Weekly Register: Florida Georgia Line, Martina McBride Make Strong Debuts

Florida Georgia Line and Martina McBride make a splash on the country charts with their new offerings.

Florida Georgia Line 2016

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line‘s latest single “H.O.L.Y.” surged to the top of the country digital tracks chart, selling 125K this week. Tim McGraw‘s “Humble and Kind” drops to No. 2, with 35K sold this week. The track tops 500K in sales this week, with 508K RTD.

Rounding out the top 5 country tracks this week are Dierks Bentley‘s “Somewhere on a Beach” (28K), Luke Bryan‘s “Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day” (26K), and Chris Young‘s “Think of You,” featuring Cassadee Pope (24K).

Cole Swindell‘s “Broke Down” enters at No. 11 on the country tracks chart, and  No. 58 overall, with 18.5K sold.

Overall digital track sales have decreased 23.9 percent YTD, while country digital track sales have decreased 20.8 percent.

Martina McBride. Photo: Joseph Llanes

Martina McBride. Photo: Joseph Llanes

McBride’s Nash Icon project Reckless debuts at No. 2 on the country album charts (No. 31 overall) with 15.5K sold. It’s her first release for that imprint of Big Machine Records and her first collection of new music since 2014’s Everlasting.

Chris Stapleton remains at No. 1 on the country album rankings with Traveller moving 25K this week. Joey+Rory‘s Hymns collection sells 14K to land at No. 3 this week, followed by Sturgill Simpson‘s A Sailor’s Guide To Earth at No. 4 (9.4K), and Sam Hunt‘s Montevallo at No. 5 (9.3K).

Merle Haggard‘s albums dominate the country catalog charts, holding down the top three slots.

Drake’s latest album, Views, tops the overall album rankings, surpassing 1 million combined units of sales and streaming, with 851K albums sold. His single, “One Dance” (featuring Wizkid and Kyla), also tops the tracks chart with 160K.

Overall album sales have decreased 13.8 percent year to date, while country digital album sales have decreased 18.2 percent. Country album sales are down 8.2 percent, while country digital album sales have declined 17.4 percent.

Information courtesy of Nielsen Soundscan.

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