Top 10 Country Albums: January 7, 2019

After a few week hiatus, we're back chronicling the Top 10 country albums in terms of pure album sales. See the entire rundown here.

With the Christmas and New Year season behind us, we've entered into the next realm and that is albums returning to prior sales levels post-iTunes and store gift cards. With that in mind, nearly every artist here has seen drastic sales declines over the previous week, where Carrie Underwood's Cry Pretty album scored the #1 slot. This week, Dan+Shay return to #1 and dominate all the country charts thanks to the 4 week #1 hit "Speechless." That song and previous multi-week #1 "Tequila" have turned the duo into a top shelf A-list duo in all of music, not just country music. Underwood's fall is only to #2 this week with Cry Pretty sitting at nearly 401,000 pure albums sold. Kacey Musgraves' Golden Hour finds the Grammy darling with 141,100 albums sold now (all without any mainstream country radio hits). Speaking of mainstream country radio hits, at #4 is Kane Brown's recent #1 Experiment. The rising star has now sold nearly 167,000 albums while Luke Combs' This One's For You (Too) rounds out the singer's run on the radio charts with "Beautiful Crazy," the final single from a successful debut album.

The Top 10 is rounded out by Eric Church's Desperate Man (with 179,000 sold to date), Chris Stapletons timeless Traveller with 2,425 million plus fans now owning the record while Josh Turner's I Serve A Savior is finding audiences and has sold nearly 61,000 copies, making it one of the Christian music market's best-selling new albums of the year. John Prine's Tree Of Forgiveness sits at #9 with sales of nearly 134,000 while Brett Young's Ticket To L.A. sits at #10 with sales of 40,600 so far.

There are many notables including Upchurch's River Rat album with nearly 10k sold, which is not bad for an indie act that doesn't make anything mainstream yet constantly releases new material to audiences (he's sold more than some top country albums this year with cumulative sales closer to 100,000 than 50,000). Dolly Parton's Dumplin' soundtrack has sold over 18k while Mitchell Tenpenny's Telling All My Secrets has scanned nearly 18,000 copies and has a streaming figure of around 40,000 units in total consumption so far. Ashley McBryde's Girl Going Nowhere has sold over 31,000 copies while Martina McBride, Dailey & Vincent and Vince Gill have the only Christmas projects on this week's rundown.

Place Artist Album Week Total Scans
1 Dan + Shay Dan + Shay 5,100 91,900
2 Carrie Underwood Cry Pretty 4,700 400,800
3 Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour 4,200 141,100
4 Kane Brown Experiment 3,900 166,700
5 Luke Combs This One's For You (Too) 3,600 399,000
6 Eric Church Desperate Man 3,400 179,000
7 Chris Stapleton Traveller 3,300 2,425,400
8 Josh Turner I Serve A Savior 3,200 60,900
9 John Prine Tree of Forgiveness 2,800 133,700
10 Brett Young Ticket To L.A. 2,500 40,600
11 Upchurch River Rat 2,300 9,200
12 Chris Stapleton From A Room: Vol 2. 2,200 480,200
13 Thomas Rhett Life Changes 2,100 314,400
14 Pistol Annies Interstate Gospel 2,100 60,100
15 Dolly Parton Dumplin' Original Soundtrack 1,800 18,000
-- Kane Brown Kane Brown 1,800 496,900
-- Mitchell Tenpenny Telling All My Secrets 1,600 17,800
-- Jason Aldean Rearview Town 1,500 462,700
-- Kenny Chesney Songs For The Saints 1,500 139,100
-- Kelsea Ballerini Unapologetically 1,400 129,900
-- Brett Young Brett Young 1,300 253,400
-- Dierks Bentley The Mountain 1,300 181,300
-- Ashley McBryde Girl Going Nowhere 1,200 31,300
-- Keith Urban Grafitti U 1,200 272,900
-- Rosanne Cash She Remembers Everything 1,100 15,300
-- Brothers Osborne Port Saint Joe 1,100 75,000
-- Luke Bryan What Makes You Country 1,100 351,500
-- Martina McBride It's The Holiday Season 1,100 15,100
-- Tyler Childers Purgatory 1,000 54,800
-- Midland On The Rocks 900 107,200
-- Caroline Jones Bare Feet 900 38,600
-- Cole Swindell All Of It 700 90,600
-- Scotty McCreery Seasons Change 700 90,800
-- Dailey & Vincent Sounds Of Christmas 600 11,900
-- Chris Young Losing Sleep 500 114,200
-- Jon Pardi California Sunrise 500 260,300
Cody Jinks Lifers 500 41,900
-- Joey + Rory The Singer And The Song: Best 500 14,600
-- Home Free Timeless 500 49,900
-- Toby Keith Should've Been A Cowboy (25th) 400 4,200
-- Jimmie Allen Mercury Lane 400 10,000
-- Maren Morris Hero 400 305,800
-- Old Dominion Happy Endings 400 105,200
-- Willie Nelson Last Man Standing 400 79,600
-- Jill Martin The Locals - EP 400 400
-- Loretta Lynn Wouldn't It Be Great 400 22,100
-- Vince Gill Christmas Collection 300 2,500
-- Kip Moore Slowheart 300 56,200
-- Morgan Wallen If I Know Me 300 12,900
-- Margo Price All American MAde 300 32,100
-- Colter Wall Songs Of The Plains 200 9,900
-- Darius Rucker When Was The Last Time 200 121,200
-- Wheeler Walker Jr WWIII 200 8,100
-- Chris Janson Everybody 200 46,600


  • Courtney

    psome of those numbers aren't bad considering the year over year sales decreases particularly Jason Aldean's Carrie Underwood's and Keith Urban's both Rearview Town and Cry Pretty are R.I.A.A. certified Gold for shipment of 500,000 copies each though neither has sold 500,000 to the public yet Rearview town at 466,000 and Cry Pretty at 405,000 since their April and September 2018 releases respectively granted subsequent albums usually sell faster than a debut because an artist is established Platinum certs were created in the early 1970's Multi Platinum in October 1984 for example by October 30th 1984 Michael Jackson's Thriller was certified 20 x platinum in The US 23 months after it's release or Fleetwood Mac's Rumours was certified 12 x platinum October 22nd 1984 and the diamond Award was launched in 1999 celebrating 10 million copies sold or more of either an album or Single thus far 92 albums and around 30 singles are certified diamond and several albums including Taylor Swift's 1989 Christina Aguilera's self titled debut which turns 20 this summer Journey's Escape Faith Hill's Breathe Eagles Hell Freezes Over etc are on the cusp of being certified diamond Journey's Escape was last certified in November 1994 at 9 x platinum some albums which are already diamond also need updates such as Adele's 21 should be 15 x platinum Journey's Greatest Hits should be at minimum 16 x platinum Beatles The White Album should be 20 x platinum Beatles 1 and Abbey Road should each be at minimum 13 x platinum Whitney Houston's 1987 sophomore album Whitney should be diamond as should Mariah Carey's Self Titled 1990 debut there are currently 12 albums certified 20 x platinum or higher by the RIAA 10 of which are pop/rock albums and two are country those being Garth Brooks Double Live and Shania Twains Come On Over Shania was the first female artist to earn 3 diamond albums Garth has the most with 7 at the moment the best selling soundtrack in US history is Whitney Houston & Various Artists the Bodyguard certified 18 x platinum in November 2017 for the 25th anniversary of release of the album and film