Aldean Returns to #1 on Album Chart; Thompson Square Has #1 Single

Jason Aldean returns to the Top of the SoundScan Country Albums chart as his sister label mates, Thomspon Square, score their first #1 hit single this week. Josh Kelley scores the Top album debut with Georgia Clay how did the rest fare? Let's find out.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
18 26 Jason Aldean My Kinda Party 19,271 999,608
23 28 Zac Brown Band You Get What You Give 16,538 787,242
20 30 Rascal Flatts Nothing Like This 16,198 719,635
17 32 Sara Evans Stronger 15,751 93,167
26 34 Taylor Swift Speak Now 15,344 3,286,967

Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now starts off the second half of the top 10 albums on the rundown this week with 15,000 more fans taking home 2010’s best-selling country album.  Aaron Lewis’ Town Line slides up a few notches this week the album moved nearly 14,000 more copies this past week.  Sugarland scored a nice sales boost last week as well (and may this week too with Amazon offering it for $3.99 this week) and it has now sold over 911,000 copies.  Kenny Rogers’ three-week-old Love of God has now moved over 35,000 copies as an exclusive Cracker Barrel release while Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers’ Rare Bird Alert scores a Top 10 slot this week as it gained sales over last week and has sold nearly 20,000 copies in two weeks.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
24 34 Lady Antebellum Need You Now 15,110 3,387,410
30 38 Aaron Lewis Town Line 13,346 80,888
47 46 Sugarland The incredible Machine 11,272 911,629
27 48 Kenny Rogers Love of God 10,362 35,897
42 49 Steve  Martin/S.C.Rangers Rare Bird Alert 10,236 19,756

With “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” sitting at #1 on the radio single charts this week, Thompson Square has the eleventh best-selling country album this week as their self-titled debut has now passed the 100,000 sold mark and is the best-selling album from a country newcomer so far in 2011.  The Band Perry, who hold that distinction for their status as a new artist from 2010, are next with their self-titled debut.  It has now sold nearly 470,000 copies.  Kenny Chesney experienced a slight sales increase this week and has now sold nearly 760,000 copies of Hemingway’s Whiskey while Miranda Lambert’s Revolution has sold nearly 1.25 million copies.  Tim McGraw’s Gold-selling Number One Hits rounds out the Top 15 this week with over 7,100 more fans finding they can’t live without the two-disc value-priced collection.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
36 53 Thompson Square Thompson Square 9,668 109,480
41 57 The Band Perry The Band Perry 9,396 465,797
46 58 Kenny Chesney Hemingway's Whiskey 9,358 758,928
60 65 Miranda Lambert Revolution 7,950 1,242,046
51 72 Tim McGraw Number One Hits 7,129 308,770

Zac Brown Band’s Foundation leads the last quarter of our SoundScan Top 20 country albums this week while the first new album of the week, Josh Kelley’s Georgia Clay debuts with just over 6,000 copies sold its first week out.   Billy Currington is next with Enjoy Yourself while Blessed from Lucinda Williams gives UMG Nashville three albums in a row in the Top 20.  Blake Shelton’s Loaded…The Best of Blake Shelton is next and it has found 5500 more homes to bring the greatest hits collection sales total up to 212,000 copies.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
66 77 Zac Brown Band Foundation 6,827 2,559,143
NEW 89 Josh Kelley Georgia Clay 6,125 6,130
77 91 Billy Currington Enjoy Yourself 5,950 282,034
65 99 Lucinda Williams Blessed 5,563 50,691
74 100 Blake Shelton Loaded…Best of Blake… 5,561 212,078

In the interesting album section we find The Magazine/CD ZinePak ACM Awards celebration package at 105 on the SoundScan chart this week with over 5,300 people picking up the cool package at their local Walmart stores.  Josh Turner’s Icon collection – a budget package for stores – collects some of his biggest hits and puts them on this one CD.  It sold over 5,100 copies.  Jerrod Niemann’s Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury Is next with nearly 4,900 fans taking the album with “Lover Lover” and “What Do You Want” home.  Billy Currington’s Icon collection is next with nearly 4,800 people taking home the album while we round out this chart rundown with Keith Urban’s Get Closer now having sold nearly 560,000 albums since being released last fall.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
New 105 Various Artist/ZinePak 46th Annual ACM Award 5,323 5,323
New 109 Josh Turner Icon: Best Of 5,144 5,187
91 111 Jerrod Niemann Judge Jerrod/Hung Jury 4,859 275,626
New 114 Billy Currington Icon: Best Of 4,779 4,801
112 127 Keith Urban Get Closer 4,280 558,830

Next week we’ll see perhaps a little ACM Awards show sales increases but likely will see most of the sales increases the week after next.  As always, we’ll have the rundown for you, right here.

Top Singles of the Week:

Last Week This Week Artist Song Title
3 1 Thomspson Square Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not
2 2 Aldean/Clarkson Don't You Wanna Stay
1 3 Billy Currington Let me Down Easy
4 4 Zac Brown Band  Colder Weather
5 5 Darius Rucker This
7 6 Jerrod Niemann What Do You Want
11 7 Kenny Chesney Live A Little
10 8 Miranda Lambert Heart Like Mine
9 9 Sara Evans A Little Bit Stronger
13 10 Rascal Flatts I Won't Let Go
12 11 Sugarland Little Mis
14 12 Ronnie Dunn Bleed Red
15 13 Keith Urban Without You
16 14 Craig Campbell Family Man
17 15 The Band Perry You Lie
19 16 Easton Corbin I Can't Love You Back
18 17 Josh Kelley Georgia Clay
26 18 Brad Paisley Old Alabama (Feat. Alabama)
24 19 Taylor Swift Mean
20 20 Chris Young Tomorrow
Top Debut 40 Trace Adkins Just Fishin'
Notable(new) 47 Dierks Bentley Am I The Only One