Kenny Chesney Tops SoundScan Charts with 'Hemingway's Whiskey'

Country star Kenny Chesney found out today that his latest album Hemingway's Whiskey topped not only the Hot Country Albums sales chart but also the SoundScan Hot 200 Albums chart.  Did Kenny and his album reach the 200,000 albums sold mark in week one

For the second week in a row the top-selling album in the United States belongs to a country artist.  Kenny Chesney takes over the top slot on the Nielsen SoundScan Hot 200 Albums chart with his latest BNA Records album Hemingway’s Whiskey selling over 183,000 copies the first week out.  The album features the two-week #1 hit single “Boys of Fall” and ensures 2011’s concert season will feature the superstar packing stadiums around the country after a quiet 2010.  The Zac Brown Band slides from #1 to #3 on the Hot 200 Albums chart while claiming country’s second slot with You Get What You Give finding another 70,000 homes giving the album a solid 223,000 plus homes in two weeks on the chart. Billy Currington’s new single “Let Me Down Easy” helps keep the two-week old Enjoy Yourself as the third place finisher on this week’s country tally with nearly 70,000 fans now owning the disc.  Jamey Johnson’s critically-acclaimed The Guitar Song is the fourth-best-seller this week as the double disc opus now has passed the 100k mark and actually is over 113,000 units sold. Rounding out the Top 5 country albums on the Nielsen SoundScan Hot 200 Albums chart this week is this year’s second-best selling album in all genres, Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now.  Already on a fourth single with “Hello World,” there’s likely a good bet that the group will come out with a new album sometime in 2011 unless they go 6-7 singles deep on the album.


LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
NEW 1 Kenny Chesney Hemingway's Whiskey 183,469 183,549
1 3 Zac Brown Band You Get What You Give 70,065 223,771
9 21 Billy Currington Enjoy Yourself 24,232 69,132
12 23 Jamey Johnson The Guitar Song 20,917 113,648
21 33 Lady Antebellum Need You Now 15,916 2,657,006

The Zac Brown Band’s second album on this tally is their break-through national debut The Foundation. The album has now sold nearly 2.3 million copies since being released in the fall of 2008.  The sixth-best-selling country album on the Nielsen SoundScan Hot 200 Albums chart this week is Miranda Lambert’s Revolution which looks like a strong contender to hit the million-unit scanned mark sometime during the holiday shopping season.  Miranda is followed by the Now Country Volume 3  hits collection which, itself is followed on this week’s tally by Little Big Town.  Little Big Town has just announced “Kiss Goodbye”  as the follow-up to Top 10 radio hit “Little White Church.  Both songs are on The Reason Why, the band’s fourth album which is nearing the 100,000 sales mark.  Carrie Underwood returns to Country’s Top 10 best-selling albums this week as Play On found quite a few more homes to give the artist nearly 1.75 million copies sold since being released last fall. 

LW TW Artist The Reason Why Sales TW Sales Total
22 41 Zac Brown Band  The Foundation 11,820 2,292,369
41 47 Miranda Lambert Revolution 10,194 869,463
31 48 Various Now Country 3 9,908 35,351
50 61 Little Big Town The Reason Why 7,208 93,200
65 62 Carrie Underwood Play On 7,112 1,747,795

Trace Adkins falls out of the Top 10 country albums this week but he sits just outside at 11 as his Show Dog-Universal debut Cowboy’s Back In Town remains a steady selling album.  IT has now sold over 122,000 copies in a little over a month on the charts.  Taylor Swift’s Fearless continues its inevitable slide down the album sales chart as she ramps up to get Speak Now up the charts.  Jerrod Niemann’s Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury rebounds back up the charts as his second single from the album, “What Do You Want” makes its way up the charts.  Blake Shelton’s  All About Tonight rebounded a bit on the charts as well with over 4,300 more fans taking home the six song album.  Shelton will release his first ever Greatest Hits album Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton in November.  It features the two hits from the All About Tonight album along with every hit of his career except “I’ll Just Hold On.”  Brad Paisley round-out the best-selling 15 country albums this week with American Saturday Night now comfortably over the 650,000 sales mark. 


LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
54 56 Trace Adkins Cowboy's Back In Town 6,693 122,803
56 78 Taylor Swift Fearless 5,993 6,020,739
84 91 Jerrod Niemann Judge Jerrod/Hung Jury 4,926 133,909
97 105 Blake Shelton All About Tonight 4,310 85,815
82 108 Brad Paisley American Saturday Night 4,223 652,030

Eric Church’s Carolina climbs back into the Top 20 country albums on the SoundScan Hot 200 Albums chart this week as he finds another 4100 plus homes digging his brand of country rock.  Jason Aldean is setting himself up to release My Kinda Party soon but he’s still finding fans copping their own copies of the previous album Wide Open. It’s approaching the 1.3 million sold mark and the album will likely eventually pass the 1.5 million mark sometime next year.  The Zac Brown Band’s third album on this tally – just like last week – is their live set Pass The Jar. The album has now sold over 140,000 copies.  Randy Houser’s sophomore album tumbled down the chart this week but with strong reviews and a new single, hopes should be high that it will eventually sell as much or more than his first album Anything Goes did (which is over 100,000 copies sold).  Eason Corbin is looking to find a way to eek out a second consecutive #1 hit with “Roll With It” as his album will past the quarter million sales mark this week.


LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
117 109 Eric Church Carolina 4,152 278,746
101 115 Jason Aldean  Wide Open 3,925 1,294,194
75 116 Zac Brown Band Pass The Jar 3,891 140,342
43 118 Randy Houser They Call Me Cadillac 3,840 12,839
96 121 Eason Corbin Easton Corbin 3,710 248,264

Rhonda Vincent’s self-released album Taken found over 3,500 fans in its first week on the charts, which is a strong sales week for a Bluegrass-oriented album.  The album actually sold over one thousand pre-orders which gives the bluegrass star nearly 5,000 copies sold to date.  Luke Bryan may have tumbled from the Top 20 on the charts but there’s no doubting that his Gold-certified  sophomore release Doin’ My Thing will continue to find homes as we near the holiday shopping season.  Joey+ Rory’s fantastic Album Number Two has now sold nearly 15,000 copies in three weeks, a very strong number for a duo without any radio exposure this time around.  Dierks Bentley’s Up On The Ridge continues to find fans as the country star’s gamble paid off as he has gotten the best reviews of his career and CMA Album of the Year nomination along with a vocal event  nomination with Jamey Johnson and Miranda Lambert for the tune “Bad Angel.” Josh Turner’s Haywire rounds-out the rundown this week with the album nearing the 320,000 sales mark as he moves from his Top 3 single “All Over Me” to the fantastic cover of the Don Williams hit “I Wouldn’t Be A Man.”


LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
NEW 122 Rhonda Vincent Taken 3,596 4,619
83 128 Luke Bryan Doin' My Thing 3,491 442,828
86 153 Joey+Rory Album Number Two 2,930 14,244
154 168 Dierks Bentley Up On The Ridge 2,753 153,997
164 177 Josh Turner Haywire 2,618 319,605

Next week Katie Armiger and Toby Keith will enter the albums sales chart with Keith possibly out pacing Kenny and the Zac Brown Band. As always check back here next Wednesday to find out how they did.