Weekly Register: Can We File An Inquiry?

Gloriana’s Thousand Miles Left Behind is the top album debut this week selling 23k units coming in at No. 2 on the country chart and No. 11 overall. The album includes the trio’s current single “(Kissed You) Good Night,” which currently sits at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. The single sold another 42k units this week yielding 717k RTD. Gloriana celebrated the album release with a special concert at Joe’s Bar in Chicago, IL on Sat., Aug. 4th which was streamed live by UV2Live.

Zac Brown Band’s latest offering Uncaged remains in the top position on the country albums chart with almost 40k units sold in its 4th week on the chart and 400k units sold RTD. Finishing out the top 5 are Kenny Chesney’s Welcome To The Fishbowl, Luke Bryan’s Tailgates & Tanlines and Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away.

Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” shows no signs of slowing its mmmmmmm…motorboatin’ sales by moving another 94k units to reach 789k RTD. The group’s album Tornado, slated for a September 11 release, will be one to watch as we currently wade through an overall summer sales slump these past few weeks.

Last week’s numbers included Love and Theft’s self-titled album which debuted at No. 4 on the country chart and No. 21 overall selling 14k units. The duo, comprised of Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson, is enjoying the success of lead single “Angel Eyes” co-written by Jeff Coplan and Eric Paslay, which has now sold 521k units RTD.

Just like in the Olympics, we love to look at our stats. Unfortunately the overall numbers seem to be slipping. Unlike the coach’s inquiry filed this week in the balance beam competition which gave the U.S.A. a changed higher score and took the bronze literally away from Romania, we don’t have that option. Our YTD album sales year over year have fallen from 6% increase as of 7/15 to 3.8% increase as of 8/5. On the positive side, our digital albums year over year increase remains strong at 15.8%, increasing a bit over the last few weeks.

Stay tuned.

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