Country Albums Chart Report: March 7, 2017

Aaron Watson (pictured) and Little Big Town duked it out for #1. See who leads our chart rundown this week (back after a long hiatus)!

With nearly 44k albums scanned (and nearly 52k total activity) for the week, Little Big Town's The Breaker debuts at #1, just enough to outpace Aaron Watson who debuts at #2 with Vaquero, his follow-up to the #1 album The Underdog from 2015. Watson's total activity of nearly 39k was good enough to land in the Top 10 all-genre (Little Big Town was #4 after Bruno Mars and two Future albums). At #3 on our rundown is Garth Brooks' The Ultimate Collection. The project has scanned nearly 533k copies to date, a number which includes his album Gunslinger too (it's a part of the box set). At #4 is the former #1 album, Windy City from Alison Krauss. Rounding out the Top 5 is Reba McEntire's Sing It Now album. The album has scanned 104k to date and is one of the best-selling albums of 2017 to date.

Top Ten Recap

With sales at 120k so far, Brantley Gilbert's The Devil Don't Sleep is also a strong seller so far in 2017 while Keith Urban's Ripcord is on single #5 with no end in sight. It has almost scanned 500k and with sales+streaming (total activity) it has numbers approaching 750k to date. Chris Stapleton's Traveller has scanned over 1.8 million albums with total activity at 2.4 million to date.  Not bad for a record radio stations weren't really wanting to play hits from. Brett Young is at #9 with his self-titled album approaching 28k units scanned. Florida Georgia Line's Dig Your Roots has now scanned nearly 355k to date (Total Activity: 576k) and sits at #10.


Kane Brown's self-titled debut remains one of 2016's best-selling albums from a newcomer and he has 0ver 144k total activity for the project. Maren Morris Hero, Blake Shelton's If I'm Honest, Joey+Rory's Hymns, Dierks Bentley's Black, Aaron Watson's The Underdog, Carrie Underwood's Storyteller and Hillary Scott's Love Remains are among the notable projects this week

Top 5 Country Albums: March 7, 2017

Note: The Top 5 Country Album Chart Numbers are rounded to nearest hundred albums sold.
Place Artist Album Week Total Scans
1 Little Big Town The Breaker 43,700 43,700
2 Aaron Watson Vaquero 36,800 36,800
3 Garth Brooks Ultimate Collection 27,200 522,800
4 Alison Krauss Windy City 16,100 52,700
5 Reba McEntire Sing It Now: Songs of Faith... 11,600 104,300

Read the entire Top 10 and Notable Albums list here