Thanks to last week’s CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock special on ABC TV, multiple top stars who appeared on the program experienced sales increases. The artist to benefit the most? Luke Bryan as he leaps back to #1 with Crash My Party. The Double Platinum album’s Deluxe edition hit digital retailers this week after Target’s exclusive window ended. Brantley Gilbert’s Just As I Am slides down to #2 and is followed by the 400k-selling Platinum from Miranda Lambert in the #3 spot. Sitting at #4 with their soon to be replaced chart album, Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s To The Good Times. The album has now moved nearly 2,000,000 albums (it’s already certified Double Platinum by the RIAA). Rounding out the Top 5 is another CMA TV show benefactor: Eric Church with 2014′s best-selling Country Album (so far), The Outsiders. It has sold 678,000 to date.
Top Ten Recap
The Various Artist Now Country 7 album sits at #6 with sales now at 123,000 while Big Smo’s Kuntry Livin’ album sits at #7. At #8 is yet another CMA TV program star, Cole Swindell. His album returns to the Top 10 and is the best-selling album from a new artist in 2014 (to date). We expect he’ll get competition from Sam Hunt and Chase Rice before the year is out. Blake Shelton returns to the Top 10 after a one week absence with Based On A True Story…. The superstar is set to release a new single from his upcoming September 30 release next week. Dierks Bentley’s Riser rounds out the Top 10 for yet another week.
Notable Album Recap
Colt Ford’s former Top 10 album sits outside the Top 10 this week but he’ still sold 56,000 albums in just a few weeks. Jake Owen’s Days Of Gold earned praise from the CMT television program and he’s now sold 184k of his fourth album for RCA Nashville. Three new albums make our chart this week, including Micky & The Motorcars’ Hearts From Above, Sunny Sweeney’s Provoked and Shooter Jennings’ Don’t Wait Up (For George) EP. Finally, we have our weekly snapshot at Scotty McCreery and Cassadee Pope’s albums for their loyal fans.
Other notes: Billy Joe Shaver debuts with Long In The Tooth selling 2,300 copies. Lucy Hale has moved 1,100 more copies of her album to have sold 44k to date. Jerrod Niemann’s High Noon and David Nail’s I’m A Fire have sold 800 more copies each this week with Niemann now having sold 60k and Nail 66k for their respective albums. Finally Mary Sarah Debuts on the chart with Bridges having sold 850 copies to bring sales to 2,400 to date for her indie classic duets project.
Top 5 Country Albums - July 23, 2014*
*Top Country Album Chart Numbers rounded to nearest thousand.
|12||Luke Bryan||Crash My Party||16,000||2,052,000|
|14||Brantley Gilbert||Just As I Am||15,000||515,000|
|25||Florida Georgia Line||Here’s To The Good Times||10,000||1,984,000|
|33||Eric Church||The Outsiders||7,000||678,000|