[Updated] Weekly Register: CMT Awards Track Boost, A Thousand Horses Debut

Luke Bryan performs on the CMT Music Awards. Photo: CMT.com

Luke Bryan performs on the CMT Music Awards. Photo: CMT.com

The CMT Music Awards gave a track sales boost to many of the artists who performed on the show. After his performance on the show, Keith Urban reeled in the top country single debut, with “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” selling 36K and entering at No. 7.

Among those in the top 10 country tracks who saw sales gains are:

No. 1 Luke Bryan “Kick the Dust Up” 72K TW, up 24 percent
No. 5 Eric Church “Like A Wrecking Ball” 42K, up 34 percent
No. 6 Chris Janson “Buy Me A Boat” 38K, up 33 percent
No. 7 Keith Urban “John Cougar…” 36K, debut
No. 9 Sam Hunt “House Party” 34K, up 52 percent
No. 10 Jason Aldean “Tonight Looks Good On You” 27K, up 29 percent

On the country albums chart, the Now Country 8 compilation is the top country debut, entering at No. 1 with sales of 19K.

BMLG band A Thousand Horses debuted at No. 3 with 17K copies of Southernality, produced by Dave Cobb. In addition, the lead single “Smoke” has been certified Gold by the RIAA. Michael Hobby, Bill Satcher, Graham DeLoach and Zach Brown will make their late-night television debut June 24 on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, where they will perform new single, “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial.”

Elsewhere on the country albums chart, Montgomery Gentry delivered Folks Like Us (4.6K) and Cam’s EP Welcome to Cam Country geared up with 2K. In its second week of release, the duet project from Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard fell to No. 5 with 14K.

On the overall chart, Muse’s Drones debuted at No. 1 with 84K (79K album only). Coming in at No. 5 is the Rolling Stones reissue of Sticky Fingers 36K (34K album only), just in time for tonight’s Nashville concert at LP Field.

Info according to Soundscan.

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