Martina McBride Shines on Soundscan Hot 200 Charts

Martina McBride scored another #1 debut on the Country Albums Chart and landed the 10th spot on the charts overall with her new album "Shine."  Following Martina on the charts this week were John Rich, Eric Church and Dolly Parton with their latest releases, respectivel

Martina McBride managed to do something that no other Country artist has been able to do so far this year that is she surpassed Taylor swift as the biggest selling Country artist on the SoundScan charts this week.  Swift, for her part, wasn’t far behind and of particular note are the two other major chart debuts this week: John Rich with his “Son of a Preacher Man” followed quickly by Eric Church and his “Carolina” album.  Rounding out the Top 5 albums on the country chart this week is Carrie Underwood and her 1.5 year-old album “Carnival Ride.”


Last This Artist Album This Week Total Sales
NEW 10 Martina McBride Shine 41,457 41,475
6 12 Taylor Swift Fearless 39532 2,935,887
NEW 16 John Rich Son of a Preacher Man 30,878 30,879
NEW 17 Eric Church Carolina 30,590 30,596
15 31 Carrie Underwood Carnival Ride 16,775 2,719,759

The second half of the Top 10 Country albums on the Neilsen SoudScan chart features usual suspects on the recent charts in the form of Zac Brown Band’s debut “The Foundation,” Darius Rucker’s “Learn To Live,” Taylor Swift’s self-titled debut, and Sugarland’s “Love On The Inside.”  The surprise entrant in the chart is Dolly Parton’s Cracker Barrel exclusive release “Backwoods Barbie.”  That album sold an impressive 12,000 copies last week bringing Dolly’s total sales for her latest album over the 150,000 albums sold threshold, which isn’t bad for an album which hasn’t had a major hit single off of it. 


Last This Artist Album This Week Total Sales
24 32 Zac Brown Band The Foundation 16,361 375,359
27 34 Darius Rucker Lean To Live 13,878 535,600
29 39 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift 12,599 4,035,045
RE-Ent 40 Dolly Parton Backwoods Barbie 12,306 150,282
42 43 Sugarland Love On The Inside 11,221 1,477,576

As always with our weekly chart run-down, we’ve gathered five of the remaining Country albums on the SoundScan Hot 200 chart that are of interest to us.  The first one is Jamey Johnson’s “That Lonesome Song,” which continues to sell well and actually gained 29% more sales than the previous week as he shifted 11,000 more copies of the critically acclaimed disc.  Jake Owen’s album “Easy Does It” continues to sell at a remarkably low pace for an artist with a song in the Top 10 at country radio while Lady Antebellum’s album gained 3% more sales than the previous week.  Joey +Rory continue to sell thousands of albums every week, despite not having a major chart hit while Toby Keith’s album sales for the 22 week old “That Don’t Make Me A Bad Guy” can’t be described as anything but unexpected given his superstar status.  The album is still well below gold status. 


Last This Artist Album This Week Total Sales
53 45 Jamey Johnson That Lonesome Song 11,114 358,074
58 67 Lady Antebellum Lady Antebellum 8,249 485,530
93 118 Jake Owen Easy Does It 4,653 48,843
115 146 Joey+Rory The Life Of A Song 4,029 130,315
170 184 Toby Keith That Dont/Bad Guy 3,029 360,493

In other chart news, Darius Rucker’s “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” continues it’s chart-topping presence for one more week on the Billboard/R&R charts while Taylor Swift’s “White Horse” is right behind it (but is #1 on the Country Aircheck chart).  The rest of the Top five says the same but at the end of the Top 10 we find Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis at 9th place with “I Told You So” and Sugarland at 10 with their 7 week old single, “It Happens,” the youngest single in the Top 10. 


Last  This  Weeks Artist  Song Label
1 1 24 Darius Rucker It Won't Be Like This For Long Capitol
2 2 18 Taylor Swift White Horse Big Machine
3 3 21 George Strait River Of Love MCA
4 4 33 Jake Owen Don't Think I Can't Love You RCA
5 5 20 Rodney Atkins It's America Curb
8 6 19 Jason Aldean She's Country Broken Bow
7 7 15 Tim McGraw Nothin' To Die For Curb
9 8 10 Rascal Flatts Here Comes Goodbye Lyric Street
11 9 11 Carrie Underwood/Randy Travis I Told You So 19/Arista
12 10 7 Sugarland It Happens Mercury

Kenny Chesney’s new single “Out Last Night” enters at 25 on the chart while Last week’s top debuting single, “Then” by Brad Paisley us up to 20 on the chart.  Stay tuned next week as Keith Urban’s new release “Defying Gravity” and Rodney Atkins “It’s America” enter the charts.