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August 31, 2011 Chart News: Pistol Annies Make Country Music History

By: Roughstock Staff

Last Updated: August 31, 2011 11:09 AM

For the first time in country music’s history, a (mostly) Digital-only album has topped the charts. That album? Hell On Heels from Pistol Annies.  The album sold nearly 42,000 copies and because of its success, retail stores like Walmart, Best Buy and Target are clamoring to make room (an odd occurrence these days) for the record and you’ll soon be able to buy physical copies of the album in stores!

As for how the rest of the SoundScan Top 200 Current Albums chart fared, it’s another strong week for country music and below is what we learned, followed – as usual – by the charts!

  • 36% of the Top 30 albums this week on SoundScan’s Top 200 Current charts are country albums with 32% of the Top 100 also belonging to country artists (and this doesn’t include country-related artists like Mumford and Sons and The Civil Wars).
  • Pistol Annies sold 41,980 copies of Hell On Heels.
  • The last two week’s #1 country album, Tailgates & Tanlines from Luke Bryan sold another 35,000 albums this week.
  • My Kinda Party remains in the Top 5 best-selling country albums as Jason Aldean releases “Tattoos On This Town” to country radio.
  • Chief  from Eric Church is also Top 5 while “Drink In My Hand” becomes his the fastest rising single of his career as an already Top 40 single.
  • Eli Young Band’s Life At Best rounds out the Top 5 and has now sold nearly 52,000 albums in two weeks.
  • Sunny Sweeney had the seventh-best selling country album of the week to debut with over 14,500 fans taking home a copy of Concrete.
  • With The Band Perry sitting at #9 on the Top 10 list of country albums, they join Sweeney and Eli Young Band to give Republic Nashville Records 3 albums in the Top 10.
  • Taylor Swift is at #10 with Speak Now  and she’s officially has the #1 selling country album released in 2010 as it passes Need You Now from Lady Antebellum.
  • Big Machine Label Group has 4 of the top 10 albums in country music.
  • Brad Paisley is only 53,000 copies away from scanning Gold with This IS Country Music. The current single “Remind Me” is the third #1 single from the album
  •  Chris Young’s Neon rounds out the Top 15 and has now sold over 161,000 copies.
  • The Original Motion Picture Sountrack for Country Strong has sold over 332,000 copies now and took a remarkable jump up the charts with a 94% sales increase thanks to national pay cable exposure.
  • Jeff Bridges has sold nearly 20,000 copies of his self-titled album which was produced by Crazy Heart soundtrack producer T-Bone Burnett.
  • Rascal Flatts’ Nothing Like This has now sold 953,000 copies.
  • Sara Evans Stronger has sold nearly 275,000 copies.
LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
NEW 6 Pistol Annies Hell On Heels 41,980 41,980
4 7 Luke Bryan Tailgates & Tanlines 35,072 233,381
5 9 Jason Aldean My Kinda Party 29,054 1,761,956
7 10 Eric Church Chief 24,164 290,513
6 17 Eli Young Band Life At Best 16,740 51,753
LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
14 18 Blake Shelton Red River Blue 15,522 274,599
NEW 21 Sunny Sweeney Concrete 14,474 14,522
17 24 Zac Brown Band You Get What You Give 12,963 1,151,973
23 25 The Band Perry The Band Perry 12,388 728,471
24 26 Taylor Swift Speak Now 11,999 3,630,237
LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
26 27 Brad Paisley This Is Country Music 11,933 447,588
28 29 Scotty McCreery American Idol/Highlights 11,464 156,328
31 37 Justin Moore Outlaws Like Me 10,721 215,824
21 39 Tracce Adkins Proud To Be Here 9,233 86,858
39 40 Chris Young Neon 8,395 161,806
LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
100 44 Country Strong Original Soundtrack 7,923 332,422
49 47 Zac Brown Band The Foundation 7,221 2,715,524
44 54 Kenny Chesney Hemingway's Whiskey 7,087 930,671
25 55 Lady Anthebellum Need You Now 6,852 3,627,690
47 58 Jeff Bridges Jeff Bridges 6,701 19,923
LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
47 58 Various Now Country IV 6,640 133,584
55 60 Rascal Flatts Nothing Like This 6,369 953,050
71 98 Lauren Alaina American Idol/Highlights 4,118 66,955
101 108 Sara Evans Stronger 3,766 274,635
RE-Enter 111 More Music From Country Strong Soundtrack 3,701 103,308

Jake Owen’s Barefoot Blue Jean Night should end up being one of the best-selling albums of the week being held back only by the new Lil Wayne and Red Hot Chili Peppers from the Top 200 albums #1 slot.

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