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The Country Boys Continue to Dominate the Charts

By: Matt Bjorke

Last Updated: July 13, 2011 12:07 PM

Last week was a ‘country boy’s world’ with the entire top five country albums on the SoundScan Top 200 Current Albums chart belonging to male artists new and old and thanks to a lack of new releases last week, the same five artists and band are there, with only a couple of changes in their placement. The first artist is Jason Aldean once again and Justin Moore slips back up one slot to #2 with Brad Paisley slides up a slot as well with This Is Country Music. Zac Brown Band jumps four slots to #4 this week with You Get What You Give while last week’s second best-seller, Scotty McCreery’s American Idol Season 10 Highlights slides down to the #5 slot this week.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
6 4 Jason Aldean My Kinda Party 41,965 1,491,880
13 12 Justin Moore Outlaws Like Me 21,675 117,457
21 14 Brad Paisley This Is Country Music 19,582 344,240
28 18 Zac Brown Band You Get What You Give 15,699 1,042,836
10 19 Scotty McCreery American Idol/Selections 13,967 54,372

Taylor Swift remains the #6 selling country album with another 13,000 copies sold of her Speak Now album as she works on single #5 from the record (“Sparks Fly”). The Band Perry continues to do well with their hits and sales and are now over the 643,000 sales mark for The Band Perry. The multi-artist compilation Now Country IV is next with 72,000-plus copies sold this week to make it the eighth best-selling country album on SoundScan’s Top 200 Current Albums chart this week with Lauren Alaina’s own American Idol Season 10 Highlights album now over the 30,000 copies sold mark (which isn’t bad for a five song EP featuring remakes). Blake Shelton’s Loaded…The Best of Blake Shelton slides from the Top 5 to the tenth slot this week with 344,000 copies of the hits collection now sold. It is well on its way to scoring a Gold plaque sometime in the next year or so.

 

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
27 20 Taylor Swift Speak Now 13,910 3,536,746
40 23 The Band Perry The Band Perry 12,565 643,137
33 26 Various Now Country IV 12,008 72,382
24 34 Lauren Alaina American Idol/Selections 10,592 30,676
18 35 Blake Shelton Loaded…Best of Blake… 10,119 344,402

Lady Antebellum leads off the 11-15 section with Need You Now. Rascal Flatts, who just scored their first Gold selling single since joining Big Machine Records for “I Won’t Let Go” has now sold over 903,000 copies of Nothing Like This. Likely final single “Easy” – which features Natasha Bedingfield – is out on the charts now as is Kenny Chesney’s You and Tequila” (a song which features Grace Potter). Hemingway’s Whiskey has now sold 875,000 copies to land at #13 this week. Ronnie Dunn’s “Cost of Livin’” is next and has sold nearly 94,000 copies thanks to “Bleed Red” and new hit “Cost of Livin’.” Zac Brown Band has now sold over 2,600,000 copies of this week’s #15 album, The Foundation.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
62 48 Lady Anthebellum Need You Now 8,229 3,570,807
56 49 Rascal Flatts Nothing Like This 8,110 903,018
63 52 Kenny Chesney  Hemingway's Whiskey 7,676 875,216
61 61 Ronnie Dunn Ronnie Dunn 7,030 93,765
79 69 Zac Brown Band The Foundation 6,459 2,665,924

Sara Evans is next with Stronger having moved nearly a quarter of a million records since being released this spring. Dolly Parton’s Better Day debuted at #11 last week and slides to #21 this week and has now sold 16,000 copies in two weeks. Thompson Square’s self-titled debut rebounds into the Top 20 this week on the strength of “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” and “I Got You.” Tim McGraw has the #18 record this week with Number One Hits having sold nearly 392,000 records while Alison Krauss & Union Station’s Paper Airplane has now sold nearly a quarter of a million of records since being released. The bluegrass superstar’s album rounds out the Top 20 this week.

 

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
65 83 Sara Evans Stronger 5,790 242,854
49 87 Dolly Parton Better Day 5,506 16,246
158 101 Thompson Square Thompson Square 4,609 196,989
95 106 Tim McGraw Number One Hits 4,336 392,947
106 110 Alison Krauss/Union Station Paper Airplane 4,188 249,120

Before we tell you about where we think next week’s slate of new releases will land, let’s talk about five interesting albums from established to up and coming artists. Colt Ford slides out of the Top 20 for the first time this week with his successful Every Chance I Get while Sugarland’s The Incredible Machine is also out of the Top 20 for the first time since its release. Billy Currington’s Enjoy Yourself is next on our SoundScan Top 200 Current Albums chart rundown with sales now approaching 350,000 copies. Darius Rucker rebounds up the charts and is now less than 11,000 copies from scanning gold on Charleston, SC 1966, thanks to hits like “I Got Nothin’.” Jerrod Niemann rounds out our rundown as “One More Drinkin’ Song” finds audiences just like “Lover Lover” and “What Do You Want” did over the past year. The year old album Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury has now sold nearly 330,000 copies.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
117 124 Colt Ford Every Chance I Get 3,649 76,943
123 127 Sugarland The Incredible Machine 3,605 1,021,921
131 130 Billy  Currington Enjoy Yourself 3,500 344,835
170 131 Darius Rucker Charleston, SC 1966 3,452 489,681
Re-Entry 149 Jerrod Niemann Judge Jerrod/Hung Jury 3,156 327,564

Next week is guaranteed to bring new sales figures from high profile releases with a likely new 1-2 sales combination from Blake Shelton and Chris Young. We expect Shelton’s Red River Blue to sell somewhere from 120,000-150,000 copies (which might make it the #1 album in America) while Chris Young should move somewhere between 60,000-70,000 copies of Neon. Ashton Shepherd is set to drop on the chart next week as well and it’s our guess that she’ll sell around 10-15,000 copies next week of Where Country Grows.  As always, check back here to find out where the albums land on the charts and to see if our estimates are correct.

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