With CRS behind us, overall album sales are down 11 percent week over week, while Country album sales are down 27 percent from last week when Eric Church‘s The Outsiders sold 288k units. This week’s noteworthy debut is MusicRow Challenge Coin recipient Cole Swindell. The “Chillin’ It” singer’s self-titled debut album (Warner Nashville) heats up to No. 2 (No. 3 overall), selling 63k units. Church’s The Outsiders (EMI Nashville) continues to reign as the No. 1 Country album (No. 2 overall), selling 73k units (361k RTD). Church recently performed alongside 16 other artists at UMG’s CRS event.
The top overall album is Frozen: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Various Artists, selling 89k units (1.1 million RTD). YTD, overall album sales are down 15.4 percent, while Country album sales are down 13.5 percent. The same week last year, Mumford and Sons’ Babel was the top overall album, selling 63k units, while Taylor Swift’s RED sold 28k units as the top Country album.
Brantley Gilbert’s “Bottoms Up” is the top Country track this week (No. 19 overall), selling 64k units (479k RTD). Eli Young Band’s “Just Add Moonlight” is the top County debut, coming in at No. 40 with 9.5k units sold. Another noteworthy debut is Beck’s “Wave,” which floats at No. 92 with 17k units sold.
Pharrell William’s “Happy” is the top overall track, selling 402k units (1.7 million RTD). YTD, overall track sales are down 11.5 percent, while Country track sales are down 17.2 percent. The same week last year, Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” was the top overall album, selling 287k units, while Blake Shelton’s “Sure Be Cool If You Did” was the top Country track with 71k units sold.
Next week’s numbers will include Dierks Bentley’s Riser and Chris Janson’s Take It To The Bank.