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INSIDE
Makin’ Tracks:
Glen Campbell’s
‘I’m Not Gonna
Miss You’
>page 2
Stark Report:
CMA CEO
Sarah Trahern
>page 3
Questions
Answered:
WBWL
Boston PD
Lance Houston
>page 4
Team Blake:
Three Times
A Winner
>page 4
Tim McGraw’s
On The
Mark At
Radiofeedback
>page 8
EDITED BY TOM ROLAND, [email protected]
MIDWEEK
UPDATE
DECEMBER 11, 2014 | PAGE 1 OF 8
WADE JESSEN wade.jes[email protected]
RaeLynn’s ‘Voice’ Encore Helps
‘Girls’ Surge; Bryan Sees Top 10
Second-season The Voice (NBC) contestant RaeLynn returned to
the show on Dec. 2 and performed her current single, “God Made
Girls” (Valory). The visit proved valuable, as “Girls” flies 17-7 on
Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, adding Digital Gainer applause, as the track
vaults 12-1 on Country Digital Songs
(34,000 downloads sold, up 116 percent, according to Nielsen Music). The
track has sold 250,000 total downloads
through the week ending Dec. 7. The
Texas native (real name Racheal Lynn
Woodward) scored her first Billboard
top 10 when “Boyfriend” debuted and
peaked at No. 10 on Country Digital Songs
after she performed the song on the thirdseason Voice semi-finals in December
2012. Streaming also spikes for “Girls,”
which reaches a new peak on Country
Digital Songs (20-13) with 834,000 U.S. streams, a 19 percent
gain. The song bullets at No. 21 in its 23rd week on the Billboard
Country Airplay tally (viewable on Billboard.com/biz), where it
peaked at No. 20 on Nov. 15.
Speaking of The Voice, current contender Craig Wayne Boyd
debuts for the second time in as many weeks on Hot Country
Songs and Country Digital Songs, as “Take It Easy” (Republic)
starts at No. 31 on the former list and at No. 5 on the latter (20,000
downloads). Boyd’s cover of the Eagles’ 1972 debut hit (it reached
No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100) is the song’s third Hot Country
Songs appearance. West Coast country
star Billy Mize’s version peaked at No.
66 in 1972 (when the chart ran 75 positions deep) and Travis Tritt’s take for
the Common Thread: Songs of the Eagles
tribute album peaked at No. 21 in 1994.
(The latter’s video includes the band,
and helped spur the Eagles’ reunion as a
touring and recording act that year after
a 14-year break.)
Luke Bryan claims his 17th top 10
on Hot Country Songs with “I See You”
(Capitol Nashville). It nabs the top Airplay Gainer trophy and soars 19-10. On
Country Airplay, “See” surges 16-13 (24
million audience impressions, up 19 percent. It additionally blasts
17-7 on Country Digital Songs (20,000, up 38 percent).
HOUSEKEEPING: Billboard’s annual Year in Music print issue
goes on sale Dec. 12, but all year-end charts are now viewable at
Billboard.com/biz, including all the country, Christian, gospel
and bluegrass lists that Billboard’s charts department produces.
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
DECEMBER 11, 2014 | PAGE 2 OF 8
MAKIN’ TR ACKS TOM ROLAND [email protected]
Glen Campbell’s ‘I’m Not Gonna
Miss You’ Is A Powerful Goodbye
“I have cried, and I have laughed. Laughing is a hell of a lot better.”
Glen Campbell’s life assessment, captured during the documentary Glen
Campbell … I’ll Be Me, is perhaps the best clue about the mind-set behind “I’m
Not Gonna Miss You,” a key track in the movie that’s garnering well-deserved
attention. It picked up two Grammy nominations on Dec. 5, for best country
song and best song written for visual media. And even before “I’m Not Gonna
Miss You” was released as a single, Cumulus’
Nash Icon stations began playing it, though its
topic — the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease —
isn’t an obvious one for morning drive.
Part of the reason it works is likely the way
it was written. Alzheimer’s is one of the most
feared aspects of aging, but “I’m Not Gonna
Miss You” is built from Campbell’s viewpoint.
As devastating as it is for a family to have a
once-vibrant loved one not even remember
your name, his shaky memory is — in Campbell’s case — a source for one-liners.
“I been trying to get rid of it for the last 40
years,” quips Campbell in the movie.
And that wasn’t just an attitude he spouted
for director James Keach’s cameras.
“He always joked about, ‘Well, it doesn’t
matter. I’m not going to miss anybody anyway,’ ” notes Big Machine Label Group vp A&R
Julian Raymond, who produced and co-wrote the song. “That’s what’s kind
of strange about it. Certainly it’s sad — I get it — but it was almost more of
Glen’s sort of strange sense of humor and the funny guy that he’s always been.”
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” was written as a tentative assignment, part of
a lengthy process as Raymond accompanied Campbell on his farewell tour.
Raymond had produced 2011’s Ghost on the Canvas, billed as the last studio
album in Campbell’s Country Music Hall of Fame career. They co-wrote five
songs for that project, and Raymond was best-equipped to co-write another
song that would help Campbell tell his own story in the picture.
The plan was to have Campbell record it with some of his former associates
from The Wrecking Crew, a loosely defined group of Los Angeles studio musicians who played on many of the pop hits of the 1960s, including music by
The Beach Boys, The Righteous Brothers and The Mamas & The Papas.
“There was a bit of talk for a time of it just being too sad to end the film that
way,” says Raymond, “but I think they all got around that fact and then thought
it was a fitting ending to the movie.”
As Raymond spent time with Campbell during that last tour, he kept a running journal of Campbell’s observations, capturing his most lucid thoughts
about living with the knowledge that your mind is slipping away.
“I don’t know how you write about that other than living with someone going
through it,” says Raymond.
Campbell provided enough material in the process that they had three different songs in development. Ultimately, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” won out,
using a scant 18 lines to portray a man aware that his sense of reality is fading.
He will at some point no longer recognize his own children, and his wife, Kimberly, will likely become a stranger to him. And at that stage, he’ll be unaware
of how much turmoil his condition has caused those around him.
“One thing selfishly remains,” he concludes, “I’m not gonna miss you.”
Getting those 18 lines recorded was time-consuming. As the tour progressed,
Campbell’s cognizance was increasingly challenged. He couldn’t find the bathroom in his own house. He was frustrated and angry during parts of his final
show — Nov. 30, 2012, in Napa, Calif. — when he had trouble getting through
songs even with a teleprompter.
“I had to leave,” admits Raymond. “I couldn’t watch it. It was hard, because
he was struggling.”
It would get worse. Once Campbell came off
the road and had no routine, his mental failures
accelerated. It was in that period that Campbell joined a few of his Wrecking Crew mates
— drummer Hal Blaine, bass player Joe Osborn and piano player Don Randi — at EastWest
Studios, a Sunset Boulevard recording location
where the Crew played with the likes of Frank
Sinatra, Dean Martin and The Monkees when
it was known as Western Recorders.
The film rolled as they captured Campbell’s
final session. When there were glitches, Raymond
or an engineer would shift the blame to themselves to make it as an enjoyable experience for
Campbell as possible.
“We should all be that lucky to get together with
everybody we made history with one last time,”
says Raymond.
Once the tracking session was completed, Nashville session player Dan Dugmore overdubbed a steel guitar, and Campbell had to come into the studio for
the final vocal, which proved to be the most challenging part of the process.
“That song is barely three minutes long, and it took hours to get through the
vocals,” notes Raymond. “One or two words here and there, we’d get it. I’d sit
there next to him, right next to the mic; I would sing it to him and he would sing
it back to me. We’d roll the song, and then as soon as the music came on, it would
pop right out of his head again and he’d forget it.”
When Campbell’s primary vocals were completed, he stuck around to watch
Raymond add the backing vocals. He sang four different parts, then stacked each
one three times to create an ethereal, spiritual layer to the recording.
“He loved those parts, too,” says Raymond. “He thought it was very Beach
Boys-, Beatles-like, which he loved.”
Despite the heavy subject matter, Big Machine Label Group president/CEO
Scott Borchetta decided “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” should be a single. Raymond hired some Nashville players to punch up the radio version, which was
released to broadcasters via Play MPE on Nov. 24.
Much the way “Hurt” artfully captured the turmoil in Johnny Cash’s final
years, Campbell’s last recording is an honest farewell. As “I’m Not Gonna Miss
You” gets awards recognition, his awareness of it is likely fleeting at best. He
frequently gets out and about with his family, but he’s now living in a Middle
Tennessee memory-care center that he considers his home.
“He’s mellow, and he’s content, and he’s well-adapted and cared for,” says
Raymond. “He’s happy. He just doesn’t know anyone.”
As the song would suggest, that scenario sounds sad to the rest of us who
remember the Glen Campbell that spent four decades as a bona-fide star. For
Campbell, it simply fulfills the punch line. He’s really not gonna miss you.
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
DECEMBER 11, 2014 | PAGE 3 OF 8
THE STARK REPORT PHYLLIS STARK [email protected]
CMA CEO Sarah Trahern Reflects
On Her First Year On The Job
It has been nearly a year since veteran TV executive Sarah Trahern took over
the role of CEO at the Country Music Assn., joining the trade group from GAC,
where she had served as senior vp/GM. She’s well-qualified for the job, coming into the CMA role with 27 years of experience in the network TV business,
including 18 years producing and/or overseeing country music programming.
But she admits that when it comes to the sheer magnitude of philanthropic
and educational projects the CMA is involved in, the first year has been like
“drinking from a fire hose.” Those activities are
TRAHERN
in addition to CMA’s high-profile events, which
include the massive summer CMA Music Festival and its companion TV special, The CMA
Awards, and an annual network TV Christmas
special. (All three air on ABC.)
According to Trahern, the year’s accomplishments include striking a deal with PBS
to televise the CMA’s decade-old Songwriters Series as part of the public broadcaster’s
Front and Center series, taking the CMA radio
remotes in-house after a longtime deal with
Premiere Networks, expanding the CMA EDU
educational program to more college campuses and continuing to fund public-school
music programs through the CMA Foundation and its Keep the Music Playing project.
Trahern spoke with Billboard Midweek Country Update about her first year on the job.
Was your first year all you hoped that it
would be?
Yes, and frankly, even better … One thing I can
honestly say about this job is that there’s not
been a dull moment, but I love that. It’s been a great year.
What were some of the things about the job that surprised you?
Just the sheer volume of things. Having come from a television world where
things change every day … you get ratings on every 15-minute increment …
so you think nothing is as constant as that. The CMA is that constant, but in
a good way. I’m amazed by how much our small staff of roughly 45 pulls off.
I am continually blown away by how many things the CMA touches. From
the outside a lot of people see Music Fest and the awards show as the two big
tent-pole events that we have, but we have something like 25 additional events
honoring songwriters with the Songwriters Series or the Triple Play Awards
in January or our Keep the Music Playing concert with the foundation, the
Hall of Fame inductions, what we’ve done to grow our CMA EDU chapters.
There’s just so many different touch points.
What skills of yours were immediately applicable to this job, and
which ones do you feel like you have been developing for the last year?
I’ve been in organizations that have changed a lot over time ... The ability to
lead change was important after there had been so much change at the CMA
over the last few years. Rather than coming in with a quick agenda where I
needed to accomplish these things in my first 90 days or my first six months,
part of it was taking a breath to realize the things I didn’t know, and to really
learn from the people around me, whether that was the board leadership or
the staff, and [figuring out] how I can help lead the change and [bring the]
stability to the organization that we need it to be long term.
The CMA board is huge: It has 75 people. How does it function?
There are 100 people in the Senate, and getting three quarters of them to agree
on something is quite an achievement these days, and that’s what we have
to do at the CMA. But it’s not insurmountable,
because everybody comes in wanting country
music to win. We may have different ways of
going about it, and I would almost always rather
have contention in the room and open discussion than a bunch of back-room stuff. I feel like
we have a format … where people can raise their
concerns and have an open and respectful dialogue for the betterment of the business. As
the business changes, that’s going to be more
important than ever.
How did your relationship with ABC evolve
this year?
We put our team and the ABC team in the
same room looking at country not just for those
three shows [that we produce together], but
what we [should] do to raise the profile of country and the CMA as the country music brand
on a year-round basis. We’ve just started to tap
the surface of how deep we can go with that.
We worked directly with the Robin Roberts
team this year to do a different type of special,
where she did the 15 songs that influenced country music. We worked directly with the Jimmy Kimmel folks on some different things like the hologram telecast they did awards-show night. What I
think we can expect over the next couple of years is just to grow the depth of
our relationship with ABC.
What was one of the year’s highlights?
I had this thing happen that was such a defining moment. For Music Fest, I carried in my purse a series of letters from the kids from both the Keep the Music
Playing program and the Disney in the Schools project we support with the
foundation, because whenever I went to talk to a group [prior to Music Fest]
— like the camera guys or the police officers — about why we do what we do, I
felt it was important for people to realize that the musicians are donating their
time to Music Fest so we can turn these proceeds over for the music program.
My first night at the Hilton somebody from the hotel sent me a bottle of
wine and some fruit. The guy who brought it set it on the desk and asked
me, “What do you know about this Disney in the Schools project?” I realized
the letters with pictures of the kids were on my desk. I explained to him that
I was with the CMA and we help support that program. And he said, “My
son played Simba in the eighth grade and sang, and it’s just changed his life
because it gave him more confidence. He’s always been really shy, and now
he’s coming into his own.” For me, it was the perfect kickoff to Music Fest
to remind me why we do what we do.
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DECEMBER 11, 2014 | PAGE 4 OF 8
involves many different things. But with the
tools and resources that Clear Channel gives
all of their stations, it sure makes it a lot easier to compete.
QUE STIONS
Answered
Lance Houston
PD, WBWL Boston
When Lance Houston arrived in Boston in the fall to program the
new iHeartRadio station WBWL, it completed a whirlwind run from
WUBL Atlanta to WPOC Baltimore, where he stayed a mere 18
months. The Bull isn’t the only country station in Beantown: WKLB
helped transform the market for country in its more than two decades
in the city. The new PD is also not the only Lance Houston in the
community: Another is a jazz flute player on the faculty at the Berklee College of Music. Country’s Lance Houston can relate — during
high school, he was a sax player and drum major, the perfect role for
a football fan.
Why did you want this job? Is it because it’s a larger market?
Great radio is great radio, whether it’s in a small, medium or a large
market. I was really proud of what we accomplished in Baltimore.
My team there is just fantastic. But it was the challenge of doing what
we did in Atlanta again. There’s just something appealing about that
challenge and waking up every day and trying to figure out what we
can do to make this a better radio station to bring a little different light
on country music to appeal to the young country music fans in Boston.
Really, it didn’t have anything to do with market size. It was just about
a fantastic opportunity to build something new here.
It sounds as though you kind of like being the underdog. Yeah,
it’s fun. You get a chance to do a lot of things that you don’t normally
get to do when you’re the leader. We’re doing some great things —
we’ve got five two-hour commercial-free Bull rides every day. That’s
a lot of commercial-free music, and so there are things that you can’t
do when you’re at a heritage station and you get all that commercial
stuff going. There’s a plan and a process for building it out, and that
I heard Sam Hunt’s “House Party” this
morning. It’s not a single. How does that
fit into the philosophy you’re employing? We’re just trying to have fun on the
radio. and we’re trying to appeal to Boston’s
younger demographics. There was a big article that came out that Boston is America’s
youngest biggest city. People aged 20 to 34
make up a third of Boston’s population, and it’s even higher in Cambridge — it’s
44 percent there. So, we’re just trying to have fun. If it’s connecting with the
younger audience with an artist like Sam Hunt and a great song like “House
Party,” and it sounds really good on the radio, we’re going to do it. We’re about
finding those opportunities where we can be different from the heritage radio
station we’re going up against and trying to find the ways that we can connect.
When you spend as long as you did in Atlanta, and then you cruise through
Ravens territory and now you’re in New England, how does that work in
terms of your football allegiances? My allegiances really are college foot-
ball, so for pro, I can adapt. I’ll tell you what I didn’t expect was in Baltimore:
I really fell in love with the Orioles, and I really got interested in baseball a lot
more than I ever thought I would be. I was always kind of a Braves fan. I mean,
living in the South, it was always on TV with TBS and all that, but the Orioles
is a really special ball club, as the Red Sox are here. Those people in Baltimore
love their Orioles and would wear those orange shirts around town whether
they’ve got a .300 record or a .600 record. I think the Red Sox have quite a history going worst to first and then back to worst again, so maybe after winning
the World Series and then literally being the worst team in baseball last year,
maybe they’ll win the World Series next year.
Other than maybe the fact that Boston is so young, what has surprised
you? I think the mass transportation and the subway system. Boston was
America’s first subway. The green line that they still run was the very first subway in the country, and I think that’s cool. It’s something that living in Atlanta
you just didn’t get to do very much, because the infrastructure’s not there. I had
no idea that Boston was America’s first subway. But I love history and this place
is just full of great U.S. history, and I’ve just started to really explore. We’re having a good time so far. —Tom Roland
MIDWEEK NEWS UPDATE
BLAKE SHELTON’S CREW DRAWS SRO CROWD
Three members of Team Blake walked
SHELTON
off with touring industry honors when
the Country Music Association handed
out its annual SRO Awards on Dec. 8.
Blake Shelton employee Kevin Canady was named tour manager of the
year, Brad Baisley took monitor engineer, and Jeff Parsons claimed frontof-house engineer. Fifteen concertbusiness awards were presented in all.
Go here for the full list of winners.
Ralph Stanley organized a slew of special guests for a Cracker Barrelexclusive release,Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow. Due
Jan. 15, the package includes appearances by Americana rockers Robert
Plant and Elvis Costello, bluegrass figures Del McCoury and Ricky
Skaggs, and mainstream country acts Josh Turner and Dierks Bentley.
Allison Moorer returns with her first album in four years when her eOne
Nashville project, Down to Believing, is released March 17. The 13-song set
is produced by session guitarist Kenny Greenberg (Toby Keith, Carrie
Underwood), who also directed her 2000 album The Hardest Part. Moorer
has an eight-date tour planned with Mary Gauthier to support the album,
beginning with a March 19 stop in Vienna, Va.
The CMA Songwriters Series returns to the United Kingdom on March 6
in conjunction with the two-day C2C Festival. Kix Brooks is set to host
the edition at Indigo at the O2 in London. He’ll be joined by Grammynominated Brandy Clark, Nashville actor Sam Palladio and songwriters Jessi Alexander (“I Drive Your Truck,” “Song About a Girl”) and Jon
Randall (“Whiskey Lullaby,” “Am I the Only One”).
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DECEMBER 11, 2014 | PAGE 5 OF 8
Hot Country Songs
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GIRL IN A COUNTRY SONG
PERFECT STORM
SOMEWHERE IN MY CAR
J.JOYCE (E.CHURCH,L.LAIRD)
GOD MADE GIRLS
J.MOI (RAELYNN,N.GALYON,L.MCKENNA,L.ROSE)
LEAVE THE NIGHT ON
Z.CROWELL,S.MCANALLY (S.HUNT,S.MCANALLY,J.OSBORNE)
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SUN DAZE
I SEE YOU
J.STEVENS (L.BRYAN,L.LAIRD,A.GORLEY)
CLOSE YOUR EYES
TIL IT’S GONE
DRINKING CLASS
BURNIN’ IT DOWN
MAKE ME WANNA
J.JOYCE (THOMAS RHETT,B.BUTLER,L.MCCOY)
FEELIN’ IT
F.ROGERS (F.ROGERS,M.WEST)
MEAN TO ME
L.LAIRD (B.ELDREDGE,SCOOTER CARUSOE)
DIRT
J.MOI (C.G.TOMPKINS,R.CLAWSON)
NEON LIGHT
S.HENDRICKS (A.DORFF,J.KEAR,MARK IRWIN)
JUST GETTIN’ STARTED
M.KNOX (C. DESTEFANO,R.AKINS,A.GORLEY)
LONELY TONIGHT
S.HENDRICKS (B.ANDERSON,R.HURD)
LIKE A COWBOY
D.GEORGE (R.HOUSER,B.LONG)
HOMEGROWN HONEY
F.ROGERS (D.RUCKER,C.KELLEY,N.CHAPMAN)
AMERICAN KIDS
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VALORY
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Sam Hunt
6
32
Josh Turner
3
44
Sam Hunt
11
37
5
3
2
12
3
KISS YOU TONIGHT
F.LIDDELL,C.AINLAY,G.WORF (D.COOK,J.KNOWLES,T.SUMMAR)
TAKE YOUR TIME
Z.CROWELL,S.MCANALLY (S.HUNT,J.OSBORNE,S.MCANALLY)
HOME FREE,D.RUST (PUBLIC DOMAIN,C.RUPP)
TAKE IT EASY
B.APPLEBERRY (NOT LISTED)
AIN’T WORTH THE WHISKEY
M.CARTER (C.SWINDELL,A.SANDERS,J.MARTIN)
SAY YOU DO
R. COPPERMAN (M.T.RAMSEY,S.MCANALLY,T. ROSEN)
A GUY WALKS INTO A BAR
J.CATINO,J.KING (M.PEIRCE,J.SINGLETON,B.TURSI)
FREESTYLE
N.CHAPMAN,LADY ANTEBELLUM (D.HAYWOOD,C.KELLEY,H.SCOTT,S.MCANALLY)
I WALK THE LINE
B.APPLEBERRY (J.R.CASH)
BREAK UP IN A SMALL TOWN
LOVE YOU LIKE THAT
TRAILER HITCH
K.BUSH,T.TAPLEY (K.BUSH,B.BUSH,T.OWENS)
SHE DON’T LOVE YOU
M.ALTMAN (E.PASLAY,J.WAYNE)
DRUNK AMERICANS
T.KEITH,B.PINSON (B.CLARK,B.DIPIERO,S.MCANALLY)
GENTLE ON MY MIND
27
25
29
31
27
33
34
35
15
30
32
39
38
39
35
BIG MACHINE/REPUBLIC NASHVILLE
D.HUFF (J.HARTFORD)
MAKE YOU MISS ME
MCA NASHVILLE
Z.CROWELL,S.MCANALLY (S.HUNT,J.OSBORNE,M.T.RAMSEY)
LAY LOW
MCA NASHVILLE
F.ROGERS (R.COPPERMAN,T.MARTIN,M.NESLER)
EX TO SEE
M
CA NASHVILLE
Easton Corbin
M
ERCURY
Billy Currington
MERCURY
Kelsea Ballerini
BLACK RIVER
Sam Hunt
MCA NASHVILLE
Chase Rice
Z.CROWELL,S.MCANALLY (S.HUNT,J.OSBORNE,M.T.RAMSEY)
BABY BE MY LOVE SONG
C.CHAMBERLAIN (J.COLLINS,BRETT JAMES)
DON’T IT
D.HUFF (J.JOHNSTON,A.GORLEY,R.COPPERMAN)
LOVE ME LIKE YOU MEAN IT
F.G.WHITEHEAD (K.BALLERINI,J.KERR,F.G.WHITEHEAD,L.CARPENTER)
HOUSE PARTY
Z.CROWELL,S.MCANALLY (S.HUNT,Z.CROWELL,J.FLOWERS)
GONNA WANNA TONIGHT
41
36
48
39
34
DACK JANIELS/COLUMBIA NASHVILLE
C. DESTEFANO (S.MCANALLY,J.M.NITE,J.ROBBINS)
PEAK
POSITION
Home Free
C
OLUMBIA
Craig Wayne Boyd
REPUBLIC
Cole Swindell
W
ARNER BROS./WMN
Dierks Bentley
CAPITOL NASHVILLE
Tyler Farr
C
OLUMBIA NASHVILLE
Lady Antebellum
C
APITOL NASHVILLE
Craig Wayne Boyd
REPUBLIC
Sam Hunt
MCA NASHVILLE
Canaan Smith
MERCURY
Kristian Bush
STREAMSOUND
Eric Paslay
E MI NASHVILLE
Toby Keith
S
HOW DOG NASHVILLE
The Band Perry
J.MOI (T.J.GOFF,T.MEADOWS)
★★Hot Shot Debut★★
CERTIFIED
26
WHAT WE AIN’T GOT
ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH
SALES DATA
COMPILED BY
Chase Bryant
RED BOW
Jake Owen
RCA NASHVILLE
David Nail
MCA NASHVILLE
Sam Hunt
MCA NASHVILLE
D.GEORGE,C.BRYANT (C.BRYANT,T.L.JAMES,D.ALTMAN)
31
AIRPLAY
MONITORED BY
The week’s most popular country songs, ranked by radio airplay audience impressions as measured by Nielsen BDS, sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan and streaming activity data from online music sources tracked
by Nielsen BDS. Descending titles below No. 25 are moved to recurrent after 20 weeks.
COUNTRY MARKET WATCH
A Weekly National Music Sales Report
YEAR-TO-DATE
Year-Over-Year Album Sales
Overall Unit Sales
Weekly Unit Sales
ALBUMS
DIGITAL
TRACKS
This Week
930,000
171,000
1,737,000
Last Week
1,000,000
175,000
1,810,000
-7.0%
-2.3%
-4.0%
1,140,000
183,000
1,866,000
-18.4%
-6.6%
-6.9%
Change
This Week Last Year
Change
For week ending December 7, 2014. Figures are rounded. Compiled from
a national sample of retail store and rack sales reports collected and
provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
DIGITAL
ALBUMS*
Albums
Digital Tracks
2013
2014
CHANGE
35,554,000
29,481,000
-17.1%
150,495,000
125,159,000
-16.8%
Sales by Album Format
2013
2014
Physical
25,226,000
20,005,000
9.0%
Digital
10,328,000
9,477,000
-8.2%
*Digital album sales are also counted within album sales.
For inquiries about any Nielsen SoundScan data, please contact Josh Bennett at 615-807-1338 or [email protected]
CHANGE
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
DECEMBER 11, 2014 | PAGE 7 OF 8
SALES DATA
COMPILED BY
Old Boots, New Dirt
Home For The Holidays
PEARL/RCA NASHVILLE 501135/SMN
2
2
2
9
JASON ALDEAN
3
3
5
6
DARIUS RUCKER
4
8
3
5
l
11
4
6
4
6
7
9
8
l
BROKEN BOW 7105/BBMG
CAPITOL NASHVILLE 021359/UMGN
SAM HUNT
Montevallo
MCA NASHVILLE 021502/UMGN
5
10
6
14
ANTEBELLUM
10 LADY
CAPITOL NASHVILLE /UMGN
13 10 12
l
14 21
—
BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE
1
747
2
Greatest Hits So Far...
5
ZAC BROWN BAND
ROAR/SOUTHERN GROUND/ATLANTIC 546369/AG
Platinum
VARIOUS ARTISTS
Nashville Christmas
17 16 13
18 17
l
20
l
LITTLE BIG TOWN
0
Pain Killer
CAPITOL NASHVILLE 021360*/UMGN
5
l
6
5
7 17
l
8
7
13
5
11
9 19
l
10 16
l
11 23
l
7
12 6
19
13 9
14
14 15
l
10
6
5
15 10 20
16 11 21
1
17 1
2
3
18 29
l
18
1
19 8 25
l
5
20
21 21 70
3
TRISHA YEARWOOD
7
22 22 5
1
SUNDY BEST
ICONIC ENTERTAINMENT 025
PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit
GWENDOLYN/RCA NASHVILLE 502452/SMN
Salvation City
EONE 9417
LEE BRICE
CURB 79392*
22
23 18 28
I Dont Dance
1
24 13 27
Cole Swindell
2
3
SILENT NIGHT
K ELLY CLARKSON FEAT. REBA MCENTIRE & TRISHA YEARWOOD
ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE
BRENDA LEE
ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH
HOME FREE
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER
GENE AUTRY
LEAVE THE NIGHT ON
SAM HUNT
DIRT
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
SOMETHING IN THE WATER
CARRIE UNDERWOOD
THIS IS HOW WE ROLL
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE FEAT. LUKE BRYAN
CRUISE
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
–
1
14
7
1
24
6
2
22
7
4
10
8
3
41
9
7
88
5
20 BURNIN’ IT DOWN
J ASON ALDEAN
WKS ON
CHART
LAST
WEEK
ARTIST
THIS
WEEK
WKS ON
CHART
COUNTRY
STREAMING SONGS
TITLE
11
8
37
12
9
50
13
l
14
l
15
l
16
l
20
5
10 20
12 11
13 48
17 11 20
18
l
19
l
20
l
19
4
23
5
21
7
20 24 14
25 20 21
WKS ON
CHART
GOD MADE GIRLS
AELYNN (Valory/BMLG)
R
SHOTGUN RIDER
TIM MCGRAW ( McGraw/Big Machine/BMLG)
SOMETHING IN THE WATER
CARRIE UNDERWOOD ( 19/Arista Nashville/SMN)
SUN DAZE
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE (Republic Nashville/BMLG)
TAKE IT EASY
CRAIG WAYNE BOYD (Republic)
DRINKING CLASS
LEE BRICE ( Curb)
I SEE YOU
LUKE BRYAN ( Capitol Nashville)
TALLADEGA
ERIC CHURCH ( EMI Nashville/UMGN)
LONELY TONIGHT
BLAKE SHELTON FEAT. ASHLEY MONROE (Warner Bros./WMN)
TAKE YOUR TIME
SAM HUNT ( MCA Nashville/UMGN)
JUST GETTIN’ STARTED
JASON ALDEAN ( Broken Bow/BBMG)
BURNIN’ IT DOWN
JASON ALDEAN ( Broken Bow/BBMG)
PERFECT STORM
BRAD PAISLEY ( Arista Nashville/SMN)
MAKE ME WANNA
THOMAS RHETT ( Valory/BMLG)
SOMEWHERE IN MY CAR
KEITH URBAN ( Hit Red/Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
GIRL IN A COUNTRY SONG
MADDIE & TAE (Dot/BMLG)
I WALK THE LINE
CRAIG WAYNE BOYD (Republic)
ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE
BRENDA LEE ( Decca/MCA Nashville/UMe)
LEAVE THE NIGHT ON
SAM HUNT ( MCA Nashville/UMGN)
MEAN TO ME
BRETT ELDREDGE ( Atlantic/WMN)
GOD GAVE ME YOU
BLAKE SHELTON ( Warner Bros./WMN)
PICTURE
KID ROCK FEAT. SHERYL CROW (Lava/Atlantic/WMN)
SUNSHINE & WHISKEY
FRANKIE BALLARD ( Warner Bros./WMN)
DAY DRINKING
LITTLE BIG TOWN (Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
DIRT
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE (Republic Nashville/BMLG)
NEON LIGHT
26 14 16 B
LAKE SHELTON ( Warner Bros./WMN)
LOOK AT YOU
27 26 22 BIG & RICH (B$R)
WHAT WE AIN’T GOT
28 27 15 JAKE OWEN ( RCA Nashville/SMN)
ARTIST (IMPRINT/LABEL)
LAST
WEEK
WKS ON
CHART
LAST
WEEK
NEW
1
The week’s most popular country albums, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. Albums are
defined as current if they are less than 18 months old or older than 18 months but still residing in the Billboard
200’s top 100. Charts update weekly on Thurdays at www.Billboard.Biz/charts. Copyright 2014, Prometheus
Global Media, LLC and Nielsen SoundScan, Inc. All rights reserved.
STREAMING DATA
COMPILED BY
LAST
WEEK
11
One Christmas: Chapter 1 (EP)
0
VARIOUS ARTISTS
NOW That’s What I Call Country: Volume 7
25 22 25 27 UNIVERSAL/SONY MUSIC 020859/UME
THIS
WEEK
10
4
LEANN RIMES
COLUMBIA 501998
SWINDELL
24 13 26 42 COLE
WARNER BROS. 541372/WMN
10
2
4
14
23 24 22 13
7
3
Full Of Cheer
NEW
6
12
HOME FREE
7
1
3
6
42 36
–
2
The Outsiders
21 19
1
l
2
l
3
l
4
l
5
l
1 12 18
CHURCH
17 43 ERIC
EMI NASHVILLE 019402*/UMGN
19 32 31
22
l
7
14
Sundown Heaven Town
Just As I Am
1
1
WARNER BROS./RHINO CUSTOM PRODUCTS WM EX/RHINO
GILBERT
20 29 BRANTLEY
VALORY BG0200A/BMLG
7
0
The Big Revival
MCGRAW
15 14 15 12 TIM
MCGRAW/BIG MACHINE TM0200A/BMLG
16
1
8
CHESNEY
11 KENNY
BLUE CHAIR/COLUMBIA NASHVILLE 306274/SMN
2
2
Christmas With Nashville
LAMBERT
16 27 MIRANDA
RCA NASHVILLE 379278/SMN
5
1
ABC STUDIOS/LIONS GATE/BIG MACHINE NV0278A/BMLG
SHELTON
10 BLAKE
WARNER BROS. 544918/WMN
4
Crash My Party
VARIOUS ARTISTS
11
12
3
2
12
9
1
STRAIT
The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium
12 GEORGE
MCA NASHVILLE 021477/UMGN
REPUBLIC NASHVILLE /BMLG
9
11 15
l
1
6
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
0
1
Anything Goes
8
BRYAN
10 70 LUKE
CAPITOL NASHVILLE 018733/UMGN
20 19
CERT.
WEEKS
ON CHT
4
Man Against Machine
TITLE
THIS
WEEK
1
GARTH BROOKS
THIS
WEEK
1
Title
IMPRINT & NUMBER / DISTRIBUTING LABEL
PEAK
POSITION
1
2 WEEKS
AGO
LAST
WEEK
THIS
WEEK
TOP COUNTRY ALBUMS
ARTIST
SALES DATA
COMPILED BY
COUNTRY
DIGITAL SONGS
TITLE
ARTIST (IMPRINT/LABEL)
l
29 30
l
30 46
l
31 28
l
32
l
33
34
35
36
37
l
38
39
40
l
41
l
42
l
43
44
45
l
46
47
48
l
49
50
l
LONELY EYES
7 C HRIS YOUNG ( RCA Nashville/SMN)
WHERE ARE YOU CHRISTMAS?
19 FAITH HILL ( Interscope/UMe)
AIN’T WORTH THE WHISKEY
9 COLE SWINDELL ( Warner Bros./WMN)
JINGLE BELL ROCK
RE-ENTRY
BOBBY HELMS ( Decca/MCA Nashville/UMe)
AMERICAN KIDS
25 25 KENNY CHESNEY ( Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville/SMN)
CLOSE YOUR EYES
35 14 PARMALEE (Stoney Creek/BBMG)
HOMEGROWN HONEY
31 11 DARIUS RUCKER ( Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
ALL SUMMER LONG
36 22 KID ROCK ( Top Dog/Atlantic/CO5)
LIKE A COWBOY
45 13 RANDY HOUSER ( Stoney Creek/BBMG)
HONEY BEE
37 60 BLAKE SHELTON ( Warner Bros./WMN)
FEELIN’ IT
40 21 SCOTTY MCCREERY ( 19/Interscope/Mercury/UMGN)
A GUY WALKS INTO A BAR
48 3 TYLER FARR ( Columbia Nashville/SMN)
LOVE YOU LIKE THAT
47 7 CANAAN SMITH ( Mercury/UMGN)
LET IT BE CHRISTMAS
NEW ALAN JACKSON ( ACR/Arista Nashville/Legacy)
PLAY IT AGAIN
38 54 LUKE BRYAN ( Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
DRUNK ON A PLANE
33 32 DIERKS BENTLEY ( Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
A HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS
RE-ENTRY
BURL IVES ( Decca/MCA Nashville/UMe)
BARTENDER
39 29 LADY ANTEBELLUM ( Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
THIS IS HOW WE ROLL
42 54 FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE FEAT. LUKE BRYAN ( Republic Nashville/BMLG)
DRINK A BEER
RE-ENTRY
LUKE BRYAN ( Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
SHOW YOU OFF
34 10 DAN + SHAY (Warner Bros./WMN)
BLUE CHRISTMAS
RE-ENTRY
ELVIS PRESLEY ( RCA/Legacy)
Top-selling paid download country songs compiled from sales reports collected and provided by Nielsen
SoundScan. Charts update weekly on Thurdays at www.Billboard.Biz/charts. Copyright 2014, Prometheus
Global Media, LLC and Nielsen SoundScan, Inc. All rights reserved.
BUILDING AIRPLAY GAINERS
TITLE LabelArtist
LONELY TONIGHT W
arner Bros./WMN
Blake Shelton Feat. Ashley Monroe
GAIN
+307
Carrie Underwood
+267
I SEE YOU C
apitol Nashville
Luke Bryan
+261
TALLADEGA E MI Nashville
Eric Church
+260
Florida Georgia Line
+213
T
im McGraw
+206
C
hris Young
+184
Kenny Chesney
+183
B
rad Paisley
+149
Jason Aldean
+134
TITLE
SOMETHING IN THE WATER 1 9/Arista Nashville
PLAY IT AGAIN
L UKE BRYAN
BOTTOMS UP
BRANTLEY GILBERT
GOD MADE GIRLS
RAELYNN
GIRL IN A COUNTRY SONG
MADDIE & TAE
SOMEWHERE IN MY CAR
KEITH URBAN
YOU BELONG WITH ME
TAYLOR SWIFT
ROLLER COASTER
LUKE BRYAN
DRINKING CLASS
LEE BRICE
SHOTGUN RIDER
TIM MCGRAW
SUN DAZE
F LORIDA GEORGIA LINE
Building Gainers reflects titles with the top increases in plays from Monday through 5pm ET Wednesday, as
compared to the same period in the previous week, according to Nielsen BDS.
ARTIST
Country Streaming Songs -The week’s top Country streamed radio songs, on-demand songs and videos
on leading online music services. Charts update weekly on Thurdays at www.Billboard.Biz/charts. Copyright
2014, Prometheus Global Media, LLC and Nielsen SoundScan, Inc. All rights reserved.
SUN DAZE R
epublic Nashville
SHOTGUN RIDER B
ig Machine
LONELY EYES R
CA Nashville
TIL IT’S GONE B
lue Chair/Columbia Nashville
PERFECT STORM A
rista Nashville
JUST GETTIN’ STARTED B
roken Bow
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
DECEMBER 11, 2014 | PAGE 8 OF 8
RADIOFEEDBACK
DECEMBER 11, 2014
THIS
WEEK
LAST
WEEK
TITLE IMPRINT/LABEL
ARTIST
TOTAL
PASSION
POSITIVE
INDEX
NEUTRAL
DISLIKE
STRONGLY
DISLIKE
2.9%
1
2
SHOTGUN RIDER Big MachineTim McGraw
45.8%
77.6%
4.10
12.0%
7.5%
2
1
KISS YOU TONIGHT M
CA NashvilleDavid Nail
43.6%
73.8%
4.11
21.3%
3.9%
1.0%
3
—
LONELY TONIGHT Warner Bros/WMNBlake Shelton f Ashley Monroe
38.8%
72.8%
3.96
14.3%
10.2%
2.7%
4
10
SOMETHING IN THE WATER 19/Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood
47.7%
71.5%
3.97
13.9%
7.3%
7.3%
5
5
PERFECT STORM Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley
43.5%
70.6%
4.01
20.3%
5.2%
3.9%
6
7
LIKE A COWBOY S toney CreekRandy Houser
41.5%
70.3%
4.03
22.5%
5.2%
2.0%
7
4
WHAT WE AIN’T GOT RCA NashvilleJake Owen
41.0%
69.8%
3.93
17.7%
7.2%
5.2%
8
13
LONELY EYES RCA NashvilleChris Young
34.1%
69.2%
3.94
23.1%
5.8%
1.9%
9
6
LOOK AT YOU B$R/New RevolutionBig & Rich
37.8%
66.1%
3.86
20.2%
9.1%
4.6%
10
14
TALLADEGA E MI NashvilleEric Church
35.8%
64.5%
3.79
19.5%
10.7%
5.2%
11
11
FEELIN’ IT 19/Interscope/Mercury
Scotty McCreery 35.2% 64.2%
3.79
21.3%
8.7%
5.8%
12
12
MEAN TO ME A
tlantic/WMN
Brett Eldredge 34.9% 63.8%
3.82
23.7%
7.9%
4.6%
13
—
ONE HELL OF AN AMEN V alory
Brantley Gilbert 44.3% 63.8%
3.85
19.5%
10.1%
6.7%
14
15
GIRL IN A COUNTRY SONG D
ot
Maddie & Tae 35.7% 63.0%
3.64
14.4%
10.2%
12.5%
15
—
MOM P earl/RCA NashvilleGarth Brooks
43.2%
62.3%
3.86
24.7%
6.8%
6.2%
16
18
TIL IT’S GONE B lue Chair/Columbia NashvilleKenny Chesney
31.8%
62.0%
3.77
25.2%
9.2%
3.6%
17
17
LAY LOW MCA NashvilleJosh Turner
29.3%
61.9%
3.77
27.0%
8.1%
2.9%
18
21
TAKE IT ON BACK Red BowChase Bryant
25.1%
61.4%
3.69
24.8%
10.2%
3.6%
3.4%
19
—
HARD TO BE COOL Red BowJoe Nichols
20.4%
61.2%
3.66
26.5%
8.8%
20
19
SAY YOU DO C apitol NashvilleDierks Bentley
28.9%
60.7%
3.73
26.3%
9.7%
3.2%
21
24
MAKE ME WANNA V alory
Thomas Rhett 35.5% 60.6%
3.74
22.3%
11.6%
5.5%
22
22
THIS KIND OF TOWN Valory
Justin Moore 24.3% 60.5%
3.69
27.3%
8.6%
3.6%
23
16
HOMEGROWN HONEY Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker
27.7%
7.6%
4.6%
24
23
BABY BE MY LOVE SONG M
ercury
Easton Corbin 24.9% 59.3%
3.71
29.2%
9.5%
2.0%
25
25
GOD MADE GIRLS V alory
RaeLynn 29.8% 58.0%
3.57
20.3% 12.8%
8.9%
26
27
SHE DON’T LOVE YOU EMI NashvilleEric Paslay
28.7%
57.7%
3.65
27.4%
8.4%
6.5%
27
26
GENTLE ON MY MIND Big Machine/Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry
30.8%
57.4%
3.58
23.0%
9.5%
10.2%
24.0%
56.2%
3.55
24.7%
13.0%
6.2%
30.7%
60.1%
3.74
28
—
AIN’T WORTH THE WHISKEY Warner Bros/WMNCole Swindell
29
28
DRINKING CLASS Curb
Lee Brice 26.2% 55.7%
3.50
21.6%
13.4%
9.2%
30
—
I SEE YOU C apitol NashvilleLuke Bryan
27.2%
54.4%
3.59
27.2%
13.6%
4.8%
31
—
JUST GETTIN’ STARTED B roken BowJason Aldean
19.7%
54.4%
3.44
23.8%
12.9%
8.8%
32
29
LOVE ME LIKE YOU MEAN IT Black RiverKelsea Ballerini
21.6%
52.3%
3.46
27.5%
13.1%
7.2%
33
34
FREESTYLE C apitol NashvilleLady Antebellum
17.5%
48.2%
3.36
30.4%
13.5%
7.9%
34
35
SUN DAZE Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line
25.7%
47.5%
3.34
26.7%
12.5%
13.2%
35
32
RIOT Big MachineRascal Flatts
21.9%
47.4%
3.34
28.8%
12.7%
11.1%
RADIOFEEDBACK THIS WEEK
Tim McGraw’s ‘Shotgun’ Is On Target
YOUNG: SHERYL NIELDS
Tim McGraw takes the No. 1 spot this week with radio’s most loyal listeners, the active P1s at Radiofeedback who also rank “Shotgun Rider”
as their No. 2 passion song. Younger 18- to 34-year-olds steer it to No. 1
and No. 3 favorite, while core 25-44s roll at No. 1 and No. 4 favorite and
adults 35-54 trail at No. 2 and No. 5 favorite. Females 12-plus and males
12-plus are both at No. 1.
YOUNG
Chris Young moves “Lonely Eyes” inside the top
10 with active P1s 12-plus as the No. 8 song, up
from No. 13. It also collects a No. 16 passion score.
Younger adults 18-34 make it No. 8 and No. 7 passion. Males 12-plus lift it to No. 7 from No. 14. Core
males rate it No. 9 and No. 6 passion. Females 12plus are at No. 8 and No. 14 passion.
Brantley Gilbert debuts “One Hell of an Amen” as the No. 13 song with
active P1s 12-plus, who also grade it as their No. 3 passion song, showing
strong demand for this title at launch. Younger 18-34s start at No. 1 passion and No. 2 total positive, while core 25-44s begin at No. 1 passion and
No. 6 positive. Females are the power drivers at No. 1 passion in all demos.
Joe Nichols arrives at No. 19 overall with “Hard to Be Cool” in its debut
week. Core 25-44s kick in at No. 23, and adults 35-54 log on at No. 20 in
week one. Active females are the early strength at No.15 12-plus. Younger
females 18-34 place it at No. 19 and No. 21 favorite. Active males 12-plus
debut at No. 25 positive and favorite.
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—John Hart, Bullseye Marketing Research; email: [email protected]
Radiofeedback is solicited weekly via email to Country Radio listeners and fans in Radio Station Loyal Listener data bases and from Social Media Data Bases. Listeners score 40 songs online via a link to the
Radiofeedback study. Song clips are :20 seconds in length and are scored on a 1 to 5 differential with “1” meaning I “Don’t Like This Song At All” and “5” meaning “I Like this Song A Lot” they also answer a follow up
question asking if they hear the song “Too Much”, Not Enough” or “Just About Right” on the radio. Radiofeedback’s Top 30 contributing markets are; Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago,
Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville FL, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York City, Omaha, Orlando, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, San
Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, St. Louis and Washington DC. For more information, contact John Hart ([email protected]).