Country Album Chart News: The Week of December 18, 2013: Garth Brooks, Duck Dynasty, Cassadee Pope, Parmalee, & Scotty McCreery

With sales surpassing Gold, Duck Dyansty’s Robertson Family has managed to wrangle one of the year’s most interesting stories and album releases with Duck The Halls. Check out here to see how Garth’s Box set and the rest of the Top 10 and 10 interesting albums fared this week!

It took a stealth iTunes release of Beyonce’s new self-titled audio/visual album for Garth Brooks to lose the #1 sales slot on the Top 200 chart but Garth’s still #1 with a sales gain.

Blame It All On My Roots has sold nearly 500,000 copies in just 3 weeks on the charts, not bad for a $25 box set of cover songs which also includes his The Ultimate Hits collection and two DVDs, one of his Wynn “Blame It All On My Roots” live show and for his music videos. The Robertson Family of the A&E program Duck Dynasty may no longer have the #1 Christmas album of 2014 (Kelly Clarkson’s Wrapped In Red passed it this week) but it still is one of the Top 6 albums in all of America this week with another sale figure of 108k, bringing the family a Gold record for the novelty recording and it’s entirely possible they have a Platinum record before the sales for the album are put away for a year (and who knows if their popularity will be as high as it is this year). The #3 best-selling Country music album this week is Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party, a record which has moved 1.4 million albums to date. Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s To The Times…This Is How We Roll is next with sales of 1.421 copies sold through the past 54 weeks (the deluxe …This Is How We Roll  version was released three weeks ago). Finally, the #5 album this week is Zac Brown Band’s iTunes-only EP The Grohl Sessions Vol 1. the EP has sold 27k in one week.

Blake Shelton Scores Two Albums In Top 10 of This Week’s Chart.

Based On A True Story… sits at #6 with sales of 18k bringint the total for the album up to 1.067. Music Of Nashville Soundtrack (Season 2 Vol. 1) debuts at #7 this week with sales of 18k while Blake Shelton’s Cheers It’s Christmas is at #8 and surpasses the 500k sold mark with 507k total. Taylor Swift’s RED sits at #9 with sales of 16k and a total sales number of 3.926 million copies sold. Finally, Danielle Bradbery’s self-titled debut sits at #10 with sales now at 68 after 3 weeks. The singer’s “My Day” was recently chosen by NBC as the theme for the network’s coverage of the Sochi Olympics.

Our 10 Notables includes a mixture of Up and Coming stars from “Reality TV,”  Parmalee, and also Christmas Music, including Trace Adkins’ “The King’s Gift” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Wrapped In Red.”

Lady Antebellum’s On This Winter’s Night joined Blake Shelton’s Christmas album to become a Gold album (scanned), a feat also accomplished by their latest album Golden this week (though it’s unlisted below). That album has now sold 511k to date. Parmalee’s Feels Like Carolina debuts (#12 overal) and sold 14k in its debut. The album features the multi-week Mediabase #1 hit “Carolina,” a song which was certified Gold by the RIAA this week. Jake Owen’s two week old “Days Of Gold” is next in our notable rundown with sales of 53k in two weeks on the charts. He’ll release “Beachin’” to radio after the new year. Scotty McCreery’s See You Tonight gained 21% in sales over last week to move over 11k units. He’s now sold 148k to date.  Cassadee Pope’s Frame By Frame moves another 10k this week to bring sales to 119k. Her lead single “Wasting All These Tears” sits at #12, the place it’ll sit until after the first of the year as the industry takes a break for Christmas/New Years holidays. Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away makes an appearance with sales holding steady for the Country icon. The album has sold 1.611 million to date while her cast soundtrack for The Sound of Music has moved 67k in two weeks.

Scotty McCreery’s Christmas With Scotty has now scanned 382k to date (it’s already certified GOLD by the RIAA). Zac Brown Band’s Uncaged is close to scanning Platinum, joining the band’s two previous albums in the Platinum-plus certification levels. Thomas Rhett’s “It Goes Like This” is next and it has moved 22% more than the previous week and has now sold nearly 82k to date. Label mate Justin Moore has sold 205k copies of his third album Off The Beaten Path while Trace Adkins first Yuletide album, The King’s Gift has sold 35k in the few weeks it has been on the charts, not a bad feat for an independently-released collection of traditional Christmas carols. Finally, Kelly Clarkson’s Wrapped In Red surpassed The Duck Dynasty novelty Christmas album (really all Christmas recordings are novelty records) and has moved 578k to date, roughly 3k more than Duck The Halls. It’ll be interesting to see which albums score the best sales.

*NOTE: Due to the Christmas holiday next week and New Years Day the following week, this may be our final Country Albums chart rundown for 2013. If we get the information, we’ll still find time those days to bring you, at least an abridged rundown.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Top 10 Country Albums for The Week of December 18, 2013 with 100 Notable Albums (SoundScan Top 200 Current Albums Chart Placement)*

*Numbers rounded to nearest thousandth.

LW

01

05

14

16

00

33

00

33

39

54

36

00

15

70

131

98

116

181

169

173

117

03

TW

03

06

14

15

25

32

34

35

37

42

43

46

51

67

80

122

128

130

152

153

163

03

Artist

Garth Brooks

Robertsons/Duck Dynasty

Luke Bryan

Florida Georgia Line

Zac Brown Band

Blake Shelton

Various Artists

Blake Shelton

Taylor Swift

Danielle Bradbery

Lady Antebellum

Parmalee

Jake Owen

Scotty McCreery

Cassadee Pope

Carrie Underwood

Scotty McCreery

Zac Brown Band

Thomas Rhett

Justin Moore

Trace Adkins

Kelly Clarkson

Album

Blake It All On My Roots

Duck The Halls

Crash My Party

Here’s To the Good Times

The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1.

Based On A True Story

Music Of Nashville (S2 Vol 1)

Cheers, It’s Christmas

RED

Danielle Bradbery

On This Winter’s Night

Feels Like Carolina

Days Of Gold

See You Tonight

Frame By Frame

Blown Away

Christmas With Scotty

Uncaged

It Goes Like This

Off The Beaten Path

The King’s Gift

Wrapped In Red

TW

172,000

108,000

47,000

46,000

27,000

18,000

18,000

18,000

16,000

15,000

15,000

14,000

13,000

11,000

10,000

7,000

7,000

7,000

6,000

6,000

6,000

136,000

Total

481,000

575,000

1,400,000

1,421,000

27,000

1,068,000

18,000

506,000

3,926,000

68,000

515,000

14,000

53,000

148,000

119,000

1,611,000

382,000

985,000

81,000

205,000

35,000

578,000

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