Hunter Hayes scored a big debut week with his second full-length studio set Storyline selling 69K units. This places the WMN project at the top of the Country album chart, at No. 3 on the overall album chart and No. 1 on the overall digital album chart. Storyline sold 57 percent digital (39K).
The high-energy 22-year-old celebrated the release by breaking a Guinness World Record for most concerts played in multiple cities in 24 hours. He zipped through 10 shows in 10 cities in 24 hours, on a mission to end child hunger with support from ConAgra Foods.
[To show how sales have entered free-fall in the last 12 months, consider Lady A’s debut of Golden on this week last year. That release by a superstar act sold 167K.]
Country album sales experienced a 23 percent increase week-over-week, thanks to sales from Hayes and Mother’s Day shoppers.
The Music of Nashville Season 2, Volume 2 (Big Machine Records) debuted with 17K as the show was renewed for season 3.
Check back next week for debut week numbers from Rascal Flatts and Dolly Parton.
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