Country Album Chart News For January 16, 2013: Taylor Swift Still #1; Florida Georgia Line #2

This week’s sales numbers don’t really feature any new big releases (January is usually slow the first couple of weeks) so it’s just a re-arranging the Top 10 this week. Read on to find out where the top charting albums placed this week (including the pictured Florida Georgia Line)!

Taylor Swift remains at #1 for another week with sales topping 50,000 and bringing Red’s total sales to 3.2 million sold. Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out debut with Cracker Barrel exclusive album release.

There were no major new releases this week, only a new Bluegrass album from Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out. So, this means Taylor Swift once agean leads the way on our chart rundown with 50k more added to her cumulative sales totals. Florida Georgia Line’s “Here’s To The Good Times” sits next on the chart (but 17 slots on the SoundScan Top 200 Albums chart with total sales now at 220k since being released in November. The album is on a beline for Gold and, if the hits continue after #1 hit “Cruise” and Current hit “Get Your Shine On,” Platinum. Luke Bryan’s “Tailgates & Tanlines” is the third-best-selling country album of the week with sales now nearly 1.8 million. The soundtrack for ABC TV’s “Nashville” has broken into the Top 5 for the first time, giving Big Machine Label Group 3 of the Top 5 albums on this chart (including Swift & FGL). The final album in the Top 5 is Little Big Town’s “Tornado,” the trio’s fastest-selling album of their career. It features CMA winning “Pontoon” and the hit title track, the trio’s first consecutive Top 10 hits since “The Road To Here”’s “Boon Docks” and “Bring It On Home” in 2005/2006. 

Jason Aldean “Night Train,” Zac Brown Band “Uncaged” Top 10.

Jason Aldean’s “Night Train” leads the #6-#10 portion of this week’s SoundScan Top Country Albums rundown with 16,000 more fans taking home the album which features “1994,” and “Take A Little Ride.” Hunter Hayes’ Gold-certifed debut (which features soon to be Top 10 hit “Somebody’s Heartbreak” is next while Eric Church’s 1.3 million-seller “Chief” sits at #8 this week. His next single from the album is “Like Jesus Does.” Carrie Underwood tumbles this week from #2 to #9 on this chart with iTunes and Amazon sales now over. The album (which features hits “Blown Away,” “Two Black Cadillacs” and “Good Girl”) has now sold 1.24 million albums. Zac Brown Band’s Uncaged” rounds out the Top 10 once again and has sold nearly ¾ of a million albums since being released in the middle of 2012. The album’s recent hit “Goodbye In Your Eyes” is winding down its run at #1.

Lee Brice is “Hard 2 Love”; Aaron Lewis “The Road” Part of Notable Albums rundown.

Lee Brice’s “Hard 2 Love” has surpassed the 300,000 sales mark and with the end of hits from the album not yet in sight, It seems like a good bet to get near or over the Gold-sales mark at some point in 2013. Brantley Gilbert’s “Halfway To Heaven” hit the 800,000 sales mark this week while Aaron Lewis’ “The Road” continues to find an audience with its Traditional Country blend. Rounding out the rundown this week is Bluegrass Icon Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out’s “Timeless Hits From The Past” album, a collection sold exclusively at Cracker Barrel (physical copies) and iTunes (online). 

Next week we’ll see the arrival of Katie Armiger’s “Fall Into Me” album, the fourth album of the 21 Year Old’s career. Two weeks will see the arrival of Randy Houser’s third album “How Country Feels” and the release of Gary Allan’s “Set You Free,” both albums which feature Top 5 hits that could be #1 hits by the week of release.

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

*Numbers rounded to nearest thousandth.
LWTWArtistAlbumSales TWSales Total

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total

3 4 Taylor Swift Red 50,000 3,225,000

25 21 Florida Georgia Line Here’s To The Good Times 18,000 220,000

27 25 Luke Bryan Tailgates & Tanlines 16,000 1,792,000

28 26 Music of Nashville Original Soundtrack Vol 1 16,000 156,000

30 27 Little Big Town Tornado 16,000 639,000

26 28 Jason Aldean Night Train 16,000 1,060,000

32 33 Hunter Hayes Hunter Hayes 12,000 544,000

31 35 Eric Church Chief 12,000 1,338,000

22 40 Carrie Underwood Blown Away 11,000 1,237,000

41 55 Zac Brown Band Uncaged 7,000 740,000

86 81 Lee Brice Hard 2 Love 5,000 313,000

107 101 Brantley Gilbert Halfway To Heaven 4,000 800,000

123 103 Miranda Lambert Four The Record 4,000 707,000

132 122 Aaron Lewis The Road 4,000 65,000

NEW 131 Russell Moore & IIIRd Tyme Out Timeless Hits From The Past 3,000 3,000