Thursday, 21 September 2017

Country Billboard Chart News September 11, 2017

Country Billboard Chart News September 11, 2017

RIAA Certifications

Multi-Platinum = 2,000,000 plus units
Platinum = 1-million units
Gold = 500,000 units
Note: For ALBUM certifications the RIAA base their figures on the number of units SHIPPED together with, track sales and on demand audio/ video stream units and NOT based purely on traditional retail sales.
1,500 on-demand audio and/or video song streams = 10 track sales = 1 album sale.
150 on-demand streams = 1 track download

The RIAA GOLD and PLATINUM honors for the full month of August 2017 were unveiled, and the Country format was well-represented.
MCA Nashville's Sam Hunt led the pack, having earned Multi-Platinum Single honors for "Take Your Time" and "Break Up In A Small Town," certified at 4X PLATINUM and 3X PLATINUM, respectively.
HUNT also earned GOLD Single honors for his album cut, "Speakers."
EMI Nashville's Eric Church also earned MULTI-PLATINUM single honors, with "Drink In My Hand" being certified 2X PLATINUM. Church also nabbed PLATINUM single honors for "Record Year" and GOLD single honors for "Kill A Word" and "Mr. Misunderstood."
MULTI-PLATINUM Single honors also went to ARISTA Nashville's Tim McGraw and BMLG Records' Brett Young, who each earned 2X PLATINUM certifications for "Humble And Kind" and "In Case You Didn't Know," respectively.

Photo Credit: BMLG Records - CMA New Artist of the Year nominee Brett Young is proving he’s “in the fast lane to becoming one of country’s breakout stars” (Washington Post) as his 2017 self-titled debut album rapidly soared to RIAA GOLD status. Young was honored for the three achievements Saturday (Sept 9, 2017) at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on the last stop of Lady Antebellum’s YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR when Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta and EVP Big Machine Label Group/BMLG Records President Jimmy Harnen surprised the rising superstar on-stage during his set with a plaque to commemorate.

Multi-Platinum singles:
Eric Church Drink In My Hand (EMI Records Nashville) released March 13, 2011 | certified Gold Jan 25, 2012 | certified Platinum January 24, 2013 | certified 2x Multi-Platinum Aug 17, 2017 Digital 2 Million units
Tim McGraw Humble And Kind (Big Machine Records, Inc.) released Nov 6, 2015 | certified Gold May 11, 2016 | certified Platinum Sept 20, 2016 | certified 2x Multi-Platinum Aug 21, 2017 2 Million units
Brett Young In Case You Didn't Know (Big Machine Records) | released Feb 12, 2017 | certified Gold Apr 14, 2017 | certified Platinum May 23, 2017 | certified 2x Multi-Platinum Aug 29, 2017 Digital 2 Million units  (actual pure sales 884,000 as of Sept 16, 2017

Platinum singles:
Shania Twain Man! I Feel Like A Woman! (Mercury Nashville) released November 4, 1997 | certified Gold February 3, 2006 | certified Platinum August 17, 2017 Digital 1 Million         
Eric Church Record Year (EMI Nashville) released Nov 4, 2015 | certified Gold August 10, 2016 | certified Platinum Aug 17, 2017 1 Million Units
Little Big Town Better Man (Capitol Records Nashville) | released Oct 20, 2016 | certified Gold Aug 23, 2017 | certified Platinum Aug 23, 2017 Digital 1 Million units (actual pure sales 687,000 at July 2017)

Gold Singles:
Midland Drinkin' Problem (Big Machine Records) released January 23, 2017 | certified Gold August 16, 2017 Digital 0.5 Million units (actual pure sales 296,000 as of Sept 16, 2017)
Shania Twain That Don't Impress Me Much (Mercury Records Nashville) released Nov 4, 1997 | certified Gold Aug 17, 2017 Digital 0.5 Million units
Shania Twain Any Man Of Mine (Mercury Records Nashville) released Feb 7, 1995 | certified Gold Aug 17, 2017 Digital 0.5 Million units
Shania Twain From This Moment On   (Mercury Records Nashville) released Nov 4, 1997 | certified Gold Aug 17, 2017 Digital 0.5 Million
Eric Church Mr. Misunderstood (EMI Records Nashville) | released Nov 3, 2015 | certified Gold Aug 17, 2017 Digital 0.5 Million units
Eric Church Kill A Word (EMI Records Nashville) | released Nov 3, 2015 | certified Gold Aug 17, 2017 Digital 0.5 Million units
Florida Georgia Line Tell Me How You Like It (Big Machine Records) |             released May 22, 2012 | certified Gold | Aug 21, 2017 Digital 0.5 Million
Florida Georgia Line Here's To The Good Times (Big Machine Records) | released Dec 6, 2012 | certified Gold | Aug 21, 2017 Digital 0.5 Million units
William Michael Morgan I Met A Girl (Warner Bros) | released Aug 24, 2015 | certified Gold Aug 28, 2017 Digital 0.5 Million
Chris Young Sober Saturday Night (feat. Vince Gill) (RCA NASHVILLE) | released Nov 6, 2015 | certified Gold Aug 29, 2017 Digital 0.5 Million

Justin Moore OFF THE BEATEN PATH (The Valory Music Co) | released Sept 17, 2013 | certified Gold Aug 23, 2017 0.5 Million units
Jon Pardi CALIFORNIA SUNRISE (Capitol Records Nashville) | released June 17, 2016 | certified Gold Aug 23, 2017 0.5 Million units (actual pure sales 177,100 as of Sept 2017)
Brett Young BRETT YOUNG (Big Machine Records) | released  Feb 10, 2017 | certified Gold Aug 23, 2017 0.5 Million units (actual pure sales 127,900 as of Sept 4, 2017)

Justin Moore JUSTIN MOORE (The Valory Music Co) | released Aug 11, 2009 Platinum | certified Gold Dec 13, 2012 | certified Aug 23, 2017; 1 Million units
Justin Moore OUTLAWS LIKE ME (The Valory Music Co) | released June 21, 2011 | certified Gold | Nov 14, 2012 | certified Platinum Aug 23, 2017 1 Million units  
Chris Young NEON (RCA Records Label) | released July 12, 2011 | certified Gold May 22, 2015 | certified Platinum Aug 29, 2017 1 Million units
Lee Brice HARD 2 LOVE (Curb Records) released Apr 24, 2012 | certified Gold Dec 6, 2013 | certified Platinum Aug 31, 2017 1 Million units

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of September 23, 2017)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (4 non-consecutive weeks) THIS ONE’S FOR YOU Luke Combs
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (31 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
Country Airplay ** No.1 (2 weeks) "Small Town Boy” Dustin Lynch
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (31 non-consecutive weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of September 23, 2017)

The Billboard 200 chart measures multi-metric album consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

LCD Soundsystem achieved its first No.1 album on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (BB200), as AMERICAN DREAM arrives atop the list. The set earned 85,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sept. 7, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 80,786 were in traditional album sales. The album was released on Sept. 1 and is the act’s first new studio effort in more than seven years, and first for Columbia Records.
LCD Soundsystem, led by James Murphy, last released a studio set in 2010, when THIS IS HAPPENING debuted and peaked at No.10 on the list (its then-highest ranking effort). American Dream is the act’s third charting title -- LCD’s second studio effort, Sound of Silver, reached No. 46 in 2007.

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of September 23, 2017)
Top Country Albums now ranks the most popular country albums of the week, as compiled by Nielsen Music, based on multi-metric consumption (blending traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA), and streaming equivalent albums (SEA)).
10 digital track sales from an album = 1 track equivalent album (TEA) “sale”
1,500 on demand song streams from an album to one streaming equivalent album (SEA) “sale”.
Nielsen Music compiles the sales and streaming data. Billboard continues to publish pure album sales charts (subscription to billboard biz ), exclusively comprising Nielsen’s sales data.

Luke Combs’ This One’s For You returns to Country Album summit
Luke Combs with THIS ONE’S FOR YOU (River House/ Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) climbed 2-1 on Billboard Top Country Albums (#39-23; Billboard 200) selling 7,092 copies (up 60%; 14-week total 106,158) to top the chart for a 4th non-consecutive weeks.

Luke switched places with previous week No1 Old Dominion’s HAPPY ENDINGS (RCA Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) who in their second week fell 1-2 (7-35 BB200) selling 6,255 copies (down 80%; 2-week total 37,516).   

Chris Stapleton with TRAVELLER (MERCURY/ UMGN) held at #3 (45-36 Billboard 200) selling 5958 5,891 copies (up 1%; 123-week total 2,060,000). Stapleton’s From a Room: Volume 1 (Mercury/Universal Music Group Nashville) rose 10-9 (76-69 BB200) selling 6,019 copies (18-week total 508,300).

Kane Brown with self-titled KANE BROWN (Zone 4/RCA Nashville) held at #4 (#62-56 BB200) selling 2,747 copies (up 4%; 40-week total 189,500).
Sam Hunt with MONTEVALLO (MCA Nashville | UMGN) held at #5 (#65-61 BB200)
Florida Georgia Line with DIG YOUR ROOTS (BMLG) rose 8-6 (#74-63 BB200) selling 1,860 copies (up 17%; 54-week total 421,000).
Brett Young with self-titled debut (BMLG) fell 6-7 (#70-65 BB200) selling 3,032 copies (up 5%; 30-week total 130,900).
Jon Pardi with CALIFORNIA SUNRISE fell 7-8 (73-66 BB200) selling 1,898 copies (up 4%; 64-week total 179,000).
Keith Urban with RIPCORD (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville) fell 9-10 (#75-73 BB200) selling 3,396 copies (70-week total 654,000).

Outside the Top 10
Thomas Rhett with TANGLED UP (Valory | BMLG) held at #11 (#90-89 BB200) selling 1,612 copies (down 5%; 102-week total 596,000).

Lady Antebellum with HEART BREAK (Capitol Nashville | UMGN) fell 19-25 (160-184 BB200) selling 2,688 copies in their 13th frame.

Outside the Top 25

Dixie Chicks with DCX: MMXVI (Columbia | SMN; Amazon UK ) made a debut at #43 selling 3,017 copies.
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The 13-time Grammy winning global superstars released their “highly anticipated” live DCX MMXVI (DVD) [2CD/DVD] Box set, CD+DVD on 1st September. Dixie Chicks delivered their spectacularly successful MMXVII World Tour across the globe last year, playing to hundreds of thousands of fans, with the riveting live CD/DVD DCX MMXVI filmed in multiple locations throughout the US and Canada.

LANco with their EXTENDED PLAY (EP) (RCA Nashville | SMN) were new on the chart at #49

On the Country Album Sales list (pure sales; old methodology)

Hank Williams Jr. with the 10-track All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over: Great Tailgating Songs (Curb; Amazon UK - made a debut at #17.

In their second week at retail The Cadillac Three with LEGACY fell off the top 50 Top Country Albums after a No.14 debut last week. It fell 4-39 on Country Album Sales.  

The Judds with All-Time Greatest Hits (Curb) new compilation made a debut at #40.

Year-To-Date Albums
13,561,000 (Physical sales 9,058,000 (down -15.5%) + Digital sales 4,503,000 (down -20.9%) which is 17.4% down at the same point in 2016 (16,413,000 sales) 

Year-To-Date Digital Tracks

48,498,000 down 23.9% at the same point in 2016 (63,715,000)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of September 23, 2017)
On Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart - which blends:
a) All-format airplay, as monitored by BDS
b) Sales, as tracked by Nielsen SoundScan and
c) Streaming, (tracked by Nielsen BDS from such services as Spotify, Muve, Slacker, Rhapsody, Rdio and Xbox Music, among others) according to BDS it results in:

Sam Hunt with “Body Like a Back Road” (MCA Nashville) extended its record rule atop Hot Country Songs to 31 weeks. It also dominated Country Digital Song Sales for a record-extending 31st frame and Country Streaming Songs for a 31st week.

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (31 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
** Streaming Gainer ** No.4 “When It Rains It Pours” Luke Combs
** Airplay Gainer” No.8 “All The Pretty Girls” Kenny Chesney
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.25 “Life Changes” Thomas Rhett
Debut No.40 “I'll Name The Dogs” Blake Shelton
Debut No.43 “Happens Like That” Granger Smith

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of September 23, 2017)

Dustin Lynch with “Small Town Boy” (Broken Bow) led the Country Airplay chart for a second week, increasing 5% to 48.8 million audience impressions in the week ending Sept. 10.

Luke Combs landed his second top 10 as “When It Rains It Pours” (River House/Columbia Nashville) jumped 15-10 (23.8 million, up 20%). His breakthrough hit, “Hurricane,” led for two weeks beginning May 27.

Carly Pearce earned her first top 10 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart as her debut hit, “Every Little Thing” (Big Machine), climbed 12-9 (24.2 million, up 10%, according to Nielsen Music).

How many solo women have reached the region in 2017?
In the first 38 chart weeks of 2017, one solo woman has topped Country Airplay, with three others (including Pearce), hitting the top 10.
Lauren Alaina led the April 22 list when “Road Less Traveled” became her first No.1.
Kelsea Ballerini with “Yeah Boy” peaked at No.3 (May 13)
Carrie Underwood with “Dirty Laundry” hit No. 2 (Jan. 21).
Compared to a year ago? In the first 38 weeks of 2016, seven songs by solo women reached the top 10, including four No.1s by two artists: Ballerini’s “Dibs” and “Peter Pan,” and Underwood’s “Heartbeat” and “Church Bells.”
The other three top 10s: “Burning House” by Cam (No. 2), “I Got the Boy” by Jana Kramer (No. 6) and “My Church” by Maren Morris (No.9).
Five years ago, in the first 38 frames of 2012, six songs by solo women achieved Country Airplay top 10 success, three of which hit No. 1. And a decade ago, six songs by solo females also reached that region, including Taylor Swift’s first two top 10s: “Tim McGraw” (No. 6) and “Teardrops on My Guitar” (No. 2).
When comparing those years, not much variance is evident. KKBQHouston PD Johnny Chiang says that a song’s potential, not an artist’s gender, is what should determine initial airplay. “Male, female, group — it just doesn’t matter.
It’s about how good the song is. If any programmers are actually favoring male acts over females, it’s just dumb.”
WWQM Madison, Wis., PD Fletcher Keyes notes, “Morris’ ‘My Church’ did not reach No.1 on the chart, but we just tested 400 songs and ‘Church’ ranked 15th. That means she’s reaching critical mass.”
As for Pearce, Chiang feels strongly about her chances for further success. “We’ve been on ‘Every Little Thing’ since day one, and it’s stronger than ever,” he says. “I’m a believer. The song is a hit.”
SPEAKING OF SWIFT With Taylor Swift back with arguably her most pop single yet, “Look What You Made Me Do” (Big Machine/Republic), at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week, Johnny Chiang adds that her segue from country has
When Taylor Swift left the format, it was a huge blow for the genre,” said KKBQHouston PD Johnny Chiang. “She has a giant, loyal legion of fans; a lot of them are now listening to pop stations. With Swift’s new song being the event that it is, I put some of her country tracks back in rotation. We’re playing ‘Tim McGraw,’ ‘Red,’ ‘Love Story’ and a few others again.”

Blake Shelton with "I’ll Name the Dogs" made his 45th Country Airplay appearance (he has notched 24 No.1s), leans traditional, fueled by fiddles and guitars. The first single from his forthcoming album debuted at No. 23 with 10 million first-week audience impressions.

Country Airplay
*** No.1 (2 weeks) *** "Small Town Boy” Dustin Lynch 48.803 million audience (+2.393 million) / 8,316 radio plays (+323)
** Hot Shot Debut/ Most Increased Audience/ Most Added ** No.23 “I'll Name The Dogs” Blake Shelton 10.012 million audience gain thanks to 73 fresh radio commitments (ADDS),
Debut No.59 “Wake Me Up” Billy Currington
Debut No.60 “Never Gets Old” Joe Nichols

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart 
(Chart issue week of September 23, 2017)

Sam Hunt with Body Like a Back Road” (MCA Nashville) held at No.1 (#17-16 Digital Songs) leading the chart for a record-lengthening 31st week.
It was 15 places behind Taylor Swift's ...Ready For It? with 135,000 downloads sold. Swift scored her 13th Digital Song Sales No.1, moving to within one of Rihanna, who leads with 14 toppers on the tally.
Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" spent a second week at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Sept. 23). Swift also debuted at No. 4 on the Hot 100 with "…Ready for It?," with both songs previewing her new album Reputation, due Nov. 10. "Look" dipped to No. 2 after a week atop the Digital Song Sales chart (114,000 downloads sold, down 68%, in the week ending Sept. 7) and lifted 14-13 on Radio Songs (72 million all-format audience impressions, up 15%).

Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina with “What If’s” climbed 3-2 (#21-18 Digital Songs).
Luke Combs with “When It Rains It Pours” (River House | Columbia Nashville) rose 4-3 (#30-25 Digital Songs).
Dustin Lynch with “Small Town Boy” climbed 5-4 (#33-31 Digital Songs).
Thomas Rhett with “Life Changes” made a debut at #5 (#33 Digital Songs; 15,000 sales) as his tracks “Unforgettable” (Valory) held at #6 (#40-36 Digital Songs) as his duet win Maren Morris with “Craving You” fell 12-15. 
LANco with “Greatest Love Story” (Arista Nashville) rose 8-7 (#38-49 Digital Songs).
Jon Pardi with “Heartache On The Dancefloor” pushed 10-8 (#49 Re-entry Digital Songs).
Midland with “Drinkin’ Problem” fell 7-9 (#41-50 Digital Songs).
Brett Young with “In Case You Didn’t Know” slipped 9-10.
Outside the Top 10
Carly Pearce with Every Little Thing” (Big Machine) held at #11
Luke Bryan with “Light It Up” (Capitol Nashville) slumped 2-13 in his third week.
After Miranda Lambert landed five nominations — the most of any act — for the 51st Annual CMA Awards (to be held Nov. 8), including single and song of the year for “Tin Man,” the ballad re-entered Country Digital Song Sales at No. 21, up 14% to 6,000 sold. On Country Airplay, it bulleted at its No.31 high (6.6 million, up 10%).

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

11 Sept 2017

Dustin Lynch Hits #1 With 'Small Town Boy'
Congrats to Dustin Lynch, Carson James, Lee Adams, Jim Malito and the Broken Bow team on landing the week’s No.1 with “Small Town Boy,” which is the second chart-topper from his new album Current Mood. Songwriters are Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip and Kyle Fishman. This marks Lynch's fifth consecutive #1 single, following "Seein' Red" in February), "Mind Reader" (May 23, 2016), "Hell Of A Night" in 2015 (Sept 8, 2015), and "Where It's At" in 2014 (Sept 22, 2014).

"Small Town Boy” (Broken Bow logged 9,112 radio spins (+317) and 62.241 million audience impressions (+2.291 million) with 27647 Total Points (+1142) from 159 tracking stations for the tracking week September 3 to September 9, 2017 and published chart September 11th 2017.

Blake Shelton Is Most-Added with I’ll Name The Dogs
Kudos to Katie Bright and the WMN reps on notching 100 adds for Blake Shelton’s I’ll Name The Dogs”. The song topped the "Most Added" board this chart week.

Country Aircheck Add Leaders Adds
Artist/Title (Label)/ TW/ Total Historic Adds
BLAKE SHELTON/I'll Name The Dogs (Warner Bros./WMN)       100       100
BILLY CURRINGTON/Wake Me Up (Mercury)     21         22
DAN + SHAY/Road Trippin' (Warner Bros./WAR)            14         92
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE/Smooth (BMLGR)      13         146
CHASE BRYANT/Hell If I Know (Red Bow)         10         54
COLE SWINDELL/Stay Downtown (Warner Bros./WMN) 9          46
BRETT ELDREDGE/The Long Way (Atlantic/WMN)        7          67
BRETT YOUNG/Like I Loved You (BMLGR)        7          135
DANIELLE BRADBERY/Sway (BMLGR) 7          48
LAUREN ALAINA/Doin' Fine (19/Interscope/Mercury)      7          96
LINDSAY ELL/Waiting On You (Stoney Creek)    2          70
BRANDY CLARK/You're Drunk (Warner Bros./WMN)      1          1
CARLY PEARCE/Every Little Thing (Big Machine)           1          159
FIONA CULLEY/Act Like A Lady (Marro/In2une)  1          8
RAELYNN/Lonely Call (Warner Bros./WMN)       1          43

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 567 - September 11, 2017 [PDF File] Magazine View
For the very latest up to the minute Mediabase Chart (Past 7 Days) go here -

Billboard Boxscores (Selective Country concerts)

Rank Artist: #42
Event Venue City/State: Florida Georgia Line, Nelly, Chris Lane, Russell Dickerson Glen Helen Amphitheater Devore, Calif.
Dates: Sept. 8, 2017 Gross Sales: $910,043 Attend: 22,528/ 24,201
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (1,673 unsold tickets) Prices: $75, $30.75
Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #61
Event Venue City/State: Florida Georgia Line, Nelly, Chris Lane, Russell Dickerson Honda Center Anaheim, Calif.
Dates: Sept. 7, 2017 Gross Sales: $738,815 Attend: 11,509/ 11,509
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $75, $30.75
Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #78
Event Venue City/State: Brad Paisley, Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant, Lindsay Ell Jiffy Lube Live Bristow, Va.
Dates: Sept. 9, 2017 Gross Sales: $509,865 Attend: 16,983/ 21,000
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (4,017 unsold tickets) Prices: $69, $20
Promoters: Live Nation
Rank Artist: #101
Event Venue City/State: Alan Jackson, Lee Ann Womack Ford Center Evansville, Ind.
Dates: Aug. 25, 2017 Gross Sales: $339,239 Attend: 5,371/ 5,983
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (612 unsold tickets) Prices: $96.50, $22
Promoters: Police Productions

Rank Artist: #115
Event Venue City/State: Brantley Gilbert, The Steel Woods, Tim Montana & the Shrednecks Harrah's Stir Concert Cove Council Bluffs, Iowa
Dates: June 9, 2017 Gross Sales: $299,700 Attend: 3,996 / 4,000
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (4 unsold tickets) Prices: $75
Promoters: C3 Presents/Caesars Entertainment

Rank Artist: #119
Event Venue City/State: Jason Isbell, Frank Turner Chicago Theatre Chicago, Ill.
Dates: Sept. 1-2, 2017 Gross Sales: $285,285 Attend: 5,510/ 6,882
Shows/ Sellouts: 2/0 (1,372 unsold tickets) Prices: $55, $46, $36
Promoters: NS2/MSG Chicago

Rank Artist: #128
Event Venue City/State: Willie Nelson, Steve Moakler Harrah's Rio Vista Outdoor Amphitheater Laughlin, Nev.
Dates: April 28, 2017 Gross Sales: $236,394 Attend: 3,444/ 3,444
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $87, $42
Promoters: C3 Presents/Caesars Entertainment

Rank Artist: #130
Event Venue City/State: Country 102.5 Street Party: Billy Currington, Drake White & the Big Fire, Tucker Beathard, Trent Harmon, Carly Pearce House of Blues    Boston, Mass.
Dates: May 21, 2017 Gross Sales: $224,200 Attend: 7,600/ 8,214
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (614 unsold tickets) Prices: $29.50
Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #228
Event Venue City/State: Trace Adkins Hampton Beach Casino   Hampton, N.H.
Dates: April 22, 2017 Gross Sales: $66,407 Attend: 1,616/ 1,789
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (173 unsold tickets) Prices: $52.50, $43.50, $35.50
Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #373
Event Venue City/State: Shannon McNally, Caroline Reese Sellersville Theater 1894 Sellersville, Pa.
Dates: Sept. 6, 2017 Gross Sales: $1,636 Attend: 89/ 320
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (231 unsold tickets) Prices: $29.50, $19.50, $9.50   
Promoters: in-house
Latest Billboard Boxscore Chart

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Brent Cobb releases new single 'Ain't A Road Too Long'


Brent Cobb’s new single ‘Ain’t A Road Too Long’ premiered Tuesday Sept 12 on NPR Music.
The track is available to purchase HERE (Low Country Sound/Elektra Records/Atlantic Records).

Of the song, NPR Music’s Ann Powers praises, 
“…an anthem for the labourers who make music possible—a funny, sweet and funky talking blues in which Cobb counts his blessings while acknowledging the sweat equity it took to secure them… Cobb and his collaborators find transcendence in soul’s leavening and the grease of rock ‘n’ roll.”

Brent debuted the song at last night’s Americana Honors & Awards show at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, where he was up for Emerging Artist of the Year.

Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb, ‘Ain’t A Road Too Long’ is the first new music from Brent since last year’s widely acclaimed debut album, 
Shine On Rainy Day. The single also culminates “Long Live the Storytellers”—a new documentary-style video series created by Ram Trucks and filmed in Nashville with director Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier (Muscle Shoals). Watch the previous episodes here: EPISODE ONEEPISODE TWO and EPISODE THREE.

Brent explains, 
“[Being a part of Ram’s ‘Long Live the Storytellers’] campaign is important to me because I’ve been writing songs my whole life. I was born into it. Professionally, I’ve been making a living at it for over a decade and any breaks I’ve had along the way have been because of the songs I've written.”

“It takes drive to stay on that road, figuratively as well as literally. The first truck I ever toured in was a Ram. We toured in it all over the country. A lot of artists before me had used the same truck, so by the time it got to us it had been rode hard. As hard as it had been rode, it still got us where we needed to go.”

After recently wrapping a sold-out European tour, Brent is currently on tour as part of 
Chris Stapleton’s All-American Road Show and will cap-off 2017 with a special New Year’s Eve concert at Macon’s Cox Capitol Theatre.
Full details can be found here.

Nashville music industry backing British Americana and Brits taking over the Americanafest Awards and Honors

US acts Aaron Lee Tasjan and Lindi Ortega to support UK Americana with intimate secret sets joining Angaleena Presley, Courtney Marie Andrews and Erin Rae at British Underground Bootleg BBQ at The Groove on Saturday 16 September.
Brits Van Morrison and Graham Nash Win Big, huge buzz around attendance of breaking British Country Soul Star Yola Carter at Americanafest Awards And Honors Ceremony
UK Americana panel reveals continued Internationalization of Americana Music with strong growth of UK Americana market achieving over 900K Americana Album Sales this year.

Bob Harris, Yola Carter and Angaleena Presley. 2017 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards on September 13, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (CREDIT Source: Rick Diamond/Getty Images North America | Newest Images)

Thursday 14 September, NASHVILLE
Hot USA artists Aaron Lee Tasjan and Lindi Ortega were announced (Sept 14) as secret in store performers at British Underground's Bootleg BBQ, where Aaron will open the event at 12 noon with an intimate unplugged performance at record store The Groove, hosted by event media partner The Line Of Best Fit. Aaron Lee Tasjan stated, “I’m really honored to be playing the Bootleg BBQ at Americanafest supporting UK Americana and the great folks at British Underground and Line Of Best Fit, who help raise its profile across the world. I grew up listening to my Mom's Beatles records. When I was a teenager I listened to lots British Rock ‘n’ Roll, George Harrison solo albums, Jeff Lynn and Oasis so I’ve definitely been influenced by British music. ”

British artists have dominated Americanafest this year so far, with Van Morrison and Graham Nash claiming awards at Wednesday night (Sept 13) Americanafest Awards and Honors show, alongside performances from Billy Bragg and massive buzz around the red carpet attendance of breaking British artist, country soul superstar YOLA CARTER. Yola-mania hit fever pitch at the festival following an unprecedented public response to her unique mix of Country and Stax era Soul at the festival last year. Backstage, Yola chatted to Bob Harris and posed for photos with friend, Angaleena Presley. Yola attended fresh from 
NPR’s Southern Streams event at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum where she performed new music, alongside stars Don Bryant, Raul Malo and Joan Osborne.
Yola Carter (R) and Angaleena Presley (L). 2017 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards on Sept 13, 2017 in Nashville, TN. (CREDIT Source: Rick Diamond/Getty Images North America | Newest Images)

Aaron Lee Tasjan added, “I’m a huge fan of Yola Carter, she is an incredible artist who will be playing Americanafest this year. I also love touring the UK and find audiences there are very welcoming to American artists. There are also some fantastic festivals like End of The Road, which I just played.  I’m hoping to go back and tour there a lot more in the future."

Commenting on her success Yola Carter stated, “Americanafest 2016 was an incredible launch pad for me, since I performed last year I’ve won artist of the year at the AMAUK Awards, toured the UK, Europe and Canada, playing international festivals and planning the international release of my debut album. British Underground and their team help propel British artists onto the international stage and its great to be able to support them again this year.”

Yola Carter will perform at 12th & Porter on Friday 15 September and The British Underground Bootleg BBQ (held on Saturday 16 September at The Groove Record Store from 12 Noon), alongside an all star all-female main stage line-up with high profile US stars: Angaleena Presley, Courtney Marie Andrews and Erin Rae. US artists are getting behind new British talent including rising UK stars Wildwood Kin, Danni Nichols, The Honey Ants and Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer who are all flying the flag for British Americana this year.

British focus at Americanafest reflects the internationalization of Americana, with various non American homegrown acts such as Australian Americana artist Kasey Cambers and Yola Carter gaining huge momentum in the USA as well as their own countries and UK hosted events such as the Bootleg BBQ becoming a major focus of Americanafest. Danna Strong Director of Operations at the Americana Music Association stated, “British Underground’s Bootleg BBQ has become one of the most important international events at AmericanaFest, a key networking space for US music industry and artists to connect with UK delegates and it plays a huge role spotlighting UK Americana and the fantastic musical talent coming out of the UK at the moment. Don’t miss it!”

The market for Americana continues to grow in the UK with many high profile artists including Courtney Marie Andrews and Erin Rae finding the UK an effective launch pad for their global careers.
Supported by new statistics from the Official Charts Company which were revealed yesterday during a UK focused panel, confirming that the UK Americana record music market saw over 900,000 albums sold so far this year. The market saw a healthy overall increase of 35% on last year’s sales.  
The Official UK Americana Albums Chart was launched in 2016 to support the growing genre in the UK.
The weekly chart can be found here:

Official Americana Albums Chart Top 40 (Week Ending 14 September 2017)
8 September 2017 - 14 September 2017

This Week/ Last Week/ Title/ Artist
1 1 A Deeper Understanding War On Drugs #15 Official Top 100 Albums [Tagged Alt]
2 2 Adios Glen Campbell [Tagged Country] #17 Official Top 100 Albums
3 NEW GREATEST HITS LIVE Steve Winwood #34 Official Top 100 Albums [Tagged Rock]
4 NEW SONGS OF BOB DYLAN Joan Osborne [Tagged Singer/Songwriter]
5 3 Legacy Cadillac Three [Tagged Country]
6 4 Beast Epic Iron & Wine [Tagged Alt]
7 New Other People The Rails [Tagged Singer/Songwriter Folk/Rock]
8 9 A/B Kaleo [Tagged Alt]
9 5 Life Love Flesh Blood Imelda May [Tagged Singer/Songwriter]
10 6 Acoustic Classics 2 Richard Thompson [Tagged Singer/Songwriter]
Outside The Top 10
11 11 10 Cleopatra Lumineers [Tagged Alt]
12 7 Turning Tides Wildwood Kin [Tagged Alt]
13 8 Crack-up Fleet Foxes [Tagged Alt]
14 NEW The Surfing Magazines Surfing Magazines [Tagged Alt]
23 10 In The Kingdom Of Dreams Ian Felice [Tagged Singer/Songwriter Alt/Folk]


British Underground confirmed final stage times for the fifth annual 
Bootleg BBQ in Nashville, held on Saturday 16 September, during AmericanaFest, in association with the Americana Music Association and Line Of Best Fit. The free entry industry networking and music event is held each year at East Nashville’s coolest record store - The Groove and showcases the UK’s best musicians influenced by Americana, alongside performances from the best USA emerging artists, hosted by BBC Radio 2 and Chris Country DJ, Baylen Leonard.

Full Line up to include:
AARON LEE TASJAN - 12.15 – 12.30  (instore stage)
LINDI ORTEGA – 1pm-1.15 (instore stage)
ERIN RAE (US) 1.15 PM TO 1.45 PM
THE HONEY ANTS (UK) - 1:45PM - 2 (instore stage)
BEN SMITH AND JIMMY BREWER (UK) - 2:30PM - 2:45 (instore stage)
YOLA CARTER (UK) 2.45 PM - 3.15 PM

Related BLOG POST (Aug 11, 2017): AmericanaFest Bootleg BBQ - Celebrating UK Americana with All Female Line Up