Country Chart News: The Top 30 Digital Singles (For Week Of February 29, 2012): A 'Good Girl' Hits #1

On the charts for barely three days, "Good Girl" from Carrie Underwood is clearly the story of this week as the single debuts at #1 on Country Music's Top 30 Digital Singles chart. Read on to see how the other superstars fared this week as well.


With only three days, Carrie Underwood managed to sell over 100,000 downloads of her brand new single “Good Girl.” We also see the results of the Grammy Awards in the chart from last week’s numbers on the Top 30 chart this week.

“Good Girl” has certainly helped country music’s reigning good girl Carrie Underwood retake her throne as one of the top artists in modern country music (not that she was ever too far away from that position). In only three days on the SoundScan Country Singles Chart, the album sold an impressive 108,000 copies, more than doubling her nearest competitor for #1, Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup.” Unless the single somehow massively fails, I suspect it’ll be gold in mere weeks, a feat that will also happen for fast-rising hit single “A Woman Like You” for Lee Brice. Nobody could’ve predicted that the sweet love song would do as well as its doing, not even Lee himself.

Taylor Swift Has Three of Top 12 Singles This Week

Taylor Swift had three of last week’s top 4 songs on this chart and this week she has to settle for three of the Top 12 songs. Still, she’s one of the best-selling digital artists of all time (right there with Rihanna). The recently certified Gold “Safe And Sound”  (with Grammy darlings The Civil Wars) sits at #4 after a #2 spot last week while “Ours” sits at #7 after sitting at #4 last week. The nearly 1.5 million sold “Mean,” which was performed on the Grammy Awards and won Taylor two awards, was last week’s #1 (63,000 sold) and slides down to #12 this week.  Luke Bryan’s longtime digital #1 single “I Don’t Want This Night To End” is slowing its roll as it moves down to #5 this week (and Luke’s on to “Drunk On You”, a song which is now just outside the Top 30 Digital Singles). 

Kip Moore’s “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck” is a Digital Top 10 This Week

Like Lee Brice with “A Woman Like You,” nobody could’ve predicted that “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck” from Kip Moore was destined to become the hit single it’s become on the Top 30 Digital Singles chart. The single has sold 219,000 copies but is already Top 10 after a metoric rise up the charts the past couple of weeks.  Sitting at #9 on the charts, in between radio stalwarts Jake Owen and Blake Shelton, the single has yet to break inside the Top 20 at Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, which means if it continues to make its way up the charts to Top 10 or higher (as it’s likely to do), “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck” is sure to give Kip Moore his first Gold certification as an artist. The previously mentioned Jake Owen is only about a week or two away from yet another Gold single, this time for The Billboard Top 5 “Alone With You” while Blake Shelton’s “Drink On It” is a fast-rising single but may not be able to sell as well digitally as nearly Double-Platinum single “Honey Bee” and nearly Triple-Platinum “God Gave Me You.”

Aldean’s "Fly Over States" & Church’s “Springsteen” Risers of the Week

Rascal Flatts debuted last week at #9 with “Banjo” and this week slide to 21 but as the single runs up the charts, there’s no doubt that the single will rise again, starting next week. The fifth single from My Kinda Party, “Fly Over States” is well on its way to joining platinum and multi platinum singles “Dirt Road Anthem,” “My Kinda Party” and “Don’t You Wanna Stay” as a successful digital single meanwhile, “Eric Church’s own current single looks to join Gold certified singles “Homeboy” and “Drink In My Hand” as one of EC’s most successful digital singles (all of them from Chief).  Other notable Risers of the Week are Brantley Gilbert with “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” and Tim McGraw with “Better Than I Used To Be.” Both singles have sold  over 215,000 digital tracks so far for the radio stars.

Keith Urban Joins Carrie Underwood as debuting singles this week

This section of the rundown is reserved for notable singles which either went Gold/Platinum or debuted on the digital singles chart but are under the Top 30. With over 12,000 copies sold, “For You” gave Keith Urban a #34 debut. The single, which is from Act of Valorsoundtrack may very well be his next radio single and serve as a bridge between Get Closer and the next studio album. Last week’s #2 debut on the charts, Alan Jackson’s “So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore” made a slide on the charts but with it already Top 40 – and his best single in years – look for fans to gravitate to it more, though as a not likely to cross-over single, it’s unlikely to sell super outrageous. It has sold 22,000 copies in two weeks. “This Ole Boy” from Craig Morgan is moving up the charts the same week his latest album of the same name drops nationwide so look for this song to get a hearty jump and it may pass the 100,000 copies sold mark if it can double sales from this week’s 8,000 sold. It currently has 87,000 digital single sales.

 In recently certified Gold or Platinum news, Rascal Flatts’ “My Wish” was recently certified Double Platinum, Blake Shelton’s 2001 debut “Austin” was certified gold, Jason Aldean’s “Big Green tractor” is close to double platinum, and Taylor Swift’s breakthrough hit “You Belong With Me” is close to 4x platinum and Zac Brown Band’s “Keep Me In Mind” was certified Gold last week. Eli Young Band is moving up the charts with “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” thus affirming my long-held feeling that the band’s Life At Best would be more than a one hit wonder record. Gloriana’s starting to see traction for “(Kissed You) Good Night” and that’s helping them move 26 slots on the chart outside of the Top 30. They’ve now sold 68,000 singles and as the song rises up the charts, look for it, too, to do well. Two re-entries this week are Casey James’ “Lets Don’t Call It A Night” and Jana Kramer’s soon to be huge hit “Why Ya Wanna.” They’ve now sold 63,000 and 41,000 copies, respectively.

Next week we’ll see how many Carrie can sell and how well others are able to rise as their singles become hits.

Top 30 Digital Singles Chart:


Last Week This Week Artist Song Title TW LW  Total
NEW 1 Carrie Underwood

Good Girl

108,000 0000  108,000
3 2 Toby Keith Red Solo Cup          50,000      60,000 1,495,000
5 3 Lee Brice A Woman Like You          49,000      46,000 442,000
2 4 Taylor Swift/Civil Wars Safe and Sound          48,000      61,000 613,000
4 5 Luke Bryan I Don't Want This Night To End          45,000      53,000 1,295,000
8 6 Miranda Lambert Over You          40,000      34,000 229,000
4 7 Taylor Swift Ours          38,000      43,000 853,000
16 8 Jake Owen Alone With You          34,000      34,000 449,000
17 9 Kip Moore Somethin' 'Bout A Truck          32,000      24,000 219,000
15 10 Blake Shelton Drink On It          32,000      27,000 148,000
23 11 Lady Antebellum Dancing Away With My Heart          28,000      21,000 229,000
1 12 Taylor Swift Mean          27,000      63,000 1,497,000
7 13 The Band Perry If I Die Young          27,000      41,000 3,951,000
12 14 Blake Shelton God Gave Me You          24,000      22,000 2,784,000
10 15 Lady Antebellum Just A Kiss          23,000      34,000 2,286,000
21 16 Tim McGraw Better Than I Used To Be          23,000      21,000 216,000
28 17 Brantley Gilbert You Don't Know Her Like I Do          22,000      19,000 229,000
16 18 Jason Aldean Dirt Road Anthem          21,000      24,000 2,829,000
14 19 The Band Perry All Your Life          21,000      28,000 706,000
20 20 Scotty McCreery The Trouble With Girls          20,000      22,000 570,000
9 21 Rascal Flatts Banjo          20,000      34,000 54,000
38 22 Jason Aldean Fly Over States          19,000      13,000 84,000
18 23 Chris Young You          19,000      23,000 545,000
29 24 Luke Bryan Country Girl (Shake It For Me)          17,000      18,000 1,697,000
42 25 Eric Church Springsteen          17,000      11,000 78,000
19 26 Dierks Bentley Home          17,000      23,000 261,000
22 27 Eric Church Drink In My Hand          17,000      21,000 654,000
32 28 Keith Urban You Gonna Fly          15,000      15,000 160,000
27 29 Blake Shelton Honey Bee          15,000      19,000 1,844,000
13 30 Jason Aldean/Kelly Clarkson Don't You Wanna Stay          14,000      30,000 1,968,000