Country Album Chart News: The Week of November 13, 2013: Duck Dynasty's The Robertson Family Stay at #1 Album With "Duck The Halls" Christmas Recording
By: Matt Bjorke
The Robertson Family from Duck Dynasty’s new Duck The Halls album holds onto #1 this week, outselling fellow CMA Awards presenters and performers, gaining sales in their second week.
They have the #1 TV Show on Cable TV and a massive following so it’s not surprising that Duck Dynasty’s The Robertson Family land at #1 with their Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas album for EMI Records Nashville. The collection of Christmas songs from the family (and guests like George Strait, Luke Bryan and Alison Krauss) sold over 73,000 copies in its second week and is definitely going to be a huge holiday seller this shopping season with Deluxe editions available at Walmart (a limited-edition ZinePak and a 15 track CD (other stores get 14 tracks). The bonus track? Willie Robertson’s “Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy”), one of three songs on the collection featuring the CEO of the family’s Duck Commander business.
The CMA Awards are ALWAYS good for helping boost sales before Christmas shopping sales kick in and this week it’s no different with nearly EVERY album in the Top 10 gaining in sales, including the above Duck The Halls, which is the first time in a long time that a major release gains sales in its second week on the charts (they typically drop 25-50% the second week). This year’s best-selling 2014 release is Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party and the superstar who performed 2 tracks from the album scored the #2 slot this week to bring sales to nearly 1.15 million albums sold in just over 3 months on this chart. The #3 album is Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s To The Good Times. The album -- which gets the deluxe treatment in time for Christmas shopping -- has sold 1.22 Million in 49 weeks on this chart. the #4 best-selling Country album this week belongs to Blake Shelton, whose CMA “Album Of The Year” winning Based On A True Story… now has sold 968k and gained 148% in sales over the previous week’s numbers. Look for it to continue to be a big seller throughout the holiday season. Finally, wrapping up the Top 5 this week is Kacey Musgraves’ Same Trailer Different Park. The album moved over 567% more than last week to jump back on the Hot 200 Albums chart (all genres) at #22. The album has now sold 246k to date.
Thomas Rhett, Scotty McCreery, Toby Keith Lead Second Half of Top 10 Albums.
Last week’s #2 and #3 albums slide to #6 and #7 respectively with It Goes Like This from Thomas Rhett and Drinks After Work from Toby Keith. Rhett has moved 50k in two weeks while Toby’s moved 48k. Sitting at #8 is the month-old See You Tonight from Scotty McCreery. The album has moved 92k in that time span while Taylor Swift’s CMA performance helped her album jump sales over 79% returning her to the Top 10 for the first time in weeks. The album has now moved 3.859 million units since being released 55 weeks ago (one year, three weeks). Rounding out the Top 10 is Cassadee Pope’s Frame By Frame. The album has now moved 85k in 5 weeks on this chart.
CMA Awards Help Increase This Week’s Notable Albums Rundown with some bonus albums included in the rundown!.
We start this week’s notable albums with Willie Nelson’s best-selling To All The Girls… album. It’s his highest charting album in over three decades. Keith Urban’s Fuse gains the CMA Awards bump with sales now at nearly 200k while Little Big Town’s Tornado scanned past platinum (1,000,000 sold) with the CMA Awards sales boost of 240% this week. Hunter Hayes has now sold well over 1,000,000 copies of his self-titled/Encore album collection. Meanwhile, Zac Brown Band’s Uncaged gets an uptick of sales as well with 960k albums now in the hands of fans. Darius Rucker’s True Believers scored a 137% increase with sales now at 338k on the strength of his biggest hit ever, “Wagon Wheel.” Finally, George Strait’s Love Is Everything scored a 137% sales increase thanks to his Entertainer of the Year win and the superstar CMA winner has now sold 338k copies of his latest MCA Nashville album (which features new hit “I Got A Car” and 60th #1 hit “Give It All We’ve Got Tonight”).
Top 10 Country Albums for The Week of November 13, 2013 with a special 7 Notable Albums (SoundScan Top 200 Current Albums Chart Placement)*
*Numbers rounded to nearest thousandth.
Florida Georgia Line
Little Big Town
Zac Brown Band
Duck The Halls
Crash My Party
Here’s To the Good Times
Based On A True Story
Same Trailer Different Park
It Goes Like This
Drinks After Work
See You Tonight
Frame By Frame
To All The Girls…
Love Is Everything