Weekly Register: Strong Debuts From ZBB, Tyler Farr

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Country had a great showing this week. Zac Brown Band’s latest, Jekyll + Hyde, debuts at No. 1 overall, with 228K total activity, 214K album only. The superstar act scored one of the biggest country debuts in recent memory, along with October 2014 releases by Florida Georgia Line (197K) and Jason Aldean (278K).

Meanwhile Tyler Farr’s sophomore effort had a strong debut, entering at No. 2 country with Suffer In Peace moving 42K (36K album only). With today’s chart position, Farr is the only solo male country artist in the last 10 years to have his first two studio albums debut in the top 5 on the Billboard 200 Chart. 

Both Farr and ZBB had hit singles going into release week, with “Homegrown” and “A Guy Walks Into A Bar,” respectively.

Rounding out the top 5 on the country album chart are No. 3 Reba (15K), No. 4 Sam Hunt (15K) and No. 5 Little Big Town (8.2K).

The foursome also holds the top country track position, with “Girl Crush” selling 81K TW. By comparison, the top overall track, Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” sold 285K.

The Voice’s Corey Kent White had the top country track debut with “When I See You Smile” selling 15K and coming in at No. 16. Fellow contestant Sawyer Fredericks had the top overall debut with “Simple Man” selling 59K.

Top 5 Country Tracks this week
LBT “Girl Crush” 81K
Blake Shelton “Sangria” 58K
Sam Hunt “Take Your Time” 45K
FGL “Sippin’ on Fire” 30K
Eric Church “Like A Wrecking Ball” 29.5K

YTD Tracks
Overall -10.6%
Country -16.6%

YTD Albums
Overall -2.6%
Country -7.5%

According to Nielsen Soundscan.

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