Final Holiday Sales #s of 2010 Are Huge for Country Artists

Taylor Swift once again is the #1 selling artist in America (and thus the world) with her third album Speak Now. But the real story is how all but one country album on the SoundScan Hot 200 albums chart experienced a strong sales increase due to holiday sales.&

Miss Swift’s Speak Now is still the third best-selling album released in 2010 but it is fast approaching the triple platinum Need You Now album from Lady Antebellum while Jason Aldean is quickly approaching 700,000 copies sold in a mere two month run on the charts with My Kinda Party.  It is undoubtedly the quickest-selling album of his four album career.  Sugarland’s Incredible Machine rolls on as well as the Mercury Nashville duo found nearly 80,000 more homes for their new record while Rascal Flatts have eclipsed the half a million mark with their Big Machine Records debut Nothing Like This.  Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now rounds out the Top 5 country albums on the SoundScan chart this week.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
1 1 Taylor Swift Speak Now 259,136 2,883,330
19 18 Jason Aldean My Kinda Party 87,804 652,921
24 22 Sugarland The Incredible Machine 79,952 764,698
16 24 Rascal Flatts Nothing Like This 79,006 565,117
25 25 Lady Antebellum Need You Now 75,174 3,070,310

Keith Urban continues to Get Closer to gold sales status as Kenny Chesney’s Hemingway’s Whiskey crosses the 600,000 sales mark this week.  Tim McGraw’s two-disc album Number One Hits found 50,000 more buyers in week three and the album is close to being gold thanks to the double-disc status.  It features the playful “Felt Good On My Lips” in addition to all of Tim’s Billboard #1 hits (so far).  Zac Brown Band continues to Get What they Give as their sophomore album has now found 581,000 homes since being released this past fall.  The album’s second single “Colder Weather” will release in early 2010 and will likely join all of their other singles as either a #1 or #2 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.  Miranda Lambert rounds out the Top 10 best-selling SoundScan country albums this weeik as revolution has scraped past the 1.1 million mark.

LW TW Artist The Reason Why Sales TW Sales Total
26 29 Keith Urban Get Closer 66,783 475,468
34 32 Kenny Chesney Hemingway's Whiskey 54,645 601,030
35 35 Tim McGraw Number One Hits 50,982 170,224
39 37 Zac Brown Band You Get What You Give 47,600 581,031
44 39 Miranda Lambert Revolution 42,561 1,115,892

The Band Perry opens up the 11-15 section with a 41% sales increase of their self-titled debut album which features the platinum selling #1 hit “If I Die Young” while Darius Rucker’s sophomore country album Charleston, SC 1966 sits next with a 41% sales increase as well.  His new single is “This” and like the Zac Brown Band, all of Darius singles have reached the Top 5 on the charts.  Alan Jackson’s Arista Nashville Number Ones set, 34 Number Ones has now sold 151,000 copies since being released a few weeks ago and like McGraw, Jackson is inching ever so closely to a Gold certification for the collection (gold only needs 250,000 units shipped to stores due to double discs).  Taylor Swift’s juggernaut Fearless is next with another 33,000 fans collecting the CD giving Taylor 6.2 million sold of that record in 2 years while Carrie Underwood Plays On at #15 with 30,000 more fans copping their own disc.


LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
45 41 The Band Perry The Band Perry 40,661 317,137
44 45 Darius Rucker Charleston, SC 1966 35,791 345,711
38 49 Alan Jackson 34 Number Ones 35,048 151,423
47 53 Taylor Swift Fearless 33,441 6,207,723
53 54 Carrie Underwood Play On 30,517 1,916,823

Zac Brown Band’s Foundation leads the way in the 16-20 section of the best-selling SoundScan country albums with nearly 2.5 million sold.  Reba’s All The Woman I Am has eclipsed the 200,000 sales mark as she ends 2010 with the #1 single “Turn On The Radio” (She also entered 2010 with the first #1 with “Consider Me Gone”).  Brad Paisley’s double disc Hits Alive has now sold nearly 170,000 copies but it has to be considered a bit of a failure for him as his fans typically would’ve gotten a new album to Gold.  Perhaps they didn’t know it wasn’t completely a live album (not all fans like live recordings). Toby Keith experienced a 33% sales increase for Bullets In The Gun and has now sold nearly 260,000 copies of his latest self-released album.  Perhaps he’ll find a way to get to Gold for the first time in three years with this collection being more radio-friendly than the last one.  Lady Antebellum’s Christmas album rounds out the list with 185,000 fans having picked up A Merry Little Christmas this year. 

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
60 60 Zac Brown Band Foundation 29,516 2,461,239
56 61 Reba McEntire All The Woman I Am 29,114 206,629
76 75 Brad Paisley Hits Alive 23,992 168,583
85 79 Toby Keith Bullets in the Gun 23,129 259,226
40 87 Lady Antebellum A Merry Little Christmas 20,431 185,649

For the 20-25 section we find Billy Currington enjoying a 27% sales increase this week for Enjoy Yourself.  The album has now sold nearly 200,000 copies in 14 weeks on the charts.  Blake Shelton’s Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton has now sold 114,000 copies since being released and there’s no doubt that over time it will garner a Gold sales status as it will be the only album to remain in print as a ‘relic’ of his pre 2011 career.   Jamey Johnson’s Gold-shipped The Guitar Song is almost at the Gold scanned mark with the double album sitting at 238,000 copies sold, without but a pair of Top 40 hits from the CD.  Eric Church’s Carolina continues to move along with 358,000 fans “loving his love the most.”  Lady Antebellum’s third recording on the list is their nearly 3 year old self-titled debut .  It has now sold over 1.8 million copies. 

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
81 90 Billy Currington Enjoy Yourself 18,060 198,162
101 95 Blake Shelton Loaded:The Best of… 17,429 114,460
121 104 Jamey Johnson The Guitar Song 11,664 238,516
129 118 Eric Church Carolina 12,737 358,371
144 129 Lady Antebellum Lady Antebellum 11,532 1,826,368

The Zac Brown Band’s third album on this list is well on its way to Gold status as well with the two disc, one DVD set Pass The Jar sitting at 192,000 copies sold since being released this past summer.  It is followed up by Brad Paisley’s American Saturday Night.  The album has now sold over 714,000 copies as the star gets set to release This Is Country Music in early 2010.  Trace Adkins had over 10,000 fans wanting their Cowboy Back In Town.  He has now sold over 184,000 copies of the album as “Brown Chicken Brown Cow” sets to light up the charts.  The various artist Now That’s What I Call Country Music! Volume 3 disc has now sold over 107,000 copies proving that there are at least that many fans who don’t download itunes singles.  Jerrod Niemann’s fantastic Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury has now sold over 203,000 copies thanks to “Lover Lover” and “What Do You Want” and odds are it will get to Gold or higher as it releases 2-3 more singles before a new recording in 2012.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
131 141 Zac Brown Band Pass The Jar 10,508 192,813
147 142 Brad Paisley American Saturday Night 10,387 714,812
164 143 Trace Adkins Cowboy's Back In Town 10,357 184,781
128 144 Various Now Country Vol. 3 10,335 107,833
135 145 Jerrod Niemann Judge Jerrod/Hung Jury 10,139 203,100

George Strait found nearly 10,000 more fans wanting his brand of Twang while Blake Shelton’s second of three 2010 releases, the SixPak All About Tonight has now found nearly 150,000 homes.  Easton Corbin has 2010’s #2 selling new artist release of the year (it was passed by The Band Perry this week) proving that not all fans love to buy the Joe Nichols/George Strait  hybrid ‘sound-a-like’s albums despite two fantastic #1s and a third song heading that way in “I Can’t Love You Back.”  Still, 300,000 fans ain’t nothin’ to sneeze at.  Luke Bryan and Little Big Town round out this final chart run-down of 2010 with Doin’ My Thing and The Reason Why.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
144 150 George Strait Twang 9,782 662,023
155 161 Blake Shelton All About Tonight 8,821 149,385
161 165 Easton Corbin Easton Corbin 8,524 300,484
173 171 Luke Bryan Doin' My Thing 8,036 497,518
193 172 Little Big Town The Reason Why 7,951 150,298

Next week we’ll return and see how far the album sales chart falls but it won’t be long before new albums hit the charts, starting with Steel Magnolia and The Grascals.