Country BILLBOARD.COM/NEWSLETTERS INSIDE Makin’ Tracks: Parmalee’s ‘Already Callin’ You Mine’ >page 2 Stark Report: Broadcasters Evaluate Radio Promo Tours >page 3 Questions Answered: Borman Digital Queen Cameo Carlson >page 4 Five Festivals Fight For Face Time >page 4 The ‘Waiting’ Almost Over For Carrie Underwood >page 4 EDITED BY TOM ROLAND, [email protected] MIDWEEK UPDATE JANUARY 29, 2015 | PAGE 1 OF 7 WADE JESSEN [email protected] Luke Bryan’s ‘Party’ Still Rocking; Sam Hunt’s Album Holds At No. 1 Luke Bryan banks his fourth Billboard Hot Country Songs leader from his 2013 album Crash My Party (Capitol Nashville/ Universal Music Group Nashville), as “I See You” rises 2-1. The set yielded its first No. 1 with second sinBRYAN gle “That’s My Kind of Night,” which led for 12 weeks beginning Aug. 31, 2013. “Play It Again” (nine weeks) and “Drink a Beer” (five) followed in 2014. (The album’s title track and lead single reached No. 2, while fifth single “Roller Coaster” climbed to No. 5.) Bryan has scored nine No. 1s overall. Crash My Party is the first album to generate four No. 1s since Zac Brown Band’s You Get What You Give in 201011. The most Hot Country Songs No. 1s that were ever spawned from one album is five. It was first accomplished by Rodney Crowell’s Diamonds& Dirt (1988-89), and it was matched by Brad Paisley’s 5th Gear (2007-08). Bryan’s new No. 1 halts a seven-week run atop Hot Country Songs by Carrie Underwood’s “Something in the Water” (19/ Arista Nashville), which dips to No. 2. The single still controls Hot Christian Songs chart for a 17th week, extending the record for the list’s longest reign by a woman. Sam Hunt’s Montevallo (MCA Nashville/UMGN) leads Top Country Albums for a second straight week (and third cumulative frame) with 16,000 copies sold (down 1 percent), according to Nielsen Music. In anticipation of Hunt’s Lipstick Graffiti Tour launch (Jan. 29) in West Hollywood (his first as a headliner; it sold out its first 15 markets in minutes), second single “Take Your Time” returns to No. 1 for a second week on Country Digital Songs, posting his second-largest weekly digital sum (48,000, up 31 percent). He notched his best digital week when lead Montevallo single “Leave the Night On” sold 50,000 (Sept. 6, 2014). With top Digital and Streaming Gainer honors, “Time” flies 13-6 on Hot Country Songs. It shoots 10-2 on Country Streaming Songs with 1.1 million U.S. streams (up 37 percent), below “Night,” which rules the chart for a sixth cumulative week (1.4 million, up 5 percent). Keith Urban nabs the Hot Shot Debut on Hot Country Songs at No. 43 with “Raise ’Em Up” (featuring Eric Church) (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville). The track is the fifth single from Urban’s Fuse, which debuted at No. 1 on Top Country Albums in September 2013. It has sold 430,000 copies. BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE JANUARY 29, 2015 | PAGE 2 OF 7 MAKIN’ TR ACKS TOM ROLAND [email protected] With the burning guitar chords in the intro, the hooky melodicism in the chorus and the insistent backbeat throughout the performance, it’s easy to view Parmalee’s new single, “Already Callin’ You Mine,” as a throwback to 1980s power pop/rock. Don’t think for a second, though, that the track’s target lies anywhere outside of the present moment. The lyrics are grounded in urgency, and urgency is all about now. “We’ve all had that moment when you’re into somebody and you finally PARMALEE decide, ‘OK, I’m all in,’ and this is what this song is all about,” says lead vocalist Matt Thomas. “It’s like that moment when you change your Facebook status from ‘single’ to ‘in a relationship.’ That’s kind of the whole theory behind the title.” Modern digital platforms, of course, are not foolproof, and a tech-related snafu laid the foundation for some very real urgency when “Already Callin’ You Mine” was created two years ago. Thomas and bassist Barry Knox were hosting a songwriting session in the basement studio at Parmalee’s home on the west side of Nashville. “It’s kind of a band house,” says co-writer Wade Kirby (“All Over the Road,” “I Saw God Today). “It’s real conducive to a bunch of guitar players. Everywhere you look is music stuff.” Even with his GPS, songwriter Phil O’Donnell (“Doin’ What She Likes,” “She Won’t Be Lonely Long”) had trouble finding the place and needed an extra phone call to locate it. Philbilly, as he’s better known, in turn texted the address to Kirby, but he mistakenly inserted an extra digit. So when Kirby headed out, he went at least 30 miles past his destination. “I swear he must have drove to Memphis,” says O’Donnell. “He almost went to Dickson on Highway 70.” That led to some frantic tension for Kirby. “I don’t get nervous in co-writes, but I get nervous when I’m late — and I was sooo late,” he notes with a laugh. “That’s the nuts part on this song. Matt’s a nice guy, and anybody else would have went on without me.” Instead, they noodled a bit in the studio while waiting for Kirby. The band was in the process of collecting and recording songs for its debut album and needed an uptempo love song. The Parmalee guys already had a bit of what became the foundational rhythm — “We call it the money beat,” says Thomas — and when Kirby finally arrived, he tossed the “Already Callin’ You Mine” title into the soup. Knox and Thomas wanted a song that embraced love at first sight, and once the title, the beat and the direction were set, it was a group effort to find the right words and melody. “It was almost like passing a hot potato around the room,” observes O’Donnell. “We all just start throwing stuff. Everybody was singing, and I don’t think it took a couple hours.” It helped that the band’s lead singer was part of the process. “He knows better than anybody knows where his wheelhouse is,” says O’Donnell. Thomas made slight revisions in the melody, the phrasing and the words as they pushed through it, shaping it for his range and the band’s point of view. “Philbilly is a pretty country dude,” explains Knox. “He’s always in his overalls, and he’s got his glasses on, and a lot of times his lyrics come out real country. I re- member us saying a few times, ‘Nah, we wouldn’t say that — that’s too country for us, Phil.’ I can’t remember exactly what it was, but I do remember that happening.” As the end of the session neared, Thomas insisted that the song have a bridge. They needed just two lines — “If you like the way that sounds/We can leave this place right now, right noooow” — to lift the energy a final notch before a compact, ’80s-like guitar solo. “It’s a really short bridge,” allows Knox. “But it says a lot.” They made an iPhone work tape that day with all four guys playing guitar, and O’Donnell used that as the basis for a demo at Legends Studio. The demo amped up the energy and incorporated a steel guitar, and it set the tone for the master session when the NV production team — David Fanning and three Jason Aldean sidemen: bassist Tully Kennedy, guitarist Kurt Allison and drummer Rich Redmond — stepped into the studio with Parmalee during sessions for the Feels Like Carolina album. Scheduling was a problem — Aldean and Parmalee were both touring — and they cut a bunch of songs in a blur. “Already Callin’ You Mine” was relatively easy to finish, since so much of it had already been laid out during the writing session and the demo. “When you have a good demo to start off with, your job is just to give it a little face-lift, make it pop a little bit more,” says Fanning. Parmalee’s Josh McSwain added a Hammond B-3 for texture, NV put echo effects on the vocals in the bridge, and they wedged additional instruments into empty spaces to give the track more momentum. “We always go a little more aggressive — more guitars, you know,” says Fanning. “After he sings in the chorus, the guitars add a little drive. And where there’s holes, we try to create different [signature] licks everywhere.” The track was built one instrument at a time, and the interplay between Knox’s bass and Scott Thomas’ drums became a central, powerful building block. “Almost every kick drum you hear in our music, I’m playing a bass note with that kick drum,” says Knox. “I don’t normally skip ’em, and I don’t normally hold out the notes as he plays the kick drum. I’m playing right along with him.” As they started playing it live, Parmalee could see people in the crowd who weren’t familiar with the song trying to mouth the words to the chorus, a good sign that the audience was responding. Stoney Creek wanted something uptempo for the next single, and “Already Callin’ ” was an easy choice. It changes things up a bit from the midtempo nature of the band’s two previous singles, but Parmalee does hope “Callin’ ” will repeat its chart success. “Carolina” hit No. 1 on Country Airplay, and “Close Your Eyes” reached No. 4. The release schedule certainly re-establishes a very familiar timeline for the act: “Carolina” was shipped to radio via Play MPE on Jan. 14, 2013; “Close Your Eyes” followed on Jan. 13, 2014; and “Already Callin’ ” was released Jan. 12, 2015. “I think this song defines us more than just about any of them on that record,” says Matt Thomas. “It’s not going to throw anybody for a loop, but once the chorus hits, it sounds like a Parmalee song.” A little power pop during the Facebook era. Much like Kirby, this one arrives a little late in the process. But it might be right on time. PARMALEE:ED RODE After A Late Start, Parmalee Finds An Uptempo Groove BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE JANUARY 29, 2015 | PAGE 3 OF 7 THE STARK REPORT PHYLLIS STARK [email protected] Are Country Radio Tours Still Worth Labels’ Investment? If you’re having trouble getting a country radio programmer on the phone right conference room or in my office.” now, it’s likely because he or she is in the station’s conference room watching one With so many new artists knocking on doors and a limited amount of time in of many new potential stars belt out a few songs. any given week to see them, programmers have to curb such visits to between one Introductory radio tours — largely unique to the country format — go on year and three a week, depending on the station. Words like “crazy” and “extreme” ’round, but this time of year the traffic is particularly heavy as label promotion are how programmers describe the volume of requests for visits they’re getting reps brave potentially snowy weather in an from Nashville. effort to get their artists in front of radio Says KSCS and KPLX Dallas operations early on and make what they hope will be manager J.R. Schumann, “It seems like a lasting impression. we’re getting hammered with requests every But with costs to labels typically in the week for artists to come by. Any more than tens of thousands of dollars, are radio tours one per week is tough, and having one every still an effective tool? To answer that quesweek is also tough.” tion, we reached out to various country radio WQDR Raleigh, N.C., station manager/ POE SCHUMANN JORDAN programmers for their opinions. PD Lisa McKay says that even though the For the most part, programmers remain bullish on radio tours. iHeartMedia San artist visits are “usually the best part of my day,” she “loses track” after more than Antonio operations manager Don Gosselin calls them “a fantastic way to be intro- three new acts in a week. duced to new artists, get a feel for their personality and learn about their history.” “We do need a traffic light, that’s for sure,” says KUZZ AM/FM Bakersfield, Mike James, operations manger for Hall Communications’ Lakeland, Fla., Calif., PD Tom Jordan. “At times it is overload. I have figured out we can do two cluster, also feels that such visits still have great value. “We believe that we can conference room visits a week,” but any more than that, and “I’ve started shutget a much better sense of the artist’s true talent and personality when we get a ting people down … I do have a regular schedule to adhere to.” chance to meet them face to face and hear them perform acoustically.” Says KILT Houston assistant PD/music director Chris Huff, “I always try to Sue Wilson, vp operations for Rubber City Radio Group in Akron, Ohio, agrees. be as respectful to the artist as possible, and never lose sight of the fact that, for “When the PD and MD and staff experience an artist early in their career and feel many, these radio tours are a really big deal … That being said, when we start getinvested, then I believe it does encourage airplay … Sometimes the live perfor- ting requests for third or fourth visits in one week, it really becomes too much.” mance and engagement is the tipping point.” Poe has a different reason for limiting artist visits that he thinks labels should WDAF Kansas City PD Wes Poe says such visits also show “commitment from consider: “The volume of what is coming through far exceeds the amount of space the labels these artists are on that they are worth the trouble and hassle associ- I have to add new music from untested, unfamiliar artists,” he says. ated with shuffling around the country through over 100 stations ... It does affect In the Feb. 5 issue, we will examine the common mistakes artists make on radio new-music decisions here.” tours and what labels and artists should be doing to make the best possible imHowever, WCTK Providence, R.I., PD Bob Walker is less convinced. “To pression. We’ll also share a few radio-tour-gone-wrong stories and hear from probe blunt, most radio tour stops are a waste of time,” he says. “We add songs grammers about whether these outings forge long-lasting friendships with artists based on what comes out of the speakers, not how they sound singing in our — and why some programmers actually hope they don’t. Country UPDATE THE COUNTRY MUSIC INDUSTRY’S MUST-HAVE SOURCE FOR NEWS, ANALYSIS AND CHART INFO EVERY MONDAY AND THURSDAY Get your message front and center with top country radio programmers and other key music influencers TO ADVERTISE, CONTACT: Lee Ann Photoglo, 615-376-7931, [email protected] BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE JANUARY 29, 2015 | PAGE 4 OF 7 viously done extremely well in country and has some crossover, but this put him in front of a different audience on television two nights a week. I was really excited about that. Plus, I knew that people would fall in love with Keith, so it made it very easy for us to genuinely go in there and make those connections with the fan base and make sure they were connecting it back to the music. QUE STIONS Answered Cameo Carlson Head, digital business development @DigiMusicBitch After working at iTunes and the Universal Motown Republic Group, Cameo Carlson moved to Nashville in 2011 to work with Gary Borman’s management firm, Borman Entertainment. She guides the division’s clients — including Keith Urban, Alison Krauss, Mickey Guyton and Clayton Anderson — in their digital and online outreach. And, despite relocating in Tennessee Titans territory, she remains a Seattle Seahawks fan. It’s a good time to catch up with her, given a come-from-behind victory against Green Bay that put them in the upcoming Super Bowl (Feb. 1). You came to Nashville from New York about four years ago. How has your experience with the town been so far? I ran the label rela- tions and editorial teams at iTunes, so there’s been a long-standing relationship there with Nashville. I felt kind of comfortable, but it was a different position because I was going into management. There’s some things that are misnomers about Nashville and how we work, particularly as it pertains to digital. There are some of the stereotypes for the fan base and certain artists that live up to that stereotype. But it’s a community, which is so different from the rest of the music industry. People are connected, so you can’t just rush through things. Coming straight out of New York, that was sort of my M.O. You’ve got to slow down a little bit and have conversations and make connections here. The town sort of requires that from you. When Keith took the American Idol role, how did that change the parameters for what you can do? It gave us another platform that we could market to and talk to on the digital front. Keith has ob- As the recording business has shifted from sales to streaming, does that change how you conduct business, or where you are trying to drive people? There’s sort of a micro and a macro answer for this. The macro is yes, we have to make sure that we strategize around streaming and what makes sense for each artist, and part of our job as management is education, making sure that our artists understand how it works specific to them, because every contract is different. Then micro, it’s been a really interesting case study with Mickey Guyton. There were a lot of partners that were interested in her early on, and we wanted to really work the streaming services to make sure that people weren’t able to put her in a box when it came time for radio. We were really big on playlisting and that content was in the right place and that people have a way to explore it. We took an artist that was virtually unknown and got to a place where she was a little over 4 million streams before she went to radio with her first single. A couple years ago at an Americana conference panel, you were talking about social media as helpful, but you said an email list is a retirement plan. I still believe that email is a retirement plan because that’s data that you own. Those are the people that you can talk to that are going to buy tickets, buy merchandise, well after the peak of a radio career or the peak of hit singles. It’s great to use social media, it’s incredibly important — you can have dialogue, you can build communities — but ultimately if you don’t own that relationship in some way, you are selling yourself short. When that hit song is gone, if you don’t have a way to talk to people other than that same format, you’re going to be missing out on people who would still buy a ticket and buy a T-shirt and support you financially. It’s a very fleeting thing in social media. It looks like, from reading your Twitter account, that you’re a Seattle Seahawks fan. I’m assuming you’re very happy at the moment. I’m a huge Seahawks fan. [The Packers game] was simultaneously the best and worst game of the entire season. So, yes, I’m very happy, although I have to admit that I had sort of lost hope. I wasn’t thinking [the Super Bowl] was going to happen. —Tom Roland MIDWEEK NEWS UPDATE COUNTRY GETS ULTRA-FESTIVE The competition is on for consumers’ festival dollars. In a scant 24 hours Jan. 27-28, five country events were either announced or added more talent: Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., April 11-12 (The Band Perry, Josh Turner); the Key West Songwriters THE BAND PERRY Festival, May 6-10 (Chris Young, Kacey Musgraves); the Shaky Boots Festival in Atlanta, May 16-17 (Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley); the Taste of Country Music Festival in Hunter, N.Y., June 12-14 (Billy Currington, Eli Young Band); and the Windy Lake Shake in Chicago, June 19-21 (Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line). After waiting all year for the Super Bowl, NFL fans will get one last look at Carrie Underwood on Feb. 1 when she rolls out the season’s final edition of the NBC Sunday Night Football theme. “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” has been rerecorded as “Waiting All Day for a Super Bowl Fight” with a special set design and revamped lyrics that reference the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. Streamsound has assigned an April 7 release date to the solo debut by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush. The lead single from Southern Gravity, “Trailer Hitch,” is currently No. 25 on Hot Country Songs. Ovation TV will celebrate the Man in Black’s Feb. 26 birthday with at least 10 back-to-back shows about Johnny Cash. The mini-marathon includes six editions of Song by Song, each focusing on one specific title, such as “Ring of Fire,” “I Walk the Line” and “Sunday Morning Coming Down.” Johnny Cash in San Quentin and Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison will also be included in the programming. BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE JANUARY 29, 2014 | PAGE 5 OF 7 Hot Country Songs THIS WEEK LAST WEEK 1 l 2 2 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8 l 9 l 1 3 5 6 13 8 10 11 TWO WEEKS WKS ON TITLE AGO CHART PRODUCER (SONGWRITER) 4 13 I SEE YOU 3 5 7 15 9 10 11 18 19 19 13 13 22 22 14 M.BRIGHT (C.UNDERWOOD,C. DESTEFANO,BRETT JAMES) TALLADEGA J.JOYCE (E.CHURCH,L.LAIRD) SUN DAZE J.MOI (C.R.BARLOWE,J.FRASURE,S.BUXTON,T.HUBBARD,B.KELLEY) LONELY TONIGHT S.HENDRICKS (B.ANDERSON,R.HURD) TAKE YOUR TIME MAKE ME WANNA J.JOYCE (THOMAS RHETT,B.BUTLER,L.MCCOY) DRINKING CLASS M.MCCLURE,K.JACOBS,L.BRICE (J.KEAR,D.FRASIER,E.M.HILL) JUST GETTIN’ STARTED M.KNOX (C. DESTEFANO,R.AKINS,A.GORLEY) SHOTGUN RIDER 7 2 19 11 l 12 l 14 22 L.LAIRD (B.ELDREDGE,SCOOTER CARUSOE) 16 16 33 D.GEORGE (R.HOUSER,B.LONG) 13 9 8 17 B.CANNON,K.CHESNEY (R.CLAWSON,D.L.MURPHY,J.YEARY) 14 l 15 l 17 13 19 J.STROUD (J.BULFORD,J.MATTHEWS,L.VELTZ) 17 l 18 l 19 l 20 l 21 l 22 l 23 l 24 25 l 12 18 4 20 22 21 23 25 24 26 19 6 17 41 21 25 22 23 30 27 29 17 23 22 3 24 15 24 18 8 13 14 ★★Digital & Streaming Gainer★★ Z.CROWELL,S.MCANALLY (S.HUNT,J.OSBORNE,S.MCANALLY) 14 16 ★★No. 1 (1 week)★★ SOMETHING IN THE WATER 10 19 Artist IMPRINT / PROMOTION LABEL J.STEVENS (L.BRYAN,L.LAIRD,A.GORLEY) 1 SALES, AIRPLAY & STREAMING DATA COMPILED BY Luke Bryan CAPITOL NASHVILLE Carrie Underwood 19/ARISTA NASHVILLE MEAN TO ME TIL IT’S GONE 0 Sam Hunt 6 M CA NASHVILLE Thomas Rhett VALORY Lee Brice CURB Jason Aldean B ROKEN BOW Tim McGraw 4 5 7 6 9 0 12 8 13 15 W ARNER BROS./WMN M.CARTER (C.SWINDELL,A.SANDERS,J.MARTIN) PERFECT STORM Brad Paisley L.WOOTEN,B.PAISLEY (B.PAISLEY,L.T.MILLER) ARISTA NASHVILLE HOMEGROWN HONEY Darius Rucker 4 17 CAPITOL NASHVILLE F.ROGERS (D.RUCKER,C.KELLEY,N.CHAPMAN) ★★Airplay Gainer★★ TAKE IT ON BACK D.GEORGE,C.BRYANT (C.BRYANT,T.L.JAMES,D.ALTMAN) SAY YOU DO 1 11 Chris Young RCA NASHVILLE Cole Swindell AIN’T WORTH THE WHISKEY 1 3 B LUE CHAIR/COLUMBIA NASHVILLE LONELY EYES J.JOYCE,Z.BROWN (Z.BROWN,W.DURRETTE,N.MOON) 1 Brett Eldredge A TLANTIC/WMN Randy Houser S TONEY CREEK Kenny Chesney LIKE A COWBOY HOMEGROWN PEAK POSITION Eric Church E MI NASHVILLE Florida Georgia Line R EPUBLIC NASHVILLE Blake Shelton Featuring Ashley Monroe W ARNER BROS./WMN M CGRAW/BIG MACHINE B.GALLIMORE,T.MCGRAW (H.LINDSEY,M.GREEN,T.VERGES) CERTIFIED Zac Brown Band 4 VARVATOS/REPUBLIC/BMLG/SOUTHERN GROUND Chase Bryant R ED BOW 19 Dierks Bentley 20 Jake Owen 21 J.CATINO,J.KING (M.PEIRCE,J.SINGLETON,B.TURSI) Tyler Farr C OLUMBIA NASHVILLE 22 GIRL CRUSH Little Big Town CAPITOL NASHVILLE Lady Antebellum C APITOL NASHVILLE Kristian Bush S TREAMSOUND 23 CAPITOL NASHVILLE R. COPPERMAN (M.T.RAMSEY,S.MCANALLY,T. ROSEN) WHAT WE AIN’T GOT RCA NASHVILLE J.MOI (T.J.GOFF,T.MEADOWS) A GUY WALKS INTO A BAR J.JOYCE (L.ROSE,L.MCKENNA,H.LINDSEY) FREESTYLE N.CHAPMAN,LADY ANTEBELLUM (D.HAYWOOD,C.KELLEY,H.SCOTT,S.MCANALLY) TRAILER HITCH K.BUSH,T.TAPLEY (K.BUSH,B.BUSH,T.OWENS) 24 25 The country music industry’s must-have source for news, analysis and chart info with expert commentary from Tom Roland and Phyllis Stark, and chart analysis from Wade Jessen. Sign up for FREE delivery every Monday and Thursday. www.billboard.biz/newsletters Country UPDATE BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE JANUARY 29, 2015 | PAGE 6 OF 7 Hot Country Songs THIS WEEK LAST WEEK 26 l 27 l 28 l 29 l 30 l 31 l 32 l 33 l 34 l 35 l 36 l 37 l 3 l8 27 39 40 l 41 l 42 l 43 l 44 l 45 l 46 l 47 l 48 49 l 50 l 31 28 34 29 30 32 33 35 TWO WEEKS WKS ON TITLE AGO CHART PRODUCER (SONGWRITER) 31 12 SHE DON’T LOVE YOU Artist IMPRINT / PROMOTION LABEL 32 — 33 35 36 34 37 3 F.LIDDELL,C.AINLAY,G.WORF (A.MAE,GINSBERG J.) LAY LOW 10 F.ROGERS (R.COPPERMAN,T.MARTIN,M.NESLER) DON’T IT 10 D.HUFF (J.JOHNSTON,A.GORLEY,R.COPPERMAN) BABY BE MY LOVE SONG 12 C.CHAMBERLAIN (J.COLLINS,BRETT JAMES) DRUNK AMERICANS 15 T.KEITH,B.PINSON (B.CLARK,B.DIPIERO,S.MCANALLY) LOVE ME LIKE YOU MEAN IT 9 F.G.WHITEHEAD (K.BALLERINI,J.KERR,F.G.WHITEHEAD,L.CARPENTER) MAKE YOU MISS ME 13 44 6 B.BUTLER,J.PARDI (J.PARDI,B.BUTLER,J.SPILLMAN) 37 40 7 M.J.CONES (R.HATCH,J.SELLERS) 44 43 18 40 28 3 46 42 45 NEW 45 46 48 47 39 43 LITTLE RED WAGON 39 42 Keith Urban Featuring Eric Church HIT RED/CAPITOL NASHVILLE Chase Rice DACK JANIELS/COLUMBIA NASHVILLE Dustin Lynch BROKEN BOW Brantley Gilbert VALORY Sam Hunt MCA NASHVILLE The Band Perry BIG MACHINE/REPUBLIC NASHVILLE Maddie & Tae D OT Justin Moore V ALORY B.BEAVERS,J.ROBBINS (C.SMITH,B.BEAVERS,J.BEAVERS) 36 41 27 LOVE YOU LIKE THAT 38 43 26 A Thousand Horses R EPUBLIC NASHVILLE Canaan Smith MERCURY Miranda Lambert RCA NASHVILLE Josh Turner M CA NASHVILLE Billy Currington M ERCURY Easton Corbin M ERCURY Toby Keith S HOW DOG NASHVILLE Kelsea Ballerini BLACK RIVER Sam Hunt MCA NASHVILLE Jon Pardi C APITOL NASHVILLE Joe Nichols R ED BOW Sam Hunt MCA NASHVILLE Reba NASH ICON/VALORY Rascal Flatts B IG MACHINE Sam Hunt MCA NASHVILLE Gloriana D.COBB (M.HOBBY,J.M.NITE,R.COPPERMAN) 17 47 — 49 50 38 NEW NEW Z.CROWELL,S.MCANALLY (S.HUNT,J.OSBORNE,M.T.RAMSEY) WHEN I’VE BEEN DRINKIN’ HARD TO BE COOL EX TO SEE Z.CROWELL,S.MCANALLY (S.HUNT,J.OSBORNE,M.T.RAMSEY) GOING OUT LIKE THAT T.BROWN (B.HAYSLIP,R.AKINS,J.SELLERS) RIOT 3 J.DEMARCUS,RASCAL FLATTS (J.BOYER,S.HAZE) HOUSE PARTY 19 Z.CROWELL,S.MCANALLY (S.HUNT,Z.CROWELL,J.FLOWERS) TROUBLE 4 1 N.CHAPMAN,K.URBAN (J.JOHNSTON,J.STEELE,T.DOUGLAS) ★★Hot Shot Debut★★ GONNA WANNA TONIGHT 8 C. DESTEFANO (S.MCANALLY,J.M.NITE,J.ROBBINS) HELL OF A NIGHT 3 M.J.CONES (Z.CROWELL,A.SANDERS,J.BOYER) ONE HELL OF AN AMEN 4 D.HUFF (B.GILBERT,M.DEKLE,B.DAVIS) SPEAKERS 7 Z.CROWELL,S.MCANALLY (S.HUNT,B.HOOD,K.SACKLEY) GENTLE ON MY MIND 12 D.HUFF (J.HARTFORD) FLY 1 D.HUFF (M.MARLOW,T.DYE,T.VARTANYAN) THIS KIND OF TOWN 1 28 29 29 30 32 33 34 32 36 37 37 28 40 39 42 EMBLEM/WARNER BROS./WAR M.SERLETIC (R.REINERT,M.GOSSIN,R.COPPERMAN,J.M.NITE) RAISE ‘EM UP J.S.STOVER (A.DORFF,C.TOMLIN) PEAK POSITION Eric Paslay SMOKE 3 CERTIFIED E MI NASHVILLE M.ALTMAN (E.PASLAY,J.WAYNE) 48 SALES, AIRPLAY & STREAMING DATA COMPILED BY 34 45 46 40 35 49 50 The week’s most popular country songs, ranked by radio airplay audience impressions as measured by Nielsen Music, sales data as compiled by Nielsen Music and streaming activity data from online music sources tracked by Nielsen Music. Descending titles below No. 25 are moved to recurrent after 20 weeks. COUNTRY MARKET WATCH A Weekly National Music Sales Report YEAR-TO-DATE Year-Over-Year Album Sales ’14 ’15 ’13 2.0 million 1.9 million DIGITAL TRACKS SALES ’14 ’15 Weekly Unit’14 Sales 11.7 million 000.0 million 9.5 million For week ending January 25, 2015. Figures are rounded. Compiled from a national sample of retail store and rack sales reports collected and provided by Nielsen Music. Overall Unit Sales ALBUMS DIGITAL ALBUMS* DIGITAL TRACKS This Week 469,000 207,000 2,125,000 Last Week 451,000 180,000 2,195,000 4.0% 15.0% -3.2% 455,000 166,000 2,720,000 3.1% 24.7% -21.9% Change This Week Last Year Change Albums Digital Tracks 2014 2015 CHANGE 1,993,000 1,914,000 -4.0% 11,663,000 9,509,000 -18.5% Sales by Album Format Physical Digital 2014 2015 CHANGE 1,261,000 1,147,000 9.0% 732,000 767,000 4.8% *Digital album sales are also counted within album sales. For inquiries about any Nielsen Music data, please contact Josh Bennett at 615-807-1338 or [email protected] BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE JANUARY 29, 2015 | PAGE 7 OF 7 SALES, AIRPLAY & STREAMING DATA COMPILED BY 2 3 1 3 3 2 4 4 13 SAM HUNT 16 JASON ALDEAN 7 Montevallo MCA NASHVILLE 021502/UMGN CARRIE UNDERWOOD 19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 500876/SMN 11 7 SHELTON 17 BLAKE WARNER BROS. 544918/WMN 5 2 1 BROOKS 11 GARTH PEARL/RCA NASHVILLE 501135/SMN 6 5 5 7 6 8 l 9 l 10 11 l 1 1 Greatest Hits: Decade #1 0 1 BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE 0 1 Man Against Machine 1 1 GEORGIA LINE 15 FLORIDA REPUBLIC NASHVILLE /BMLG Anything Goes 0 1 6 BRYAN 77 LUKE CAPITOL NASHVILLE 018733/UMGN Crash My Party 2 1 9 CHURCH 50 ERIC EMI NASHVILLE 019402*/UMGN 1 1 The Outsiders SIMPSON Metamodern Sounds In Country Music 16 14 37 STURGILL HIGH TOP MOUNTAIN 002*/THIRTY TIGERS RICE 16 23 CHASE COLUMBIA NASHVILLE 22573/DACK JANIELS 8 ELDREDGE 23 21 63 BRETT ATLANTIC 525855/WMN 12 12 13 BROWN BAND 11 ZAC ROAR/SOUTHERN GROUND/ATLANTIC 546369/AG 13 14 LAMBERT 34 MIRANDA RCA NASHVILLE 379278/SMN l 14 11 1 NEW 15 13 8 RALPH STANLEY 9 Ignite The Night 1 Bring You Back 2 Greatest Hits So Far... Platinum 5 0 Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man Of Constant Sorrow 1 14 CB MUSIC /CRACKER BARREL STRAIT The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium 19 GEORGE MCA NASHVILLE 021477/UMGN l 2 l 2 13 6 18 3 3 14 4 4 17 5 7 12 6 1 2 7 5 19 8 8 20 9 9 18 10 11 l 17 1 11 10 12 l 12 13 16 13 12 25 14 16 l 15 17 l 5 21 2 16 15 14 Moonshine In The Trunk 1 17 14 21 The Big Revival 1 18 20 l 1 19 18 26 Pain Killer 3 20 18 20 20 LEE BRICE I Dont Dance 1 21 l DUSTIN LYNCH Where It’s At 2 l 21 24 l 22 25 l 747 16 l 17 l 29 26 22 BRAD PAISLEY 20 17 18 KENNY CHESNEY ARISTA NASHVILLE 305528/SMN BLUE CHAIR/COLUMBIA NASHVILLE 306274/SMN GILBERT 10 36 BRANTLEY VALORY BG0200A/BMLG 18 17 Just As I Am BIG TOWN 19 21 18 14 LITTLE CAPITOL NASHVILLE 021360*/UMGN 28 22 20 CURB 79392* BROKEN BOW 7337/BBMG 22 15 12 17 LADY ANTEBELLUM 23 22 15 19 TIM MCGRAW 1 24 22 22 Cole Swindell 2 It Goes Like This 2 The week’s most popular country albums, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen Music. Albums are defined as current if they are less than 18 months old or older than 18 months but still residing in the Billboard 200’s top 100. Charts update weekly on Thurdays at www.Billboard.Biz/charts. Copyright 2015, Prometheus Global Media, LLC and Nielsen Music, Inc. All rights reserved. STREAMING DATA COMPILED BY 1 l 2 l 1 31 10 4 3 2 48 4 l 6 7 5 3 29 6 l 5 95 7 4 17 8 l 9 l 10 l 7 57 9 44 11 8 LEAVE THE NIGHT ON AM HUNT S TAKE YOUR TIME SAM HUNT THIS IS HOW WE ROLL FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE FEAT. LUKE BRYAN I SEE YOU LUKE BRYAN DIRT FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE CRUISE FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE SOMETHING IN THE WATER CARRIE UNDERWOOD BOTTOMS UP BRANTLEY GILBERT PLAY IT AGAIN LUKE BRYAN TALLADEGA ERIC CHURCH 11 l 12 l WKS ON CHART LAST WEEK THIS WEEK WKS ON CHART LAST WEEK THIS WEEK COUNTRY STREAMING SONGS ARTIST 13 14 20 55 13 12 12 l 15 l 16 l 17 l 14 14 12 15 11 17 76 16 27 18 18 27 19 l 20 – 8 1 28 23 19 18 RHETT 26 27 65 THOMAS VALORY TR0100A/BMLG TITLE 5 2 SWINDELL 24 19 19 49 COLE WARNER BROS. 541372/WMN 25 l 20 21 32 Sundown Heaven Town CAPITOL NASHVILLE /UMGN MCGRAW/BIG MACHINE TM0200A/BMLG 0 10 25 23 27 ARTIST (IMPRINT/LABEL) TAKE YOUR TIME AM HUNT ( MCA Nashville/UMGN) S SUN DAZE FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE (Republic Nashville/BMLG) LONELY TONIGHT BLAKE SHELTON FEAT. ASHLEY MONROE (Warner Bros./WMN) SOMETHING IN THE WATER CARRIE UNDERWOOD ( 19/Arista Nashville/SMN) I SEE YOU LUKE BRYAN ( Capitol Nashville) HOMEGROWN ZAC BROWN BAND (Southern Ground/Varvatos/Republic/BMLG) SHOTGUN RIDER TIM MCGRAW ( McGraw/Big Machine/BMLG) DRINKING CLASS LEE BRICE ( Curb) TALLADEGA ERIC CHURCH ( EMI Nashville/UMGN) MAKE ME WANNA THOMAS RHETT ( Valory/BMLG) JUST GETTIN’ STARTED JASON ALDEAN ( Broken Bow/BBMG) AIN’T WORTH THE WHISKEY COLE SWINDELL ( Warner Bros./WMN) GOD MADE GIRLS RAELYNN (Valory/BMLG) GIRL CRUSH LITTLE BIG TOWN (Capitol Nashville/UMGN) MEAN TO ME BRETT ELDREDGE ( Atlantic/WMN) LONELY EYES CHRIS YOUNG ( RCA Nashville/SMN) PERFECT STORM BRAD PAISLEY ( Arista Nashville/SMN) A GUY WALKS INTO A BAR TYLER FARR ( Columbia Nashville/SMN) BURNIN’ IT DOWN JASON ALDEAN ( Broken Bow/BBMG) LEAVE THE NIGHT ON SAM HUNT ( MCA Nashville/UMGN) SAY YOU DO DIERKS BENTLEY ( Capitol Nashville/UMGN) GIRL IN A COUNTRY SONG MADDIE & TAE (Dot/BMLG) HOMEGROWN HONEY DARIUS RUCKER ( Capitol Nashville/UMGN) WHAT WE AIN’T GOT JAKE OWEN ( RCA Nashville/SMN) SOMEWHERE IN MY CAR KEITH URBAN ( Hit Red/Capitol Nashville/UMGN) WKS ON CHART TITLE LAST WEEK WKS ON CHART LAST WEEK THIS WEEK PEAK POSITION 1 Old Boots, New Dirt BROKEN BOW 7105/BBMG 4 l 10 CERT. WEEKS ON CHT 2 WEEKS AGO LAST WEEK THIS WEEK 1 Title IMPRINT & NUMBER / DISTRIBUTING LABEL THIS WEEK COUNTRY DIGITAL SONGS TOP COUNTRY ALBUMS ARTIST SALES, AIRPLAY & STREAMING DATA COMPILED BY TITLE ARTIST (IMPRINT/LABEL) TIL IT’S GONE 26 34 5 K ENNY CHESNEY ( Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville/SMN) LIKE A COWBOY 27 26 20 RANDY HOUSER ( Stoney Creek/BBMG) SHE DON’T LOVE YOU 28 32 6 ERIC PASLAY ( EMI Nashville/UMGN) l l l 29 35 l 30 33 l 31 32 33 34 35 l 36 37 38 l 39 l 40 l 41 42 43 44 45 l 46 47 l 48 49 l 50 l NEON LIGHT 23 B LAKE SHELTON ( Warner Bros./WMN) LOVE YOU LIKE THAT 13 CANAAN SMITH ( Mercury/UMGN) DIRT 28 28 FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE (Republic Nashville/BMLG) THIS IS HOW WE ROLL 27 61 FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE FEAT. LUKE BRYAN ( Republic Nashville/BMLG) PLAY IT AGAIN 31 61 LUKE BRYAN ( Capitol Nashville/UMGN) AMERICAN KIDS 30 32 KENNY CHESNEY ( Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville/SMN) BREAK UP IN A SMALL TOWN 40 22 SAM HUNT ( MCA Nashville/UMGN) BARTENDER 29 36 LADY ANTEBELLUM ( Capitol Nashville/UMGN) CRUISE 38 133 FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE (Republic Nashville/BMLG) LAY LOW 47 3 JOSH TURNER ( MCA Nashville/UMGN) TRAILER HITCH 41 2 KRISTIAN BUSH ( Streamsound) MAKE YOU MISS ME RE-ENTRY AM HUNT ( MCA Nashville/UMGN) S I DON’T DANCE 37 47 LEE BRICE ( Curb) DRUNK ON A PLANE 36 39 DIERKS BENTLEY ( Capitol Nashville/UMGN) SUNSHINE & WHISKEY 44 35 FRANKIE BALLARD ( Warner Bros./WMN) TAKE IT ON BACK 43 2 CHASE BRYANT ( Red Bow/BBMG) LITTLE RED WAGON RE-ENTRY MIRANDA LAMBERT ( RCA Nashville/SMN) SOMETHIN’ BAD 46 33 MIRANDA LAMBERT DUET WITH CARRIE UNDERWOOD ( RCA Nashville/SMN) WAGON WHEEL RE-ENTRY DARIUS RUCKER ( Capitol Nashville/UMGN) DAY DRINKING 48 34 LITTLE BIG TOWN (Capitol Nashville/UMGN) ROLLER COASTER RE-ENTRY LUKE BRYAN ( Capitol Nashville/UMGN) BOYS ‘ROUND HERE RE-ENTRY BLAKE SHELTON FEAT. PISTOL ANNIES & FRIENDS (Warner Bros./WMN) Top-selling paid download country songs compiled from sales reports collected and provided by Nielsen Music. Charts update weekly on Thurdays at www.Billboard.Biz/charts. Copyright 2015, Prometheus Global Media, LLC and Nielsen Music, Inc. All rights reserved. BUILDING AIRPLAY GAINERS TITLE LabelArtist HOMEGROWN V arvatos/Republic/Southern Ground/BMLG GAIN Z ac Brown Band +402 TITLE RAISE ‘EM UP H it Red/Capitol Nashville Keith Urban Feat. Eric Church +260 SUN DAZE F LORIDA GEORGIA LINE YOU BELONG WITH ME TAYLOR SWIFT GOD MADE GIRLS RAELYNN SHOTGUN RIDER TIM MCGRAW DRINKING CLASS LEE BRICE THAT’S MY KIND OF NIGHT LUKE BRYAN ROLLER COASTER LUKE BRYAN GIRL IN A COUNTRY SONG MADDIE & TAE MAKE ME WANNA THOMAS RHETT LONELY TONIGHT W arner Bros./WMN Blake Shelton Feat. Ashley Monroe +259 MAKE ME WANNA V alory Thomas Rhett +247 AIN’T WORTH THE WHISKEY Warner Bros./WMN Cole Swindell +243 JUST GETTIN’ STARTED B roken Bow Jason Aldean +241 Dierks Bentley +193 A Thousand Horses +170 Randy Houser +168 T im McGraw W/Catherine Dunn +160 ARTIST 64 WE ARE NEVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER T AYLOR SWIFT Country Streaming Songs -The week’s top Country streamed radio songs, on-demand songs and videos on leading online music services. Charts update weekly on Thurdays at www.Billboard.Biz/charts. Copyright 2015, Prometheus Global Media, LLC and Nielsen Music, Inc. All rights reserved. SAY YOU DO C apitol Nashville SMOKE R epublic Nashville LIKE A COWBOY S toney Creek DIAMOND RINGS AND OLD BARSTOOLS M cGraw/Big Machine Building Gainers reflects titles with the top increases in plays from Monday through 5pm ET Wednesday, as compared to the same period in the previous week, according to Nielsen Music.
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