Saturday, 20 January 2018

REVIEW: Melanie Greggain debut single Ready To Run lands a No1

Melanie Greggain releases debut single Ready To Run (FFO: Miranda Lambert, Carly Pearce, Ashley Monroe)


Multi-award winning singer-songwiter Melanie Greggain surprised her fans with the release of her debut single "Ready to Run"( co-writer Ann Bailey-Simmons aka “Thunderlungs”), which marks a return for the vocalist of award winning country duo Luke & Mel
Melanie has spent time honing her craft as a singer and songwriter since she was a young girl and has won an impressive 5 BCMA Awards for her work as one half of British Luke & Mel. 
During that time they supported everyone from Engelbert Humperdinck to Will Hoge and one-third of the Pistol Annies’ Angaleena Presley, while also securing support from the BBC, with a firm champion in Gaby Roslin.

With her skill as a lyricist having shone through in Luke & Mel's material, a tumultuous 18 months in her personal life has lead to her most personal and insightful single to date. With further material to follow early in 2017, and with BBC Introducing championing her material already, Melanie is ready to take the big solo step and move you with her unforgettable melodies and flawless vocals.
‘Lovely. Just lovely!' - Gaby Roslin, BBC Radio London
"Proving that UK Country music can sound both fresh and contemporary whilst retaining a rewardingly traditional feel at its heart"- New Country UK

Ready to Run’ is a real standout and it puts Mel on the map as the next big thing” — Lyric Magazine


REVIEW
Melanie Greggain - Ready to Run (Single)
Release Date: 22 Nov 2017
Label: Independent (2017 Melanie Greggain)
Time: 4:25




Chart run & success: 
Debut: #2 UK iTunes Country Singles (#300 UK iTunes Singles overall) and later peaked at #1 (ahead of John Denver’s Take Me Home, Country Roads”) | Fri Nov 24 #27 (#1486 UK iTunes Singles overall) | Sat Nov 25: #151

Intrigued at the Country To Country 2017 Festival Stages by who Melanie just might be playing the Big Entrance 16:30 slot on Sat March 11th was not to find the renowned American Folk/Pop "Brand New Key singer-songwriter but Melanie Greggain flying solo who was one halve of British Country Music Association multiple award winning Luke & Mel (Luke Thomas & Melanie Greggain). After a tiring long day her set felt somewhat marred by a at times distorted and overamplified performance not helped by a sound engineer who seemed to think the whole of the O2 Arena needed to hear it. He did her no favours but it was evidence that she was on a new musical path as a solo act!
I was first taken aback when I heard this new single when it was showcased on CMR Nashville (Europe’s No.1 Country Station) in early July and was anxious to hear it again!

With its gentle acoustic stirring and a purring plaintive organ Ready to Run unfolds into a wonderfully crafted melodic score with uncompromising honest lyrics where each chosen word holds water as a shuffling beat maintains the fine pleasant-sounding flow.
They say some of best country songs are break up numbers, well this is one of them. Out of confusion and a stormy situation along comes something rather special. It was penned with Melanie’s frequent co-writer Ann “Thunderlungs” Bailey (Ward Thomas, Jess and the Bandits) who also had a hand with the terrific 2015 British Country Music Awards UK Song of the Year “Something About A Woman” for Luke & Mel.

The song references “the face the one who betrayed her” where “her eyes are always giving away what she hides, what hurts her”
She paints on fake smiles that mirror the hollow words from a partner.

They’ll never be enough makeup to hide the situation
Never be enough truth to ease the suffocation (?)

Pictures on the wall “where the history hangs” unexpectedly reveal tell-tale signs of detonation. Times passes, rapport quickly fades she’s at her wits end hanging on by a thread
When the part of you that she holds on to finally breaks

The neat Mark Knofler-esque guitar licks wash over and compliments Melanie’s voice which shines. The lady is ready to “walk on by, pick up her pride and move on”!

She’s ready to run,
She’s ready, she’s ready to run
She’s ready to say goodbye to the reconcile and move on
Yes, she’s ready to run


Melanie Greggain's debut solo single, Ready to Run, has taken the UK Country iTunes No.1 Spot on release day!
























"I literally don’t know how to find the words" explained Melanie. "I just dropped that I would be releasing the single the day before and was hoping to chart for the first time as a solo artist and then all of a sudden here I am with a number one! It’s been a crazy week and it’s been super tense watching the chart updates."
"I would like to thank everyone for the huge amour of support and for all the lovely messages, downloads and shares from my amazing fans, family and friends. Words can’t express my appreciation to you all."
Ready to Run is Greggain's first solo single since the demise of the duo Luke & Mel and has given the country singer her first ever number one!


Posted by Melanie Greggain on Saturday, 25 November 2017

Nabbing her first ever Number One single with further material to follow in 2018. With an abundance of coverage from BBC Introducing, the Cumbrian based country singer looks set to take the New year by storm. More of the same please!

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Catherine McGrath releases 'Thought It Was Gonna Be Me'


















UPDATE!
SECURES 9TH CONSECUTIVE NEW MUSIC FRIDAY UK PLAYLIST
WITH NEW SINGLE 
‘THOUGHT IT WAS GONNA BE ME’
LISTEN ON - 
YOUTUBE / SPOTIFY

UPCOMING DEBUT ALBUM
OUT SPRING 2018 VIA WARNERS BROS. RECORDS

ON UK TOUR WITH 
DAN + SHAY
Playing London, KOKO Nov 28th

“A promising young artist poised to join the best of the UK’s
growing country music scene.” - The Independent

“One to watch” – The Times

“One of the brightest emerging talents in country music” – Music Week

Catherine McGrath released her brand new single ‘Thought It Was Gonna Be Me’, which has become her ninth consecutive New Music Friday UK playlisted track on Spotify. It is the second single taken from her debut album, which is being released in spring next year via Warner Bros. Records.

Catherine McGrath - Thought It Was Gonna Be Me (Single; 2017 Warner Bros Records UK) 
Release Date: 24 Nov 2017
Chart success: Debut Fri 24 Nov: #18 UK Country iTunes Chart (#923 overall UK Singles chart), then peak #5 UK Country iTunes Chart (#500 overall UK Singles chart) | Sat Nov 25: #13 | Tues Nov 28: #130



The release came ahead of her UK tour supporting US megastars Dan + Shay, which started on Tuesday (28th November) at London’s KOKO and ending on Thurs Dec 7th at Mandela Hall in Belfast.
LIVE DATES (supporting Dan + Shay)
Tue 28th Nov – KOKO, London
Wed 29th Nov – Trinity, Bristol
Fri 1st Dec – Academy 2, Birmingham
Sun 3rd Dec – Academy 2, Manchester
Mon 4th Dec – St Lukes, Glasgow
Wed 6th Dec – Vicar St, Dublin
Thu 7th Dec – Mandela Hall, Belfast
 
Catherine tweeted:

Catherine has just completed a UK run with Irish duo Picture This, which included a show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush, just one of many tours Catherine has embarked on this year. She has also supported the likes of Kelsea Ballerini, The Shires, Canaan Smith, CAM and Una Healy as well as played a number of festivals from British Summer Time, Hyde park, to C2C Country To Country 2017 and Boardmasters.

Thought It Was Gonna Be Me’ follows Catherine’s previous single 
‘Talk Of This Town’, which premiered with The Independent and secured her first airplay on Radio 1.

Catherine regularly visits the genre’s epicentre Nashville and just returned after attending country music’s biggest night of celebration, the Country Music Awards with the likes of Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini and more.

Her song-writing abilities have seen her work with top names in Nashville and in the UK including Steve Robson (One Direction, Take That), Liz Rose (Taylor Swift) and Jimmy Robbins (Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert), with some of the tracks featuring on her previous two EP’s One and Starting From Now and on the upcoming album. Buy Physical CDs at eurostore.warnermusic.com

Country and pop fans across the UK and Ireland are falling in love with the young singer as she continues her rise as the next big thing in the genre. She recently performed a Stageside Showcase in conjunction with the leading Instagram account @London, which has over two million followers.

Her performance was live streamed on Instagram and saw over 150,000 people tune in to watch, resulting in it being the most-viewed live video on Instagram in the UK that day.
For the week commencing Saturday 6th January 2018 BBC Radio 2 added Catherine’s song “Talk Of This Town” to their "B" Playlist

Catherine McGrath Dates
Monday 5 March 2018 - Camden Assembly, London (49 Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AN) ** Sold Out **
Wednesday 7 March 2018 - Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast (15-21 Gordon Street, BT1 2LG) £13 Event
Thursday 8 March 2018 - Green Room, The Academy, Dublin (57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 2, IRE) Event
Tues 1 May 2018 - The Deaf Institute, Manchester (135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester, M1 7HE) £9.90
Weds 2 May 2018 - Bush Hall, London (310 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 7LJ) £12.10
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County singer Ella Reid releases new Christmas single, "My Kind of Christmas Eve”

'MY KIND OF XMAS SINGLE!'




'We had a great time having Ella Reid on our morning show here at KDLT News.  Her music is amazing and we had a great response from viewers!' - Jessica Brovold, KDLT TV-NBC

'Ella is a uniquely gifted singer and talented songwriter ... the girl's definitely got the goods. It's been my pleasure collaborating with this creative spirit. You gotta check her out ....'
Dana B. Producer, Mirror Image Studio

November 7th, 2017
Just in time for Xmas, with beautiful warm vocals and an uplifting, inspiring hook, Austin, Texas based singer/songwriter Ella Reid is back with her new single 'My Kind Of Christmas Eve!'







Ella Reid
My Kind of Christmas Eve - Single
Release Date: 3 November 2017
Time: 3:07
Label: Independent | Copyright: ℗© 2017 Ella Reid



Produced by award-winning producer Matt Parameter (Winner of the Austin Music Awards 2012 Producer of the Year) - Ella's new Christmas single takes you back to traditional Christmas's of old and what it means to share a real home cooked family Xmas!

In addition to a beautiful crafted chorus that will have you hooked from the first listen, the words reflect an almost Rockwell-esque sense of the holidays - which place you in a world where the snow is falling, the choirs are singing, Xmas trees and presents are all around and there's a taste of home cooked Christmas dinner in the air!  A real feeling of going home for Xmas!

The official digital release of 'My Kind Of Xmas Eve' is November 28th and available on all the usual music streaming services and download sites including Spotify, Amazon Music, iTunes and Pandora.

Released earlier this year, Ella's much loved single 'Suck it up Buttercup!' is also currently available along with her album DRIVE, which is packed with country/pop hooks and soaring melodies from the road-trip-ready song “Drive”, to the Rocker “Kiss Me”.  A brand new album is also currently being planned for release in 2018.


About Ella Reid
With super-sized vocals and hook-filled songwriting chops that blur the lines between pop and country! Ella Reid continues to carve out a space for herself while preparing to record her next studio genre-bending album! 
Austin, TX singer/songwriter Ella Reid is working on a next album that displays her evolving pop/country style and showcases her unique artistry. Ella attended the Frank Brown Songwriters Festival for two years in Orange Beach, Alabama and won the coveted first place for the Nashville Songwriter’s Association. 


Ella Reid, was raised Stillwater, Minnesota and been playing music for over 20 years. 
DRIVE (released June 5, 2015) featured the songs “Rain” and title cut. “Rain was picked up by Pandora and continues to be the flourishing hit. This album was recorded in Minneapolis at the old Jimmy Jam and Terry Louis studio. It's a sonic treat packed with pop hooks and subtle 80’s Pat Benatar essence of punchy vocals that at the same time can be gentle and caressing. 
The indigo Girls were the first group that inspired to start songwriting. The harmonies and gorgeous hooks are what most struck her and captured her soul.
She learned to play guitar her senior year and has never looked back. An echo of her folk roots sound can still be heard in the music she writes today. It took some years of playing and moving and listening to really lock into the pop/country/rock sound she has today. The hooky, emotion melodies are what make up Ella Reid Band. 
She made her first full-length an album with Dana Baily with the title tracks So Love and Dirty Boys but was never officially released. Then produced the EP FORGIVEN (released Feb 10, 2012;
iTunes) with producer Davide Raso with the release of the sonic single, Forgiven.  

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Lanco makes history on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart

LANCO MAKES HISTORY ON BILLBOARD’S COUNTRY AIRPLAY CHART
AND EMERGING ARTISTS CHART WITH FIRST NO. ONE HIT “GREATEST LOVE STORY”


Lead Singer Brandon Lancaster Becomes Only Country Artist In Over a Decade
to Perform and Pen First Chart-Topping Hit Alone

Band’s Authentic Style Resonates Nationwide Landing On Pandora and Hits Magazine “Watch List"

NASHVILLE, TN - Nov. 20, 2017 - Sony Music Nashville’s breakthrough band LANCO earned their first-ever No.1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart this week with the GOLD single “Greatest Love Story” off their self-titled EP. “Shaking up the Country charts” with "his confessional style lyrics" (Entertainment Weekly), lead singer Brandon Lancaster takes credit as the sole writer behind the hit, marking the first time in over ten years an artist's first No. One on the chart has been solely written by the artist. Simultaneously, this week’s top-selling new group reaches No1 on Billboard's Emerging Artist Chart ending Dua Lipa’s six-week reign at the top spot on the all-genre chart.

It’s absolutely incredible to write a song that our entire band has believed in since day one...and for our years of hard work to finally pay off,” said lead singer Brandon Lancaster. "We built our foundation as a band on ‘Greatest Love Story’ because we believed in the power of Country music story telling. To see how much it has resonated with so many people makes us feel little less crazy for believing in it so much. We also acknowledge the hard work effort that is put into achieving this from our team, record label and Country radio and if it wasn’t for them we would probably still playing this song to empty bars for anyone who would listen.”

"Few bands have have generated as much buzz as LANCO" (Pop Culture) as they were just named one of Pandora's "2018 Country Artists To Watch” and were also hand selected as this month’s Hits Magazine “Vibe-Raters."  As their groundswell movement reaches new heights, Lancaster reigns at No. One for a seventh consecutive week on the Top Country Songwriters chart, based on streams, sales and airplay and he serves as the only artist to reach this accolade in 2017. Critics nationwide have raved about LANCO’s “Greatest Love Story," leaving high exceptions for their forthcoming full-length debut set for release in early 2018.
  
“A tender first exposure for many listeners, but it just scratches the surface for LANCO. The five-piece offers an energetic live show and songs with an upbeat worldview, a welcome elixir for the pessimism of modern times." - Billboard

“A sentimental misfit’s anthem, powered by sweeping romanticism and emotive lyricism."— Hits Magazine

“Served as the backdrop for countless proposals this summer, with numerous fans popping the question during LANCO's live performances." - Entertainment Tonight

"The nostalgic single…is the kind of love story from days gone by, the one you learned about from your grandparents and their generation, when times where simpler and so was love. It’s the love story we all still want to believe in." – CMT
LANCO's self-titled debut EP can now count more than 100 million streams. Already named as "the band to watch" by Bobby Bones, CMT, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Spotify and more, LANCO gained their momentum from touring the country’s top festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Watershed, Faster Horses and more. Opening for artists such as Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne and Jake Owen, LANCO continues to make “notable first impressions” (The Desert Sun) as direct support for Dustin Lynch's THE RIDE OR DIE TOUR and will head out in January for Chris Young's LOSING SLEEP WORLD TOUR. Additionally, LANCO was just announced as performers for the inaugural Rare Country Awards (12/14) where they are nominated for “Best New Artist”.

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American Young Rings in the Holiday Season with release of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” Music Video

(Nashville, Tenn. – November 17, 2017) – Curb Records’ recording duo, American Young, has released the music video for their own take on the popular holiday hit, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” American Young’s unique harmonies add a distinctive sound to this holiday classic. Watch the video here.



The song is featured on Winter Wonderland, a 12-song compilation, which is now available through digital retailers. This special holiday project features tracks from other artists, including Tim McGraw, Hank Williams Jr., Kenny Rogers, Rodney Atkins and several other notable artists.

(12 Oct 2017) Various artists - Winter Wonderland (Curb)
12 Tracks/ Time: 37:49 Amazon UK - Amazon.com

"We are so honored that we were asked to be part of this project. Christmas is a special time of year for so many people and we can't wait to share this song with our fans to spread some Christmas cheer throughout the holiday season," said the duo.  
Most recently, American Young has been touring internationally and performing songs from their debut album, AY. Listen to the album here.

About American Young: American Young is comprised of songwriter/musician, Kristy Osmunson, and songwriter/producer, Jon Stone, who are complete opposites when it comes to personality, but come together to create hauntingly beautiful music stemmed solely from their own personal experiences. Both are established songwriters in their own right and wrote 11 out of the 12 tracks on their debut album, AY.
Kristy Osmunson, born in Creston, British Columbia, grew up playing the violin. She went from playing at honky-tonks to co-founding the electrifying fiddle-duo Bomshel and writing the Joey + Rory hit “Cheater, Cheater.” She was well on her way as a songwriter and solo artist before crossing paths with Stone. 
Jon Stone, originally from Oregon, is country born and bred. For a while he worked as a bull rider, before he was a solo act turned successful producer/songwriter including producing for Lee Brice and writing “Woman Like You,” Kenny Chesney’s “Seven Days,” Blake Shelton’s “Kiss My Country Ass,” and Rascal Flatts’ “Me and My Gang.”


Debut Artist Savannah Lynne Shines with “Yellow Light”

Debut Artist Savannah Lynne Shines with “Yellow Light”
Single out now 



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 10, 2017) The future proves bright for debut artist Savannah Lynne as she celebrates today’s release of her debut single, “Yellow Light(2017 Arrival Music | Cinq Recordings).
 Written by Lynne along with Dominique Marie and Benj Heard, this is her first release with Arrival Music, led by 35+ year industry vet and former head of Sony/ATV Jim Vellutato (Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball,” Kelly Clarkson “Stronger”). Produced by Benj Heard (David Guetta, Lifehouse, Colbie Caillat), “Yellow Light” is available on iTunes, other digital retailers & Spotify.

Release Date: November 10, 2017
Label: Arrival Music Copyright: Arrival Music | Cinq Recordings
Total Length: 4:12
Genres: Pop/ Country

ROUGHSTOCK exclusively offered listeners a first glimpse at “Yellow Light”
HERE.










Lynne performed “Yellow Light” LIVE on WSMV NBC Nashville’s TODAY IN NASHVILLE on Monday, November 13th.

Originally from Hawaii. Living in Franklin, TN
Among all the new and dreamy eyed artists that make their way into Nashville’s booming music scene, it’s Savannah Lynne that has won and held the spot of Indie Music Channel’s “Female Country Teen Artist of the Year” for three consecutive years (2012 - 2015).  




















Music companies such as Taylor Guitars, Mogami, Kyser, Heil Mics, Capturing Couture, caught onto Savannah Lynne’s success starting when she was only 13. She also found success in Hollywood; two of her songs were placed in the Hollywood movie "Reach Me" starring Sylvester Stallone and Kyra Sedgwick. She has continued to climb through her high school years playing over a 100 live shows per year including iconic venues such as The Bluebird Café, Dodger Stadium, The Whiskey, Petco Park, Staples Center, Kauffman Field, FedEx Forum, and many more.

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Monday, 11 December 2017

Country Billboard Chart News November 20, 2017

Country Billboard Chart News November 20, 2017

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of December 2, 2017)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (2 non-consecutive weeks) ** LIVE IN NO SHOES NATION Kenny Chesney
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (2 weeks) ** “When It Rains It Pours” Luke Combs
Country Airplay ** No.1 (1 week) ** "Greatest Love Story” LANCO
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (2 weeks) “Female” Keith Urban

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of December 2, 2017)

The Billboard 200 chart measures multi-metric album consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart
'reputation' is her fifth No. 1 on the list, following '1989,' 'Red,' 'Speak Now' and 'Fearless.'
Taylor Swift with REPUTATION blasts in at No.1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart (BB200) with 2017’s biggest week for an album, as the set earned 1.238 million equivalent album units in the week ending Nov. 16, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 1,216,416 copies were in traditional album sales -- the largest sales frame for an album since 2015.
Reputation is Swift’s sixth studio album and was released on Nov. 10 through Big Machine Records. It is her fifth No.1 on the Billboard 200.

Reputation surpassed the total sales of the year’s previous No.1 seller, Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide), which has sold 931,000 through Nov. 16.
Reputation’s whopping 1.216 million sales figure is the 10th largest sales week for any album since Nielsen Music began electronically tracking sales in 1991. Further, Reputation secures Swift her fourth million-selling week. She is the only artist in Nielsen Music history to achieve four million-selling weeks. (Previously, both Swift and Adele had three million-selling frames.)

Swift earlier earned million-selling weeks with the debut weeks of each of her last three studio albums: 1989 (1.287 million in 2014), RED (1.208 million, 2012) and SPEAK NOW (1.047 million, 2010).
Overall album sales have been declining for years, so nearly equalling Swift’s previous album, 1989, a feat from three years ago is an achievement.
REPUTATION’S first-week sales tally (in traditional album sales) is nearly equal to the first-week sales tallies of this year’s next four fastest-breaking albums combined. They are Pink’s Beautiful Trauma (384K), Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. (353K), Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (322K), and Drake’s More Life (226K).
REPUTATION also entered the official U.K. Albums Chart at No. 1. It’s Swift’s third consecutive studio album to top the U.K. chart.

 Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of December 2, 2017)
Top Country Albums now ranks the most popular country albums of the week, as compiled by Nielsen Music, based on multi-metric consumption (blending traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA), and streaming equivalent albums (SEA)).
10 digital track sales from an album = 1 track equivalent album (TEA) “sale”
1,500 on demand song streams from an album to one streaming equivalent album (SEA) “sale”.
Nielsen Music compiles the sales and streaming data. Billboard continues to publish pure album sales charts (subscription to billboard biz ), exclusively comprising Nielsen’s sales data.

Former No.1 Kenny Chesney with LIVE IN NO SHOES NATION (Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville) returned to the top 2-1 (#6-9 Billboard 200) selling 32,136 copies (down 37%; 3-week total 300,228)

Last weeks No.1 Blake Shelton with TEXOMA SHORE (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville) slipped 1-2 (#4-10 Billboard 200) selling another 27,969 copies (down 49%; 2-week total 82,906)

Chris Stapleton with From a Room: Volume 1 (Mercury/Universal Music Group Nashville) climbed 5-3 (31-26 BB200) selling 12,451 copies (up 12%; 28-week total 577,300) whilst TRAVELLER (MERCURY/ UMGN) climbed 8-5 (43-33 BB200) selling 8,606 copies (up 16%; 133-week total 2,118,900).

Former No.1 Kane Brown with his SELF-TITLED album rose 6-4 (#33-32 Billboard 200) selling 6,088 copies (50-week total 256,600).
Former No.1 Thomas Rhett with LIFE CHANGES (Valory/Big Machine Label Group) rose 9-6 (#44-42 Billboard 200) selling 4,463 copies (10-week total 168,300).

In his second week Kid Rock with SWEET SOUTHERN SUGAR (Top Dog/BMG/Broken Bow Music Group), fell 4-7 (#8-43 Billboard 200; 43,000 units) selling 12,329 copies (down 70%; 2-week total 53,123).

Former No.1 Luke Combs with THIS ONE’S FOR YOU (River House/ Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) lifted 10-8 (#45-49 Billboard 200) selling 5,109 copies (24-week total 150,200).

In her second frame Kelsea Ballerini with UNAPOLOGETICALLY (Black River) fell 3-9 (7-50 Billboard 200, 44,000 units) selling 7,676 copies (down 68%; 2-week total 42,532).

Cheatham County, Tennessee-based Country rapper Upchurch (Ryan Edward Upchurch) earned his first top 10 and best sales week as KING OF DIXIE (Redneck Nation) entered at No. 10, earning 10,000 equivalent units in its opening week, with 8,116 copies in traditional sales.

Dixie is Upchurch’s seventh Top Country Albums appearance. He previously reached a No. 22 best with 2016’s CHICKEN WILLIE (2,763 copies sold in its debut week). His notched his prior top sales week with SON OF THE SOUTH in May (selling 4,122 copies)
On 5 May 2017, Upchurch released a straight-up country EP, SUMMER LOVE, under his full name. King of Dixie, his second long-player of the year, features the single "Johnny Cash."


Outside the Top 10
Brett Young with self-titled debut (BMLG) held at No.11 (#63-71 BB200) selling 2,356 copies (41-week total 156,800).

Reba McEntire with her re-issued MY KIND OF CHRISTMAS (Nash Icon | BMLG | Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com ) set rose 18-14 (#99-77 Billboard 200) selling 8,379 copies (17 chart weeks).

Tracy Lawrence with his 11 track GOOD OLE DAYS (Lawrence Music Group; Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com)  made a debut at No.16 selling 6,905 copies.
The 11-track duets album features two new songs and nine of Lawrence’s hits, including “Time Marches On,” “Paint Me a Birmingham” and “If the World Had a Front Porch.” Lawrence’s guests include Jason Aldean (“Can't Break It To My Heart”), Tim McGraw (“Time Marches On”), Luke Bryan (“Sticks & Stones”), Justin Moore (“Alibis”) and Kellie Pickler (“Stars Over Texas”). Craig Morgan lends his vocals and heartfelt raw emotion on “Finally Home,” one of the two new tracks and an ode to U.S. military members. Tracy and Craig debuted the song together in a performance on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry®  in August. 

Miranda Lambert with THE WEIGHT OF THESE WINGS (Vanner/RCA Nashville | SMN) retreated 16-21 (#90 Re-Entry Billboard 200) selling 2,853 copies (down 22%; 52-week total 402,400) to pass the 400K mark at retail.

Outside the Top 25
In his second frame Lee Brice with his SELF-TITLED LP (Curb), fell 7-27 selling 3,473 copies (down 72%; 2-week total 15,717)

Former 1-week No.1 Shania Twain with NOW (Mercury/Universal Music Group Nashville) fell 27-42 selling 3788 4,979 copies (down 24%; 7-week total 177,300).

Burl Ives with RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (MCA Special Products | Ume) made a debut at No.50.

FALLING SHORT of Top 50:
On the Country Album Sales list (pure sales; old methodology)

Billy Ray Cyrus with his 16 track SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT (Flatwoods; Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com) made a debut at No.35 selling 1,200 copies.

Cyrus’ latest release features collaborations with Joe Perry, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Bryan Adams and Miley Cyrus. The offering also includes updated versions of his signature “Achy Breaky Heart,” with Ronnie Milsap playing piano on a Muscle Shoals mix, and Jencarlos Canela featured on the “Spanglish” version.
Promoting the album Billy Ray performed on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Thurs 5 Oct with his daughter Miley as the country icon geared up for the release. 


Falling short of the charts
Parker McCollum with his 10 track PROBABLY WRONG (2017 Parker McCollum; Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com)  opened with sales of 600 copies.

Lorrie Morgan & Pam Tillis with their 12 track set COME SEE ME AND COME LONELY (Goldenlane Records; Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Amazon.com) sold 600 copies. The two have chosen some of their favourite country songs including those originally made famous by Dottie West, Billie Jo Spears' "Blanket On The Ground," and Dwight Yoakam's "Guitars, Cadillacs" plus early rock favorites such as Roy Orbison's "It's Over" and The Everly Brothers' "Walk Right Back." The project includes special guest appearances by Joe Diffie & Darryl Worley as well.

Year-To-Date Albums
17,829,000 (Physical sales 12,029,000 (down -12.8%) + Digital sales 5,800,000 (down -18.3%) which is 14.7% down at the same point in 2016 (20,897,000 sales) 

Year-To-Date Digital Tracks
58,723,000 down 24.0% at the same point in 2016 (77,286,000)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of December 2, 2017)
On Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart - which blends:
a) All-format airplay, as monitored by BDS
b) Sales, as tracked by Nielsen SoundScan and
c) Streaming, (tracked by Nielsen BDS from such services as Spotify, Muve, Slacker, Rhapsody, Rdio and Xbox Music, among others) according to BDS it results in:

Luke Combs with “When It Rains It Pours” (River House/Columbia Nashville) enjoyed a second week at No1 on Hot Country Songs.

Chris Janson collects his second Hot Country Songs top10 as “Fix a Drink” (Warner Bros./WAR) stepped 12-10. The song gained by 11% to 43.8 million impressions and rose 3-2 on Country Airplay. Janson first hit the Hot Country Songs top10 with the No.2-peaking “Buy Me a Boat” in 2015.

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (2 weeks) ** “When It Rains It Pours” Luke Combs
** Airplay Gainer” No.10 “Fix A Drink” Chris Janson
** Digital Gainer/ Streaming Gainer ** No.11 “Female” Keith Urban
** Hot Shot Debut ** No. 45 “Three Chords & The Truth” Chase Rice
Debut No.49 “Worth It” Danielle Bradbery

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of December 2, 2017)

In its 38th week, LANCO earned its first No.1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart (dated Dec. 2) as “Greatest Love Story” (Arista Nashville) increased 9% to 43.8 million audience impressions in the tracking frame ending Nov. 19, according to Nielsen Music. On the Hot Country Songs chart, “Story” pushed to a new best (4-3).

















LANCO — Brandon Lancaster, Chandler Baldwin, Jared Hampton, Tripp Howell and Eric Steedly — leads in its second Country Airplay appearance, following “Long Live Tonight,” which peaked at No. 32 (Oct. 1, 2016).
“Story” was written solely by Lancaster and is the first such No.1 since Little Big Town’s “Better Man,” written by Taylor Swift. Prior to “Better Man,” the last Country Airplay leader by a single author was Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind,” which, penned by Americana/country singer-songwriter Lori McKenna, topped the list dated June 25, 2016.
The last Country Airplay leader written by one male? “Story” is the first since Blake Shelton’s “God Gave Me You,” originally a Christian hit for its writer, Dave Barnes; Shelton’s version ruled Country Airplay for three weeks beginning Oct. 29, 2011.

Brett Young achieved his third Country Airplay top 10 with “Like I Loved You” (BMLG), which hopped 12-10 (28.7 million, up 9%).

Country Airplay
*** No.1 (1 week) *** "Greatest Love Story” LANCO 43.822 million audience (+3.519 million) / 7,738 radio plays (+600)
** Most Increased Audience ** No.2 “Fix A Drink” Chris Janson
** Most Added ** No.23 “Female” Keith Urban
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.54 “Marry Me” Thomas Rhett
Debut No.55 “Up Down” Morgan Wallen feat. Florida Georgia Line
Debut No.57 “New Year's Day” Taylor Swift

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart 
(Chart issue week of December 2, 2017)

Keith Urban’s with “Female” held at No.1 on the Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart (#17-6 Digital Songs; 32,000 sales; 2-week total 52,000).
It was 5 places behind Camila Cabello’sHavana” (featuring Young Thug) which sold 75K digital copies this week, which enabled it to move up to No. 1 on Top Digital Songs, displacing Taylor Swift’s “Call It What You Want.” “Havana” logged its third week at No. 1 on The Official U.K. Singles Chart.

Chris Stapleton with “Broken Halos” held at No.2 (#18-20 Digital Songs, 18,000 sales; 12 weeks total 240,000)
Former No1 LANco with “Greatest Love Story” (Arista Nashville) held at No.3 (#22-21 Digital Songs; 17,000 sales; 20-week total 375,000)
Former No.1 Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina with “What If’s” held at No.4 (#23-25 Digital Songs; 15,000 sales; 27-week total 530,000). 
Thomas Rhett with “Unforgettable” (Valory) climbed 6-5 (#33-30 Digital Songs; 13,000 sales; 16-week total 223,000).

Luke Combs with “When It Rains It Pours” (River House | Columbia Nashville) rose 8-6 (#36-35 Digital Songs; 12,000 sales;
19-week total 285,000).
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill with “The Rest Of Our Life” pushed 10-7 (#44-37 Digital Songs; 12,000 sales; 4-week total 57,000).
Brothers Osborne withIt Ain't My Faultfell 5-8 (#30-40 Digital Songs, 10,000 sales; 24-week total 352,000)
Sam Hunt’s 31 non-consecutive week No1 “Body Like a Back Road” (MCA Nashville) held at No.9 (#43-42 Digital Songs; 10,000 sales; 42-week total 1,766,000).
Walker Hayes with “You Broke Up With Me” (Monument) advanced 16-10 (#50 Digital Songs Re-entry; 9,000 sales; 18-week total 220,000).

Outside the Top 10
Brett Young with “Like I Loved You” (BMLG) lifted 15-11 (9,000 sales; 12-week total 147,000).
Blake Shelton with “I'll Name The Dogs” (Warner Bros) fell 7-12 (9,000 sales; 10-week total 128,000).
Former No.1 Carly Pearce with Every Little Thing (Big Machine/Big Machine Label Group), moved 14-13 (9,000 sales; 22-week total 332,000).
Danielle Bradbery with “Worth It” (Big Machine | BMLG) made a debut at No.23 selling 6,000 copies.

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

20 Nov 2017

Chris Janson Goes #1 With 'Fix A Drink'
Congrats to Chris Janson, Kristen Williams, Tom Martens and the WAR promotion team on securing the week’s No.1 with “Fix A Drink.” The song is the first single from EVERYBODY. Songwriters are Chris DuBois, Ashley Gorley and Janson.
This marks Janson's second career #1, following the success of "Buy Me A Boat" in 2015 (News Sept 21, 2015).
“Having a hit on country radio is a huge blessing – it’s Thanksgiving week, and I’m extremely thankful,” said Janson in a press release. “Reaching my country fans through radio has always been a dream of mine. Thanks for allowing me to make my dreams come true.”

















Fix A Drink” (Warner Bros./WAR) logged 8,709 radio spins (+880) and 58.054 million audience impressions (+5.287 million) with 23269 Total Points (+2355) from 158 tracking stations for the tracking week November 12 to November 18, 2017 and published chart November 20th 2017.

The song, which has more than 20 million on-demand streams, was co-written by Janson with Chris DuBois and Ashley Gorley. The summertime smash is one of 12 songs on his new album that allowed Janson to grow as an artist, but also stayed true to who he is as an artist.

Thomas Rhett Is Most-Added With 'Marry Me'
Congratulations to VALORY MUSIC CO.'s Thomas Rhett, who earned 55 MEDIABASE adds this week with his new single, "Marry Me." The song topped the "Most Added" board this chart week.
Valory Music Co celebrate Thomas Rhett's Most Added on Mediabase with Marry Me




















Mediabase Adds (Selective)

Artist/Title (Label) TW Total Historic Adds
THOMAS RHETT/Marry Me (Valory)      55         60        
KIP MOORE/Last Shot (MCA)    40         44        
KEITH URBAN/Female (Capitol) 32         127      
DAVID LEE MURPHY f/KENNY CHESNEY/Everything's Gonna Be Alright (Reviver/Blue Chair)     20         91        
BEBE REXHA f/FGL/Meant To Be (WBR/BMLGR)           18         20        
CHASE RICE/Three Chords & The Truth (Broken Bow)   16         114      
KANE BROWN/Heaven (RCA)   12         64        
DUSTIN LYNCH/I'd Be Jealous Too (Broken Bow)          10         74        
LINDSAY ELL/Criminal (Stoney Creek)   10         12        
MORGAN WALLEN f/FGL/Up Down (Big Loud)  8          19        
TAYLOR SWIFT/New Year's Day (Big Machine)  8          9         
TIM MCGRAW & FAITH HILL/The Rest Of Our Life (Arista)         8          135      
COLE SWINDELL/Stay Downtown (Warner Bros./WMN) 7          108      
JON PARDI/She Ain't In It (Capitol)        6          93        
RUNAWAY JUNE/Wild West (Wheelhouse)         6          76        
BRAD PAISLEY/Heaven South (Arista)   5          53        
JAMES BARKER BAND/Chills (UMGC/New Revolution)  5          38        
LADY ANTEBELLUM/Heart Break (Capitol)        5          93        
ASHLEY MCBRYDE/A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega (Atlantic/WAR)         4          47        
DANIELLE BRADBERY/Sway (BMLGR) 3          74        
MORGAN EVANS/Kiss Somebody (Warner Bros./WEA) 3          43        
MIRANDA LAMBERT/Tin Man (RCA)     2          141      
STEPHANIE QUAYLE/Selfish (Rebel Engine)     2          10        
CAM/Diane (Arista)        1          3         
LAUREN ALAINA/Doin' Fine (19/Interscope/Mercury)      1          111      
RUSSELL DICKERSON/Yours (Triple Tigers)     1          158      
SHANIA TWAIN/We Got Something They Don't (Mercury)           1          40        

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 577 - Nov 20, 2017 [PDF File]
For the very latest up to the minute Mediabase Chart (Past 7 Days) go here - www.mediabase.com

Billboard Boxscores (Selective Country concerts)

Latest Billboard Boxscore Chart

Rank Artist: #17
Event Venue City/State: Florida Georgia Line, Nelly, Chris Lane, Morgan Wallen Mid Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre Tampa, Fla.
Dates: Oct. 13, 2017 Gross Sales: $958,615 Attend: 18,827/ 18,827
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $74.25, $32.25
Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #114
Event Venue City/State: Eli Young Band, Levi Hummon The Paramount Huntington, N.Y.
Dates: Nov. 7, 2017 Gross Sales: $28,581 Attend: 850/ 1,573
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $55, $35, $28, $23
Promoters: Live Nation/in-house

Rank Artist: #121
Event Venue City/State: Jerrod Niemann Seminole Indian Casino Immokalee, Fla.
Dates: Nov. 5, 2017 Gross Sales: $22,460 Attend: 441/ 740
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $60, $50
Promoters: Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment

Rank Artist: #125
Event Venue City/State: Lee Ann Womack, Nick Ryan Bridge View Center Ottumwa, Iowa
Dates: Oct. 29, 2017 Gross Sales: $14,920 Attend: 447/ 612
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $40, $30
Promoters: Law Productions

Rank Artist: #129          
Event Venue City/State: Rhonda Vincent Sellersville Theater 1894 Sellersville, Pa.
Dates: Nov. 17, 2017 Gross Sales: $13,336 Attend: 328/ 328
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $50, $39.50
Promoters: in-house