Country Album Chart News: The Week of December 18, 2013: Garth Brooks, Duck Dynasty, Cassadee Pope, Parmalee, & Scotty McCreery
By: Matt Bjorke
It took a stealth iTunes release of Beyonce’s new self-titled audio/visual album for Garth Brooks to lose the #1 sales slot on the Top 200 chart but Garth’s still #1 with a sales gain.
Blame It All On My Roots has sold nearly 500,000 copies in just 3 weeks on the charts, not bad for a $25 box set of cover songs which also includes his The Ultimate Hits collection and two DVDs, one of his Wynn “Blame It All On My Roots” live show and for his music videos. The Robertson Family of the A&E program Duck Dynasty may no longer have the #1 Christmas album of 2014 (Kelly Clarkson’s Wrapped In Red passed it this week) but it still is one of the Top 6 albums in all of America this week with another sale figure of 108k, bringing the family a Gold record for the novelty recording and it’s entirely possible they have a Platinum record before the sales for the album are put away for a year (and who knows if their popularity will be as high as it is this year). The #3 best-selling Country music album this week is Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party, a record which has moved 1.4 million albums to date. Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s To The Times...This Is How We Roll is next with sales of 1.421 copies sold through the past 54 weeks (the deluxe ...This Is How We Roll version was released three weeks ago). Finally, the #5 album this week is Zac Brown Band’s iTunes-only EP The Grohl Sessions Vol 1. the EP has sold 27k in one week.
Blake Shelton Scores Two Albums In Top 10 of This Week’s Chart.
Based On A True Story… sits at #6 with sales of 18k bringint the total for the album up to 1.067. Music Of Nashville Soundtrack (Season 2 Vol. 1) debuts at #7 this week with sales of 18k while Blake Shelton’s Cheers It’s Christmas is at #8 and surpasses the 500k sold mark with 507k total. Taylor Swift’s RED sits at #9 with sales of 16k and a total sales number of 3.926 million copies sold. Finally, Danielle Bradbery’s self-titled debut sits at #10 with sales now at 68 after 3 weeks. The singer’s “My Day” was recently chosen by NBC as the theme for the network’s coverage of the Sochi Olympics.
Our 10 Notables includes a mixture of Up and Coming stars from “Reality TV,” Parmalee, and also Christmas Music, including Trace Adkins’ “The King’s Gift” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Wrapped In Red.”
Lady Antebellum’s On This Winter’s Night joined Blake Shelton’s Christmas album to become a Gold album (scanned), a feat also accomplished by their latest album Golden this week (though it’s unlisted below). That album has now sold 511k to date. Parmalee’s Feels Like Carolina debuts (#12 overal) and sold 14k in its debut. The album features the multi-week Mediabase #1 hit “Carolina,” a song which was certified Gold by the RIAA this week. Jake Owen’s two week old “Days Of Gold” is next in our notable rundown with sales of 53k in two weeks on the charts. He’ll release “Beachin’” to radio after the new year. Scotty McCreery’s See You Tonight gained 21% in sales over last week to move over 11k units. He’s now sold 148k to date. Cassadee Pope’s Frame By Frame moves another 10k this week to bring sales to 119k. Her lead single “Wasting All These Tears” sits at #12, the place it’ll sit until after the first of the year as the industry takes a break for Christmas/New Years holidays. Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away makes an appearance with sales holding steady for the Country icon. The album has sold 1.611 million to date while her cast soundtrack for The Sound of Music has moved 67k in two weeks.
Scotty McCreery’s Christmas With Scotty has now scanned 382k to date (it’s already certified GOLD by the RIAA). Zac Brown Band’s Uncaged is close to scanning Platinum, joining the band’s two previous albums in the Platinum-plus certification levels. Thomas Rhett’s “It Goes Like This” is next and it has moved 22% more than the previous week and has now sold nearly 82k to date. Label mate Justin Moore has sold 205k copies of his third album Off The Beaten Path while Trace Adkins first Yuletide album, The King’s Gift has sold 35k in the few weeks it has been on the charts, not a bad feat for an independently-released collection of traditional Christmas carols. Finally, Kelly Clarkson’s Wrapped In Red surpassed The Duck Dynasty novelty Christmas album (really all Christmas recordings are novelty records) and has moved 578k to date, roughly 3k more than Duck The Halls. It’ll be interesting to see which albums score the best sales.
*NOTE: Due to the Christmas holiday next week and New Years Day the following week, this may be our final Country Albums chart rundown for 2013. If we get the information, we’ll still find time those days to bring you, at least an abridged rundown.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Top 10 Country Albums for The Week of December 18, 2013 with 100 Notable Albums (SoundScan Top 200 Current Albums Chart Placement)*
*Numbers rounded to nearest thousandth.
Florida Georgia Line
Zac Brown Band
Zac Brown Band
Blake It All On My Roots
Duck The Halls
Crash My Party
Here’s To the Good Times
The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1.
Based On A True Story
Music Of Nashville (S2 Vol 1)
Cheers, It’s Christmas
On This Winter’s Night
Feels Like Carolina
Days Of Gold
See You Tonight
Frame By Frame
Christmas With Scotty
It Goes Like This
Off The Beaten Path
The King’s Gift
Wrapped In Red