Chart Roundup – Week of March 2nd, 2013


Hunter Hayes
continues (and extends) his renewed strength
on the charts this week with
hit song ‘Wanted’, potentially due to Billboard’s recent announcement of
inclusion of YouTube views (using official audio) in compiling the charts. He
remains at #1 on Hot Country Songs, and jumps up to #1 from #5 on Country
Digital Songs. In addition, his latest single ‘Somebody’s Heartbreak’ climbs up
one place to #9 on Country Airplay, with his self-titled album finding itself
two spots higher at #3 this week. Blake
Shelton also seems to be affected by the methodology change
as well as
general popularity, his January release ‘Sure Be Cool If You Did’ now up to #2
on Hot Country Songs, #10 on Country Airplay, and #2 on Digital Country Songs.
His new album ‘Based On A True Story’ (due March 26) no doubt will also do

However, The Band
Perry aren’t letting go of their chart domination
just yet. They remain at
#1 on Country Airplay with ‘Better Dig Two’ this week, #3 on Hot Country Songs
and actually move up the chart to #4 on Country Digital Songs. Their new album,
‘Pioneer’, is due April 2 and no doubt will also shake up the sometimes
slow-moving album chart. YouTube plays also seem to have aided Carrie Underwood,
the climber of the week, as the
plodding climb of ‘Two Black Cadillacs’ for several months has finally sped up
to allow the song to find #4 on Hot Country Songs, leap seven places up to #3
on Country Digital Songs, and has also moved up to #8 on Country Airplay. Her
album, ‘Blown Away’ is back at #6 on Top Country Albums for its 42nd
week on the chart, with the single of the same name having a new lease of life,
jumping back into the top 10 of Hot Country Songs, from last week’s place of #19.
It also is now at #5 on Country Digital Songs, seven places higher than it was
last week.


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Chart Roundup – Week of February 23rd, 2013


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.


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ACMS: And The Nominees Are… (Artist Awards)


And now, the nominees you’ve all been waiting for!

Vocal Event of the

Don’t Rush – Kelly Clarkson & Vince Gill

Easy – Rascal Flatts & Natasha Bedingfield

Feel Like A Rock Star – Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw

Let It Rain – David Nail & Sarah Buxton

The Only Way I Know – Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan & Eric


Video of the Year:

Creepin’ – Eric Church

Wanted – Hunter Hayes

Tornado – Little Big Town

Merry Go ‘Round – Kacey Musgraves

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

The Wind – Zac Brown Band


Single Record of
the Year:

Even If It Breaks Your Heart – Eli Young Band

Over You – Miranda Lambert

Pontoon – Little Big Town

Springsteen – Eric Church

Wanted – Hunter Hayes



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ACMs: And The Nominees Are… (Industry Awards)


That’s right, the ACM Awards 2013 have announced their
nominees, and they are as follows!

Songwriter of the

Rodney Clawson
Dallas Davidson
Josh Kear
Luke Laird
Shane McAnally


Casino of
the Year:

Agua Caliente Casino ‐ Rancho Mirage, CA
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tulsa, OK
Northern Quest Casino – Airway Heights, WA
Red Rock Casino & Resort – Las Vegas, NV
WinStar World Casino ‐
Thackerville, OK


of the Year:

Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace ‐ Bakersfield, CA
Joe’s Bar – Chicago, IL
The Dusty Armadillo – Rootstown, OH
Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill ‐ Denver,
Wild Bills- Duluth, GA


Venue of
the Year:

Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
BOK Center ‐ Tulsa, OK
Klipsch Music Center – Noblesville, IN
Meadowbrook – Gilford, NH
Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN


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Chart Roundup: Week of February 16th, 2013


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.


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Chart Roundup: Week of February 9th, 2013

Gary allan

Gary Allan’s had a
great week
with his hugely successful single ‘Every Storm (Runs Out Of
Rain)’ jumping up to #1 from #2 on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay
charts, with it shooting from #4 to #1 on Country Digital Songs. Overall this
song has been on the chart a respectable 22 weeks with seemingly many more to
come. If that isn’t enough, his newly released album ‘Set You Free’ that the
aforementioned hit is from has debuted at #1 on Top Country Albums, making for
a clean sweep from the 45-year-old California native.

‘Better Dig Two’ from
The Band Perry is continuing to do well
, up to #3 on Country Airplay and #2
on Hot Country Songs and Country Digital Songs. While there is still two months
to wait until their as-yet-untitled sophomore album is released on April 2nd,
we can be sure with the success of the lead-off single that it will dominate
the charts in a similar way. Randy
Houser’s also enjoying a successful time
with the release of his album ‘How
Country Feels’, going straight in at #3 on Top Country Albums, the title track moving
up to #6 on Hot Country Songs and #4 on Country Airplay (on the chart for 40
weeks!), shooting, surprisingly, from #15 to #6 this week on Country Digital

Other key figures on
the chart this week
include Hunter Hayes, whose mega-hit ‘Wanted’ is still
sitting pretty at #3 on Hot Country Songs and #4 on Country Digital Songs, his
self-titled album dropping to #8 on Top Country Albums. Florida Georgia Line
also aren’t looking too shabby, ‘Cruise’ remaining at #4 on Hot Country Songs
but dropping to #5 on Country Digital Songs. Their album, ‘Here’s To The Good
Times’ drops from #2 to #4 on Top Country Albums. As for climbers, ‘The Only
Way I Know’, the country/rap release from Jason Aldean, Eric Church and Luke
Bryan, is making its way up all charts, the album it’s taken from, Jason’s ‘Night
Train’, remaining at #5 on Top Country Albums for its 15th week on
the chart.


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Blake Shelton Acts Like A ‘Dumbass’ For A PR Nightmare


So, the news broke
a couple of days ago Blake
Shelton made some disparaging comments about 'classic country' fans
. From
his updated GAC Backstory that originally aired in December, Blake stated: “If I am “Male Vocalist of
the Year” that must mean that I’m one of those people now that gets to decide
if it moves forward and if it moves on. Country music has to evolve in order to
survive. Nobody
wants to listen to their grandpa’s music. And I don’t care how many of these
old farts around Nashville going, “My God, that ain’t country!” Well
that’s because you don’t buy records anymore, jackass. The
kids do, and they don’t
want to buy the music you were buying.” Since this, radio
stations have been rumored to have removed his songs from their rota, particularly his new single
'Sure Be Cool If You Did' which was only released on January 1st. In addition,
there has been outcry with young and old country fans alike, who have not taken
kindly to his words. I have a few problems with it too. Blake has a history on
Twitter of running his mouth and saying things that have offended or upset
people. However, up until now the majority of people have been fine with it
(including me) because often it was amusing, light-hearted, and all in good
fun. This was not.

It doesn't take a
genius to figure out that country music is hugely respecting of tradition and
constructs itself around affiliations and references to the past. Some of the
biggest stars in its history have reinvented the genre with a newer, more
modern sound, but they have always kept something of the new, reminding people
where they came from and always laying down the red carpet, literally and
metaphorically, for the greats that came before them. The traditional nature of
country music demands a respect for the legends in the way that the elder and
head of a family would demand respect. In line with this, Blake has often
performed covers of older songs on stage. For Blake to suddenly turn round and
disrespect those who came before him is rude, ungrateful and unnecessary.
Country music is what it is because of them, and where was he to gain by
bad-mouthing them?


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So What Of The New Music Of 2013?


So, as everyone’s adjusting to the idea of it being 2013,
and the coming events of the new year, I thought I’d take you through some of
the new artists and new releases of 2013, and what I’m most looking forward to
etc (as if I’m a tastemaker, ha). Read away for the lowdown.

Albums I’m Looking Forward To:

  • Ashley
    Monroe – Like A Rose

I began listening to Ashley back in about 2007 on MySpace, then my life moved
on and I forgot about her, only to rediscover her every so often as the
credited songwriter on an album sleeve, and finally when the Pistol Annies were
formed. Their 2011 album, ‘Hell On Heels’ was amazing and I really hoped that
Ashley would also consider making her own music again. The announcement came a
few months ago when Ashley posted a new song, the title track, on her Twitter,
stating that her album would be released 18th December. I loved the
new song and was excited to hear the record BUT then Ashley and Vince Gill (who
happens to be her producer) wrote a new song and the release date was pushed
back until 5th March. I was gutted, but I am now counting down the
days until I can finally hear this long-overdue life-affirming release from
such a prolific songwriter of country music.

  • Kacey
    Musgraves – TBA

I’ve never watched Nashville Star (occupational hazard of living in the UK) so
I had never heard of Kacey Musgraves before this year, and although I had
vaguely heard the name, it wasn’t until the beginning of December that I
finally listened to ‘Merry Go Round’. That’s it, I was hooked, I researched
her, wrote articles, bought the track and if my iPhone was counting the number
of times I have played it, it without exaggeration would be in excess of 70 or
80, at least. My favorite country release of the year. Very little album
information has been released so far but it does at least seem it will be this
year it comes out, although that is little consolation for someone like me who
absolutely cannot wait. Watch this space.


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What’s 2013 Set To Hold In Country Music? I Have A Go At Making Some REAL Predictions…


Well, we had my summary of 2012 in country music, and after
querying it on Twitter, apparently people would like my take on what’s in store
for the bright new year. I’m going to predict things at random. Mostly they’re
educated guesses, but we all need a few totally off-the-wall predictions,

  • Hillary Scott’s baby will be a boy. I have no
    idea what is telling me this, but something is.
  • Another country star will get pregnant. I think
    Carrie and Miranda (who have often been asked about kids) are more set for
    2014/15, but a country star somewhere is bound to get pregnant.
  • As for Taylor Swift relationship drama, I think
    after a couple of months the relationship with Harry will be over (although
    judging by her most recent tweet, “…’til you put me down.” It may already
    be), and she will have another two more relationships before the year is out,
    with a couple of other people she’s romantically linked with in the media but
    it doesn’t come to anything. Taylor has learned that relationships = publicity
    so I think her record label will be onto her to keep in the public eye in this
  • Kellie Pickler’s 2012 album ‘100 Proof’ wasn’t
    very well promoted by her label, who she then split from last year, but now she
    has signed with Black River Entertainment I think she will release a brand new
    single, totally out of left field and blow everyone away.
  • Kristian Bush will release an EP of acoustic
    sessions and a few songs he’s been working on, whilst Jennifer is off on
    maternity leave with her baby. It just makes sense and I really want it to


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