Dirt Road Anthem Guides This Week's Album Sales

Thanks to the success of "Don't You Wanna Stay" and current single "Dirt Road Anthem," Jason Aldean has continued to score strong album sales with My Kinda Party and this week found himself back in the Top 5 of the Hot 200 Albums.  H0w did other stars fare?


LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
10 4 Jason Aldean My Kinda Party 28,806 1,204,386
25 29 Taylor Swift Speak Now 13,333 3,419,824
32 34 Zac Brown Band You Get What You Give 12,804 919,334
30 42 Alison Krauss/Union Station Paper Airplane 11,005 196,715
51 43 The Band Perry The Band Perry 10,857 557,621

Rascal Flatts hits #6 this week with a slight 1% sales increase over last week, which is one of a few (along with Aldean and The Band Perry) to score positive sales traction last week.  Their single “I Can’t Let Go” is a Country Aircheck/Mediabase #1 while Brad Paisley and Alabama get #1 with “Old Alabama” on the Billboard single airplay chart.  Lady Antebellum’s most recent album Need You Now is next with the record officially in 3.5 million fans homes.  Their current single “Just A Kiss” – from the bands forthcoming third release – has sold nearly 500,000 copies since being released while Colt Ford’s Every Chance I Get has sold nearly 40,000 copies in three weeks with a new single named “She Likes To Ride In Trucks” set to be released very soon (the song features Craig Morgan).  Sara Evans’ Stronger is next with the star getting set to release “My Heart Can’t Tell You No” to radio as the follow up to the #1 comeback single “A Little Bit Stronger.”  The Country Strong soundtrack rounds out the Top 10 with another 7,000 fans taking the record home. 

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
46 46 Rascal Flatts Nothing Like This 10,404 827,148
37 47 Lady Anthebellum Need You Now 10,380 3,500,711
44 53 Colt Ford Every Chance I Get 8,834 38,540
54 57 Sara Evans Stronger 7,638 188,161
58 65 Original Soundtrack Country Strong 6,993 272,984

Randy Travis’ Cracker Barrel-exclusive collection Randy Travis has found nearly 6,800 more fans to give him sales of over 20,000 in just three short weeks while Aaron Lewis has sold nearly 150,000 copies of the R&J Records album Town Line.  Miranda Lambert’s Revolution is next with the record finding over 6,200 more fans as last week’s #1 “Heart Like Mine” slides down the charts.  Kenny Chesney’s Hemingway’s Whiskey is next and has sold nearly 820,000 copies since coming on the market last fall.  Blake Shelton’s Loaded The Best of Blake Shelton has now sold nearly 264,000 copies while his single “Honey Bee” has hit the Top 10 in just seven weeks on the chart.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
61 66 Randy Travis Randy Travis 6,749 20,423
68 71 Aaron Lewis  Town Line 6,258 149,054
66 72 Miranda Lambert Revolution 6,216 1,314,383
82 79 Kenny Chesney  Hemingway's Whiskey 5,832 817,671
73 82 Blake Shelton Loaded…Best of Blake… 5,806 263,937

Sugarland’s The Incredible Machine leads the last quarter of our Top 20 country albums on the Hot 200 current SoundScan chart this week with another 5600 fans taking home a copy of the superstar band’s latest release.  Zac Brown Band’s debut album The Foundation is next with over 2.615 million copies now in the hands of fans while Thompson Square experienced a 9% increase of sales this week, thanks to Scotty McCreery’s performance of “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” last week on American Idol.  Bluegrass up and comer Sarah Jarosz debuts at 19 this week with Follow Me Down, her sophomore release for Sugar Hill Records.  Donny & Marie’s self-titled duets album rounds out the rundown and has sold nearly 27,000 copies in three weeks on the charts. 

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
63 84 Sugarland  The Incredible Machine 5,669 988,708
77 87 Zac Brown Band The Foundation 5,430 2,615,434
90 89 Thompson Square Thompson Square 5,339 166,491
NEW 94 Sarah Jarosz Follow Me Down 5,029 5,048
80 103 Donny & Marie Donny & Marie 4,537 26,558

The interesting albums section starts with an update on Nashville folk/rock act The Civil Wars with Barton Hollow, a one-time SoundScan Hot 200 Top 5 album.  The fantastic record has now sold nearly 95,000 copies since their February 2011 release.  Look for them to get buzz all the way through to the Grammy Awards where they’re all but assured a slot in the Best New Artist category (and are current front-runners).  Tim McGraw’s Number One Hits continues to sell as the artist and label are embroiled in a lawsuit.  Jerrod Niemann’s Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury continues to sell well (as he sets to release “One More Drinkin’ Song” this summer) while Josh Turner experiences a rebound with ICON, thanks to a well-timed appearance with Scotty McCreery on American Idol last week (making Josh Turner a Twitter ‘trending topic’ in the process).  The UMG-sourced budget greatest hits collection has now sold nearly 30,000 copies in 7 weeks on the charts (without any promotion outside of an endcap at Target with other “ICON” recordings.   Rounding out the rundown this week is John Rich with one of his two new SixPak’s Rich Rocks. The other SixPak For The Kids is a charitable endeavor so I’d have hoped that album would’ve garnered more interest and maybe it will now that he’s won the Celebrity Apprentice television show.


LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
104 95 Civil Wars Barton Hollow 4,946 94,781
94 104 Tim McGraw Number One Hits 4,461 355,290
133 152 Jerrod Niemann Judge Jerrod/Hung Jury 3,096 308,805
re-enter 153 Josh Turner ICON 3,086 28,627
New 186 John Rich Rich Rocks! 2,596 2,605

Next week Brad Paisley, Frankie Ballard and others land on the charts. Check back here to see where the chips fall.