Country Album Chart News: The Week of January 29, 2013: Jennifer Nettles Stays #1; Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift Return To Top 10
By: Matt Bjorke
Jennifer Nettles managed to hold off Florida Georgia Line for a second week with That Girl. The Top 10 is joined by Now That’s What I Call Country Balllads Volume 2.
Jennifer Nettles remains at #1 with another 19k copes of her debut album That Girl sold. She outsold #2 Florida Georgia Line by 6,000,000 copies while Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party sits at #3 while Rosanne Cash’s The River & The Thread sits at #4 (it was #2 last week) with 12k sold. Rounding out the Top 5 thanks to Post-Grammy digital sales is Same Trailer Different Park from double Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves. She’s now sold 315k copies.
Taylor Swift jumps back into the Top 10 with RED, thanks to Grammy Performance. Now Country Ballads 2 debuts In Top 10.
8k fans took home RED, more than double the previous week’s sales while Garth Brooks sits at #7 with Blame It All On My Roots, his Walmart-exclusive 6 disc box set. The set has now sold 825k, a remarkable number for a $25 physical item in an era of digital sales and streaming, proving that fans will buy physical product if it’s compelling enough (or not available anywhere else). Blake Shleton’s record is up 3% over last week with 6k hitting the hands of fans, enough to place the album at #8 this week. 5,500 fans took home the multi-artist Now That’s What I Call Country Ballads compilation to place it at #9 this week. Rounding out the Top 10 this week is Jason Aldean’s Night Train. He’s moved 1.57 million copies to date.
The 5 Notables include Cassadee Pope’s debut Frame By Frame, and the latest albums from Scotty McCreery, Florida Georgia Line’s iTunes Sessions EP and more.
This week’s notables starts off with Hunter Hayes’s self-titled album. While he’s moving on from that sucessful album “era,” with the release of “Invisible” to radio and fans this week, the album jumps back into the conversaiton this week with a 39% sales increase and brings the album’s sales figures to 1.087 million copies scanned. Last week’s Top 5 debut, Jon Pardi’s Write You A Song hits the 20k sold mark but tumbles to #12 best-selling country album this week (a 75% drop). Scotty McCreery’s See You Tonight is next in the notables rundown and the album has now sold 192k to date while Danielle Bradbery has now sold over 111k of her Big Machine Records/Republic debut. Willie Nelson’s To All The Girls duets album jumps back onto the chart with a gain of 48% over last week, a number which brings his sales totals to 114k sold. Finally, Casadee Pope gets a bonus slot this week as Frame By Frame drops from the Top 200 Albums sold chart but still is on our Country albums chart. It has now sold 151k. Also, not charted but notable this week is Lee Brice’s Hard 2 Love the album has now scanned GOLD (501k sold to date), his first album to achieve this feat and the first artist at Curb Records not named Tim McGraw to do so (for the label) in years.
Top 10 Country Albums for The Week of January 29, 2014 with 6 Notable Albums (SoundScan Top 200 Current Albums Chart Placement)*
*Numbers rounded to nearest thousandth.
Florida Georgia Line
Now That’s What I Call
Here’s To The Good Times
Crash My Party
The River & The Thread
Same Trailer Different Park
Blame It All On My Roots
Based On A True Story…
Country Ballads 2
Write You A Song
See You Tonight
To All The Girls
Frame By Frame