Country Album Chart Report For December 17, 2014

Carrie Underwood leads the sales report this week with nearly 100k downloads of her first Greatest Hits project.

It's a bit week for country music's Christmas-related material but Carrie Underwood also comes in Top 5 all-genre with her Greatest Hits: Decade #1. Garth Brooks' Man Against Machine is at #2 and has sold 373k to date. Not bad considering he's selling on his name without any real digital influence (these are all physical sales numbers as the Bundle sales from GhostTunes haven't been reported to SoundScan yet). #3 finds Jason Aldean's Platinum-certified Old Boots, New Dirt while #4 holds Florida Georgia Line's Anything Goes. Darius Rucker's Home For The Holidays rounds out the Top 5. It has scanned 126k to date.

Top Ten Recap

George Strait's The Cowboy Rides Away shifts 20k units to move up to #6 this week. It has now sold 230k to date in both regular and deluxe edition (which includes a DVD) forms. Luke Bryan's Crash My Party has now sold 2.275 million albums to date while Elvis Presley's It's Christmas jumps into the Top 10 and has scanned 1.646 million to date. Duck Dynasty's The Robertson Family's 2013 Duck The Halls Christmas album is up to #9 with sales now at 793k to date. Rounding out the Top 10 is Blake Shelton's Bringing Back The Sunshine. The album has scanned 247k to date.

The Next 5

Sam Hunt's Montevallo leads "The Next 5" with 177k to date while Blake Shelton's Cheers, It's Christmas is next with sales now at 587k to date. At #13 is the Nashville season 3, volume 1 official soundtrack and it's followed-up by the ABC Network program's CHristmas With Nashville holiday album. The Next 5 closes out with Vocal group Home Free's Full Of Cheer rounding out the final chart rundown for 2014 (our offices will be closed on the 24th and 31st of December).

Notable Album Recap

Kenny Chensey's The Big Revival leads the notables this week with sales now over 284k while Miranda Lambert's Platinum is solidly approaching 600k. Tim McGraw's Sundown Heaven Town has sold nearly 185k while Eric Church's The Outsiders (recently certified Platinum) has scanned nearly 788k to date. Keith Urban's Fuse has scanned 418k.

Top 5 Country Albums - December 17, 2014

  • There will not be a chart the next two weeks due to the holidays.
  • The SoundScan Top 200 chart (that we use for our chart here) is based on album sales, track sales and streams. Track sales will be converted to albums at a rate of 10 to 1 and streams will be converted to albums at a rate of 1500 to 1.
  • Top 5 Country Album Chart Numbers rounded to nearest thousand.
CNTRY Artist Album Week Total Scans
1 Carrie Underwood Greatest Hits: Decade #1 94,000 94,000
2 Garth Brooks Man Against Machine 62,000 373,000
3 Jason Aldean Old Boots, New Dirt 35,000 651,000
4 Florida Georgia Line Anything Goes 25,000 432,000
5 Darius Rucker Home For The Holidays 24,000 126,000

Read the entire Top 10 and Notable Albums list here

Read the Top 10 via the Streaming-influenced Hot 200 Chart here


  • Sam

    How can Eric's album be ceritified Platinum if it only scanned 788k?

    • Sam

      Oh, so what is the normal scanned amount to get an album to they not count Digital downloads either?

    • Matt Bjorke

      RIAA certifies albums for sales sold to retail stores, not scanned units counted by SoundScan. Jason Aldean's album is ALSO certified Platinum. The RIAA counts the retail store purchases because they're technically 'sold' once (just at wholesale prices).