Weekly Register: Alan Jackson Brings Bluegrass to Country

The-Bluegrass-AlbumAlthough Country album sales are down 24 percent from last week, overall album sales are up 13 percent this week. Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party is the top Country album this week (No. 6 overall), selling another 36k units (983k RTD). Justin Moore’s Off The Beaten Path slips to No. 2 (No. 10 overall) with sales of 24k this week (121k RTD), and Alan Jackson’s Bluegrass Album debuts at No. 3 (No. 11 overall) selling 22k units in its first week. The veteran singer wrote eight songs for the long awaited album. Meanwhile, Neal McCoy‘s Pride debuts at No. 52, selling 780 units this week.

The top three albums overall this week make a motley crew, with Drake’s Nothing Was The Same at No. 1 (657k), Kings of Leon’s Mechanical Bull at No. 2 (109k) and Cher’s Closer To The Truth at No. 3 (62k). Compared to last year, overall album sales are down 6.1 percent, while country album sales are down 0.3 percent.

Country juggernaut Bryan holds the top Country track this week (No. 10 overall) with “That’s My Kind of Night,” selling another 84k units (795k RTD). The top Country debut this week is Cassadee Pope’s “Champagne,” selling 9k. Pope recently celebrated the upcoming release of her album Frame By Frame with industry members in Nashville.

The top overall track remains Lorde’s “Royals,” selling another 293k (1.8 million RTD). Overall track sales YTD are down 3.4 percent. Although Country tracks are up 4.4 percent YTD, they are in decline because last year saw a boost from Taylor Swift’s release of “Begin Again” and “Never Ever.”

Next week’s debuts include Tyler Farr’s Redneck Crazy, Randy Travis Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am and James King’s Three Chords and the Truth.

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