Category Archives: Billboard

Eric Church Secures Billboard’s Top Spot with The Outsiders

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According to Nielsen SoundScan, Eric Church earned his second #1 album on the Billboard Charts with The Outsiders for the week ending February 16th. With sales of 288,000, Church marked the biggest sales week of the year and the biggest since Beyonce released her self-titled album back in December.

This is not the first time that Eric Church has debuted in the top slot. His last studio album, Chief, also debuted in Billboard’s top spot back in 2011. The Outsiders marks the biggest sales for a country album since Luke Bryan released Crash My Party back in August 2013.

Way to go, Eric!

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Eric Church To Top The Billboard Charts?

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Billboard Magazine will be officially publishing their Top 200 Albums Chart tomorrow, but speculation is already abound that Eric Church will be claiming the top spot for The Outsiders! If this happens, he’d be leading the way for country music to have the biggest sales week for an album in the past six months.

Estimates for sales are already out there, but keep an eye on KIC and we’ll make sure to post the official numbers tomorrow! Could be Eric will be nipping on the heels of Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

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Cassadee Pope Scores Her First Top 10 Hit

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Vocalist Cassadee Pope has already experienced a multitude of successes in her young country music career. Add another tally mark to the list, as Cassadee’s first country single, “Wasting All These Tears” (off her debut solo project, Frame By Frame) has broken into the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot Country Airplay charts, after spending thirty-three weeks on the charts. Cassadee’s single, “Wasting All These Tears,” is currently approaching RIAA platinum certification, as it has far exceeded the five hundred thousand copies distributed mark.

Congratulations to Cassadee on another accomplishment in country music! We anticipate reporting on the official platinum certification of her album in the very near future!

Brantley Gilbert Releases Video for “Bottoms Up” & Scores a #1

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Brantley Gilbert‘s forthcoming album is due out in early 2014 and the singer has just released the video for the album’s first-single, “Bottoms Up.” The video flashes between a Prohibition-era 1930′s type party and a modern day affair. Make sure to stick around until the end of this mini-movie music video.

According to Billboard, “Bottoms Up” marks Gilbert’s highest debuts on three Billboard song charts,  his first number 1 and his best sales week on the Country Digital Songs chart.

Watch the video for “Bottoms Up” here:

Randy Houser breaks record with Runnin’ Outta Moonlight

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Congratulations to Randy Houser! He’s broken a single record with his two-week number one single “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” from his new album “How Country Feels.” It’s his second consecutive number one single on both the Billboard and Mediabase charts this week. “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” was so popular that it spent two weeks at the top of the Billboard Country Singles Chart amassing a record audience of over 47 million (highest impressions of any song in one week since 2005). The single is his second release from the album and is the follow up to first No. 1 with album title track “How Country Feels.” Both tracks are RIAA Gold-certified, signifying more than 500,000 sold units of each hit song.

About the new record, Randy said:

“I’m so humbled by this support, and I want to thank everyone that helped us get here. I feel blessed.”

“Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” was penned by Dallas Davidson, Ashley Gorley, and Kelly Lovelace and was one of the last songs Houser recorded for How Country Feels.

Houser is touring throughout the summer and fall, including a stop in Austin, Texas alongside Lee Brice, Bob DiPiero and Jerrod Niemann for the CMA Songwriters Series. Houser then hits the road with Justin Moore in November for the Off The Beaten Path Tour.

Houser’s record label, Stoney Creek Records, will release the his next single later this summer, but in the meantime, his vocals are featured on the new Kristy Lee Cook single, “Wherever Love Goes.”

Florida-Georgia Line’s Cruise breaks another record

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Florida Georgia Line‘s smash debut single “Cruise” has officially broken the record for the longest #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart in the 69-year history. Holding the summit for 22 weeks, “Cruise” shatters the four way tie for the 21-week record previously held by FGL; Webb Pierce’s “In the Jailhouse Now” (1955); Hank Snow’s “I’m Moving On” (1950-51) and Eddy Arnold’s “I’ll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)” (1947-48).

FGL has skyrocketed since releasing back-to-back, multi-week #1 smashes in the US and Canada with the PLATINUM “Get Your Shine On” and 5X PLATINUM-certified “Cruise,” which combined with the remix, has sold over five million downloads and is the third-best-selling Country digital song ever, according to SoundScan. The breakout duo – comprised of Tyler Hubbard (Monroe, Georgia) and Brian Kelley (Ormond Beach, Florida) – will perform their Top 15-and-climbing follow-up, “Round Here,” on Conan next Monday (8/5), airing on TBS at 11:00P ET/ 10:00P CT.

 The ACM New Artist of the Year and New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year winners are currently touring with Taylor Swift’s THE RED TOUR and Luke Bryan’s DIRT ROAD DIARIES TOUR in support of their GOLD-certified Republic Nashville debut HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES. FGL is already setting venue sales records for their first headline run, HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES TOUR 2013, this fall with Sears Centre Arena (Chicago, IL) selling out in less than 5 minutes and Whitaker Bank Ballpark (Lexington, KY) in 23 minutes.

Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise’ Breaks Billboard Record

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The guys of Florida Georgia Line are unstoppable, breaking another chart record this week. Billboard reports that the duo have officially scored 22 weeks at #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart with “Cruise.” The song overtakes Eddy Arnold’s “I’ll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms),” Hank Snow’s “I’m Moving On,” and Webb Pierce’s “In the Jailhouse Now,” each which held #1 for 21 weeks.

The record-break is due partially to Billboard’s new scoring method, which began last fall. While the survey used to rank songs purely on a select group of radio stations, it now accounts for digital downloads, streams and a larger radio panel.

Although “Cruise” cruised to #1 in December, the re-mix featuring Nelly has given it crossover appeal and returned it to the top of the Hot Country Song chart. According to Billboard, “Cruise” has sold 5.4 million downloads, making it the third-best-selling country digital track in history.

Tim McGraw’s Highway Don’t Care is #1!

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Congratulations to Tim McGraw and the team at Big Machine! His brand new single “Highway Don’t Care” is a number one for the country superstar. The single, which features guest vocals from Taylor Swift and guitar from Keith Urban, has taken over the top spot on both Billboard and Mediabase’s country singles charts. It’s also sold more than one million downloads since its release – giving Tim his first platinum-certified single with Big Machine. Tim’s other two singles from “Two Lanes of Freedom” were both gold-certified singles with the RIAA for selling more than 500,000 copies (“Truck Yeah,” “One Of Those Nights”).

Tim knew the song was special when he heard the demo that was sent to him. He explains:

“I thought this song had the potential to be really special the very first time I heard the demo.  And then standing on the stage with Taylor and Keith performing it live for the first time on the ACMs, I knew that it was really the kind of magical collaboration that only comes along every few years.  The energy that night was undeniable…I know the three of us could feel it.  Radio continues to be supportive and excited about the music we’re giving them, and I’m so thankful for my friends there and for all the fans who have really taken this thing to the next level.  It just keeps getting bigger and bigger in our show every night.”

Tim’s number one news comes on the heels of another sold-out weekend of his TWO LANES OF FREEDOM 2013 Tour, powered by Pennzoil, with capacity shows in Indianapolis, IN; Cleveland, OH  and Washington, D.C.

Check out the official music video below for Tim’s new number one and let us know if you’re loving it:

Katie Armiger joins Pastry as Brand Ambassador

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Country singer Katie Armiger has been chosen as the newest brand ambassador for Pastry, the lifestyle brand focused on producing ‘Sweet, Chic and Unique’ apparel, accessories and footwear for junior girls worldwide. Katie is the first country singer chosen to be a face of Pastry and she joins current standout celeb brand ambassadors Cody Simpson, Alli Simpson, Madison Pettis, Jessica Jarrell, MZ Bratt, Colette Carr, Vanessa Simmons and Angela Simmons.

About becoming part of the Pastry family, Katie said:

 “I am so honored and excited to join the Pastry family. Not only do I love the shoes, I love the message Pastry sends to young girls encouraging them to express themselves in a unique and fun way. I’m excited for the future of this new relationship and can’t wait to start promoting this terrific line.”

Cold River Recording artist Katie Armiger has charted five singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Since 2009, every video she has released has been voted by fans onto GAC’s “Top 20 Countdown” including “Leaving Home,” which lodged itself in the countdown for an astonishing four-and-a-half months. Fan votes also netted her the No. 1 spot in Country Weekly’s Hottest Bachelorette issue two years in a row, as well as the No. 3 slot in the magazine’s most beautiful women in country music list. In 2012, she appeared during a pivotal date on ABC’s hit show “Bachelor Pad.” 2013 kicked off with the release of her current album, Fall Into Me, which became her highest charting album debuting at #7 on Billboard and iTunes Country Album chart on day of release. The album includes her current single, “Playin With Fire” which is at Country radio now and the recently released music video which debuted at #2 on GAC Top 20 Fan Voted Countdown.

Tate Stevens’ album hits number 4 on Billboard

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The self-titled debut album from FOX’s The X Factor Season 2 winner and Syco Music/RCA Nashville recording artist Tate Stevens has debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart this week. The album, produced by Blake Chancey, features his current single, “Power Of A Love Song.” Stevens co-wrote three songs on the album, which also features such acclaimed songwriters as Carson Chamberlain, Dallas Davidson, Drew Davis, Joe Diffie, Ashley Gorley, Ben Hayslip, Wade Kirby, Shane Minor, David Lee Murphy, and Rivers Rutherford, among others.

About the success of the album, Tate said:

“I am so proud of this album and so excited that music fans have chosen to spend their hard-earned money to buy it. It has been my life-long goal to record an album that people would enjoy, and to see it debut at No. 4 is truly a dream come true. I am a blessed man and so thankful for all my fans.”

Stevens is sure to celebrate his album’s debut tonight (May 1) when he performs at Renegades in West Palm Beach, Fla., and tomorrow (May 2) when he performs at Joyland in Bradenton, Fla. For additional tour dates, visit tatestevensofficial.com.