Rascal Flatts Lead Country Album Sales This Week

Country music's most popular group of the last decade begins their second decade with the release of Nothing Like This giving them their fifth chart-topping country album (all but their first and Greatest Hits collection have hit #1).  How did Keith Urban and other

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
NEW 6 Rascal Flatts Nothing Like This 164,926 165,071
NEW 7 Keith Urban Get Closer 161,515 161,528
2 7 Taylor Swift Speak Now 146,358 1,724,577
3 8 Jason Aldean My Kinda Party 57,609 331,117
8 15 Sugarland The Incredible Machine 48,507 460,190

Lady Antebellum has both the #6 and #7 slots on the Hot Country Albums rundown this week with their Target-exclusive holiday release Merry Little Christmas sliding past the 100,000 sales mark and it’s not outta the realm of possibility for the EP to get past 500,000 sold by the end of the year.  The trio’s Need You Now remains the best-selling country album of the year (second overall behind Eminem’s 3 million seller Recovery) with over 2.8 million copies now on the market.  Reba McEntire’s All The Woman I Am slides from the Top 5 to #8 on our rundown this week as the album has now sold over 90,000 copies in those two weeks on the charts, just as “Turn On The Radio” hits Top 10.  Kenny Chesney’s Hemingway’s Whiskey has now sold over 412,000 copies and it most definitely will slide past the Gold sales mark this holiday season, the same which can be said for our #10 album this week, Zac Brown Band’s You Get What You Give


LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
37 23 Lady Antebellum Merry Little Christmas 33,308 107,318
13 25 Lady Antebellum Need You Now 32,894 2,801,104
7 30 Reba McEntire All The Woman I Am 26,425 90,624
18 34 Kenny Chesney Hemingway's Whiskey 25,293 412,468
19 36 Zac Brown Band You Get What You Give 22,277 416,097

The eleventh best-selling album country album on the SoundScan Hot 200 Albums chart this week is The Band Perry’s self-titled debut album.  The trio is the best-selling new country act this week with a total sales number nearing 170,000.  Miranda Lambert’s Revoluton has now sold nearly 970,000 copies and it’s a given that it will scan platinum sometime in the next two weeks while her fiancé Blake Shelton’s first best-of collection (it doesn’t feature any previously un-released material), Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton has sold over 40,000 copies in two weeks and will probably be a solid seller this holiday season.  Darius Rucker’s Charleston, SC 1966 has now sold nearly 230,000 copies since being released six weeks ago. Brad Paisley has the fifteenth best-selling country record this week with his Hits Alive dual disc compilation.  The set has now sold over 71,000 copies. 


LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
26 37 The Band Perry The Band Perry 22,292 166,719
15 40 Miranda Lambert Revolution 21,282 969,800
23 46 Blake Shelton Loaded: Best of… 17,316 40,211
28 48 Darius Rucker Charleston, SC 1966 16,389 223,107
20 49 Brad Paisley Hits Alive 16,202 71,354

The Zac Brown Band’s Foundation sits at #16 this week on our country albums rundown with nearly another 13,000 fans picking up the disc, giving the CMA Best New Artist winners a sales number that is now close to 2.4 million sold in over two years on the charts.  55 weeks into its sales run, Carrie Underwood’s third album Play On now has a sales total over 1.8 million copies.  Taylor Swift’s Fearless is over two years old (it was released one week before the Zac Brown Band’s album above) and has sold nearly 6.1 million copies in that time, while winning virtually every ‘best album’ award possible.  Toby Keith’s latest Show Dog-Universal Records album Bullets in the Gun has now sold over 177,000 copies in seven weeks on the charts.  Rounding out the Top 20 this week is the Loretta Lynn Tribute album Coal Miner’s Daughter.  It has now sold over 21,000 copies in two weeks.  This gives country music 20 of the top 75, which is roughly 27% of them.


LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
43 58 Zac Brown Band Foundation 12,710 2,363,022
48 60 Carrie Underwood Play On 11,895 1,810,295
51 61 Taylor Swift Fearless 11,557 6,083,974
47 64 Toby Keith Bullets in the Gun 10,697 177,055
42 74 Loretta Lynn & Friends Coal Miners Daughter 8,179 21,738

Billy Currington’s Enjoy Yourself is the 21st best-selling country album this week and now has sold nearly 140,000 copies while Jamey Johnson’s The Guitar Song has now sold nearly 190,000 copies as it becomes the 22nd best-seller this week.  Eric Church’s Carolina is one of the few albums to sell more copies this week than last week on this country album rundown and it now has sold nearly 315,000 copies.  Jerrod Nemann has the #24 album of the week with Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury which has sold nearly 170,000 copies since being released this past July.  Blake Shelton’s All About Tonight rounds out the Top 25 this week. 

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
66 76 Billy Currington Enjoy Yourself 7,617 139,802
65 85 Jamey Johnson The Guitar Song 7,052 189,078
96 93 Eric Church Carolina 6,131 314,797
99 119 Jerrod Niemann Judge Jerrod/Hung Jury 4,798 168,162
100 121 Blake Shelton All About Tonight 4,730 117,536

The various artist compilation Now That’s What I Call Country Music is next with over 70,000 fans still finding a need for such a thing while the last full-length studio album from Brad Paisley, American Saturday Night has now sold nearly 680,000 copies in 1.5 years on the charts.  Lady Antebellum’s debut album has now sold 1.7 albums in over 2.5 years on the chart while Dierks Bentley’s Up On The Ridge has now sold nearly 180,000 since being released this summer.  Rounding out the Top 30 this week is George Strait’s year-old Twang.  Over 630,000 fans have now picked up their own copy of the legend’s most recent album.


LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
111 123 Various Artist Now Country Vol 3 4,601 73,120
127 115 Brad Paisley American Saturday Night 4,194 678,767
116 117 Lady Antebellum Lady Antebellum 4,077 1,781,467
169 129 Dierks Bentley Up On The Ridge 3,887 175,996
132 131 George Strait  Twang 3,848 631,683

The only new release of note next week is Alan Jackson’s 34 Number Ones collection.  Check back to see how it fares during black-Friday sales week bonanza.  This week has traditionally helped album sales enjoy healthy sales gains so it will be interesting to see how it helps the albums on this rundown.  For those of you in the USA , Happy Thanksgiving!