Country Albums Chart Report: November 22, 2016

Garth Brooks dominates the top two slots this week on our rundown. While his 10 disc The Ultimate Collection didn't debut on the SoundScan chart for some reason this week, it has reportedly scanned 134k this past week. That'd be good enough for the project to be certified Platinum in just one week of sales. It would also give Garth's Gunslinger album -- a project which is part of the box set -- a nice start before it hits stores as a separate product on Black Friday. Garth and Trisha Yearwood's first "duets project," Christmas Together debuts with 21k this week to take the SoundScan #1  while Home Free has the #2 SoundScan album with Full of (Even More) Cheer. Tattooed Heart from Ronnie Dunn sits at #3 with 13k albums sold in its first week while Chris Stapleton is at #4 with nearly 1.7 million albums sold. At #5 on SoundScan this week is Kenny Chesney's Cosmic Halleujah. 

Top Ten Recap

Keith Urban's Ripcord is at #6 with the Now Country #1's at #7. Florida Georgia Line's Dig Your Roots is at #8 with sales at 260k to date. Jason Aldean is at #9 with They Don't Know while Brett Eldredge's Glow is at #10.


Notables include debuts from\ Christmas albums from Jennifer Nettles, Reba, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy Buffett, Kacey Musgraves, and Loretta Lynn.

Top 5 Country Albums: November 21, 2016

Note: The Top 5 Country Album Chart Numbers are rounded to nearest hundred albums sold.
CNTRY Artist Album Week Total Scans
-- Garth Brooks The Ultimate Collection 134,000 134,000
1 G.Brooks/T.Yearwood Christmas Together 21,200 21,200
2 Home Free Full of (Even More) Cheer 13,200 13,200
3 Ronnie Dun Tattooed Heart 13,000 13,000
4 Chris Stapleton Traveller 12,000 1,663,300
5 Kenny Chesney Cosmic Halleujah 11,300 114,400

Read the entire Top 10 and Notable Albums list here


  • courtney

    the reason is due to the price per disc for the first month rule a Box set like Garth's had to be priced at $34.90 to chart for it's first month unfortunately Garth's price of 29.99 didn't fit the criteria so it didn't chart $3.49 is the cut off price an album has to cost in it's first month of release same as what CD/Cassette singles used to be listed at back in the day unless it was a remix single a Maxi Single or an import most new albums these days cost between 11 -18 dollars a pop and some artists don't often put their albums on sale even during the Holidays. for example Adele almost never puts her albums on sale 25 is Still 10 bucks one year after it's release though anniversary re-issues of major albums usually cost more because there's extra stuff for instance the Beatles landmark album Sargent Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band turns 50 in June 2017

  • Charles Brown

    I do find it odd that the box set from Garth Brooks is not included on the album sales chart maybe Billboard will give us the reason for that. This year there are so many new Christmas releases don't ever remember of this ever happening 11 on the country albums. Matt thank you for the update this week. In closing Loretta Lynn White Christmas Blue I think is great because she is age 84 and still having hit albums.

    • Matt Bjorke

      There's a $3.49 per disc requirement and since the set is 10 discs for $29 bucks ($25 on Black Friday Weekend), that is the reason why. It's a SoundScan rule to prevent low prices from inflating first week sales numbers.

  • acapellaluv

    THX Matt... HOME FREE!! #2 !!!....Their brand new beautiful "COLDER E WEATHER" & gorgeous new VIRAL "HOW GREAT THOU ART"-(5.7 Mill. vws in 2.5 wks), shows their hard work's paying off......and dem HARMONIES!!!!..... :)