Weekly Register: Dolly Parton Tops Country Album Chart

Dolly Parton Pure and Simple cover

The indefatigable Dolly Parton has been hard at work promoting her Pure & Simple album, both on tour and in the press. The effort has paid off, with Pure & Simple taking the pinnacle of the country albums chart this week (and No. 11 overall), selling 20K.

Other Top 5 country debuts this week include Texas-based artist Casey Donahew, whose All Night Party lands at No. 3 on the country albums rankings (and No. 40 overall), selling 11.5K. BMLG artist Drake White‘s Spark debuts at No. 4 this week (and No. 34 overall), with 10.6K sold.

Closing out the top 5 are Chris Stapleton‘s Traveller at No. 2 with 12K sold, and Justin Moore‘s Kinda Don’t Care, which drops from topping last week’s album chart to No. 5 this week, selling 10.4K.

Actor/singer Kiefer Sutherland‘s Down In A Hole project comes in at No. 35 on the country charts this week, with 1.3K.

Frank-Ocean-blond-album-coverFrank Ocean‘s Blond project tops the overall albums chart this week, with 276K (232K album only).

Overall album sales are down 14.9 percent YTD, while overall digital album sales are down 19.6 percent. Country album sales have declined 9.7 percent, while country digital sales have shrunk 15.6 percent YTD.

Florida Georgia Line with Backstreet Boys' member Nick Carter (center).

Florida Georgia Line with Backstreet Boys’ member Nick Carter (center). Photo: Nick Carter/Instagram

Florida Georgia Line continues to dominate the country tracks rankings, with “H.O.L.Y.” taking the top spot this week with 34K sold. Meanwhile, the duo’s collaboration with The Backstreet Boys, “God, Your Mama, and Me,” debuts at No. 5 this week (No. 28 overall), with 25K. The debut is the top debut, both on the country and overall charts.

Rounding out the country Top 5 digital tracks are Kenny Chesney‘s collaboration with Pink, “Setting The World On Fire,” at No. 2, with 32K. Miranda Lambert‘s “Vice” lands at No. 3, with 25K.

Meanwhile, Dan + Shay‘s “From The Ground Up” is at No. 4, with 25K. That sales number pushes the track to 504K sold to date.

On the overall chart, The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey remain on top, with “Closer” selling 143K, for 1.132 million RTD.

Information courtesy Nielsen Soundscan.

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