Chart News for March 28, 2012: Hunger Games Dominates

This week we find the soundtrack for The Hunger Games leading the way with 180,000 copies sold while Luke Bryan (pictured) lands at #2 with tailgates & tanlines. Read on to find out how former American Idol Casey James and others fared on this week’s r

The Hunger Games soundtrack became the first soundtrack to land the top spot of the SoundScan Top 200 Albums chart since Michael Jackson’s This is It topped the charts in 2009. Casey James makes strong debut too.

To nobody’s surprise, the soundtrack to The Hunger Games film hit the Top spot on the SoundScan Top 200 Current Albums chart. That was good enough to land the country music heavy soundtrack on our charts as well (3/4 of the album are country and/or country-related artists). The album sold over 180,000 copies and while it’s only going to have one week at #1 (Madonna’s MDNA and Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee stand as potential #1 albums next week).

Casey James Debuts Strong With Self-titled 19/BNA album

With “Lets Don’t Call It A Night” continuing to make its way up the charts (at #23 this week), the American Idol alum – Top 3 in 2009 – debuts with the #3 best-selling album on the SoundScan Top Current Country Albums chart this week.  In between him and The Hunger Games soundtrack is Luke Bryan with the soon to be platinum tailgates & tanlines album.  Rounding out the Top 5 this week are country juggernauts Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum. Aldean’s album is up for an ACM Award While Lady Antebellum looks to Own the Vocal Group competition once again.

Brantley Gilbert Halfway To Heaven Officially Scans Gold

Eric Church continues to move copies of Chief and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the album snag the ACM Album of the Year award from Aldean or the other nominees this year. Gilbert, who is one of the three finalists for Top New Artist along with Scotty McCreery and Hunter Hayes, officially scanned past gold this week with Halfway To Heaven, a remarkable achievement for an album which so far only contains one real hit of his own (it does contain “Dirt Road Anthem,” a song he wrote which became a big #1 hit last summer for Jason Aldean). The Band Perry’s self-titled album (which features new single “Post Cards From Paris” amongst the band’s other big hits), Miranda Lambert’s Four The Record and Blake Shleton’s Red River Blue round out this week’s Top 10 country albums.

Scotty, Taylor, Eli Young Band lead notable albums this week

Taylor Swift’s Speak Now continues to sell well (“Ours” was a #1 single for the artist on the Country Aircheck/Mediabase chart this week) and leads the five notable albums section this week. Right behind her is Platinum-selling ACM nominee Scotty McCreery who is only 20,000 copies away from seeing Clear As Day officially scan Platinum. Tim McGraw’s Emotional Traffic is next with the country superstar’s album now at over 170,000 sold (it is his final album for Curb Records). Multiple ACM Nominee Eli Young Band rounds out the rundown this week with Life At Best. This album has now sold nearly 190,000 copies since being released last fall.  

Other notable albums not charted include You Get What You Give  from Zac Brown Band (6,000 sold),  Dierks Bentley’s Home  (6,000), Shooter Jennings’ Family Man (3,000) and Justin Moore’s Outlaws Like Me (3,000). The special mini-magazine for sale at Walmart stores, ACM Nominees ZinePak (the 2nd annual edition) sold 3,000 copies in its first week and look for it to sell quite a few more this coming week.

Top 10 Country Albums for This Week with Six Notable Albums (SoundScan Top 200 Current Albums Chart Placement)*

#1 – Original Soundtrack – The Hunger Games 175k (175,000)

#14 – Luke Bryan – tailgates & tanlines 18k (867,000)

#21 – Casey James – Casey James 14k (14,000)

#23 – Jason Aldean – My Kinda Party 14k (2,463,000)

#25 – Lady Antebellum – Own The Night 12k (1,519,000)

#26 – Eric Church – Chief 12k (670,000)

#41 – Brantley Gilbert – Halfway To Heaven 9k (503,000)

#49 – The Band Perry – The Band Perry 8k (1,222,000)

#51 – Miranda Lambert – Four The Record 8k (477,000)

#53 – Blake Shelton – Red River Blue 7k (609,000)

#58 – Taylor Swift – Speak Now 6k (4,047,000)

#47 – Zac Brown Band – You Get What You Give 6k (1,448,000)

#62 – Scotty McCreery – Clear As Day 6k (980,000)

#63 – Tim McGraw – Emotional Traffic 6k (179,000)

#137 – Eli Young Band – Life At Best 3K (187,000)

Next week will see the debut of the impressive Lionel Richie project (currently projected to sell 120-140k copies) along with the sales drop (if any) for The Hunger Games soundtrack.  As usual come back here and learn about all of the details!