Monday, July 8, 2013
– Blake Shelton and Florida Georgia Line dominated the Billboard Country Albums and Songs chart respectively during the first six months of the year. Shelton had the top selling disc with "Based on a True Story..." selling slightly more than 700,000 units through June 30. FGL had a monster hit with Cruise,
which sold more than 3.1 digital downloads during the same period, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Shelton had a hit single as well with Boys 'Round Here, as did FGL with Get Your Shine On and had the third biggest selling disc with "Here's to the Good Times."
Shelton benefited from being a celebrity coach on NBC's "The Voice." The album's first two singles - Sure Be Cool If You Did and Boys 'Round Here - both hit the top.
On the January through June 2013 country digital songs list, 7 of the top 10 titles sold more than 1 million. For the same period last year, only 4 of the top 10 songs sold more than a million, led by Luke Bryan's Drunk on You, at 1.4 million during that time frame. All songs on this year's list were major hits at country radio, unlike 2012 when Taylor Swift's Eyes Open and Safe & Sound (featuring The Civil Wars) were not radio hits.
The top selling album for the first half of 2012 was Lionel Richie's duets disc, "Tuskegee," which sold 912,000. Second was Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away" (602,000). This year, Swift's "Red" is second.
Country album sales were 19.54 million this year - up less than 1 percent compared to a year ago (19.47 million). Country digital song sales are at 92.53 million for 2013 thus far - up 11 percent versus a year ago (83.55 million). That's better than the overall picture where albums sales dropped six percent and song sales two percent.
Top 10 Country Albums
1 Blake Shelton Based on a True Story... 703,000 year to date sales
2 Taylor Swift Red 616,000
3 Florida Georgia Line Here's to the Good Times 610,000
4 Luke Bryan Spring Break...Here to Party 452,000
5 Tim McGraw Two Lanes of Freedom 373,000
6 The Band Perry Pioneer 366,000
7 Lady Antebellum Golden 344,000
8 Hunter Hayes Hunter Hayes 337,000
9. Little Big Town Tornado 319,000
10 Jason Aldean Night Train 305,000
Top Country Digital Songs
1 Florida Georgia Line Cruise 3,112,000 year to date sales
2 Darius Rucker Wagon Wheel 1,768,000
3 Blake Shelton (ft. Pistol Annies & Friends) Boys 'Round Here 1,445,000
4 Tim McGraw (ft. Taylor Swift) Highway Don't Care 1,352,000
5 Blake Shelton Sure Be Cool If You Did 1,344,000
6 Miranda Lambert Mama's Broken Heart 1,187,000
7 Florida Georgia Line Get Your Shine On 1,139,000
8 Lady Antebellum Downtown 981,000
9 Hunter Hayes Wanted 930,677
10 The Band Perry Better Dig Two 927,000