country Songs, it opened at No. 42. It received hourly plays on participating iHeartMedia stations beginning at 6 a.m. on June 19.
Brooks logged his sixth-highest Country Airplay debut among 88 total entries and best since “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance,” which launched at No.19 on Oct. 29, 2016 (before peaking at No. 15 on Feb. 25, 2017).

The honky-tonk-leaning “Long,” which Brooks co-wrote with Bryan Kennedy and Mitch Rossell, is the lead single from Brooks’ as-yet untitled album due in 2019. Rossell solo-penned Brooks’ last single before “Long,” “Ask Me How I Know,” which became Brooks’ 19th Country Airplay No.1 (Dec. 16, 2017) and his first in over 10 years, since “More Than a Memory” debuted atop the chart dated Sept. 15, 2007. It is the only song to ever premiere at the pinnacle.
Meanwhile, Brooks’ 88 Country Airplay entries tie him with Kenny Chesney for the second-highest total; George Strait leads with 98.

Country Airplay
*** No.1 (1 week) *** “Up Down” Morgan Wallen feat. Florida Georgia Line 39.661 million audience (+5.695 million) / 7,765 radio plays (+862)
** Hot Shot Debut/ Most Increased Audience/ Most Added ** No.21 “All Day Long” Garth Brooks 14.517 million audience gain with 2,271 spins thanks to 110 fresh radio commitments (ADDS)
Debut No.59 “Drop Everything” Carlton Anderson

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart 
(Chart issue week of June 30, 2018)

Former No.1 by Florida Georgia Line with “Simple” (BMLG) returned to the summit moving 2-1 (#8 Non-mover Digital Songs) as Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line with their 21 non-consecutive week No.1 Meant to Be" (Warner Bros. | BMLG) climbed 3-2 (#10-14 Digital Songs).

Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) with “Tequila” (Warner Bros. | WAR) pushed 4-3 (#11-18 Digital Songs) as their new track “Speechless” (Warner Bros. | WAR) rose 21-19 in its 5th frame.
New song and collaboration Dan + Shay feat. Kelly Clarkson with “Keeping Score” from the duos new self-titled set (released June 22) arrived at No.6 (No.30 Digital Songs) selling 13,000 copies. It marked the duo’s sixth top 10 and Clarkson’s third.

Jason Aldean feat. Miranda Lambert with “Drowns The Whiskey” (Macon | Broken Bow) leapt 10-4 (#40-26 Digital Songs).
Kane Brown with “Heaven” (Zone 4 | RCA Nashville) fell 5-7 (#18-31 Digital Songs) in its 31st week.
David Lee Murphy & Kenny Chesney with “Everything's Gonna Be Alright” climbed 13-8 (43-32 Digital Songs) in its 20th week.
Brett Young with “Mercy” (BMLG) fell 8-9 (#27-33 Digital Songs).
Morgan Wallen feat. Florida Georgia Line with “Up Down” (Big Loud) slipped 9-10 (#31-38 Digital Songs) in its 27th chart week.

Outside the Top 10
In its 7th frame Luke Combs with former No.1 "Beautiful Crazy held at No.12
Cole Swindell with “Reason To Drink” made a debut at No.13.
Sugarland feat. Taylor Swift with “Babe” fell 11-18 in its 6th week.

The first single from Cody Jinks’ album Lifers (due July 27), opened at No.21 on Country Digital Song Sales with 6,000 sold in its first week. It marked the singer-songwriter’s first appearance on the list.

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

June 25, 2018

Chart Chat
Morgan Wallen Hits #1 With 'Up, Down'
Congrats to Morgan Wallen, Stacy Blythe and the Big Loud promotion team on landing this week’s No.1 with “Up Down,” which features Florida Georgia Line. The song is Wallen’s first chart-topper. Songwriters are Michael Hardy, Brad Clawson and CJ Solar.

Up Down” (BMLGR/Big Loud) climbed 5-1 logging 8,270 radio spins (+963) and 54.882 million audience impressions (+7.839 million gain) with 21801 Total Points (+2763) from 157 tracking stations (157 ADDS) for the tracking week June 17 to June 23, 2018 and published chart June 25th, 2018.

Kudos to Andy Elliott and the Pearl crew on landing a whopping 135 adds for Garth Brooks’ All Day Long”. The song topped the "Most Added" board this chart week and near the all-time one-week high of 145 for Carrie Underwood’s “Smoke Break” in 2015.

Mediabase Adds (Selective)

Artist/Title (Label) TW Total Historic Adds
GARTH BROOKS/All Day Long (Pearl)  135       135      
KANE BROWN/Lose It (RCA)     46         83        
D.RUCKER f/ALDEAN/BRYAN/KELLEY/Straight To Hell (Capitol)           30         33        
ELI YOUNG BAND/Love Ain't (Valory)    23         32        
CARLTON ANDERSON/Drop Everything (Arista)            20         61        
BRANDON LAY/Yada Yada Yada (EMI Nashville)           12         46        
BRETT ELDREDGE/Love Someone (Atlantic/WMN)        10         40        
LITTLE BIG TOWN/Summer Fever (Capitol)       10         77        
RILEY GREEN/There Was This Girl (BMLGR)     10         10        
AARON WATSON/Run Wild Horses (Big Label)  9          71        
EVERETTE/Slow Roll (Broken Bow)       8          41        
CLARE DUNN/More (MCA)        5          43        
RUSSELL DICKERSON/Blue Tacoma (Triple Tigers)      5          134      
ABBY ANDERSON/Make Him Wait (Black River)            4          45        
BLACKJACK BILLY/Straight Line Sober (1608/Reviver)   4          4         
MADDIE & TAE/Friends Don't (Mercury) 4          60        
MICHAEL RAY/One That Got Away (Atlantic/WEA)         2          3         
ALEXANDRA DEMETREE/Coastin' (SSM)          1          4         
CASEY DONAHEW/That Got The Girl (Thirty Tigers/New Revolution)      1          1         
DAVISSON BROTHERS BAND/Po Boyz (Dreamlined)    1          6         
DIERKS BENTLEY f/BROTHERS OSBORNE/Burning Man (Capitol)        1          1         
JESSIE G/Army Ranger (Redneck)         1          2         
JOE NICHOLS/Billy Graham's Bible (Red Bow)   1          40        
MO PITNEY/Come Do A Little Life (Curb)           1          1         
UNCLE KRACKER/Floatin' (---)  1

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 607 - June 25, 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: #4
Event Venue City/State: Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion, Brandon Lay Chase Field Phoenix, Ariz.
Dates: 23 June 2018 Gross Sales: $3,198,416 Attend: 48,424/ 49,014
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (590 unsold tickets) Prices: $265, $32.50
Promoters: Messina Touring Group
Rank Artist: #5
Event Venue City/State: Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion, Brandon Lay Mapfre Stadium Columbus, Ohio
Dates: 18 June 2018 Gross Sales: $3,186,820 Attend: 26,455/ 27,207
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (752 unsold tickets) Prices: $270, $41.50
Promoters: Messina Touring Group
Rank Artist: #8
Event Venue City/State: Shania Twain, Bastian Baker Rogers Arena Vancouver, British Columbia
Dates: May 5-6, 2018 Gross Sales: $2,301,320 Attend: 26,375/ 26,375
Shows/ Sellouts: 2/2 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $150.84, $15.09
Promoters: Live Nation
Rank Artist: #37
Event Venue City/State: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Caroline Jones FirstOntario Centre Hamilton, Ontario
Dates: 18 June 2018 Gross Sales: $797,048 Attend: 10,708/ 10,708
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $122.97, $29.75
Promoters: Messina Touring Group                                                       

Rank Artist: #58
Event Venue City/State: Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss BOK Center      Tulsa, Okla.
Dates: 16 May 2018 Gross Sales: $456,411 Attend: 5,421/ 5,421
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $247, $36.50
Promoters: NS2/FPC Live

Rank Artist: #72
Event Venue City/State: John Prine, Colter Wall Louisville Palace Louisville, Ky.
Dates: 8 June 2018 Gross Sales: $210,352 Attend: 2,527/ 2,527
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $102, $62
Promoters: NS2                                                

Rank Artist: #81
Event Venue City/State: Alison Krauss Benedum Center Pittsburgh, Pa.
Dates: 8 June 2018 Gross Sales: $164,645 Attend: 2,145/ 2,835
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (690 unsold tickets) Prices: $85, $65
Promoters: NS2/FPC Live
Latest Billboard Boxscore Chart

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