Weekly Register: 10 Best Selling Country Albums Of The Year

luke bryan crash my party album cover1111Taylor Swift’s 1989 is the bestselling album of 2014, moving 4.4 million units with TEA, and 3.6 million without TEA, since release on Oct. 27.

The Frozen soundtrack sold 4.3 million with TEA and 3.5 million without TEA, since it was released over a year ago.

Luke Bryan has the year’s best selling country album. In 2014, Crash My Party sold 1.3 million copies with TEA, and 800K without TEA. Originally released in 2013, the album had a full year to rack up scans. Among country projects which debuted in 2014, Eric Church’s The Outsiders is the top selling, with 995K with TEA, and 811K without TEA.

As expected, sales are down across the board compared to 2013. See the graph below.

Top 10 Best Selling Country Albums of 2014 YTD
1. Luke Bryan, Crash My Party, 1.3 million with TEA, 800K without TEA, released Aug. 13, 2013, Capitol Nashville
2. Florida Georgia Line, Here’s To The Good Times, 1.04 million, 606K, Dec. 4, 2012, Republic Nashville
3. Eric Church, The Outsiders, 995K, 811K, Feb. 11, 2014, EMI Nashville
4. Jason Aldean, Old Boots New Dirt, 942K, 752K, Oct. 7, 2014, Broken Bow Records
5. Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am, 934K, 706K, May 19, 2014, Valory
6. Miranda Lambert, Platinum, 774K, 601K, June 3, 2014, RCA Records Nashville
7. Florida Georgia Line, Anything Goes, 685K, 502K, Oct. 14, 2014, Republic Nashville
8. Blake Shelton, Based on a True Story, 545K, 330K, March 26, 2013, Warner Bros. Records
9. Garth Brooks, Man Against Machine, 518K, 518K, Nov. 11, 2014, RCA Nashville/Pearl
10. Cole Swindell, Cole Swindell, 484K, 305K, Feb. 18, 2014, Warner Bros. Records

eric_church_outsiders_album_a_lThis Week
On the final chart of the year, Swift’s 1989 finishes at the pinnacle of the Top 200. 1989 had total activity of 430K this week, including TEA and streaming. On the overall tracks chart, she is No. 1 with “Blank Space” selling 503K and 2.5 million RTD.

Garth Brooks is at No. 1 on the final country albums chart of the year, selling 64K TW. On the country tracks chart, Carrie Underwood’s “Something in the Water” treads at No. 1 selling 75K TW.

Sales numbers according to Nielsen Soundscan.

yearend sales graph 2014

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