Weekly Register: Debuts By Willie & Merle, Billy Currington, Gloriana

Willie-Merle-2Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have the No. 1 country album this week. Their latest, Django & Jimmie, debuted with sales of 31K. The pair last enjoyed a No. 1 record together 32 years ago with Pancho & Lefty. Produced by Buddy Cannon, the Legacy Recordings album is a tribute to jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers.

Also on the country album chart, Billy Currington’s Summer Forever debuted at No. 3 with 21K. Gloriana entered at No. 13 with Three selling 4.5K.

Billy CurringtonTop 5 Country Albums this week
Willie and Merle 31K
Zac Brown Band 23K
Billy Currington 21K
Sam Hunt 14K
Brantley Gilbert 9.9K

Top 5 Country Tracks this week
Little Big Town “Girl Crush” 71K
Luke Bryan “Kick The Dust Up” 58K
Sam Hunt “Take Your Time” 51K
Blake Shelton “Sangria” 44K
Eric Church “Like A Wrecking Ball” 31K

On the overall albums chart, Florence & The Machine debuted at No. 1 with How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful selling 137K (128k album only). And on the overall tracks chart, Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” holds onto the No. 1 spot, selling 161K.

gloriana YTD Albums
Overall  -3.6%
Country  -9.8%

YTD Singles
Overall -10.3%
Country  -16.2%

*according to Nielsen Soundscan

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