Country Album Chart News: The Week of August 21, 2013: Luke Bryan "Crash My Party" Sells Gold In Debut Week, CMA Music Fest TV Show Spurs Sales Too
By: Matt Bjorke
Luke Bryan Dominates Album Radio Charts, Has Best-Selling Country Album of the Year, third best of all genres, and most since 2004’s Live Like You’re Dying album.
With Crash My Party, Luke Bryan sets a new personal sales record and the most album sales for a country singer not named Taylor Swift in 9 years, when Tim McGraw sold over 700,000 copies of Live Like You Were Dying. The sales are also third-best behind Justin Timberlake’s 980k for 20/20 Experience and Jay-Z-s Magna Carta...Holy Grail’s 528,000, which was less than 1,000 units more than Luke Bryan. It’s one of three albums from Luke in the Top 10 this week. Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s To The Good Times has scanned Platinum -- although certified for the figure last month -- with sales of 1.002 million units sold. The #3 album is Blake Shelton’s Based On A True Story… Luke’s previous album, the double platinum album Tailgates & Tanlines gained 72% for the sales increase. Bringing sales to 2.102 million albums sold. Rounding out the Top 5 is Hunter Hayes RIAA-certified Platinum album Hunter Hayes (Encore). The album has scanned 945k to date.
Jason Aldean Leads #6-10 with Luke Bryan-aided boost.
Jason Aldean’s Night Train is up 37% over last week with 1.386 million now sold. Last week’s #2 album Brett Eldredge’s Bring You Back has moved 32,000 copies in two weeks. Meanwhile Darius Rucker’s True Believers is up to 322k sold totals. Sales were also helped by CMA Music Festival’s annual music show this week, which is partially the reason for all the sales boots, along with Luke Bryan’s albums, the third of which, Spring Break...Here To Party is at #9. the album has now moved 491k. Finally, Taylor Swift’s RED has sold 3.783 million copies and lands at #10.
Carrie Underwood Blown Away leads notable list of albums impacted by CMA TV Special and Luke Bryan’s massive debut week. 13 of Billboard’s Top 50 of the Hot 200 albums are Country Music recordings.
With a sales increase of 61% Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away leads our notable album section 1.516 million copies in total sales to date. Little Big Town’s Tornado is next with sales increase of 67% and has sold over 962k to date. Lady Antebellum’s Golden has surpassed 400k records sold and sits right at #50. The Band Perry’s Pioneer gained 20% over last week’s singles with 413k. Tim McGraw’s Two Lanes Of Freedom is up to 407k sold with sales a jump of 39% this week. Finally, Luke Bryan’s sophomore album Doin’ My Thing moves 50% more than last week bringing his sales to 869k to date. Also of note, Glen Campbell debuts at #89 on the chart with 6k sold while Luke Bryan’s debut album I’ll Stay Me reappears on the chart at #137k sold with scanned units at 487k total.
Top 10 Country Albums for The Week of August 21, 2013 With Five Notable Albums (SoundScan Top 200 Current Albums Chart Placement)*
*Numbers rounded to nearest thousandth.
Florida Georgia Line
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Crash My Party
Here’s To The Good Times
Based On A True Story
Tailgates & Tanlines
Hunter Hayes (Encore)
Bring You Back
Spring Break...Here To Party
Doin’ My Thing