Weekly Chart Report (3/4/11)


Katie Armiger made a house call at KILT to see a hobbled PD Mark Adams (broken foot from soccer), before she headed out to the KILT BBQ Cookoff Tent for a performance at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo World Championship BBQ Cookoff.

SPIN ZONE
It’s been a wild week as usual at Country Radio Seminar 2011, with informative panels-a-plenty, unforgettable performances, and many friends from across the country. Thank you again to everyone who came out to MusicRow’s 9th Annual CRS Meet & Greet on Tuesday (3/1). We had a great time and enjoyed some awesome performances from Colt Ford and Joanna Smith.

But it ain’t over yet: like always, CRS closes on a high note later today with the New Faces show.

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It’s a bit of a shake up on today’s CountryBreakout Chart. Thompson Square’s “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” stakes its claim to the No. 1 spot, leaping over Taylor Swift to lead one of the tightest 1-2-3 combinations in memory. Only seven spins separate Thompson Square from the No. 3 song, Lady Antebellum’s “Hello Word.” Swift’s “Back To December” is still at No. 2 and looking strong, so it will be interesting to see how that situation plays out.

CRS always means more frozen playlists and the result is a slower than normal chart. Kenny Chesney’s “Live A Little” gained over 500 spins in the two prior weeks and was the Greatest Spin Increase again this week, but only picked up 254 new spins in this chart. Both of the last two charts have had multiple songs gaining more than 300 spins. Only two new songs debuted—Colt Ford’s “Country Thang” (hey, you’re welcome!) at No. 76, and Curtis & Luckey’s “Eye Candy” at No. 79.

Upcoming Singles
March 7
Eli Young Band/Crazy Girl/Republic Nashville
The New Relics/Dixie Queen/Spinville/Blues Alley
Tonja Rose/Where Would Your Heart Be/Identical Entertainment/Turnpike
Little Big Town/The Reason Why/Capitol
Neal McCoy/New Mountain To Climb/Tate

March 14
Kenny Chesney/Live A Little/BNA
Kip Moore/Mary Was The Marrying Kind/MCA
Due West/When The Smoke Clears/Black River
Sabastian Roberts/It’s Still Country To Me/Homage Records

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New On The Chart—Debuting This Week
Artist/song/label — chart pos.
Colt Ford/Country Thang/Average Joe’s Entertainment — 76
Curtis & Luckey/Eye Candy/KMG Music Group — 79

Greatest Spin Increase
Artist/song/label — spin+
Kenny Chesney/Live A Little/BNA — 254
Eric Church/Homeboy/EMI Nashville — 249
Justin Moore/If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away/Valory — 194
Toby Keith/Somewhere Else/Show Dog-Universal — 161
Tim McGraw & Gwyneth Paltrow/Me And Tennessee/Curb — 149

On Deck—Soon To Be Charting
Artist/song/label — spins
LeAnn Rimes/Crazy Women/Curb — 168
Little Big Town/The Reason Why/Capitol — 144
Frankie Ballard/A Buncha Girls/Warner Bros. — 129
Adam Craig Band/Nothing Wrong/American Roots/Quarterback — 124
Bridgette Tatum/Hillbilly Rock Star/Root 49/Quarterback — 119
Kevin Fowler/Girl In A Truck/FowlBall — 119

Most Added
Artist/song/label — New Adds
Eric Church/Homeboy/EMI/Nashville — 15
Tim McGraw & Gwyneth Paltrow/Me And Tennessee/Curb — 11
Justin Moore/If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away/Valory — 10
Chris Young/Tomorrow/RCA — 10
Eli Young Band/Crazy Girl/Republic Nashville — 10

WUSN/Chicago APD/MD Marci Braun got “crazy” with Republic Nashville's Eli Young Band when the guys stopped by the station to play their new single “Crazy Girl.” (L-R): EYB’s James Young, Jon Jones, Braun, Mike Eli and Chris Thompson.

Last week in Little Rock a guitar pull featuring Gary Allan, Easton Corbin and Ashton Shepherd raised $24,000 for St. Jude. (L-R): MCA’s EJ Bernas, UMGN’s Katie Dean, KSSN’s Bob Robbins, Corbin, KSSN’s Jeremy Guenther, Allan and Shepherd.

Skyville Records' Stealing Angels sailed into WEZL/Charleston, SC offices this week to share their new single "Paper Heart." (L-R): Skyville Records Pres. Kevin Herring, Jennifer Wayne, WEZL PD Bill West, Caroline Cutbirth and Tayla Lynn.

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