Easter Helps Luke Bryan and other Top Country Stars Dominate the Top 10.
Thanks to the easter gift sales boost, Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party scored a remarkable jump of 77% to return to the pole position in a week the biggest debuting album hit #5. Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s To The Good Times returns to #2 while Eric Church’s Gold-selling The Outsiders gained 22% over last week. The album was also part of the indie Record Store Day promotion. Johnny Cash’s month-old Out Among The Stars surpasses 110k scanned while Jessie James Decker rides her E! Reality TV show with husband, NFL player Eric Decker, to score her biggest chart success to date with Comin’ Home, an album now promoted via 19 Entertainment. She sold 11k copies in the first week of release, most of those digitally.
Dan+Shay, Martina McBride, The ZinePak, Cole Swindell, and Blake Shelton round out Top 10.
Martina McBride’s Everlasting slides #1 to #6, just like Dan+Shay did last week. The singer’s latest has sold 29k in two weeks. Dan+Shay are at #7 with Where It All Began, The album’s first single “19, You+Me” peaked at #11 on the radio chart but has sold over 500,000 downloads to date. Blake Shelton sits at #8 for another week with his 1.2 million seller Based On A True Story. The album is Blake’s best-selling album to date. Right behind him at #9 is Cole Swindell with his self-titled album. It has sold nearly 150k and is the best-selling album from a new artist so far in 2014 (Dan+Shay are #2 with 45k, Jon Pardi is #3 with 43k). Finally the ACM Zine Pack spends its fifth week in the Top 10 with sales now at 44k for the limited-run magazine, two CD project that’s become an annual promo tie-in for Walmart and the ACM and Country Music.
Notable albums include George Strait’s Love Is Everything, Jerrod Niemann’s High Noon and Justin Moore’s Off The Beaten Path while Darius Rucker’s “True Believers” has scanned Gold!
We start our notable (non Top 10) albums rundown with Randy Rogers Band, who have left UMG Nashville -- where they scored critical acclaim and a few hits -- and created their own record label in partnership with Thirty Tigers. The Texas-based band’s latest is the two CD/1 DVD live project Homemade Tamales, a raw and real collection of songs from the band that wasn’t overdubbed or ‘fixed’ in the studio. Next, we have Sara Evans’ Slow Me Down which has moved 58k in 6 weeks. The album gained 15% in sales over last week. Another sales gainer is Jerrod Niemann’s month-old High Noon. The album has now sold over 30k for the “Drink To That All Night” singer. Ray Price’s Beauty Is… the final album of his life before he passed away earlier this year, moved 3k this week, not bad for a small indie label like AmereMonte Records. Taylor Swift’s RED is up 25% thanks to Easter while Scotty Mccreery’s See You Tonight is up 16% for the week as is Danielle Bradbery (actually 15%) and Cassadee Pope with 8%.
In other news, The Secret Sisters debut with 3,700 of Put You Needle Down sold, Rodney Crowell debuts with 3k of Tarpaper Sky and The Oak Ridge boys debut with 1,200 copies of Boys Night Out. Steve Earle’s Townes: The Basics debuts with 1,100 and Sarah Davidson returns to the chart with ¼ of her album’s total 4k sales hitting customers hands this week. Finally, Brandy Clark moved 800 copies of 12 Stories to bring sales to 29k to date for the critically-acclaimed indie release.
Top 10 Country Albums for The Week of April 23, 2014 with 8 Notable Albums (SoundScan Top 200 Current Albums Chart Placement in First column, Country Rank in Second)*
*Top 10 Country Album Numbers rounded to nearest thousand, Outside Top 10 rounded to nearest Hundred.
Florida Georgia Line
Randy Rogers Band
Crash My Party
Here’s To the Good Times
Out Among The Stars
Where It All Began
Based On A True Story
Various Artists/Zine Pak
Slow Me Down
See You Tonight
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