Country Chart News – The Top 30 Digital Singles: The Week of January 3, 2012: Christmas Sales; The Band Perry, Gary Allan, Eric Church Score Gold singles

The rise of Digital Music continued to grow in 2012 and if you needed any proof of the change, just take a look at this week’s report of Roughstock’s Top 30 Digital Singles and you can see remarkable sales. The sales numbers were massive thanks to Christmas Gift Card Redemptions. Read on to see it all!

Christmas Keeps on Giving for the Country Music world this week as there was nearly 300% the sales of the previous Week of sales thanks to gift card sales on iTunes and Amazon and Google Play stores.

With 236,000 fans buying “We Are Never Getting Back Together” – a rise of 185,000 over last week – Taylor Swift has rebounded to the #1 Digital Single slot this week on our Country rundown (her pop chart only single “I Knew You Were Trouble” sold over 582,000 singles this week, giving her the Pop #1 single as well). “We Are Never…” is now Triple Platinum. Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” sold 211,000, a gain of over 136,000 singles over last week, giving the duo a cumulative # of 1.6 million sold. Hunter Hayes scored Gold this week with his self-titled album and last week – when we were off from this chart – he saw “Wanted” hit Double Platinum. Sales were a remarkable 159,000 this week, good for his own 107,000 sales increase.  Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” gained 101,000 in sales this week and has sold right about the same as FGL’s “Cruise at 1.6m sold. Rounding out the Top 5 is The Band Perry with “Better Dig Two.” The single sold 112,000 to bring sales to Gold Certification levels.

Gary Allan’s “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)” Is Now Gold.

With sales of 112,000 (65,000 more than last week), Gary Allan’s “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)” has certainly hit home with fans as a ‘comeback’ single and it has Allan ready to score a nice debut week with “Set You Free,” the upcoming album featuring the track. Hunter Hayes’ current Country Radio hit “Somebody’s Heartbreak” sits at #7 this week with sales nearly double of where they were last week and now over 300,000 (and well on their way to at least a Gold sales showing for the burgeoning superstar). Jason Aldean’s current hit “The Only Way I Know” is #8 with a sales increase of roughly 157% over last week’s numbers. the #9 Single this week is Taylor Swift’s “Red” with sales of 80,000 (bringing totals to 700,000) while Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” rounds out the TOp 10 with a 45,000 single sales boost with totals now nearing 1.8 million (The song is well on its way to at least a Double Platinum sales level).

Carrie Underwood “Good Girl” Is the Chart Riser of the Week.

Carrie Underwood joins Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Jason Aldean and Taylor Swift as the artists with the most Top 30 singles this week as her “Good Girl” single is up 30 slots thanks to rabid fans finally having the gift card income to buy the track. These sales helped “Two Black Cadillacs” stay in the Top 22 positions as well witha sales increase of 27,000 copies for that track. “Good Girl” scored a 49,000 sales bump. Every single in the Top 30 did remarkably well and Underwood was joined with re-entrants like Jason Aldean’s “Take A Little Ride,” and “Dirt Road Anthem,”, Luke Bryan’s “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” and Dustin Lynch’s “Cowboys And Angels.” The latter is only 125,000 sales shy of Platinum, a mark we suspect the up and comer will achieve by the end of this spring. Aldean’s “Ride” is only 8,000 singles away from becoming Platinum and that certainly means that he’ll achieve the remarkable sales mark next week. Eric Church’s “Creepin’” expericenced a 37,000 sales increase which was more than enough to make it the fourth country single to achieve certification levels this week. It joins each single released from “Chief” with its capacity to be certified by the RIAA, always remarkable, no matter the genre the artist is in. Church’s “Springsteen” is only 12,000 singles away from Double Platinum and we expect the single to hit that mark in one or two weeks, depending on if fans have more post-Christmas giftcard income to spend. Finally, We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the success of Kacey Musgraves’ wonderful “Mary Go Round.” The single scored a strong sales increase of 32,000 singles sold over last week, enough to bring her totals to 229,000 and given the success of the single at radio, signs point to Kacey becoming a hit-making singer with the potential to hit Underwood and Lambert level of stardom.

Songs falling out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • George Strait – “Give It All We Got Tonight”
  • Cassadee Pope – “Over You”
  • Cassadee Pope – “Cry”
  • Cassadee Pope – “Stupid Boy”

New singles likely to debut next week:

  • None

Top 30 Digital Singles In Country Music (1/3/13)*

*Numbers are rounded to nearest thousandth.

LW TW Artist Track TW LW Total

5 1 Taylor Swift We Are Never Ever Getting… 236,000 51,000 3,055,000

1 2 Florida Georgia Line Cruise 211,000 75,000 1,636,000

4 3 Hunter Hayes Wanted 159,000 52,000 2,199,000

7 4 Carrie Underwood Blown Away 136,000 35,000 1,636,000

2 5 The Band Perry Better Dig Two 123,000 59,000 579,000

6 6 Gary Allan Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain) 112,000 47,000 563,000

11 7 Hunter Hayes Somebody’s Heartbreak 84,000 29,000 307,000

10 8 Jason Aldean The Only Way I Know 83,000 33,000 343,000

23 9 Taylor Swift Red 80,000 17,000 704,000

9 10 Little Big Town Pontoon 75,000 33,000 1,786,000

16 11 Taylor Swift Begin Again 71,000 22,000 675,000

8 12 Little Big Town Tornado 69,000 33,000 331,000

21 13 Lee Brice Hard To Love 63,000 19,000 1,133,000

13 14 Randy Houser How Country Feels 61,000 25,000 391,000

45 15 Carrie Underwood Good Girl 58,000 9,000 1,527,000

30 16 Luke Bryan Drunk On You 56,000 14,000 2,200,000

20 17 Eric Church Creepin’ 56,000 19,000 522,000

18 18 Luke Bryan Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye 56,000 20,000 671,000

17 19 Kacey Musgraves Merry Go ‘Round 53,000 21,000 229,000

35 20 Jason Aldean Take A Little Ride 51,000 12,000 992,000

15 21 Zac Brown Band Goodbye In Her Eyes 47,000 23,000 315,000

19 22 Carrie Underwood Two Black Cadillacs 46,000 19,000 146,000

24 23 Kip Moore Beer Money 45,000 17,000 350,000

42 24 Luke Bryan Country Girl (Shake It For Me) 43,000 10,000 2,340,000

37 25 Eric Church Springsteen 43,000 12,000 1,988,000

22 26 Justin Moore Til My Last Day 42,000 18,000 371,000

14 27 Tim McGraw One Of Those Nights 38,000 23,000 172,000

44 28 Jason Aldean Dirt Road Anthem 37,000 9,000 3,464,000

28 29 Brad Paisley Southern Comfort Zone 36,000 15,000 269,000

47 30 Dustin Lynch Cowboys & Angels 35,000 9,000 875,000