Country Album Chart Report: November 12, 2014

Jason Aldean leads the post-CMA Awards sales week see who were winners on the charts this week!

The CMA Awards are always good to the country music registers and this year is no exception. Jason Aldean's "Old Boots, New Dirt" returns to #1 after a single week away. The album has now scanned Gold in five weeks for an average of 100,000 albums sold per week. Florida Georgia Line's Anything Goes sits at #2 after a week at #3 with sales of 30k. They've sold 324k copies of their sophomore album to date. At #3 is one of the CMA's first benefactors, Brantley Gilbert. His Just As I Am catapults into the Top 10 with a 300% sales increase. His album has now sold 634k to date. Last week's #1, Sam Hunt, sits at #4 with Montevallo. the album has now sold 95k in two weeks. Blake Shelton jumps up to the Top 5 with Bringing Back The Sunshine enjoying an iTunes sale AND Blake's performance of "Lonely Tonight" with Ashley Monroe on the CMA Broadcast (instead of his #1 single "Neon Light"). The album has now sold 194k to date.

Top Ten Recap

Miranda Lambert's CMA-winning album Platinum catapults into the Top 10 with sales up 271%. The album, like Jason Aldean above, scanned Gold, meaning Platinum is now Gold (eligible). The Doobie Brothers' fun collection of duets with country stars, Southbound debuts at #7. The album sold 16k copies last week, no doubt bolstered by two performances in the final hour of the award show. Little Big Town's Pain Killer remains in the Top 10 with sales now at 65k. Kenny Chesney's The Big Revival is at #10 with sales now at 233k to date.

Notable Album Recap

This week's notables is longer than usual in that many artists and albums benefitted from CMA Awards boosts. So we've featured them here. It's rare for any album to outsell its first week in the following weeks yet that's exactly what Darius Rucker is doing with Home For The Holidays this week. The yuletide album -- his first Christmas album -- has now scanned nearly 19k in two weeks. Lady Antebellum's 747 is next with 9100 fans taking the album home last week. Eric Church's best-selling country album for 2014 (So far), The Outsiders returns to our rundown with a nice sales increase to bring sales to 754k to date. Chase Rice's Ignite The Night scored an increase thanks to an iTunes sale and has now scanned 115k to date. Tim McGraw's Sundown Heaven Town moved 7,500 copies last week, 100 more copies than George Strait's The Cowboy Rides Away did. Dierks Bentley's Riser scored a nice increase to return to our rundown while Garth Brooks' re-issue of The Ultimate Hits has now scanned nearly 49k (and is likely to sell very well during the holiday season).
Lee Brice's I Don't Dance gained slightly to have sales now at 95.5 thousand copies. Kacey Musgrave's Same Trailer Different Park returns to our rundown and while certified Gold, it has yet to scan there. The album has now sold 475,900 copies. Brad Paisley's Moonshine In The Trunk gained sales over last week and has now sold nearly 115k. Keith Urban's FUSE has now sold 404,600 while Thomas Rhett's It Goes Like This is up to nearly 206k scanned. Carrie Underwood's Blown Away returned to the chart with 2,400 more fans taking home the 1.7 million seller while Taylor Swift's 1989 found 402,000 more fans taking home the record (easily the all-genre #1 release for a second week) to give her nearly 1.7 million albums scanned in just two weeks.


Top 5 Country Albums - November 5, 2014*

*Top 5 Country Album Chart Numbers rounded to nearest thousand.

Top 200 Artist Album Sales Total
4 Jason Aldean Old Boots, New Dirt 35,000 503,000
6 Florida Georgia Line Anything Goes 30,000 324,000
9 Brantley Gilbert Just As I Am 26,000 634,000
10 Sam Hunt Montevallo 25,000 95,000
11 Blake Shelton Bringing Back The Sunshine 21,000 194,000

Read the entire Top 10 and Notable Albums list here


  • Pete Johnson

    Quite a sales jump for Brantley Gilbert this week although I doubt this was due to the CMAs since he neither performed or was nominated. If I were to guess, I'd think a large segment of his fans banded together and bought copies of his cd in reaction to the lack of CMA nominations. I cannot think of another reason his current cd would have that high of a sales increase since he is also between singles from that album. Say what you will, that guy has some ardent fans, maybe the most devoted I have seen in recent years. Any thoughts as to why BG had such a sales jump this week besides my theory?

    • Pete Johnson

      That more than likely explains that surprising increase. That cd seems to be a very consistent seller the last few weeks and months with weekly sales in the 5,000-7,000 range. That is why the 26,000 last week shocked me so much. Thanks for the weekly CD and digital singles sales reports. I religiously check those out and find them most interesting. Keep up the good work!

    • Matt Bjorke

      There was an iTunes sale too.

  • Peter

    Matt, Thanks for the weekly digital sales figures. Suggestion: for the other sales, it would be nice to see sales of recent songs from various artists (other than Scotty and Cassadee) that are approaching gold, platinum, or multi-platinum status.

    • Matt Bjorke

      We do, when we get the chance to inform. Scotty fans have helped build the report's readership to what it is so that's why we've always mentioned their status whenever possible (there's nothing on his album in this report either).

  • lee

    Church's album is best selling b/c it was put out early in the year.

  • chris godfrey

    Where are digital sales?

    • Chris Godfrey

      The only digital sale I know because of Billboard is Carrie Underwood - Something in the water - 84.000 - 366.000 Would love to see all of them. Sorry, I know you will probably eventually get it up.