It's now 2020 (where is Barbara Walters?) and we have a new chart for y'all to digest. This chart is compiled directly from Billboard's Top 200 albums in consumption. The chart features nineteen total albums, the albums which represent country music on the chart this week. There are a couple old-timer greatest hits projects (Linda Ronstadt and The Eagles), a handful of long-running new millennium hits (Chris Stapleton, Jason Aldean, Luke Combs, Kane Brown), and the most recent albums from some of country music's top stars (and one surprise) within the Top 10. We also have their consumption numbers to date that equal album units under SoundScan and Billboard chart rules.
Luke Combs (pictured above), owns the Top 2 spots on this chart with both of the albums he has released to date. Leading the way is his newest project, What You See Is What You Get. It's a record with activity to date approaching 700,000. His first, breakout record, This One's For You, sits at #2 with activity now approaching 2.6 million to date. Blake Shelton's just-released Fully Loaded: God's Country project is basically a 5 song EP with his nine hits since Re-Loaded: 20 Number 1 Hits was released four years before. Because the CMA winning single "God's Country" performed like a career single, Shelton's approaching Platinum status for this project and it proved to be a smart move to get folks to buy it as it sits #1 on the total download chart for a third week with over 113,000 of the activity here actual album purchases (either download or physical, most-likely physical). Sitting at #4 is the surprise (for some, not us) placement on this chart of Morgan Wallen's If I Know Me. The album -- which features top consumption hits like "Up Down" and "Whiskey Glasses," the most-played song of 2019 at country music radio, shows that younger fans who consume tracks via streaming are certainly hip to the Big Loud Records artist. Rounding out the Top 5 is CMA winning band Old Dominion with their third album, a self-titled affair. It has hit over 308,000 in total activity to date and features "One Man Band," and "Make It Sweet." The record looks to be attempting some crossover appeal with songs like "One Man Band" and "Some People Do" showing Hot AC chart potential.
Dan+Shay's self-titled third album, too, benefits from crossover appeal as "Speechless" has continued radio airplay love while the album's other two hits help the project remain the sixth-most-consumed album in country music this week with total consumption over 1.2 million strong. Chris Stapleton's Traveller remains here on the strength of both physical album sales and the continued streaming and sales success of "Tennessee Whiskey." The album has surpassed 4x platinum status and is well on its way to 5x with total consumption of 4.167 million to date. Jason Aldean's 9 has 194,000 total consumption to date, most of that consumption true album sales. Meanwhile at #9 is Maren Morris' GIRL, an album with total activity approaching Gold status for the RIAA with 445,000 to date. Kane Brown's sophomore album Experiment is at #10 with total consumption at 804, 000 to date.
The other nine albums on this rundown include second albums from Kane Brown and Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band's Greatest Hits...So Far. You can view the weekly activity and total activity to date on all of these albums in the chart below.
|Place||Artist||Album||Week||Activity To Date|
|1||Luke Combs||What You See Is What You Get||26,000||677,000|
|2||Luke Combs||This One's For You (Too)||17,000||2,559,000|
|3||Blake Shelton||Fully Loaded: God's Country||16,000||982,000|
|4||Morgan Wallen||If I Know Me||11,000||732,000|
|5||Old Dominion||Old Dominion||11,000||308,000|
|11||Thomas Rhett||Center Point Road||7,000||409,000|
|12||Kacey Musgraves||Golden Hour||7,000||709,000|
|14||The Eagles||Greatest Hits: '71-'75||7,000||6,371,000|
|15||Kane Brown||Kane Brown||7,000||1,798,000|
|--||Zac Brown Band||Greatest Hits So Far||6,000||3,755,000|
|--||Jason Aldean||Rearview Town||6,000||1,292,000|
|--||Linda Ronstadt||Greatest Hits||5,000||1,867,000|
in the case of the Eagles album that total is since Soundscan began the week ending May 25th 1991 when Soundscan began The Eagles Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 was 12 x platinum while Michael Jackson's Thriller at the same point was 21 x platinum or double diamond both albums are currently 3 x diamond in the US the award was launched in March 1999 nearly 21 years ago album sales since 2015 have gone down 62.4% and roughly 90% since 2011 an album that sold 6 million copies in 2011 if released now would barely reach gold such as Adele's 21 which to date has shipped 14 million and sold slightly more than 12 million 21 is the best selling album of the 2010's in many countries including US UK France Germany Canada & Australia in those six countries alone the album as sold more than 25 million copies
Thank you! The update to most consumed including streaming, video, etc. in addition to just paid downloads really improves this chart. Great job!
Grand Ole Opry Fan
Any data for Jon Pardi's "California Sunrise" and " Heartache Medication " based on total consumption. I know California Sunrise hit platinum status last year!! So I'm guessing it's at around 1.3 - 1.5 million by now?