Country Album Chart News: The Week of October 30, 2013: Luke Bryan, Scotty McCreery Lead Chart, Brandy Clark Debuts
By: Matt Bjorke
Luke Bryan returns to #1 in place of Scotty McCreery (for just one week with Thomas Rhett and Toby Keith and Duck Dynasty projects set to debut next week). Songwriter Brandy Clark's 12 Stories is the lone new album on to hit the chart.
With sales of 25k, Luke Bryan's Crash My Party reclaims #1 on this week’s Top 10 chart rundown from Scotty McCreery, who slides to #2 with See You Tonight. McCreery’s now sold 70k of “See You Tonight” to date while Bryan’s nearly 1.1 million (in just 3 months). Florida Georgia Line is at #3 with Here’s To The Good Times. They’ve sold 1.18 million in less than a year with a Deluxe edition sure to spur sales further this upcoming holiday season. Willie Nelson’s best-selling album in years -- To All The Girls... -- sits at #4 this week with 57k sold in two weeks. Finally, Cassadee Pope’s three-week-old Frame By Frame is at #5 with sales nearing 70k.
Blake Shelton’s Based On A True Story Returns to The Top 10 with sales boost; Justin Moore “Path” & Keith Urban’s “Fuse,” their latest projects, remain Top 10.
Blake Shelton sits at #6 this week with sales of Based On A True Story… approaching one million units scanned (it’s already certifed Platinum for sales to stores of over 1,000,000 copies). Justin Moore’s third album Off The Beaten Path is certainly on its way to joining his first two albums for The Valory Music Company at Gold with sales already at 165k in just six weeks. Next, Keith Urban’s Fuse continues to light the way with sales now at 184k in 7 weeks on the charts. Jason Aldean’s 54 week old ‘baby,’ Night Train sits at #9 this week with sales of 1.46 million copies while Alan Jackson has now passed the 60k mark in sales for The Bluegrass Album. It is also still America’s #1 selling Bluegrass album (and has been for the 5 weeks it has been on the charts).
Chris Young A.M. scans 100k, Hunter Hayes Encore Scans Platinum while Brandy Clark debuts with 12 Stories.
This week we start with Chase Rice’s latest EP, Ready Set Roll having moved another 6,000 copies to give the indie star 23k sold to date. The EP’s physical CD release is still a month away. Tyler Farr’s Redneck Crazy album has now moved 50k in the few weeks it’s been on the charts while Hunter Hayes hits Platinum (it’s already certified) with scanned units for his self-titled debut Atlantic Nashville album at over 1,000,000 albums. Chris Young’s 5 week old A.M. scanned past the 100k mark this week while lead single “Aw Naw” is set to go Gold next week (details here). Finally, newcomer Brandy Clark debuts with 12 Stories, her first album after years of experience as a songwriter in Nashville (writer of #1 hit “Better Dig Two,” “Mama’s Broken Heart” and “Follow Your Arrow”). Granger Smith is a bonus look-see this week with Dirt Road Diary having returned to the Country SoundScan chart with 500 more copies making the way to fans. The album has now sold over 28,000 copies to date (which isn’t bad for an independent artist without mainstream exposure).
Top 10 Country Albums for The Week of October 30, 2013 with five Notable Albums (SoundScan Top 200 Current Albums Chart Placement)*
*Numbers rounded to nearest thousandth.
Florida Georgia Line
Crash My Party
See You Tonight
Here’s To the Good Times
To All The Girls
Frame By Frame
Based On A True Story
Off The Beaten Path
The Bluegrass Album
Ready Set Roll EP
Dirt Road Diary