Rascal Flatts and Country Music Are Unstoppable On This Week's Charts

With last week's ACM Awards helping to guide the way for other releases, Rascal Flatts scored their 4th #1 spot on the SoundScan Hot 200 Chart this week with "Unstoppable" selling over 350,000 copies while Jason Aldean's "Wide Open" sold 100k to debut at 4th


Last This Artist Album This Week Total Sales
NEW 1 Rascal Flatts Unstoppable 351,024 351,188
NEW 4 Jason Aldean Wide Open 108,960 109,018
10 6 Taylor Swift Fearless 82,090 3,059,534
1 7 Keith Urban Defying Gravity 72,255 243,802
33 16 Carrie Underwood Carnival Ride 32,280 2,768,270

The Top 10 country albums on the SoundScan Hot 200 chart include Jamey Johnson’s critically acclaimed “That Lonesome Song,” Sugarland’s “Love On The Inside,” the four times platinum self-titled Taylor Swift debut,  Zac Brow Band’s “The Foundation” and “Learn To Live” from Darius Rucker.  It is interesting to note that every album listed here enjoyed remarkable sales increases over the previous week.


Last This Artist Album This Week Total Sales
38 21 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift 25,687 4,074,963
50 22 Sugarland Love On The Inside 25,287 1,514,768
29 26 Zac Brown Band The Foundation 22,784 415,899
58 33 Jamey Johnson That Lonesome Song 17,674 386,206
39 34 Darius Rucker Learn To Live 17,427 584,551

The Next five albums listed here include the 11th-13th highest charting Country albums on the SoundScan Hot 200 chart but the last two albums from Kellie Pickler and Trace Adkins are interesting to note because both went from being outside the top 200 selling albums of the week last week to sitting at 116 and 124 respectively.  Pickler’s self-titled sophomore album has now sold nearly 200,000 copies, while Adkins’ “X,” buoyed by his stunning performance of “’Til The Last Shot’s Fired” with the West Point Cadet Glee Club, has now passed the 160,000 unit sold mark.  The 11th-13th albums include, in order, Lady Antebellum’s gold self-titled debut, Rodney Atkins’ two-week old “It’s America,” and Billy Ray Cyrus’ new “Back To Tennessee.” Cyrus’ album debuted at 41 on the charts.  It is also interesting to note that Rascal Flatts’ 600,000 selling “Greatest Hits, Vol. 1” album and John Rich’s three-week old “Son of a Preacher Man” both landed inside the Top 50 albums sold this week, giving country music 15 of the Top 50 albums after having 11 of the top 100 last week. 


Last This Artist Album This Week Total Sales
70 36 Lady Antebellum Lady Antebellum 16,273 510,373
15 40 Rodney Atkins It's America 14,523 48,222
NEW 41 Billy Ray Cyrus Back To Tennessee 14,235 14,238
OFF 116 Kellie Pickler Kellie Pickler 6,276 193,698
OFF 124 Trace Adkins X 5,713 162,138

Other albums in the Top 100 on this week’s SoundScan chart included the latest albums from Martina Mcbride, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.  That gives the genre 21 percent of the week’s Hot 100 albums, which proves that country fans are still buying albums, even if they’re only doing so after a major awards show.