Chart News August 24: Country Dominates as Luke Bryan Still Top Dawg!

For the second week of its life-cycle, Luke Bryan's Tailgates & Tanlines scores the best-selling country album in America according to SoundScan's Top 200 Current Albums chart. Read on to find out how Eli Young Band fared with their debut and more!

What we learned from The SoundScan Top 200 Current Albums chart stats this week:

  • 4 of the 10 best selling albums on the SoundScan Top 200 Current Albums chart are country albums.
  • 13 of the Top 30 are country albums as well.
  • Luke Bryan has sold nearly 200,000 albums in two weeks. Retains the best-selling country album for a second week.
  • Jason Aldean gained sales over last week. My Kinda Party could end up the #1 country album next week as well depending on how Luke and debuts from Sunny Sweeney and Pistol Annies do.
  • Eli Young Band Debuts with best sales week of their career, admittedly it's only compared to their last album; when they were still unknown.
  • Eric Church has sold a quarter of a million albums in 4 weeks on the chart.
  • Blake Shelton has sold a quarter of a million in one more week than E.C.
  • Zac Brown Band has sold 1.13 million copies of You Get What You Give.
  • The Band Perry scored a 10% sales increase over last week to jump back into country Top 10.
  • Taylor Swift is just slightly over 2,000 copies ahead of Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now for best-selling country album of 2010.
  • Jeff Bridges debuts with Jeff Bridges. Over 13,000 fans took the album home this week. Good for #10 on our country tally (it’s listed in iTunes as a country recording).
  • Brad Paisley is less than 70,000 copies away from scanning Gold (This Is Country Music is already certified gold by RIAA).
  • Justin Moore passed the 200,000 albums sold mark. His current single is “Bait A Hook”
  • Chris Young has sold 150,000 copies of Neon.
  • Lady antebellum scored a nice sales increase last week bringing sales to 3.62 million sold.
  • Both Kenny Chesney and Rascal Flatts are heading to scanning Gold for their current albums.
  • Sugarland gains remarkable sales increase, leaving cynics to think that the stage collapse actually helped their career.
  • The Country Strong original soundtrack has sold 324,000 copies. Exactly who did buy that turd? Just kidding. We like it.
  • Keith Urban and Sara Evans both scored sales increases this week over last week.
  • Guy Clark rounds out our rundown with Sounds & Stories. An album which pushed #1 album Watch The Throne off of #1 at Amazon last Tuesday! Guy Clark! Yay for Amazon Daily Deals!

Next week will see Sunny Sweeney, the Pistol Annies, Connie Smith and perhaps the McClymonts debut on the chart (that’s a lot of estrogen!). As usually check back here to see how the cookie crumbles!

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
2 4 Luke Bryan Tailgates & Tanlines 52,889 198,309
6 5 Jason Aldean My Kinda Party 37,380 1,732,902
NEW 6 Eli Young Band Life At Best 34,957 35,013
5 7 Eric Church Chief 31,275 266,349
14 14 Blake Shelton Red River Blue 17,639 259,077
LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
17 17 Zac Brown Band You Get What You Give 16,150 1,139,010
20 21 Trace Adkins Proud To Be Here 14,412 78,292
33 23 The Band Perry The Band Perry 13,298 716,083
27 24 Taylor Swift Speak Now 13,202 3,618,238
NEW 25 Jeff Bridges Jeff Bridges 13,197 13,222
LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
26 26 Brad Paisley This Is Country Music 13,000 435,655
29 28 Scotty McCreery American Idol/Highlights 12,346 144,864
32 31 Justin Moore Outlaws Like Me 10,721 206,602
35 39 Chris Young Neon 9,233 153,541
53 44 Lady Anthebellum Need You Now 8,395 3,620,838
LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
49 47 Various Now Country IV 7,770 126,944
47 49 Zac Brown Band The Foundation 7,628 2,708,303
51 53 Kenny Chesney Hemingway's Whiskey 7,314 923,584
61 55 Rascal Flatts Nothing Like This 7,130 946,681
76 71 Lauren Alaina American Idol/Highlights 5,128 62,837
LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
138 99 Sugarland The Incredible Machine 4,116 1,042,641
157 100 Various Country Strong 4,094 324,499
115 101 Sara Evans Stronger 4,046 270,869
149 121 Keith Urban Get Closer 3,382 631,618
NEW 128 Guy Clark Songs And Stories 3,252 3,337