Weekly Register: Willie Nelson Rides In At No. 1

willie nelson 2014Willie Nelson’s album Band of Brothers debuted at the top of the Country chart, marching in with sales of 37K. His first album of mostly new material since 1996 scored his highest position on the Billboard 200 (No. 5) since Always On My Mind peaked at No. 2 in 1982. It is his first No. 1 Country album since The Promised Land hit the top spot in 1986.

The top 5 Country albums this week belong to: Nelson (37K), Miranda Lambert (34K), Brantley Gilbert (26K), Luke Byran (14K) and Florida Georgia Line (12K).

Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence, produced by Nashvillian Dan Auerbach, debuted at No. 1 overall, selling 182K. Sliding in to No. 2 is Sam Smith with 166K.

Tracking Tracks

Kenny Chesney’s cool comeback, “American Kids” spurred 39.5K downloads to debut at No. 7 Country. Sam Hunt enticed 22K clicks of his new single “Leave The Night On.” Kacey Musgraves sung her way to 10.5K downloads of “The Trailer Song.”

Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” crossed the 2 million threshold. Lee Brice’s “I Don’t Dance” boogied past the half-million mark, selling 44K this week.

Hangin’ in the Top 5 Country are: FGL “This is How We Roll” (62K), Dierks Bentley “Drunk on a Plane” (61K), Lady Antebellum “Bartender” (60K), Jake Owen “Beachin’” (60K) and Bryan “Play It Again” (56K).

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