Jason Aldean Tops Country Album Sales Chart

Ever since releasing My Kinda Party 14 weeks ago, Jason Aldean has had to contend with Taylor Swift’s juggernaut Speak Now. After weeks of playing second-fiddle, he outsold her this week to score the #1 Country Album this week, according to SoundScan.

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
12 7 Jason Aldean My Kinda Party 26,875 818,770
7 8 Taylor Swift Speak Now 26,789 3,136,084
17 23 Lady Antebellum Need You Now 17,484 3,175,500
30 30 Zac Brown Band You Get What You Give 14,550 664,261
35 32 Rascal Flatts Nothing Like This 13,889 607,884

Kenny Chesney’s Hemingway’s Whiskey sits at #6 on the SoundScan Top Country albums chart with nearly 13,000 fans taking the record home.  It’s now nearing the 700,000 sales mark and will soon unsleash “Live A Little” to country radio as the follow-up to #1 hits “The Boys of Fall” and “Somewhere With You.”  The Band Perry’s self-titled debut continues its march towards gold as the album’s third single “You Lie” runs up the charts.  The Country Strong Soundtrack has already given country radio two hit singles in “A Little Bit Longer” and the title track but it’s about to unleash to radio what may very well be the biggest hit from the soundtrack, Tim McGraw and Gwyneth Paltrow’s duet “Me And Tennessee.”  The soundtrack has now sold nearly 150,000 copies while the two singles are close to Gold.  Sugarland’s The Incredible Machine has now been certified Platinum while “Little Miss” runs up the charts (after #1 “Stuck Like Glue.” The JaneDear girls’ self-titled debut lands the #10 slot on this week’s chart with over 10,000 fans picking up a copy of the polarizing recording (it’s a love or hate kind of record). 

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
32 34 Kenny Chesney Hemingway’s Whiskey 12,946 681,148
36 37 The Band Perry The Band Perry 11,937 387,302
25 38 Various Country Strong OST 11,655 149,278
42 44 Sugarland Incredible Machine 10,530 836,112
NEW 45 the JaneDear girls the JaneDear girls 10,307 10,319

Tim McGraw’s Number One Hits sits at #11 on this week’s SoundScan Top Country Albums rundown with the recording now comfortably on it’s way to an actual Gold status.  Miranda Lambert’s Grammy-nominated Revolution is next with over 1.1 million copies sold as “Heart Like Mine” looks to join “Dead Flowers,” “White Liar” and the “The House That Built Me” as big hits from the project.  Steel Magnolia is close to having their third Top 40 hit with “Last Night Again” while they’ have now sold nearly 60,000 copies of Steel Magnolia in a month on the charts.  Blake Shelton’s Loaded: The Best Of Blake Shelton has sold nearly 160,000 copies while the superstar vocalist’s single from the project, “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking” is making its way to #1.  Billy Currington is at #15 this week with Enjoy Yourself

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
43 50 Tim McGraw Number One Hits 9,483 240,270
58 57 Miranda Lambert Revolution 8,241 1,164,806
39 58 Steel Magnolia Steel Magnolia 8,202 59,833
59 62 Blake Shelton Loaded: Best Of… 7,751 157,529
72 66 Billy Currington Enjoy Yourself 6,852 235,255

The second album from the Zac Brown Band on the charts this week (the only act to have this feat), is their strong major debut The Foundation.  It has now sold over 2.5 million copies since being released in the fall of 2008.  Joe Nichols has now sold over 15,000 copies of his lean 10 song Greatest Hits album in two weeks while Alan Jackson’s Gold-certified final release for Arista Nashville, 34 Number Ones has sold nearly 200,000 copies.  Darius Rucker’s sophomore country release sits at #19 on the SoundScan Country Album rundown this week while label mate Eric Church rounds out the Top 20 with his 2009 release Carolina. Both albums are approaching 400,000 copies sold with Gold certifications on the horizon for both of them later this year. 

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
61 69 Zac Brown Band Foundation 6,594 2,503,301
52 70 Joe Nichols  Greatest Hits 6,538 15,416
80 84 Alan Jackson 34 Number Ones 5,875 192,795
82 86 Darius Rucker Charleston, SC 1966 5,688 388,274
87 87 Eric Church Carolina 5,657 392,047

Our interesting albums section finds us making mention of the fantastic debut album from The Civil Wars.  They’re a folksy and roots-y independent duo and scored nearly 25,000 fans on their first week of release with Barton Hollow. That was good enough for a #12 debut on the Hot 200 Albums chart.  Keith Urban didn’t get a #1 single with “Put You In A Song” but he’s looking to make “Without You” a #1 as Get Closer  has now sold nearly 520,000 copies.  Carrie Underwood’s Play On sits at 106 on the SoundScan Hot 200 this week as the star looks to release a new single from album #4 sometime soon.  Grammy nominated The Guitar Song sits at 149 on the same chart this week as Jamey releases “Heartache” to the country radio stations with hopes of a real big breakthrough with the dark but inventive single.  To round out this week’s interesting section, we highlight the fantastic rootsy singer/songwriter album from the Avett Brothers.  I And Love And You may not be mainstream country but it certainly falls in the big tent (like The Civil Wars do).  The American Recordings release (Cash’s final label) has now sold 280,000 copies. 

LW TW Artist Album Sales TW Sales Total
New 12 The Civil Wars Barton Hollow 24,756 24,766
78 99 Keith Urban Get Closer 5,177 519,334
100 106 Carrie Underwood Play On 4,842 1,946,768
146 149 Jamey Johnson The Guitar Song 3,384 263,013
142 193 The Avett Brothers I And Love And You 2,574 281,403

Next week we’ll see where Thompson Square manages to land with their anticipated debut album along with the new Waylon Jennings tribute album.

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