The Band Perry knock Gary Allan off the #1 spot this week with ‘Better Dig Two’, although they stay at their respective places at #2 and #3 on Country Digital Songs and Country Airplay. With them sticking to the top 5 of the charts so much lately, we can only imagine what the release of their sophomore album in April is going to do for this sibling trio. Gary Allan, who was #1 across the board last week, has dropped down to #2 on both Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay with his hit track ‘Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)’, down to #3 on Country Digital Songs but manages to hold on to the top spot on Top Country Albums for another week. Meanwhile Country Airplay has a new #1, in Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Eric Church’s ‘The Only Way I Know’ from Jason’s album ‘Night Train’, although it’s still at #5 on Hot Country Songs and has only managed to climb back up to #8 on Country Digital Songs. ‘Night Train’ is down #6 this week.
In its 4th week on the chart, Blake Shelton’s ‘Sure Be Cool If You Did’ has jumped from #3 to #1, and Blake’s recent controversial comments don’t seem to have affected his selling power, as he appears to be going from strength to strength. The song has also gained 3 places on Hot Country Songs, now at #4, although it remains down at #12 on Country Airplay. Hunter Hayes, meanwhile, is also having a not-too-shabby time, with his multiple Grammy nominations on Grammy weekend and holding on tightly to the #3 spot on Hot Country Songs, the #4 spot on Country Digital Songs and the #11 spot on Country Airplay. In addition, his self-titled debut is up one place to #7, celebrating its 69th week on the chart.
Other key players on the chart this week include Tim McGraw with ‘One Of Those Nights’ (up #7 on Hot Country Songs, up #5 on Country Airplay, up #7 on Country Digital Songs), but with his latest album ‘Two Lanes Of Freedom’ only being released on February 5th, it hasn’t impacted the charts yet, though according to predictions it’s set to be big. Florida Georgia Line’s summery hit ‘Cruise’ is still hanging around, dropping to #6 on Hot Country Songs but remaining at #5 on Country Digital Songs, though their latest single ‘Get Your Shine On’ has dropped to #25 on Country Airplay. However, their debut album ‘Here’s To The Good Times’ is riding high at #3.
Carrie Underwood’s ‘Two Black Cadillacs’ is continuing to climb the chart in its 12th week on Hot Country Songs, helped by its place at #6 on Country Digital Songs, although it remains just inside the top 10 on the fickle Country Airplay. The album ‘Blown Away’ jumps back up to #5 in what has been a good week for the American Idol alum. Other climbers are Miranda Lambert’s ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’ (going up 5 places to #20 on Hot Country Songs and 7 places to #10 on Country Digital Songs), Lee Brice’s ‘I Drive Your Truck’ (#14 on Country Digital Songs and #15 on Hot Country Songs), and Lady Antebellum’s ‘Downtown’ (up 5 places to #20 on Country Airplay).
The rest of the Country Airplay chart has remained pretty static this week, but interesting to note Taylor Swift dropping down the charts. Her teenybop smash hit ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ has dropped 3 spots to #12 on Hot Country Songs, and 4 spots to #12 on Country Digital Songs. Her second single, ‘Begin Again’, however, is up 2 places on Hot Country Songs to #17, remaining at #8 on Country Airplay and up to #25 from #27 on Country Digital Songs. This has contributed to Taylor’s album ‘Red’ holding onto the #2 spot on Top Country Albums for another week.
Honorable mentions go to Brad Paisley, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town, Randy Houser, Dierks Bentley and Zac Brown Band, with Eric Church the Stayer of the Week once again with his 2011 release, ‘Chief’, still at #11 on Top Country Albums for its 80th week on the chart.
Kenny Chesney’s brand new single ‘Pirate Flag’ has impacted Country Airplay this week, going in at #22, with his previous album ‘Welcome To The Fishbowl’ clearly being helped by the release, moving up from #25 to #17 this week on Top Country Albums.
With much of the chart this week unmoving or barely moving at all, the promotional tool of Grammy weekend should shake things up a bit for the week commencing, so stay tuned for my Chart Roundup next weekend.