Weekly Register: Sales Success For Kip Moore, Carrie Underwood, Sam Hunt

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Kip Moore’s sophomore album Wild Ones is this week’s top country debut, landing at No. 2 on the country album chart with sales of 35K. Scoring total activity of 40K, it is No. 4 on the overall chart. Earlier this month Moore previewed the project for industry guests during a Nashville concert, showcasing why it is one of the best country releases of the year. The UMG Nashville artist celebrated release week with a performance on Good Morning America, and by visiting skateparks as part of his charitable initiative, the Comeback Kid Skatepark Project. When he wraps up his current spot on Dierks Bentley’s tour, Moore will launch his headlining 2015 Wild Ones Tour on Oct. 8.

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On the country tracks chart, Carrie Underwood had the highest debut with “Smoke Break” selling 56K and sizzling at No. 1. It is the lead single from her upcoming Sony Music Nashville release, Storyteller, coming this October. The track was produced by Jay Joyce and written by Underwood, Hillary Lindsey, and Chris DeStefano.

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Sam Hunt on the cover of Billboard‘s Men of Style issue.

It’s worth noting that UMG Nashville star Sam Hunt has four singles on the country tracks chart. “House Party” moves 38K this week/717K RTD, following the major success of “Leave the Night On” (1.2 million RTD) and “Take Your Time” (1.7 million RTD). His fourth single, “Break Up In A Small Town,” has already surpassed 409K sales before being officially released to radio. Hunt’s remarkable debut album Montevallo has sold 722K (albums only) RTD.

Top 5 Country Albums This Week
Luke Bryan 54K
Kip Moore 35K
Elvis Presley 17K
Sam Hunt 14K
Zac Brown Band 12K

Top 5 Country Tracks This Week
Carrie Underwood “Smoke Break” 56K
Sam Hunt “House Party” 38K
Luke Bryan “Strip It Down” 36K
Cam “Burning House” 34K
Chris Janson “Buy Me A Boat” 33K

YTD Albums
Overall -3.5 percent
Overall Digital +.4 percent
Country -2.9 percent
Country Digital +4.9 percent

YTD Tracks
Overall -10.1 percent
Country -15.6 percent

*according to Nielsen SoundScan

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