Little Big Town Scores First #1 Of Career

For the first time in their decade-long career, Little Big Town has scored their first chart-topping hit as their fourth album The Reason Why earned the distinction this week while Randy Rogers Band also scored a high debut this week on the Hot 200 Albums chart.

After dominating the Top 10 of last week’s chart, Lady Antebellum finds themselves with only one slot in this week’s Top 10 selling albums as two other acts score the top two selling Country albums on this SoundScan Hot 200 Albums chart.  Little Big Town’s The Reason Why gives the band their first Top 5 debut on the Hot 200 Albums chart and it becomes their first best-selling country album as it takes the Top Spot this week; the same week the album’s lead single “Little White Church” gives the band their first Top 10 hit since “Bring It On Home” in2006 (It’s the group’s third biggest hit overall).  The Randy Rogers Band may have out-paced Little Big Town on the digital singles sales chart but their third major-label album Burning The Day became the second best-seller this week.  The album debuts this week at eight on the SoundScan Hot 200 Albums chart which makes Burning The Day the band’s best debut ever.  Trace Adkins’ Cowboy’s Back In Town slid from first to third this week as the star gained a pair of ACM Nominations for “Hillbilly Bone.” It is their third record to debut in the Top 10 of the country sales chart, despite never having a Top 40 single.  Lady Antebellum finds themselves with the fourth best-seller this week as Need You Now slides a bit down the charts.  The year’s best-selling album is now close to the 2.6 million albums sold as “Our Kind of Love” looks to give the band their third #1 hit from the album.  The Zac Brown Band’s Foundation rounds-out the Top 5 best-selling country albums this week. 

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
NEW 5 Little Big Town The Reason Why 41,939 49,733
NEW 8 Randy Rogers Band Burning The Day 28,602 28,608
5 11 Trace Adkins Cowboy's Back In Town 23,924 73,657
6 12 Lady Antebellum Need You Now 23,703 2,570,127
20 26 Zac Brown Band The Foundation 14,959 2,222,783

Miranda Lambert, who scored 5 nominations for two separate songs(her songs got 6 as “House That Built Me” got songwriters credits) in the first round of the ACM Award Nominations yesterday and picked-up four more nominations today as she landed a vocal event nomination with Dierks Bentley and Jamey Johnson for “Bad Angel” while also getting expected female vocalist and Album of the year nominations for this week’s sixth-place country album, Revolution.  She also scored a surprising Entertainer of the Year nomination.  Blake Shelton – Miranda’s fiancé – also scored a couple nominations yesterday for his duet “HillbillyBone.”  His current album All About Tonight finds the title track sitting at #1 on the singles chart for a third consecutive week while Jerrod Niemann’s “Lover Lover” helped the artist score his first CMA Nomination with a “Best New Artist” nomination the same week his debut album Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury hit the 100,000 albums sold mark.  Taylor Swift didn’t score any CMA Award nominations outside of getting a cursory female vocalist award.  While she may be in the discussion for this award, I have a feeling she’ll be replaced by Miranda Lambert.  Her Fearless is this week’s holder of the ninth best-selling country album on the SoundScan Hot 200 Albums chart this week, just ahead of her ‘mythical’ arch enemy Carrie Underwood and the CMA Awards nominated Play On.  Underwood also scored a vocalist nomination as well.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
21 29 Miranda Lambert Revolution 14,299 812,666
18 38 Blake Shelton  All About Tonight 10,096 60,151
44 48 Jerrod Niemann Judge Jerrod/Hung Jury 8,790 107,584
53 56 Taylor Swift Fearless 7,987 5,984,468
49 62 Carrie Underwood Play On 6,692 1,712,967

Lady Antebellum’s self-titled debut (which somehow got an ACM Nomination earlier this year) leads the 11-15 section of the SoundScan Hot 200 Albums chart while the thrice-nominated Brad Paisley finds his current album American Saturday Night next as he gets ready to host the CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood.  Easton Corbin scored two nominations himself as his #1 debut single “A Little More Country Than That” scored a single of the year nomination while Corbin scored a Best New Artist nomination.  Rory Feek (of Joey+Rory), Don Poythress and Wynn Varble scored a song of the year award Nomination for writing “A Little More Country Than That.”  Dierks Bentley scored three CMA Nominations this year, thanks largely to the industry and so far successful album Up On The Ridge.  It gave Bentley an album of the year nomination along with getting a vocal event for “Bad Angel” with Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson.  Luke Bryan rounds out this week’s Top 15 on the SoundScan Hot 200 Albums chart as Doin’ My Thing helped him (along with two #1 singles) snag one of the Best New Artist nominations. 

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
75 92 Lady Antebellum Lady Antebellum 4,909 1,735,889
92 93 Brad Paisley American Saturdyay Night 4,886 626,441
86 99 Easton Corbin Easton Corbin 4,740 228,133
93 107 Dierks Bentley Up On The Ridge 4,230 138,228
89 113 Luke Bryan  Doin' My Thing 4,061 422,358

Colt Ford has passed the 100,000 sales mark for Chicken & Biscuits this week which gives the artist two albums to have passed this milestone, something not often done for an independent country music artist without radio success.   Josh Turner’s Haywire is next on the interesting albums section of SoundScan Hot 200 Albums chart  this week and what’s remarkable is that he didn’t snag a male vocalist nominations.  Jaron and the Long Road to Love’s Getting Dressed in the Dark has crossed the 90,000 albums-scanned mark while CMA Award Nominees The Band Perry’s EP has sold almost 25,000 copes (exclusively digital).  Justin Moore’s self-titled album rounds out this week’s chart rundown as “How I Got To Be This Way” looks to give the artist his third Top 10 hit sometime in the near future. 

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
123 131 Colt Ford Chicken & Biscuits 3,410 100,620
127 134 Josh Turner Haywire 3,388 304,371
111 140 Jaron/Long Road To Love Getting Dressed… 3,206 90,946
192 182 The Band Perry Band Perry EP 2,504 24,283
188 199 Justin Moore Justin Moore 2,336 278,570

Next week’s char t is likely to see a few albums score sales bumps thanks to this week’s CMA Award news.  It’s one of the last quiet weeks of the 2010 release schedule. Check back next week to see who benefitted the most from the CMA Award Nominations.