After the chaos of Grammy weekend, it appears my predicted shake-up of the country charts has occurred.
Following a successful mini-performance on the Grammys and 3 nominations, Hunter Hayes’ super-hit of last year, ‘Wanted’
has hit #1 again on Hot Country Songs in its 51st week, his
self-titled album leaping up to #5 on Top Country Albums. His latest single, ‘Somebody’s
Heartbreak’ meanwhile, is trailing back at #11 on Hot Country Songs and #16 on
Country Digital Songs, but at least is up to #10 on Country Airplay.
Last week’s #1, The
Band Perry’s ‘Better Dig Two’ drops to #2 for their 15th successive
week on Hot Country Songs, whilst it tops Country Airplay but is down to #6 on
Country Digital Songs. But Hunter Hayes isn’t the only one to have two tracks
on the charts this week. Tim McGraw’s ‘One Of Those Nights’ leaps to #3 on Hot
Country Songs, #3 on Country Airplay and #3 on Country Digital Songs. In
addition to that an album track of his, ‘Highway Don’t Care’ (featuring Taylor
Swift and Keith Urban), that has been a huge hit with fans, debuts at #1 on
Country Digital Songs. It also made #13 on Hot Country Songs because of its
digital popularity, despite the impressive fact that it’s not even been
released as a single (although I think it probably will after this). Tim’s
accompanying album ‘Two Lanes of Freedom’ goes straight in at #1 on Top Country
Albums, making for a pretty awesome comeback
from the 45-year-old superstar.
Taylor Swift also has
two songs on the charts to add to her contribution on ‘Highway Don’t Care’.
‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ sits just below the former at #14 on
Hot Country Songs, #13 on Country Digital Songs, with her album ‘Red’ still
holding onto that #2 spot. Her other song on the charts is ‘Begin Again’,
dropping to #21 on Hot Country Songs but up to #6 on Country Airplay. ‘Sure Be
Cool If You Did’ by Blake Shelton remains fairly static this week, remaining at
#4 on Hot Country Songs, up 1 place to #11 on Country Airplay, but with new
entries on Country Digital Songs charting highly it drops to #4.
Those new entries include Lady Antebellum’s ‘Downtown’,
which comes in at #2, jumps 4 places on Country Airplay to #16, and a colossal TWENTY-EIGHT
places to #6 on Hot Country Songs. Phew. Other
key songs on this week’s charts include ‘Every Storm’ from Gary Allan (#5
on Hot Country Songs, #8 on Country Digital Songs, #5 on Country Airplay and the
album ‘Set You Free’ down to #3), and ‘The Only Way I Know’ by Jason Aldean,
Luke Bryan and Eric Church (#9 on Hot Country Songs, #4 on Country Airplay, #17
on Country Digital Songs and the album ‘Night Train’ at #7). The mega-hit from
Florida Georgia Line, ‘Cruise’ remains their biggest hit despite it not being
their latest single, at #7 on Hot Country Songs and #9 on Country Digital Songs,
with ‘Get Your Shine On’ at #23 on Country Airplay. Their album ‘Here’s To The
Good Times’ has still only dropped to #4 however.
is Kenny Chesney’s ‘Pirate Flag’, at #20 on Country Airplay, but hopping up 15
places on Hot Country Songs to equally reach #20. It debuts in this week on
Country Digital Songs at a proud #7. Quite possibly one of the slowest burning
singles ever, Carrie Underwood’s ‘Two Black Cadillacs’ is still at its peak at
#8 on Hot Country Songs, whilst it steps up to #9 on Country Airplay,
unfortunately dropping to #10 on Country Digital Songs. ‘Blown Away’, the
previous single, is hanging around still further down the chart, while the
album of the same name is down to #8 for its 41st week on the chart.
With the introduction of several new singles this week, the majority of established songs have
dropped down the chart, but that didn’t stop Eric Church going up one place
yet again to #10 on Top Country Albums with ‘Chief’, for a whopping 81st
week. Honorable mentions go to Brad
Paisley, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Miranda Lambert, Kacey
Musgraves, and Randy Houser. I also would like to point out Hayden Panettiere’s
performance of ‘Consider Me’ (penned by Ashley Monroe) as Juliette Barnes in hit
TV show ‘Nashville’ has charted, straight in at #24 on Country Digital Songs.
With the recent death of Mindy McCready, I expect her music
will re-enter the charts, making for an interesting forecast for next week.