CMA Fest TV Show Impacts Album Sales Charts This Week

Thanks to the September 1 airing of the CMA Music Fest: Country's Night To Rock on ABC TV, many of the stars of country music saw their album sales increase while others managed to hold steady in this light release week. Click the image to see this week's rundown.

With nothing really new coming out last week, this week’s SoundScan chart numbers find the best-selling album of 2010 returning to the pole position on the Hot Country Albums part of the SoundScan numbers.  The only change in this week’s Top five versus last week’s Top 5 albums is that Miranda Lambert’s Revolution replaces Randy Rogers Band’s Burning The Day.   The other three best-sellers in the Top 5 are Zac Brown Band and The Foundation, last week’s #1 album The Reason Why from Little Big Town and Trace Adkins’ Show Dog-Universal debut Cowboy’s Back In Town. Many of the stars of the TV broadcast of 2010 CMA Fest – Country’s Night To Rock telecast enjoyed strong sales increases. 


LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
12 12 Lady Antebellum Need You Now 22,836 2,592,963
26 22 Zac Brown Band The Foundation 16,580 2,239,363
5 25 Little Big Town The Reason Why 15,962 57,906
11 28 Trace Adkins Cowboy's Back In Town 15,113 88,770
29 29 Miranda Lambert Revolution 14,541 827,207

Carrie Underwood enjoyed a sales increase thanks to the telecast as Play On jumps back to 6 on the chart while her ‘arch-nemisis’ Taylor Swift is next with Fearless.  Blake Shelton’s All About Tonight is eight on this week’s chart with more than 7,000 more fans taking the SixPak album home.  Next single “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking” is also on the mini album.  Randy Rogers Band slides to the ninth place slot and 59th overall on the SoundScan Hot 200 chart numbers while Jerrod Niemann’s Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury rounds out the Top 10 albums this week while “What Do You Want” gets ready to be released as the album’s second single. 

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
62 42 Carrie Underwood Play On 8,735 1,721,702
56 48 Taylor Swift Fearless 8,155 5,992,623
38 55 Blake Shelton  All About Tonight 7,335 67,486
8 59 Randy Rogers Band Burning The Day 7,048 35,656
48 60 Jerrod Niemann Judge Jerrod/Hung Jury 6,901 114,485

Brad Paisley’s American Saturday Night is the eleventh best-seller this week and thanks to both the high profile TV show and his new single “Anything Like Me,” Brad’s album climbed back onto our chart run-down this week.  Lady A’s second album on this rundown (their venerable self-titled debut) is next with nearly 5,000 more fans taking a liking to the album while Jason Aldean and Darius Rucker experienced CMA Fest telecast love and saw their records climb back up the charts, sandwiching Easton Corbin’s fantastic debut in between them to round out this week’s Top 15.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
95 73 Brad Paisley American Saturdyay Night 6,168 632,609
94 91 Lady Antebellum Lady Antebellum 4,882 1,740,771
123 103 Jason Aldean Wide Open 4,740 1,278,552
101 104 Easton Corbin Easton Corbin 4,230 232,627
130 105 Darius Rucker Learn To Live 4,490 1,471,469

Our ‘interesting albums’ section of this week’s chart rundown features Luke Bryan nearing the Gold mark for his sophomore set Doin’ My Thing while CMA Award nominee Dierks Bentley’s Up On The Ridge continues to find love.  Johnny Cash’s classic album At Folsom Prison returns to the charts with another re-issue bringing that set’s total sales to 1.1 million copies while Justin Moore and Craig Morgan both wer buoyed by the CMA Fest special as their albums both sold over 3,000 more copies.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
117 107 Luke Bryan Doin' My Thing 4,482 426,840
110 112 Dierks Bentley Up On The Ridge 3,388 142,369
Re-Enter 130 Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison 3,751 1,103,841
Re-Enter 174 Justin Moore Justin Moore 3,061 281,631
174 176 Craig Morgan That's Why 3,038 60,868

Next week’s rundown will likely be the final ‘quiet’ chart news of the year as September 14-November 23 features at least two high-profile releases each week.  It will be an interesting fourth quarter of releases. Until then, adios.