It's a Country Boy's World on SoundScan Charts This Week

The top 5 of this week's Top Country Albums is dominated by male country artists with names like Paisley, Shelton, McCreery, Aldean and Moore. Read on to find out exactly how they landed and how the rest of the chart made out this week.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
10 6 Jason Aldean My Kinda Party 47,827 1,449,915
NEW 10 Scotty McCreery American Idol 10/Highlights 40,408 40,405
5 13 Justin Moore Outlaws Like Me 30,217 95,782
55 18 Blake Shelton Loaded…Best of Blake… 24,666 334,283
15 21 Brad Paisley This Is Country Music 22,721 324,658

With her own American Idol Season 10 Highlights five track EP moving 20,000 copies at Walmart this week. Taylor Swift sits next on the chart with Speak Now gaining 13 % more fans this week than last week to bring total sales to 3,522,836 since last fall’s release. Zac Brown Band experienced a 5% boost this week with You Get What You Give to bring their total sales this week to 1,027,137 as “Knee Deep” runs up the charts. The best-of Now That’s What I Call Country Music! Volume IV is next with another happy 15,000 buyers bring the sales total over 60,000. The Band Perry rounds out the Top 10 this week with their self-titled debut now over the 630,000 scanned mark and they also help give country music 1/4 of the Top 40 albums on the SoundScan Top 200 Current Albums chart this week.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
NEW 24 Lauren Alaina American Idol 10/Highlights 20,084 20,084
24 27 Taylor Swift Speak Now 17,573 3,522,836
21 28 Zac Brown Band You Get What You Give 17,437 1,027,137
19 33 Various Now Country IV 15,184 60,374
38 40 The Band Perry The Band Perry 13,255 630,572

Dolly Parton’s Better Day scores an impressive #11 debut on the country chart rundown this week with nearly 11,000 fans taking the icon’s latest record for Dolly Records home.  Rascal Flatts moved over 9,000 more copies of Nothing Like This to bring their sales so far to nearly 900,000 copies as they look to finish off the album with “Easy,” a duet with pop star Natasha Bedingfield.  Ronnie Dunn continues to run up the charts with his singles as “Cost Of Livin’” hits the Top 30 this week on the heels of the Top 10 “Bleed Red.”  Ronnie’s self-titled debut album has now sold 86,735 in about four weeks on the charts. Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now continues to move copies despite the band moving on to Own The Night¸ set to be released in September. Kenny Chesney rounds out the top 15 with Hemingway’s Whiskey.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
NEW 50 Dolly Parton Better Day 10,728 10,724
51 57 Rascal Flatts Nothing Like This 9,096 894,908
35 61 Ronnie Dunn Ronnie Dunn 8,785 86,735
50 62 Lady Anthebellum Need You Now 8,708 3,562,578
57 63 Kenny Chesney  Hemingway's Whiskey 8,460 867,540

Sara Evans’ Stronger gained 35% more fans this week over last week and that has allowed her to slide back up the SoundScan Top 200 Current Albums Chart even though she slid a wee bit on the country tally this week.  Sara has now sold 237,064 copies of the album. Tim McGraw’s Number One Hits is next with its own 39% sales increase this week as the double album has now sold 388,611 copies and may very well be the last ‘current’ album released by Tim while actively with the record label. Alison Krauss and Union Station are next with Paper Airplane. The album has now sold nearly 250,000 copies since being released earlier this year. Colt Ford’s Every Chance I Get has now sold 73,300 in six weeks on the charts (all without a Top 40 hit). Aaron Lewis has moved nearly 180,000 copies of Town Line and the Staind vocalist’s debut solo album rounds out our Top 20 this week.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
79 65 Sara Evans Stronger 8,307 237,064
63 79 Tim McGraw Number One Hits 5,801 388,611
84 106 Alison Krauss/Union Station Paper Airplane 5,146 244,932
104 117 Colt Ford Every Chance I Get 4,476 73,300
113 121 Aaron Lewis Town Line 4,155 178,544

Billy Ray Cyrus’ I’m American collection of patriotic tunes leads off our interesting albums section of the SoundScan Top 200 Current Albums chart this week with nearly 4,000 fans taking home the recording while Cody Canada and the Departed’s This Is Indian Land sold nearly 3,600 copies to bring their two-week tally to over 12,000 copies. Keith Urban’s Get Closer has moved another 3,586 copies to give the country icon nearly 610,000 copies sold with “Long Hot Summer” sure to help bring the sales chart up. Darius Rucker’s Charleston, SC 1966 returns to our chart rundown this week on the heels of a solid sales increase to bring the star less that 14,000 copies scanned away from Gold (500,000). Brantley Gilbert’s Halfway To Heaven slides down the chart rundown a bit this week but the singer of “Country Must Be Country Wide” has now sold nearly 130,000 copies.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
New  133 Billy Ray Cyrus I'm American 3,787 3,797
62 138 Cody Canda/Departed This Is Indian Land 3,593 11,437
162 139 Keith Urban Get Closer 3,586 608,406
179 169 Darius Rucker Charleston, SC 166 3,008 486,229
157 183 Brantley Gilbert Halfway To Heaven 2,796 129,126

With no real new releases next week, we’ll see if people were buying any music this holiday week or if they were more occupied with parties. Check back here next week to find out.