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Blake Shelton Scores Career First This Week With "Red River Blue"

By: Matt Bjorke

Last Updated: July 20, 2011 3:07 PM

Last week we predicted that Blake Shelton would sell around 120-150,000 copies of Red River Blue while fellow country star Chris Young would likely sell 60-70k of his debut. We were very close to getting our predictions right as Blake sold nearly 120,000 copies of his album while Neon scanned over 70,000 for Chris Young. Our 10-15k first week estimate for Ashton Shepherd was spot-on as well as she sold nearly 11,000 copies of Where Country Grows to score the 11th best-selling country album of the week.

Blake Shelton's Red River Blue leads all albums this week, outselling even veteran rock act Incubus by nearly 40,000 albums on the SoundScan Top 200 Current Albums.  With 116,402 copies sold this week, the album was more than 43,000 copies ahead of Chris Young's Neon, the 2nd best-selling country album this week. Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party not only gained a slight 1% increase in sales over last week, but the album also surpassed the 1.5 million scanned mark this week as well, just as "Dirt Road Anthem" hits #1 on the chart. Justin Moore's Outlaws Like Me slides to #4 this week on the chart but still did manage to sell over 20,000 copies in its fourth week on the charts. Rounding out the Top 5 this week is Brad Paisley's This Is Country Music. The album has now scanned over 362,000 copies in eight weeks on the SoundScan Albums Chart.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
NEW 1 Blake Shelton Red River Blue 116,402 116,477
NEW 4 Chris Young Neon 72,830 72,989
4 7 Jason Aldean My Kinda Party 42,246 1,534,126
12 15 Justin Moore Outlaws Like Me 20,575 138,032
14 16 Brad Paisley This Is Country Music 18,423 362,963

Scotty McCreery's American Idol Season 10: Highlights EP gained a 23% sales increase over last week - most likely due to Walmart getting more copies of the EP in stock - and he's now sold over 71,000 copies of the album. Zac Brown Band's The Foundation also slides out of the Top 5 country albums this week but the group, which is getting close to topping the charts with "Knee Deep," their collaboration with Jimmy Buffett. Taylor Swift's Speak Now is the 8th best-selling country music album this week, on the strength of 12,000 more fans taking the album home. The various artist Now That's What I Call Country Music! - Volume 4 has now moved over the 80,000 copies sold mark which makes it one of the best-selling country collections of the past couple of years. The Band Perry's The Band Perry finishes up the Top 10 this week with the album finding nearly 12,000 more fans.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
19 20 Scotty McCreery American Idol/Highlights 17,241 71,613
18 24 Zac Brown Band You Get What You Give 15,736 1,058,572
20 30 Taylor Swift Speak Now 12,836 3,549,582
26 32 Various Now Country IV 11,938 84,320
23 33 The Band Perry The Band Perry 11,919 655,056

Ashton Shepherd debuts with the 11th best-selling country record on the SoundScan Top 200 Current Albums chart this week with Where Country Grows. As her singles continue to gain an audience, the album likely will do better as well. Blake Shelton's previous album Loaded...The Best of Blake Shelton sits next with another 9,200 fans picking up a copy of the album (many of them likely got both this and Red River Blue at the same time). Lady Antebellum's Need You Now sold 1% more copies than last week and still outpaces Taylor Swift's Speak Now by 30,000 copies or so in the race to have 2010's best-selling country album. Rascal Flatts' Nothing Like This is marching towards platinum with Hemingway's Whiskey from Kenny Chesney fast on their heels.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
NEW 36 Ashton Shepherd Where Country Grows 10,885 10,932
35 47 Blake Shelton Loaded…Best of Blake… 9,285 353,687
48 51 Lady Anthebellum Need You Now 7,257 3,579,175
49 57 Rascal Flatts Nothing Like This 8,067 911,085
52 59 Kenny Chesney  Hemingway's Whiskey 7,907 883,123

Lauren Alaina's own American Idol Season 10: Highlights EP sold nearly 6,500 more copies to give the season's runner-up and 19/Interscope/Mercury Nashville artist sales of 37,000 copies. Ronnie Dunn has officially scanned over 100,000 copies since releasing his self-titled album in May. His second single "Cost Of Livin'" is already heading towards the Top 10 like lead single "Bleed Red" is doing. Zac Brown Band's second album on this rundown is next and the amazing thing is that it's the second-oldest album on the chart at 139 weeks old. Sara Evans' Stronger is next and has sold nearly a quarter of a million copies on the strength of "A Little Bit Stronger" alone. If she scores a few more hits, Sara's looking at a likely Gold-selling album. Tim McGraw rounds out the Top 20 with Number One Hits. the album has sold nearly 400,000 copies which means in RIAA terms, it's at 800,000 copies scanned as it heads towards platinum as a double disc album.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
34 73 Lauren Alaina American idol/Highlights 6,485 37,161
61 76 Ronnie Dunn Ronnie Dunn 6,450 100,215
69 79 Zac Brown Band The Foundation 6,302 2,672,227
83 86 Sara Evans Stronger 5,664 248,518
106 107 Tim McGraw Number One Hits 4,711 397,658

The interesting albums section features Thompson Square with their self-titled efford passing the 200,000 albums scanned mark, giving them 2011's best-selling album from a new artist as "I Got You" looks ready to join "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" as a remarkable hit. Alison Krauss & Union Station's Paper Airplane now has sold 252,000 copies while Colt Ford's Every Chance I Get surpassed the 80,000 mark this week. Keith Urban's "Long Hot Summer" is helping Get Closer move more and more copies and the superstar has now sold 615,000 copies of the latest album from Capitol Records. Kasey Chambers, the Australian singer/songwriter, sees Little Bird get a proper stateside release and the album placed at 176 on the SoundScan Top 200 Albums Chart this week.

 

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
101 123 Thompson Square Thompson Square 3,966 200,955
110 131 Alison Krauss/Union Station Paper Airplane 3,713 252,833
124 135 Colt Ford Every Chance I Get 3,558 80,201
145 142 Keith Urban Get Closer 3,411 615,034
NEW 176 Kasey Chambers Little Bird 2,665 2,715

Next week we'll see where Blake, Chris and Ashton land in addition to finding how The Dirt Drifters and Ricky Skaggs fare with their debuts.

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