Bentley Debuts At No. 1

Dierks Bentley’s Home debuted at the pinnacle of the Soundscan Country chart today, moving 55k units, with digital downloads accounting for 35 percent of album sales. It is the Capitol Nashville star’s sixth studio album, and his fourth time to open in the top spot.

Elsewhere, many acts were basking in the post-Grammy/Valentines sales glow. Awards queen Adele saw a 95 percent bump, moving 237k units of her smash 21, for a RTD total of 6.62 million.

Artists scoring week-to-week upswings in album sales totaling 20k or more include Jason Aldean (60%, 25k sold this week), Lady A (46%, 25k), Luke Bryan (20%, 23k), and The Band Perry (60%, 20k).

Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup” kept partying in the top Country tracks spot, funneling down another 60k paid downloads.

This week, total Country album sales got an 18 percent bump, selling 836k units. Current Country was up 32 percent, moving 407k.

Digital Country tracks rose 9 percent, selling 3.158 downloads.

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