Eric Church Holds onto #1 for a second week but newcomer Cole Swindell sets bar for debut releases in 2014 with his self-titled Warner Bros. Nashville album.
Eric Church managed to maintain the pole position this week with a late push (to 74k sold) to keep newcomer Cole Swindell (“Chillin’ It”) from the #1 position. Still, 63k albums sold in his first week out with only one hit to his credit is a remarkable debut for Cole Swindell, and his self-titled album, in any year of this post-digital music revolution. It’s indeed the biggest debut album launch for a country artist since Florida Georgia Line in 2012 (who also moved 63k albums their first week of release). In fact, these numbers are tied for the best debut #s since Scotty McCreery’s Clear As Day dropped with 197,000 albums sold in its first week in the fall of 2011.
Cole’s buddy Luke Bryan sits at #3 with sales of 15k bringing the album to 1.668 million sold, just ahead of Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s To The Good Times (which has a deluxe edition titled “This Is How We Roll” that features a single featuring Luke Bryan and was co-written by Cole Swindell). Rounding out the Top 5 is Jennifer Nettles with That Girl. The album has now sold 120k in 6 weeks and gives Georgia natives 4 of the Top 5 Country album slots.
Vocal Group Home Free’s “Crazy Life” saw its physical release impact the chart giving the group a second week on our Top 10 chart.
Jason Aldean returns to #6 after sliding down the chart last week. His Night Train album has sold nearly 1.6 million copies to date while Kasey Musgraves sits at #7 with Same Trailer Different Park has moved 367k to date. #8’s placeholder is Blake Shelton’s Based On A True Story, with 1.16 million albums sold to date (48 weeks). Home Free’s Crazy Life sits at #9 and “The Sing-Off” winners have enjoyed two weeks on this chart with 16k total in the 4 weeks on this chart. The group’s physical CD release of the album is the reason for their resurgence on the chart this week (they only sold 663 downloads last week). Rounding out the Top 10 is Johnny Cash’s Legend of Johnny Cash, a long-time top-seller which has now moved 3.116 million copies and features tracks from his time with American Recordings (I.E. his late-career and last recordings).
Hunter Hayes, Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery, Cassadee Pope, and Danielle Bradbery lead the notable albums this week.
Hunter Hayes and Taylor Swift make return appearances in our notables chart rundown this week with his Platinum self-titled/Encore album and her 4x Platinum RED, respectively. Scotty McCreery’s 205k-plus selling See You Tonight continues to find fans while Eric Paslay has now sold 17,000 copies of his debut in 3 weeks on this chart (Lead single “Friday Night” hit #1 and is close to GOLD on the Digital single sales chart). Meanwhile Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away returns to this chart with sales now nearly 1.65 million. Note: We should have info on Danielle Bradbery and Cassadee Pope later today.
Top 10 Country Albums for The Week of February 26, 2014 with 8 Notable Albums (SoundScan Top 200 Current Albums Chart Placement)*
*Numbers rounded to nearest thousandth.
Florida Georgia Line
Crash My Party
Here’s To The Good Times
Same Trailer Different Park
Based On A True Story
Legend of Johnny Cash
See You Tonight