Hunter Hayes Scores the #1 Country Album this week, his first, with “Storyline.” Also, this week we’ll again be bringing you just albums inside the Top 200 SoundScan and Billboard chart with some updates on albums we’ve not talked about for months!
Hunter Hayes and Mother’s Day helped to give Country Music five of the top 25 albums in all of Music this week as the young rising star sold nearly 70k (thousand) copies of “Storyline” to breakout with his new album. Sitting at #2 this week with sales of 24k is Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party.” The album has now scanned 1.866 million copies in 39 weeks on the charts. It should surpass 2 million before the 52 week cycle hits later this year. Florida Georgia Line’s album was up 33% over last week with sales now at 1.825 million in 75 weeks on the chart (the duo is working on their follow-up in between tour dates). Another album debuts this week in the Top 5, the second soundtrack for the second season of ABC’s “Nashville” program. The show was also renewed for a third 22 episode season. Rounding out the Top 5 is Eric Church with his 573k scanned modern masterpiece, The Outsiders.
Mother’s Day Brings Sales Increases For Nearly Every Album In Top 10, including Blake Shelton’s “Based On A True Story” and Keith Urban’s “Fuse.”
Blake Shelton rises back into the Top 10 with “Based On A True Story.” The album is the #26 best-seller this week and gained nearly 100% in sales increases (in other words nearly double the last week number with sales of 11k this week. That puts the album at 1.233 million scanned. It is Blake Shelton’s best-selling album to date. Dierks Bentley’s “Riser” is, well, another riser this week as the album gained 46% in sales to bring the 11 weeks sales cume to 135k. Keith Urban’s 35 week-old “Fuse” which has issued 3 Gold Top 10 (or better) singles to date, gained 15% to bring sales to 341k scanned. All three of these albums have now shown sales increases for the past three weeks in a row. sitting at #9 with a slight sales decrease is Johnny Cash’s “Out Among The Stars” album. Rounding out the Top 10 is Cole Swindell’s self-titled debut. The album was lightly up over last week with 160k albums scanned to date.
Notable albums include Brantley Gilbert’s first Platinum album, “Halfway To Heaven,” Hunter Hayes’ self-titled debut, Zac Brown Band’s “You Get What You Give” and Dan+Shay’s “Where It All Began.”
There are 6 notable albums on this week’s rundown. They include Brantley Gilbert’s “Halfway to Heaven” album. The album has now scanned 1.016 million copies, giving the rising star his first Platinum album. His follow-up, “Just As I Am” hits stores next week. Next in our rundown is Martina McBride’s classic R&B/Soul covers album, “Everlasting.” The album has now moved 39k to date, not bad for an album without much in the way of radio airplay. Dan+Shay’s “Where It All Began” fell outta the Top 10 this week but still has sold 58k as their second single “Show You Off” hit radio this week. Hunter Hayes’ self-titled debut album (nearly 2 years old) is next and has scanned 1.138 million copies to date. Kacey Musgraves’s “Same Trailer Different Park” has moved 415k to date and we have no doubts that she’ll eventually score a Gold certification for the album. The album’s fourth (and likely final) single “Keep It To Yourself” is now a top 40 hit. Finally, we end this notable section with a catalog country album, Zac Borwn Band’s “You Get What You Give.” The album has now scanned 1.848 million (their first album, the unlisted “The Foundation” has scannd 3.293 million copies to date.
Outside the Top 10 Albums and notables, Scotty McCreery sold 1,600 copies this week to bring "See You Tonight" totals to 229,000 copies scanned. Cassadee Pope sold 900 copies to bring "Frame By Frame" sales to 171,800 copies scanned and Danielle Bradbery has moved 900 copies as well to bring her self-titled album to 136,100. Parmalee has sold 62,900 copies of "Feels Like Carolina" and Jon Pardi has moved 45,000 copies of "Write You A Song."
Top 10 Country Albums for The Week of May 14, 2014 with Some Notable Albums (SoundScan Top 200 Current Albums Chart Placement in First column, Country Rank in Second)*
*Top Country Album Chart Numbers rounded to nearest thousand.
Florida Georgia Line
Zac Brown Band
Crash My Party
Here’s To The Good Times
Music of Nashville S2 V2
Based On A True Story
Out Among The Stars
Halfway To Heaven
Where It All Began
Same Trailer Different Park
You Get What You Give