Chart Roundup – Week of November 30th, 2013

Kellie Pickler Unveils 'The Woman I Am' Track Listing

This week Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert’s ‘We Were Us’ stays atop Hot Country Songs, rising to #2 on Country Airplay and on Country Digital Songs. Luke Bryan’s ‘That’s My Kind of Night’ is not far behind, however, at #3 on Country Digital Songs and #2 on Hot Country Songs, while ‘Crash My Party’ sticks at #2 on Top Country Albums. His new single, ‘Drink A Beer’, has climbed 14 places to reach #20 on Country Airplay, while it falls to #9 on Country Digital Songs and to #22 on Hot Country Songs. Blake Shelton’s ‘Mine Would Be You’ is also up at the top, holding radio #1 for another week, while it’s at #5 on Country Digital Songs and #3 on Hot Country Songs, and ‘Based On A True Story…’ falls to #5 on Top Country Albums. 

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‘Nashville’, Season 2, Episode 7 – RECAP

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Juliette is launching her ‘Inside The Dream’ tour in Houston, TX, but there’s a few things she has to deal with there. For a start, there’s a radio DJ called Delmont who requires all the ladies to get close and intimate with him before they’ll get airplay. He’s been harping on a lot about Layla Grant on his show, and Juliette decides enough is enough, and rejects his advances, while Layla laps them up. As a result, Delmont makes sure that all the local press leave before Juliette’s set that night. Charlie Wentworth is in town for some sex on the side, and she rants to him about the horrifying realities about being a woman in this business. What she doesn’t realize is that Charlie actually owns all these radio stations, and he fires Delmont. Juliette is furious because she doesn’t want anyone to fight her battles for her, telling him to re-hire the DJ, but uses it to her advantage by explaining what has happened to Delmont himself and leaving threats hanging in the air. She also warns Layla against sleeping with these men, but Layla throws it back in her face. 

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Chart Roundup – Week of November 23rd, 2013

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There’s been quite the shake-up on the Billboard country charts. We’ll start with Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert’s ‘We Were Us’, whose combined star power has shot the song to the top of Hot Country Songs, neatly knocking Luke Bryan’s monster hit ‘That’s My Kind of Night’ down to #3. On Country Airplay Keith and Miranda move up to #4, while on Country Digital Songs it just jumped 7 places to #2. Looks like we have a new reign on our hands guys! Elsewhere Blake Shelton’s ‘Mine Would Be You’ has become the radio #1 (the 15th of his career), charting at #2 on Hot Country Songs and #5 on Country Digital Songs, pushing ‘Based On A True Story…’ back up to #4 on Top Country Albums. 

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‘Nashville’, Season 2, Episode 6 – RECAP

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Well this was an interesting episode. There’s a polo match thing going on (does this sound very Gossip Girl to you?) and it seems like everyone’s attending even though they don’t want to. Tandy convinces Rayna that she should go now that Lamar’s assets have been frozen and Rayna wants to buy out her contract, to get some business investment. She hates all these fancy people events but turns up anyway, and proves very popular. But she is having trouble securing people for investment, due to her relationship to Tandy, who everyone is suspicious of because she was CFO at her father’s company for so many years, and must have known about the terrible dealings. Tandy is defensive, as you can imagine, but still doesn’t tell Rayna what she did. 

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Chart Roundup – Week of November 16th, 2013

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WARNING: Don’t take this week seriously, I’m delirious and
think I’m funny.

So, you may have noticed I didn’t do a chart roundup last
week. No special reason; I was just sleeping instead. I miss sleep.

So Luke Bryan’s hogging #1 across Hot Country Songs and
Country Digital Songs still with ‘That’s My Kind of Night’, which I think is
mighty selfish of him. It’s dropped down to #6 on Country Airplay though, and he’s
down to #4 on Top Country Albums with ‘Crash My Party’, so at least he’s
sharing a little. Florida Georgia Line are missing their chart glory so ‘Stay’
is biting at Luke’s heels at #2 on Country Digital Songs and #8 on Hot Country
Songs, but country radio clearly doesn’t care seeing as it’s still at #19.
Thomas Rhett’s R&B hit ‘It Goes Like This’ is clearly fooling a lot of
people and is still at #2 on Hot Country Songs and #3 on Country Digital Songs/Country
Airplay, while his debut album has managed to come in above sell-out Toby Keith
by placing at #2. An album track called ‘Get Me Some of That’ is at #6 on
Country Digital Songs. Speaking of Toby, ‘Drinks After Work’ is at #3, in case
you cared.

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‘Nashville’, Season 2, Episode 5 – RECAP

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I found this episode an odd one. It was hyped as a big,
dramatic one, and kind of disappointed on that front, as well as cutting short
every good/emotional scene. Anyway.

Rayna is still struggling to get her voice back, even through
voice coaching sessions. Jeff is spreading rumors about her voice being gone
and is demanding the masters of the album, as he owns it. Rayna decides she
definitely wants out of Edge Hill and goes to Lamar to ask for a business
investment into going out on her own. Lamar accepts, and goes to Teddy to ask
if he can invest in his hometown again after the Metro contracts were cancelled
(clearly to cover his losses with Rayna), but Teddy refuses. Meanwhile Tandy
must promise not to tell Rayna about convicting Lamar to ensure her own
immunity. It kills her to find out that Rayna is resting everything on her
father’s shoulders, but she keeps mute, and Lamar later gets arrested in a bar
Teddy is also drinking in. A look from him makes Lamar think that Teddy is the
one who ratted him out, and Tandy is not about to correct him, as she feels
horrible about doing what she did. 

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Chart Roundup – Week of November 2nd, 2013

Scotty McCreery Announces Sophomore Album Details

Just like the broken record of Florida Georgia Line that was, Luke
Bryan
’s ‘That’s My Kind of Night’ is becoming a mainstay of the country
charts. At #1 on Hot Country Songs and Country Digital Songs once more, it
moves up to #2 on Country Airplay this week, surely set to take the top spot
next week. In addition, his album ‘Crash My Party’ has fallen to #3. Meanwhile,
Thomas Rhett’s ‘It Goes Like This’
takes the radio #1, while it sits at #2 on Hot Country Songs and Country
Digital Songs, in advance of the release of his debut album next week. Blake Shelton’s ‘Mine Would Be You’
moves up to #3 on Hot Country Songs and #4 across Country Airplay and Country
Digital Songs, but ‘Based On A True Story…’ falls to #11 on Top Country Albums,
the first time it’s been out of the top 10 since its release in March. 

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‘Nashville’, Season 2, Episode 4 – RECAP

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It’s Rayna’s mom’s birthday (and 30 years since her death),
so she and Tandy have taken the girls to visit her grave. Maddie’s still being
moody, but she’s been listening to a lot of Deacon’s music, particularly the
song ‘A Life That’s Good’. Rayna invites the girls to be her dates to the
Symphony Ball, an event her father runs each year, carrying on from her mother’s
work before her death. Rayna later speaks quietly to the grave alone, tearful
that she’s lost her voice and she feels so lost (I can’t help feeling there’s
some parallels to her feelings about Deacon here). At the symphony ball, Maddie
is unhappy and bitching every chance she gets. She is really happy to see her Teddy
at the ball, however this is shortlived, as Peggy turns up. Teddy has proposed
to Peggy with his mother’s ring, which Peggy is wearing around her neck, so as
not to arouse suspicion. Unfortunately Maddie gets it straight away and yells
at everyone, storming off and running away. 

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Chart Roundup – Week of October 26th, 2013

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Yet again, Luke Bryan’s
‘That’s My Kind of Night’ dominates both Hot Country Songs and Country Digital
Songs. It’s also moved up to #3 on Country Airplay, and I can imagine will top
that chart too next week. ‘Crash My Party’ has dropped to #2 on Top Country
Albums, knocked from #1 by Cassadee Pope’s
country debut ‘Frame By Frame’, which has pushed the lead single ‘Wasting All
These Tears’ to #10 on Hot Country Songs, #4 on Country Digital Songs and #24
on Country Airplay.

Thomas Rhett’s ‘It
Goes Like This’ has hit #1 on radio, holding onto #2 on Hot Country Songs and
#3 on Country Digital Songs, leading up to the release of his equally-titled
debut album on October 29. Jason Aldean’s
‘Night Train’ has moved back up to #3 on Hot Country Songs, although it drops
to #6 on Country Digital Songs and #4 on Country Airplay. His album has fallen
off the Top Country Albums top 10, down to #12. Meanwhile, Blake Shelton’s ‘Mine Would Be You’ remains a steady contender, #5
on Country Digital Songs, #4 on Hot Country Songs (its current peak) and #6 on
Country Airplay, topped by Tim McGraw’s
‘Southern Girl’ at #5, #9 on Hot Country Songs and #18 on Country Digital
Songs. Blake’s ‘Based On A True Story…’ drops to #10 on Top Country Albums, and
will likely fall out of the top 10 next week, the first time since its release
last March. 

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‘Nashville’, Season 2, Episode 3 – RECAP

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Rayna is wanting to get back in the studio, so she calls
Liam to help her get it back on track. He initially rejects her because she
claims she wants it to be all about the music, but returns to make her
apologize for St Lucia and beg to have him come back to produce her. Rayna
reluctantly admits to him that she’s lost her singing voice, and is not sure it’ll
ever return. Liam promises to delay the album as much as he can while she works
with a voice therapist, and then they fall into each other’s arms and sleep
together (FINALLY!!). Rayna meets with Jeff, who wants to start afresh with
her, inviting her to perform at this stocks event, and she agrees. Rayna calls
Scarlett and lets her in on the secret of losing her voice, organizing to
introduce Highway 65 and Scarlett instead of herself. Jeff is furious, and
suspicious of what else might be going on with Rayna. Teddy and Rayna sign
divorce papers and everything is final. Feeling alone, he goes to Peggy, who is
still lying about being pregnant, and they get back together. 

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Chart Roundup – Week of October 19th, 2013

Tyler Farr Releases 'Redneck Crazy' Track Listing

Clearly not one to let Florida Georgia Line have all the
consecutive #1 chart glory, Luke Bryan’s ‘That’s My Kind of Night’ continues to
sit atop both Hot Country Songs and Country Digital Songs, while on Country
Airplay it holds on to #5, and ‘Crash My Party’ is still dominating Top Country
Albums.

‘Redneck Crazy’, Tyler Farr’s debut, has charted below Luke
at #2 on Top Country Albums, while the single of the same name moves up to #3
on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay, sticking to #5 on Country Digital
Songs. Thomas Rhett’s ‘It Goes Like This’ remains a good seller, #2 on Hot
Country Songs and Country Digital Songs again, though slightly lower at #4 on
Country Airplay. Blake Shelton’s ‘Mine Would Be You’ is also close to the top,
#3 on Country Digital Songs, and #6 on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay.
His ‘Based On A True Story’ begins to descend down Top Country Albums, now at
#8 (the lowest it’s ever been since it hit stores last March). Billy Currington’s
having a good week too, as ‘Hey Girl’ is the radio #1, while it’s at #5 on Hot
Country Songs and down to #10 on Country Digital Songs, and ‘We Are Tonight’
has dropped to #12 on Top Country Albums. 

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‘Nashville’, Season 2, Episode 2 – RECAP

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Nashville just keep bringing the amazing episodes. Edge Hill
has been sold and Marshall was fired, in favor of a new label head called Jeff.
He’s a pencil pusher and isn’t too keen on Juliette, as the more mature sound
on her new album isn’t selling enough records. She’s being outsold by ‘The Best
of Rayna Jaymes’ seemingly exploitatively released while Rayna was in hospital.
Juliette is getting irritated by the constant attention on her rival, and
decides to do a CMT special to promote the album. Going back to her hometown
(which is, of course, a trailer park), she seems cool and collected until she
is confronted by old neighbors she grew up with, and old memories, particularly
of her dad, who we find out passed away when she was a kid (drugs?). Meanwhile
she and Avery are getting closer, and I really ship them as friends (with
benefits?). Juliette’s plan works and her single hits #1 on iTunes, rubbing it
in Jeff’s face when she goes to a party at his house. Unfortunately, she soon
finds out it has been knocked straight off #1 by Layla, runner-up on American
Hitmaker (like American Idol), who is younger, more impatient and bouncier than
Juliette. She also performs one of Juliette’s songs at the party, which
apparently was one of her most popular performances on the show. Juliette now
knows what it feels like to be Rayna! 

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