Weekly Register: Brad Paisley Debuts Top Track

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Brad Paisley performed his current single, “Today,” for the first time anywhere on the Grand Ole Opry recently as part of the Opry’s 91st Birthday Celebration. Photo: Derek Cressman

Brad Paisley’s new song “Today” entered the Country tracks chart at No. 1 with sales of 41K. Paisley wrote the song with Chris DuBois and Ashley Gorley, and co-produced it with Luke Wooten. “Today” will be on his upcoming 11th studio album on Arista Nashville.

New artists Mo Pitney (Curb) and Tucker Beathard (BMLG) released projects this week. Pitney’s Behind This Guitar sold 3.3K to land at No. 10. Beathard debuted at No. 14 with the EP Fight Like Hell selling 2.5K.

Top 5 Country Albums
Jason Aldean They Don’t Know 12K TW/213K RTD
Chris Stapleton Traveller 9.3K/1.6M
Florida Georgia Line Dig Your Roots 8.8K/224K
Keith Urban Ripcord 6.2K/286K
Dolly Parton Pure & Simple 5.1K/69K

Top 5 Country Tracks
Brad Paisley “Today” 41K (debut)
Keith Urban “Blue Ain’t Your Color” 35K/257K RTD
Kenny Chesney f/ Pink “Setting the World on Fire” 26K/407K
Artists of Then, Now, & Forever “Forever Country” 23K/209K
FGL f/ Tim McGraw “May We All” 21K/207K

On the overall chart, pop/rock artists dominate with new albums by Green Day (No. 1, 95K total consumption), Norah Jones (No. 2, 47K), and OneRepublic (No. 3, 46K). The top two spots on the tracks chart belong to The Chainsmokers f/ Halsey with “Closer” (107K/1.535 million RTD), and Bruno Mars launching “24K Magic” with sales of 95K.

YTD Album Sales
Overall -14.3%
Overall digital -19.1%
Country -8.4%
Country digital -13.3%

YTD Tracks
Overall -24.6%
Country -22.7%

Source: Nielsen Soundscan

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