Chart news for November 30, 2011: Scotty McCreery Holds Off Taylor Swift to Stay #1

With nearly 90,000 copies sold, Scotty McCreery did the unthinkable and kept Taylor Swift from hitting #1 with Speak Now World Tour Live. Read on to see how the rest of your favorite country stars fared during the Black Friday Sales wee

Top 5 Country Albums for the week of November 30, 2011


LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
13 9 Scotty McCreery Clear As Day 88,000 587,000
NEW 11 Taylor Swift Speak Now: World Tour 77,000 77,000
35 17 The Band Perry The Band Perry 53,000 913,000
16 22 Lady Anthebellum Own The Night 46,000 860,000
30 33 Toby Keith Clancy’s Tavern 33,000 176,000

Tim McGraw Scores Remarkable 755% Sales Increase over last week!

Jason Aldean falls out of the Top 5 but that doesn’t mean he didn’t score a sales incresase over last week (only Miranda Lambert had a negative sales # this past week and it was barely negative). My Kinda Party leads the second half of the Top 10 Current Country Albums, according to SoundScan. Following him are Taylor Swift’s 2010 album Speak Now, now nearing 4x platinum and another holiday sale surprise, Tim McGraw’s 2010 double disc collection of #1 hits, called Number One Hits. The album scored an impressive 755% sales increase to jump back into the all-genre Top 40 with just-over 26,000 copies sold. The album sold only 3,000 copies the week before. It’s nearly Platinum now (double albums at 500k sold are Platinum albums according to RIAA). Following Tim on the Top 5 is the Gold Tailgates and Tanlines from Luke Bryan. Lambert’s Four The Record rounds out the Top 10 and has now sold nearly a quarter of a million albums since being released 4 weeks ago.

Top 10 Country Albums for the week of November 30, 2011


LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
29 37 Jason Aldean My Kinda Party 28,000 2,051,000
45 39 Taylor Swift Speak Now 27,000 3,777,000
156 40 Tim McGraw Number One Hits 26,000 484,000
26 42 Luke Bryan Tailgates & Tanlines 26,000 495,000
20 45 Miranda Lambert Four The Record 24,000 239,000

Blake Shelton, Eric Church and Billy Currington are Nearly Gold!

With nearly 500,000 copies sold, Red River Blue, Chief, and Enjoy Yourself from Blake Shelton, Eric Church and Billy Currington, respectively, have all nearly hit the magical Gold-selling sales mark with their latest albums. Shelton and Church’s albums were released this past summer while Currington’s is over a year old. All three are joined the 11-15 Best-selling Country albums range this week by King George Strait himself and Scotty McCreery’s Idol runner-up, Lauren Alaina. Both of the UMG Nashville artists scored strong double digit percent increases in sales over the previous week while Currington – also a UMG Nashville artist – scored a 412% sales increase!

Top 15 Country Albums for the week of November 30, 2011


LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
53 46 Blake Shelton Red River Blue 24,000 430,000
65 59 George Strait Here For A Good Time 19,000 266,000
68 65 Lauren Alaina Wildflower 18,000 162,000
46 78 Eric  Church Chief 14,000 459,000
194 85 Billy Currington Enjoy Yourself 13,000 425,000

Sara Evans Gets Stronger while Blake Shelton’s Loaded…Best of Rebounds

Sara Evans rebounds on the chart this week to land inside the country Top 20 this week with a 351% sales increase. Blake Shelton hit inside the chart as well this week as his Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton from 2010 scored a 248% sales increase getting him closer to another Gold record, this one for the Greatest Hits album. Zac Brown Band’s You Get What You Give seemingly tumbled on the chart this week, along with Brantley Gilbert’s Halfway To Heaven but both albums experienced sales increases over last week, they just ‘tumbled’ due to bigger sales for other albums mentioned above. Rounding out the Top 20, with a 153% sales increase over last week, is Jake Owen’s Barefoot Blue Jean Night.

Top 20 Country Albums for the week of November 30, 2011.


LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
175 87 Sara Evans Stronger 13,000 323,000
90 91 Brantley Gilbert Halfway to Heaven 12,000 325,000
144 92 Blake Shelton Loaded: The Best of… 12,000 443,000
62 97 Zac Brown Band You Get What You Give 11,000 1,272,000
115 98 Jake Owen Barefoot Blue Jean Night 11,000 158,000

Keith Urban Get’s Closer to Sugarland in This Week’s Interesting Albums rundown.

With a 186% sales increase, Sugarland’s The Incredible Machine returns to the Top 200 Current Albums chart provided by Soundscan and now has sold nearly 1.1 million albums while Get Closer, the 2010 album from Keith Urban (with 3 #1 hits) returns to the chart with a 310% sales increase over last week moving over 6,000 albums after only selling 1,400 copies of the album last week. Martina McBride’s Eleven has now sold nearly 100,000 copies while Vince Gill and David Nail round-out the interesting albums section with their recently released, critically acclaimed albums for MCA Records.

Five Interesting Albums for the week of November 30, 2011


LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
82 132 Martina McBride Eleven 7,000 98,000
re-enter 137 Sugarland Incredible Machine 7,000 1,079,000
re-enter 147 Keith Urban Get Closer 6,000 664,000
88 168 Vince Gill Guitar Slinger 5,000 48,000
44 177 David Nail Sound of a Million Dreams 5,000 18,000

More Interesting Chart facts for the week of November30, 2011

  • There was nearly double the amount of albums sold in the SoundScan top 200 Albums last week vs. the previous week, over 2,000,000 albums more.
  • Eli Young Band scored a 145% sales increase for Life At Best, home to the recent #1 hit “Crazy Girl.”
  • The Pistol Annie’s Hell On Heels has now sold over 160,000 albums, all of this w/o a real radio hit.
  • Rascal Flatts’ Nothing Like This slid right behind David Nail on the chart yet they had a 33% sales increase for their album which features #1 hits “Why Wait,” “I Won’t Let Go” and Top 5 hit “Easy.”
  • Kenny Chesney’s Hemingway’s Whiskey, another 2010 release slid on the Top 200 album chart 71 places this week yet the album has sold 5% more than the previous week.
  • Country related albums from the Civil Wars, Needtobreathe and Ryan Adams found audiences as well.

Next week we’ll see if the sales book continues to make strides or if the ‘lackluster’ amount of big releases (like a proper Taylor Swift album) will keep the chart from equaling the strong 2010 sales year end for Country Music. As usual, check back here for all of the facts you need to know!