Weekly Register: Sam Hunt Takes His Time on Albums, Tracks Charts

montevallo1111It might be an understatement to say newcomer and MCA Nashville artist Sam Hunt is having a great week. Not only did he celebrate his first No. 1 single with a party in Nashville earlier this week, but he has the top-selling country song and country album in the country this week, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood also make strong showings in the Top 5 on both the albums and tracks charts this week.

Tracks

Hunt’s “Take Your Time” is the top-selling country track this week (and No. 22 overall), notching 48k units. He is followed by Florida Georgia Line‘s “Sun Daze” with 33k, Blake Shelton (ft. Ashley Monroe)’s “Lonely Tonight” with 30k, Carrie Underwood‘s “Something In The Water” with 27k, and Luke Bryan‘s “I See You” with 25k.

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars‘ “Uptown Funk” remains the top-selling track this week, with 344k this week, and 2.8 million RTD. This week’s top debut overall was Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney‘s “FourFiveSeconds” which debuted at No. 15 overall, selling 53k units.

Overall track sales are down 11.6 percent YTD, while country track sales YTD are down 18.2 percent. This time last year, Katy Perry had the top track with “Dark Horse” at 294k units, and Luke Bryan had the top country track with “Drink A Beer” selling 53k.

Albums

WeeklyReg1The Top 5 country albums this week are Sam Hunt’s Montevallo (16k), Jason Aldean‘s Old Boots, New Dirt (10.5k), Carrie Underwood’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1 (9.3k), Blake Shelton’s Bringing Back The Sunshine (9.1k), and Garth BrooksMan Against Machine (8.6k).

Fall Out Boy debuts at No. 1 on the Top 200 albums chart this week, with the album American Beauty/American Psycho selling 218k in total consumption, with 192k of those being albums. Digital albums accounted for 77 percent of the 192k units.

The top debut on the country album chart this week was Ralph Stanley‘s Man of Constant Sorrow, selling 3.4k.

Overall album sales were down .4 percent YTD, while overall country album sales were up .7 percent. This week last year, the soundtrack for Frozen sold 93k, while Jennifer NettlesThat Girl had the top-selling country album, with 19k sold.

Coming Soon

2/17 Mavericks, Aaron Watson
3/3 Toby Keith
3/10 Luke Bryan Spring Break Compilation
3/24 Easton Corbin, Montgomery Gentry
3/31 Josh Turner

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