Sara Evans Scores a Stronger than Expected Sales Debut

With nearly 60,000 copies scanned, Sara Evans has returned to the country sales chart with a bang, just as her single "A Little Bit Stronger" starts garnering even more response due to being Top 20 at Radio. How did other albums fare this wee? Find out here!

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
NEW 6 Sara Evans Stronger 55,193 55,236
14 18 Jason Aldean My Kinda Party 22,675 959,079
19 20 Lady Antebellum Need You Now 18,534 3,356,336
7 22 Aaron Lewis  Town Line 17,528 55,306
28 23 Rascal Flatts Nothing Like This 16,443 684,178

Taylor Swift’s Speak Now is the #6 best-selling country album this week and is just over 100,000 copies behind Lady Antebellum to gain the status as the top-selling album released in 2010.  Zac Brown Band experiences a dip down with You Get What You Give but they officially have sold ¾ a million copies of the album as “Colder Weather” continues to garner some of their biggest reviews ever.  Kenny Rogers first album in a few years, the spiritual Cracker Barrel-exclusisive The Love Of God, bows at #8 on the SoundScan Country Albums chart with nearly 13,000 copies sold.  Lucinda Williams’ Blessed slides down to #9 this week and has now sold nearly 40,000 copies in two weeks whilst Thompson Square rounds out the Top 10 this week with their self-titled album merely hundreds of copies away from eclipsing Steel Magnolia from Steel Magnolia as the best-selling debut album released in 2010 (so far).  The duo’s “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” is up to #3 on the Billboard singles chart this week while also sitting #1 on the iTunes country chart as of this writing. 


LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
20 24 Taylor Swift Speak Now 16,431 3,256,525
21 25 Zac Brown Band You Get What You Give 15,514 754,226
New 31 Kenny Rogers  The Love Of God 12,590 12,590
15 33 Lucinda Williams Blessed 12,451 37,845
29 34 Thompson Square Thompson Square 12,016 89,026

The Band Perry slides out of the Top 10 best-selling country albums for the first time in its life-cycle but the recently gold-certified album is all but sure to continue to hit home with audiences as “You Lie” makes its way into the Top 20 and beyond.  Kenny Chesney’s Hemingway’s Whiskey is scoring strongly with audiences as “Live A Little” rockets up the charts.  Sugarland’s getting ready to bring their Incredible Machine tour to a city near you as they move up to nearly 900,000 copies scanned of the album, which features #1 “Stuck Like Glue” (Now on the AC/pop charts) and Top 15 hit “Little Miss.” Tim McGraw may be moving on to his (final?) Curb album at some point in this year but he’s still scoring with audiences as his Gold-selling two disc Number One Hits collection nears 300,000 copies scanned.  It’s only 200,000 copies away from a Platinum certification, a threshold that’s likely to happen sometime in the next year or two as it is the primary ‘collection’ that Curb sells through Wal-Mart and Best Buy.  Miranda Lambert rounds out the Top 15 with Revolution. The award-winning album has now sold over 1.2 million copes, her best-selling album ever. 

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
48 45 The Band Perry The Band Perry 9,458 446,539
50 50 Kenny Chesney Hemingway's Whiskey 9,124 740,461
51 51 Sugarland The Incredible Machine 8,902 891,289
56 60 Tim McGraw Number One Hits 8,283 293,277
55 65 Miranda Lambert Revolution 7,633 1,226,520

The Zac Brown Band’s national debut, The Foundation sits next with over 2.545 million copies now in the hands of the people while Blake Shelton’s Loaded...Best of set has now sold over 200,000 copies since being released last fall.   Billy Currington, with the #1 hit “Pretty Good At Drinkin’ Beer” and the #2 current hit “Let Me Down Easy” has now sold 270,000 copies of Enjoy Yourself.  It’s inching closer and closer to out-selling his previous album A Little Bit of Everything. Darius Rucker has the 19th best-seller this week with his nearly Gold-selling sophomore country album Charleston, SC 1966.  This album features the #1 hit “Come Back Song” and Top 10 current hit “This.” Jerrod Niemann also has a current Top 10 hit in “What Do You Want” and a #1 hit in “Lover Lover” from his current album Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury. He’s now sold nearly 270,000 copies since releasing the album last summer. 

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
54 70 Zac Brown Band Foundation 7,175 2,545,044
68 75 Blake Shelton Loaded: Best Of… 6,526 200,123
78 86 Billy Currington Enjoy Yourself 5,713 270,145
82 91 Darius Rucker Charleston, SC 1966 5,274 423,130
86 92 Jerrod Niemann Judge Jerrod/Hung Jury 5,265 265,499

Our interesting album section is lead by Eric Church’s Carolina album and the record has now sold over 421,000 copies as he garnered a Gold certification for the final single from the album, “Smoke A Little Smoke,” last week (Joining “Love Your Love The Most”). Steel Magnolia’s self-titled debut has now sold over 90k since being released earlier this year while Keith Urban, with a fast-rising hit single in “Without You,” has now sold over 550,000 copies of Get Closer (an album which also features #2 hit “Put You In A Song”). Reba McEntire was recently nominated to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this summer and the country icon’s current album (with #1 hit “Turn On The Radio” and Top 20 hit “If I Were A Boy”) All The Woman I Am now over 250,000 copies sold.  Carrie Underwood’s Play On rounds out our rundown as it nears the 2 million copies scanned mark.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
102 120 Eric Church Carolina 4,161 421,006
113 121 Steel Magnolia Steel Magnolia 4,150 90,005
110 123 Keith Urban Get Closer 4,145 550,234
134 135 Reba McEntire All The Woman I Am 3,721 251,210
168 177 Carrie Underwood Play On 2,872 1,967,807

Next week we’ll see the arrival of Steve Martin’s Rare Bird Alert and two weeks after that we’ll see where Josh Kelley lands with Georgia Clay.  Keep your feet on the ground and reaching for the stars!