As the anticipation of the 47th annual CMA Awards tonight rises, albums sales across the board are up this week with several debuts. A&E’s first family The Robertsons debut at No. 1 this week (No. 4 overall), with Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas (Universal Music Group Nashville) selling 69k units. The Duck Dynasty stars sang alongside several big artists on their debut album, including Alison Krauss, Luke Bryan and George Strait. Thomas Rhett’s It Goes Like This (Valory Music Co.) debuts at No. 2 (No. 6 overall), selling 36k units. Toby Keith’s Drinks After Work (Show Dog-Universal Music) debuts at No.3 (No. 7 overall) selling 35k units. The singer’s daughter Krystal Keith recently visited MusicRow’s offices to perform songs from her upcoming album. Other noteworthy debuts include Trace Adkins’ The King’s Gift at No. 20, selling 3.6k units, and Julie Robert‘s Good Wine & Bad Decisions at No. 39 with 1.9k units sold.
The top overall album this week is Arcade Fire’s Reflektor, selling 139k units in its first week. Meanwhile, Kelly Clarkson‘s Wrapped In Red enjoys early holiday success, landing at No. 3 overall with an impressive 70k units sold.
YTD, album sales are down 7 percent, while Country album sales are down 7.9 percent. Next week’s numbers should reflect a boost in sales from tonight’s CMA Awards, airing live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on ABC at 7 p.m. CST. Stay tuned next week as we dig into the numbers.
Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” is the top Country track this week (No. 20 overall), selling another 51k unites (1.1 million RTD). Bryan will perform his latest single “Drink A Beer” at the CMA Awards tonight. The top Country debut this week is Rhett’s “Get Me Some of That,” coming in at No. 6 (No. 42 overall) with 30k units sold.
The top overall track is Eminem feat. Rihanna’s “The Monster,” selling 352k units in its debut week. YTD, overall tracks are down 4.1 percent, while Country tracks are up 1.4 percent, yet down from last week’s 2.2 percent.
Country debuts are light next week, with various artists appearing on the release of the Civil War album Divided & United, including Loretta Lynn, Old Crow Medicine Show, Lee Ann Womack, Vince Gill and more.