Weekly Register: Reba’s Back With No. 1 Debut

reba with her ACM 2015

Reba had plenty of visibility during release week, including winning an ACM Milestone Award.

Reba’s first new studio album in five years sailed to the top of the country charts; Love Somebody debuted at No. 1 with sales of 58K/total activity of 62K. The Nash Icon artist had momentum from lead single “Going Out Like That,” which has already sold more than 100K downloads. She also scored with a sassy performance on Sunday night’s (April 19) ACM Awards, blending the single with her modern-classic hits “Fancy,” “Is There Life Out There,” and “The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia.”

Also scoring a solid debut is Dwight Yoakam’s Second Hand Heart (WBR) coming in at No. 2 country with sales of 21K. These debuts helped give country album sales a 33 percent bump week-over-week.

Rounding out the top five country albums are No. 3 Sam Hunt (18K), No. 4 Florida Georgia Line (13K) and No. 5 Now That’s What I Call ACM Awards 50 Years (12K).

Little Big Town gave a stellar performance of “Girl Crush” on the ACM Awards, reeling in 97K downloads and landing at No. 1 on the country tracks this week, pushing the song past the gold goalposts with 522K RTD. This is the best one-week sales tally for a country track in 2015.

Interestingly, Meghan Linsey’s cover of the same song from The Voice is this week’s top country debut, coming in at No. 3 with 44K. George Strait, who also had a notable ACM performance, debuts single “Let It Go” at No. 9 country, selling 27K. Hanging in the top 5 are: Sam Hunt “Take Your Time” (58K), Zac Brown Band “Homegrown” (39K) and Florida Georgia Line “Sippin’ On Fire” (35K).

Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” has the best one week sales for a country track

“Girl Crush” earned the best one-week sales tally for a country track in 2015.

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