Weekly Register: ‘The Voice’ Boosts Track Sales

 Pictured (clockwise): Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell and RaeLynn

RaeLynn on “The Voice.” Pictured (clockwise): Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell and RaeLynn

RaeLynn returned to her career launch pad The Voice on Dec. 2, where her performance helped boost debut single “God Made Girls” to No. 1 on the top country tracks list. The song moved 34K TW for a RTD total of 250K. Meanwhile current The Voice contestant Craig Wayne Boyd scored the best-selling country track debut, with his version of “Take it Easy” selling 20K. Last week his rendition of “I Walk The Line” sold 46K to land at No. 1.

Top 5 Country Tracks TW (Three of the top 5 are BMLG artists.)
RaeLynn, “God Made Girls,” 34K
Tim McGraw, “Shotgun Rider,” 30K
Carrie Underwood, “Something in the Water,” 29K
Florida Georgia Line, “Sun Daze,” 22K
Craig Wayne Boyd, “Take It Easy,” 20K

Garth Brooks stays at No. 1 on the country album chart in his fourth week of release, selling 57K this week and 311K RTD. Taylor Swift hangs at No. 1 on the Top 200 again this week with 274K.

Many albums are purchased during Thanksgiving week, so it is expected that week-over-week album sales would slip following turkey day. Overall albums experienced a 5 percent drop while country slumped 7 percent.

Top 5 Country Albums TW
Garth Brooks,  57K
Jason Aldean, 29K
Darius Rucker,  28K
Florida Georgia Line, 20K
George Strait, 17K

As 2014 winds down, here’s a recap of Year-To-Date stats:

YTD Album Sales (including digital)
Overall -12.1%
Country -10.9%

Overall digital -9.6%
Country digital -3.9%

YTD Track Sales
Overall -12.5%
Country -17.1%

The best selling album YTD (including TEA) is the Frozen soundtrack with 4.156 million in sales.

YTD Country album marketshare is steady at 12.9%, compared to 12.7% in the same week last year.

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