Chart News For October 26, 2011: Scotty McCreery Still #1 with 'Clear As Day'

For the third week in a row, Scotty McCreery has the best-selling country album in the United States (and therefore, likely the world) with Clear As Day. Read on to see how the rest of the charts played out this week and where Montgomery Gentry landed with their new CD!

Lauren Alaina’s Wildflower continues Strong Sales

Lady A may have switched slots on this week’s chart with Scotty’s friend and runner-up Lauren Alaina’s Wildflower, but Lauren still sold 26,000 copies of the 19/Interscope/Mercury Nashville release. The album has now sold nearly 100,000 copies in two weeks. Second single “Georgia Peaches” is getting strong reviews so we’ll see how the album sells once that song moves further up the charts. Footloose, the remake film of the classic 80s film of the same name, retained a strong foothold on the Box Office charts while the soundtrack to the film continues to move up the charts, not unlike Country Strong’s soundtrack from last year. Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party¸ 2011’s best-selling country album, is inching closer and closer to scanning Double Platinum. It is his (and his label Broken Bow Records) best-selling album to date (and single “Dirt Road Anthem,” from the record, is double platinum as well).

Note: Sales Numbers are rounded (up or down) to nearest thousand.

The Top 5 Country Music Albums for the Week of October 26, 2011

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
4 3 Scotty McCreery Clear As Day 57,000 342,000
8 7 Lady Anthebellum Own The Night 34,000 687,000
5 10 Lauren Alaina Wildflower 26,000 95,000
16 14 Various Footloose Soundtrack 21,000 47,000
14 17 Jason Aldean My Kinda Party 18,000 1,941,000

Montgomery Gentry Makes A Strong Debut With “Rebels on the Run”

With the retirement of Brooks & Dunn, Montgomery Gentry are now country music’s elder statesmen of the duo category. Some were worried that joining a smaller label would mean detrimental things to their career yet they continue their streak of debuting in the Top 10 of the Album charts, joining every other release of their career (including the Greatest Hits and Cracker Barrel collections). Rebels on the Run, which features Top 40 hit “Where I Come From,” sold nearly 12,000 copies last week. Martina McBride’s second week on the charts with Eleven saw her slide out of the Top 5 into the lower half of the Top 10 but it’s still a strong 55,000 sales for two weeks. Luke Bryan’s Tailgates and Tanlines continues to sell remarkably well, with sales now at nearly 400,000 strong (the album’s already certified Gold for shipments of 500,000). Brantley Gilbert’s in the Top 10 of the singles chart with “Country Must Be Country Wide” and now here he stands with Halfway To Heaven selling another 13,000 copies this week.  Rodney Atkins’ Take A Back Road rounds out the Top 10 with the record nearly 60,000 copies sold after three weeks on the chart.

The Top 10 Country Music Albums for the week of October 26, 2011

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
20 18 Luke Bryan Tailgates & Tanlines 16,000 393,000
10 21 Martina McBride Eleven 14,000 55,000
27 24 Brantley Gilbert Halfway to Heaven 13,000 271,000
New 27 Montgomery Gentry Rebels On The Run 12,000 12,000
24 37 Rodney Atkins Take A Back Road 10,000 59,000

Eric Church Gold Certified Chief, Blake Shelton’s Red River Blue Selling Strong

Eric Church leads our five notable albums this week as Chief, the 11th best-selling country album this week, was certified Gold recently and now has scanned 400,000 copies (so there are at least 100,000 CDs in the marketplace). Right behind Eric on our notable section this week is Blake Shelton, whose single “God Gave Me You” is his third #1 hit of 2011 and the second off of Red River Blue. Shelton, who is also back filming The Voice’s second season on NBC, will likely release an uptempo tune from the album next. The Zac Brown Band’s You Get What You Give continues to find audiences as the album – which has 3 #1 singles already – looks for #4 with fast-rising hit “Keep Me In Mind.” Hunter Hayes debuted last week inside the Top 10 of the charts with his self-titled debut album and this week he finds himself at #18 on the country sales chart with a total of 25,000 albums now in the hands of fans. Given his rapidly growing fan base, that’s a number that is bound to keep growing up and up.

Five Notable Albums for the Week of October 26, 2011.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
36 39 Eric Church Chief 9,000 400,000
42 48 Blake Shelton Red River Blue 9,000 366,000
50 52 Zac Brown Band You Get What You Give 8,000 1,226,000
18 58 Hunter Hayes Hunter Hayes 7,000 25,000
63 69 Justin Moore Outlaws Like Me 6,000 273,000

Six More Country Music Facts for the Week of October 26, 2011.

  • Once again, country music albums held 1/4 of the Top 100 albums on the SoundScan Top 200 Current Albums chart.
  • Eli Young Band has passed the 100,000 albums scanned mark for the first time of their career with Life At Best.
  • Southern Gospel artist Jason Crabb’s spectacular The Song Lives On album debuted this week at 105 on the charts with nearly 4,000 fans taking the album home.
  • Rascal Flatts are nearly at 1,000,000 albums sold with Nothing Like This. The record is already certified platinum, like every other one of their studio albums.
  • Shelby Lynne debuts at 138 on the charts with Revelation Road. The Grammy winner’s latest recording sold nearly 3,200 albums.
  • Billy Currington’s Enjoy Yourself has now sold over 400,000 copies.

Next week will see the debut of Toby Keith's Clancy's Tavern and Vince Gill's Guitar Slinger. Check back here, same time, same channel to see how they and the albums mentioned here fared.