Zac Brown Band Has #1 Album in the USA

For the first time in their career, the Zac Brown Band have the best-selling album in the country. They scored the #1 slot on the SoundScan Hot 200 Albums chart rundown with You Get What You Give holding off the #2 album this week, Maroon 5's Hands All Over.

After holding the best-selling country album slot on the SoundScan Hot 200 Albums chart for the majority of 2010, Lady Antebellum has now seen a second best seller in two weeks as the Zac Brown Band and their sophomore full-length release You Get What You Give not only moves Jamey Johnson out of the best-selling country album seat but it supplants Linkin’ Park from the #1 overall slot on the Hot 200 Albums chart.  It outsold the #2 SoundScan album Hands All Over from Maroon 5 by over 11,000 copies.  Billy Currington’s fourth album Enjoy Yourself, which already has a #1 single in “Pretty Good At Drinkin’ Beer,” was the second-best selling country album this week with nearly 45,000 fans picking up their very own copy of the album.  Last week’s top-seller, The Guitar Song from Jamey Johnson sold nearly 30,000 copies more giving him 92,731 copies sold in just two weeks.  If he gets to the 250,000 threshold, he will have his second consecutive Gold album as double albums count for two discs sold, not one package. Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now found nearly 15,000 more homes.  The same can be said about the Zac Brown Band’s debut album The Foundation. It has now sold nearly 2.3 million copies in two years on the charts. 

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
NEW 1 Zac Brown Band You Get What You Give 153,402 153,706
NEW 9 Billy Currington Enjoy Yourself 44,889 44,900
4 12 Jamey Johnson The Guitar Song 29,838 92,731
21 21 Lady Antebellum Need You Now 14,715 2,641,090
28 22 Zac Brown Band The Foundation 14,364 2,280,549

The multi-artist Now That’s What I Call Country! Volume 3 album found nearly 11,000 more homes giving the disc a two week sales mark over 25,000 copies.  That’s not bad when you consider that every one of the songs on the album are digitally available as singles.  Miranda Lambert’s ‘break-through’ Revolution has found nearly 9,500 more fans while Randy Houser’s sophomore album debuts as this week’s eighth-best selling album this week with 9,000 fans picking up a copy of the critically lauded album.  Randy’s label-mate Trace Adkins continues to sell at a solid pace as Cowboy’s Back In Town rides past the 115,000 copies sold mark while Little Big Town’s The Reason Why gives country music one-fifth of the Top 50 albums on SoundScan’s chart this week.  They’ve now sold over 85,000 copies of the album in five weeks. 

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
22 31 Various Now Country 3 10,669 25,443
36 41 Miranda Lambert Revolution 9,302 859,269
NEW 43 Randy Houser They Call Me Cadillac 8,998 8,999
45 49 Trace Adkins Cowboy's Back In Town 7,486 116,110
47 50 Little Big Town The Reason Why 7,448 85,992

Fearless continues to sell well for Taylor Swift as the artist finds herself now comfortably over the six million albums sold mark while priming up to release Speak Now in October.  Carrie Underwood’s Play On is next with nearly 6,000 more fans adding the album to their collection while the Zac Brown Band’s live Pass The JarZac Brown Band and Friends Live found nearly 5,000 fans allowing the album to jump back into the Top 20 of the Country Albums chart while also nearly doubling its place on the SoundScan Hot 200 Albums chart, landing at 75 this week. American Saturday Night from Brad Paisley is the 14th best-seller this week with nearly 4,500 copies sold.  Next week the album should slide past the 650,000 sales mark.  Luke Bryan’s Doin’ My Thing sold nearly 4,500 copies as well as the artist inches closer and closer to a Gold-scanning album (although he already has gotten the Gold RIAA hardware for shipped copies). 

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
54 56 Taylor Swift Fearless 6,924 6,014,746
74 65 Carrie Underwood Play On 5,632 1,740,683
146 75 Zac Brown Band Pass The Jar…Live… 4,820 136,451
94 82 Brad Paisley American Saturday Night 4,498 647,807
103 83 Luke Bryan Doin' My Thing 4,433 439,337

Jerrod Niemann’s breakthrough album Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury leads off the last quarter of the Top 20 country albums on SoundScan’s Hot 200 Albums chart this week.   The album has now sold nearly 130,000 copies since being released in July.  Joey+Rory’s Album Number Two tumbles from the tenth spot last week to the seventeenth spot this week as the album slides past the 11,000 copies sold mark.  Easton Corbin’s self-titled debut is looking to go two-for-two with #1 singles as “Roll With It” is angling for the #1 single next week while the newcomer’s album has sold nearly a quarter of a million records since its release this past spring.  Blake Shelton’s second SixPak of the year, All About Tonight has now sold over 81,000 copies as the artist was just asked to join the Grand Ole Opry yesterday.  Jason Aldean’s Wide Open rounds out this week’s Top 20 with 3,800 more fans taking a shine to the album giving him nearly 1.3 million copies sold. 

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
98 84 Jerrod Niemann Judge Jerrod/Hung Jury 4,382 128,983
58 86 Joey+Rory Album # 2 4,328 11,314
114 96 Easton Corbin Easton Corbin 3,941 244,554
104 97 Blake Shelton All About Tonight 3,889 81,505
129 101 Jason Aldean  Wide Open 3,808 1,290,269

James Otto’s album slid into the 61 slot on Last week’s SoundScan chart but finds itself down to the 107 slot this week as Shake What God Gave Ya has slid past the 10,000 copies sold mark after two weeks.  It also leads off our ‘interesting albums rundown this week.  Ryan Bingham’s Junky Star is net and it sits at 116 on the Hot 200 Albums chart and has now sold over 32,000 copies since its August release.  Colt Ford’s Chicken & Biscuits continues to sell remarkably well as the sophomore album from the Southern Country Talker now has scanned over 113,000 copies.  Dierks Bentley’s ‘artsy’ project Up On The Ridge, which is up for Album of the Year at the 44th Country Music Awards, sold nearly 3,000 more copies this week bringing his sales totals to over 150,000.  This brings the album remarkably close to what Dierks sold with Feel That Fire and when you consider the album’s status as a bluegrass release, it is by far the best-selling album in that country subgenre this year.  Justin Townes Earle’s Harlem River Blues rounds-out this week’s rundown as the album slides 123 places on the Hot 200 Albums chart this week but still finds the Bloodshot Records artist over the 11,000 copies scanned mark.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
61 107 James Otto Shake What God Gave Ya 3,619 10,520
88 116 Ryan Bingham Junky Star 3,350 32,891
164 141 Colt Ford Chicken & Biscuits 2,813 113,012
163 154 Dierks Bentley Up On The Ridge 2,664 151,244
46 170 Justin Townes Earle Harlem River Blues 2,469 11,402

Next week we’ll have Kenny Chesney and possibly Shawn Camp debuting on the chart with their latest albums. As always check back here next Wednesday to find out how they did.