Saturday, 22 July 2017

Morgan Evans releases debut worldwide single 'Kiss Somebody'


Following a successful first UK tour last month, one of the newest members to the Warner Music Nashville/Warner Bros. Records family, Morgan Evans, has released his worldwide single 'Kiss Somebody' to all digital music platforms.

Release Date: 21 July 2017
Label: Warner Bros. | Time: 3:32

Chart Success?:
It debuted in America at #33 on the iTunes Country Singles and is now at #38 US Country iTunes (#178 overall)
#43 UK Country iTunes Debut, then #52 | Sat 22 July #77 then #63 (* Note the 23rd most popular country song is at #1496 overall UK iTunes singles)

The coolly melodic, relentlessly hopeful and wholly irresistible track was co-written by Evans along with Chris DeStefano ('That’s My Kind Of Night') and Josh Osborne ('Body Like A Back Road').
“I'm equal parts excited, nervous and proud to have this one out in the world today,” said Evans. “Feels like the start of a new chapter for me and one I'm stoked to be entering. Hopefully people will turn it up, love it and maybe even kiss somebody too!”
Just two years ago, the singer/songwriter/musician moved halfway across the world in order to chase his dream of becoming a country artist in Nashville. Citing Keith Urban, Garth Brooks, Led Zeppelin and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band as his formative influences, Evans has been crafting his sound since the age of 13.

Morgan Evans and bride to be Kelsea Ballerini
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His raw talent and undeniable on-stage charisma earned him spots early in his career touring with artists such as Alan Jackson and Taylor Swift while still in Australia.

Now having signed with Warner Music Nashville/Warner Bros. Records, Evans is bringing his engaging live show all over the world, including a recent visit to the UK with stops in Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol and London and headlined at the Buckle & Boots Festival.

Built around a loop pedal, which he demonstrates flawlessly in his recent #MEMashup series, the setup allows him to play solo with the presence and energy of a full band.

Evans is currently in the studio working on his forthcoming album with DeStefano (Carrie Underwood, Brett Eldredge, Dan + Shay, Luke Bryan) and on the road for select dates with Josh Turner, Lee Brice and major fairs and festivals throughout the summer.

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Entertainment Tonight reveals Bailey Bryan's So Far Sessions


Nashville, TN - July 21, 2017 - Entertainment Tonight debuted the "stunning, stripped-down" live video of Bailey Bryan's SO FAR SESSIONS: SCARS, followed by the release of an exclusive interview today launching their new YouTube series Certified Country. One of five tracks on her debut EP SO FAR, "Scars" is autobiographical for Bryan, "a whip-smart lyricist with a good grasp on how to capture emotion" (Rolling Stone).

"I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 12, and then when I was 16, I had a corrective surgery," Bailey told Entertainment Tonight. "I have a huge scar on my back, from my neck to mid back, but to me a scar represents more than just something physical. It’s something that’s impacted us, and I think that can be a positive thing.”

Watch more of the interview 

To watch, her "stunning" SO FAR SESSIONS: SCARS, click 

Since "next big thing" (Perez Hilton) Bailey Bryan first arrived on the scene with her debut single "Own It," critics have prepared the world to "fall in love" (People) with the singer/songwriter. Touted by Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly as an "artist you need to know," Bryan is "ready to show the world her confident side" (Taste Of Country) with her “excellent, infectious” (New York Times) EP SO FAR (300 Entertainment/Warner Music Nashville) that "runs the emotional gamut" (Billboard), available digitally now. Bryan is continuing to introduce her new music to live audiences across the country, recently wrapping runs with Kane Brown and Dan + Shay. Bryan has also joined star-studded lineups for major festivals this summer such as Stagecoach, CMA Fest, LakeShake, Faster Horses, Watershed and more.
For additional information and a full list of tour dates

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

New To You: UK based Sabrina Maria offers FREE download track Blank Canvas

Free Download of her title cut Blank Canvas
+ an exclusive Q & A with Country Routes

The Kent, UK based Sabrina Maria generously reaches out introducing her music to her fans and our readers.

Listen and download Blank Canvas here:

Other songs are available to stream on her Reverbnation website

As of July 19, 2017, Sabrina is ranked #1 in the UK Country Reverbnation chart

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About Sabrina Maria
Home Town: Canterbury, Kent, UK
Birthdate: 23 March
Country/Rock Music - Singer/Songwriter
Sabrina is a new Country/Rock artist, who released her debut single and album in March 2017.
In October 2016, due to her passion for Country music, on an emotional rollercoaster she took up the task of writing again in a country style and wrote 8 out of the 10 songs for a self-penned debut album. The remaining 2 songs were written and arranged 5 years previously, but reworked for the album.

On March 26, 2017, she released the 10 track Southern Country Rock album BLANK CANVAS (Amazon UK - UK iTunes - CD Baby). The heartfelt set tackles a number of different emotions: a lucky escape from a dire situation; losing her mother; ending a relationship; but with hope for a brighter future.

It was recorded in the prestigious Parr Street Studios, Liverpool (33-45 Parr Street, Merseyside L1 4JN) under the guidance of J Room 3 Productions ( top producer and British Country Music Association Award 2016 Musician of the Year Justin Johnson.

Other UK artists who have recorded there include Raintown, Narn, Blue Genes, Samantha Lloyd, Sam Hollyman, Mike Ward, Angie King, Acoustic Journey, Thorne Hill, Dahlia, Jade Helliwell, Darcy, Southern Junction, Hollie Barrie (from The Voice UK), Emma Moore, Kira Mac and Jeannine Barry.

Sabrina describes the style of music as "very raw and draws on my life experience, particularly this past year. The music is kickass, happy, emotional, sad and fluctuates between a rock sound and pure country music. It is very diverse and will speak to the heart as well as the the ears" :-)
Listening carefully, to the lyrics you notice that each song Sabrina penned resonates with her own life experiences involving pain, loss of loved ones, betrayal, love and most importantly never losing hope or faith.
Photography Credit: Anthony D'Angio (Frography (By Flex): Website | Facebook
He has done some stunning photoshoots with and for Eric Church, 
CMA, C2C Festival and many British country stars and up-and-comers!  
The red boots were given to Sabrina as a Christmas present from a friend! 

On March 2, 2017, she released her debut single 'Survivor' (available on iTunes) after quite a journey to get to this point. It was a birthday present to her late father who used to say "do something with the gift that God has given you". 
Promoted on the Hotdisc #220 April 2017 promotional disc it made a #19 debut on the Hotdisc Top 40 (dated April 9, 2017)  and peaked at #16 and #4 on the Hotdisc British & Irish chart (dated April 23, 2017)

Published on Feb 28, 2017 (1,032 views) the official video for her debut single 'Survivor' surfaced which was filmed on a bitterly cold day up on the cliffs. The video aired on Hotdisc Top 20 TV show broadcast on Keep It Country TV (Sky TV 389, Freesat 516 and Freeview Channel 87).

Published March 26, 2017 her >> videoMama” was a song written and dedicate to anyone who had lost their mother or anyone dear to them. ❤

On June 26, 2017 she released her single “Show Me The Love” (Amazon UK | UK iTunes) the lead-off track to the album. She dedicated it to all victims and families of the London/Manchester terrorist attacks.  

With the cut ‘Blank Canvas’ her hope is that fans would pick up an air guitar and dance around the living room or even go visit a best friend and give them a hug. 

She shared - The melodies will make anyone feel good on a bad day and the lyrics have been written from my own life experiences. If just one person were to find solace from any of my songs, it would make be a very happy person. I truly believe that music has the power to heal and it certainly helped me during my tough times.

Listen to this edited Country Belles interview with Graham Barnes first broadcast March 11, 2017 (Mixcloud) on Belter Radio.

Interview with Roger Peck on the British Country Music Show broadcast on CMR Nashville (18 May 2017). Listen from from 20 mins on Mixcloud
She’s got a great voice and a great future on the British scene” – Roger Peck

Sabrina Maria - Interview

Hi Sabrina, thanks for talking to Country Routes

How long have you been writing songs?
Sabrina:  I’ve been writing songs for about 7 years now.

Do you find it easier writing from a place of hardship and hurt rather than a place of happiness?
Sabrina:  Much easier.  The reason is it’s healing for me too.  Putting pen to paper when you are feeling sad is like a therapy session and it helps you to analyse.  The majority of the songs on the album are songs I wrote within the past year as it has been quite a tumultuous one.

What inspires you with your music and writing?
Sabrina:  I always try and write a song by thinking about other people and how it could help them get through a tough situation similar to one that I have had.  Wisdom inspires me and I think I’m quite wise for my years.  I’ve been through a lot of trials and you can either let situations destroy you or you can turn them into something positive and I’d like to think that’s what I have done with my music.

What were your hopes and expectations for your debut Hotdisc single “Survivor”?
Sabrina:  My debut single ‘Survivor’ did so well in the Hotdisc chart. I was blown away. It got to no.4 in the UK and Ireland chart and no.16 in the Europe chart.  I definitely wasn’t expecting that.  I was and am so grateful for the positive responses I received, particularly as it is quite a rocky tune.  

Do you feel both excited and a little nervous about how your single would be received by the 700+ DJs and media across the UK, Europe and worldwide?
Sabrina: I was quite nervous that such a rock tune would not go down well as my first Country single.  I took a risk, but it did go down well.  The feedback showed that some DJ’s found it too heavy, but that is OK.  I was expecting that response from the majority of them if I’m honest.  However, I was amazed at just how many DJ’s love the track. I think this goes to show that you just have to be yourself when writing music.  I wanted a rock/country track, I did it and it worked well.

You received airplay for “Survivor” by some high profile British Country Music DJs and radio presenters to positive comments. How did it make you feel?
Sabrina:  Absolutely over the moon.  As I said previously, I was expecting more criticism, but instead I received praise and DJ’s said they were looking forward to what else I had in store.

Did you write/ co-write all the songs on your album Blank Canvas?
Sabrina: I wrote all the songs on my album ‘Blank Canvas’.  I have not co-written any as my songs are about my personal experiences. I’ve had quite a few people offer to co-write with me, but it doesn’t feel right at the moment, as I still have so much to write about.  However, saying that, I have actually co-written one song (lyrics) with a dear friend of mine in the States, but that was more as a fun thing to do over messenger.  Before we knew it, we had written a set of lyrics going back and forth.  I put a tune to it and I actually like it a lot. I may add it onto my next album or just release as a single.  I’m not sure yet.

Who were the musicians who played on the album?
Sabrina:  The musicians on my album were session musicians and they are absolutely incredible.  When I first heard them play my tunes, my jaw literally dropped. The first one they recorded was ‘A Moment in Time’ and it was my least favourite of all the songs when I walked into the studio, but it is now my favourite on the album.  I was so lucky to work with extremely talented musicians who will hear a tune once and then make it come alive.
Sabrina Maria (centre) in Parr Street Studio with producer Justin Johnson (2nd from left)
and guitarist Scott Poley (3rd from right)

What was the experience like and biggest challenge recording the album tracks in the Parr Street studio and how long did it take to record them?
Sabrina:  I can’t tell you the natural high I experienced.  The excitement was overwhelming. To hear a bunch of musicians, bring your music to life is an experience I will never forget.  It took two full days to record songs at Parr Street studios and then I had a day in a studio in Maidstone, Kent (near to where I live) to record the vocals.  I suppose the biggest challenge was driving up to Liverpool and the traffic - I live in Folkestone, Kent, so it was quite a trek, but other than that, the whole experience was amazing.

Did you go through a lot of songs in the album song selection and was there a lot of advance work ahead of going into the studio to cut the tracks?
Sabrina:  When I went into the studio, I did have 10 songs, but I realised that I didn’t really like one of the songs, so I decided to scrap the recording of it.  I then wrote the 10th song shortly after I returned from Liverpool (Show me the love) and it was recorded in a London studio.  There wasn’t any advance work for me luckily, as I had already written the songs.  There wasn’t really any advance work for the musicians either as they are so talented and just pick it up as they go after having received the chords (charting) that are needed.
Blank Canvas (inlay)Photography Credit: Anthony D'Angio: Website | Facebook 

Does the lead-off single “Survivor” best represent the album?  Yes, it does - I was toying with naming the album Survivor, but I wanted to release that as a single.  Then I thought Blank Canvas was the most appropriate title.  It was how my life was when writing my album and I was entering into the unknown in the music industry, so that is why I decided on having that as the title.
Sabrina recording vocal
tracks in Parr Street
What do you hope a music fan will feel when listening to the Blank Canvas album?
Sabrina:  I really hope that they will feel my passion for writing, and get inspired.  Yes, the tunes are important, but to me the lyrics have meaning and everyone goes through tough situations in life, so I hope that if they listen to the album, it will help them not to sink into the abyss as can happen sometimes, but instead help them to have faith and hope and to understand that ‘This too shall pass’ which is one of the songs on my album.

Are there any plans to make a follow up official music video?
Sabrina:  Yes, I have been talking with Ben James (BSJames Media), the Director of my ‘Survivor’ video.  After ‘Shotgun’ (which will be my next single and already has a studio video recorded), we are going to record another official video, but I’m not going to tell you the song so it can be a surprise. :-)

What music are you currently listening to?
Sabrina:  To be honest, I have my music on shuffle, so whatever pops up on my stream is what I listen to and that is a mixture of Country, Rock, Classical, Musicals and 80’s music.  I love variety - it’s the spice of life :-)

QUICK-FIRE Questions

I have noticed some of the American country stars are affiliated with sponsorship with shop brands. If your picture was to appear on a product to represent you what would you choose and why?
Sabrina:  Oh my goodness, this is a tricky one.  
I’d probably say a vintage wine.  The longer you leave a good bottle of wine to mature, the finer it tastes.  I’ve started late in the music industry and I guess due to my experiences, I’ve matured into a positive, fine person. Plus, I love wine - where’s my glass? :-)

If invited onto CMT Crossroads (which pairs country artists with someone from another genre) who would you pick and why?
Sabrina: I think I would pick Gary Barlow from Take That.  I have a lot of respect for him.  He writes his own music and is an extremely talented artist. I love his music and voice.  In fact, the piano player who played on my tracks on Blank Canvas is a good friend of his.  Ooooh so near, yet so far lol!

Who would be a dream male duet partner?
Sabrina: Ooooh it has to be Kip Moore.  I love his style, his voice and his zest for life. I’ve seen him in concert and he has the crowd buzzing.  He’s also very easy on the eye - ha ha!!

Favourite concert?
Sabrina: Country 2 Country in 2015 (both Kip Moore and Little Big Town).  I was literally buzzing - which doesn’t usually happen to me.  I tend to get fidgety if I have to stand/sit around for too long, but these acts kept me entertained and I hadn’t heard of them before C2C so I couldn’t sing along, but loved their shows.

Favourite Food?
Sabrina:  I’m Italian, so it’s got to be Pizza (Italian style).  No pineapple on my pizza thank you :-)

Favourite Colour?
Sabrina: Hot pink

Favourite TV Show?
Sabrina: Big Little Lies had me hooked.  I hope they do another series!  

Favourite Magazine?
Sabrina:  Health and wellbeing magazines.  I don’t read the gossip magazines - they are all about who is seeing or cheating who; how much weight someone has put on etc.  Doesn’t interest me in the slightest.  I find it all very negative and it’s the cause for far too many eating disorders and far too much self-loathing in the world!  Don’t get me started on this subject lol!

Favourite clothes, make-up?
Sabrina: If I see something I like, I tend to buy it - I’m not really into brands. I love Primark!!  However, makeup is a different story.  I love the stuff, particularly Makeup Geek, Bare Minerals, Urban Decay, MAC - in fact any high-end brand that sells makeup - particularly nice packaging.  Darn - you make-up marketers have sucked me right in!

Favourite Time of Year?  
Sabrina: Definitely the summer - the majority of people are happy and jolly (apart from those who moan about the heat) and I love the long bright evenings where you can sit outside, have BBQ’s, chill with friends and family and enjoy the sun on your skin.

Favourite Country to visit?
Sabrina: United States - I really want to get out there more.

How Do You Like To Relax?
Sabrina: I tend to relax by binge-watching TV series in the winter.  It’s the only way I can switch off my constantly chattering mind.  However, I don’t have much time to do that in the summer as I try and get out more, so long bike rides and sitting on the beach just looking out at the sea is pure relaxing bliss for me.

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Country Billboard Chart News July 17, 2017

Country Billboard Chart News July 17, 2017

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of July 29, 2017)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (6 non-consecutive weeks) From A Room: Volume 1 Chris Stapleton
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (23 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
Country Airplay ** No.1 (1 week) ** "My Girl” Dylan Scott
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (23 non-consecutive weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of July 29, 2017)

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

JAY-Z Scores 14th No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With '4:44'
JAY-Z collected his 14th No. 1 album on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (BB200), as his latest release, 4:44, debuted atop the tally. According to Nielsen Music, in the week ending July 13, the set earned 262,000 equivalent album units -- a larger-than-initially-expected sum, and the fourth-largest week of 2017 for any album. Of its total, 173,728 units were in traditional album sales.
Overall, 4:44’s launch of 262,000 units granted the album the fourth-largest week of 2017, behind the debuts of Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. (603,000 units), Drake’s More Life (505,000) and Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) (451,000).

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of July 29, 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.

A One-Two For Stapleton for a second successive week
Chris Stapleton with From A Room: Volume 1 (Mercury/Universal Music Group Nashville) held at #1 for a 6th non-consecutive week (#22-30 Billboard 200) selling 10,576 copies (down 19%; 10-week total 442,318) while Stapleton’s TRAVELLER (MERCURY/ UMGN) held at #2 (29-33 BB200) selling 6,320 copies (down 17%, 115-week total 2,008,800).

Luke Combs with THIS ONE’S FOR YOU (River House/Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) rose 5-3 (#41-38 BB200) selling 4,796 copies (down 10%; 6-week total 65,724).

Keith Urban with RIPCORD (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville) fell 3-4 (#39 non-mover BB200) selling 4,342 copies (down 15%; 62-week total 623,400).
Florida Georgia Line with DIG YOUR ROOTS (BMLG) held at #6 (#46-44 BB200) selling 1,857 copies (down 12%; 46-week total 408,000).

Lady Antebellum with HEART BREAK (Capitol Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville), fell 4-7 (40-47 Billboard 200) selling 7,291 copies (down 18%; 5-week total 90,220).
Brett Young with self-titled debut (BMLG) fell 7-8 (#48-49 BB200) selling 3,327 copies (down 18%; 22-week total 104,400).
Jon Pardi with California Sunrise rose 10-9 (56-65 BB200) selling 1,766 copies (down 48%; 56-week total 164,000)
Various Artists with Now That's What I Call Country Volume 10 (Universal Music Group) fell #9-10 (#54-66 Billboard 200) selling 7,955 copies (down 22%; 5-week total 56,928).

Outside the Top 10
Kane Brown with self-titled KANE BROWN (Zone 4/RCA Nashville) rose 16-12 (#95-82 BB200) selling 2,359 copies (down 9%; 32-week total 168,600).

Zac Brown Band with WELCOME HOME (Southern Ground/Elektra/Atlantic Group) fell 13-14 (80-98 BB200) selling 4,327 copies (down 19%; 9-week total 228,100).
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit with THE NASHVILLE SOUND (Southeastern/Thirty Tigers), fell 12-16 (#73-111 BB200) selling 5,030 copies (down 29%; 4-week total 76,673).
Miranda Lambert with THE WEIGHT OF THESE WINGS (Vanner/ RCA Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) rose 26-20 (134-132 BB200) selling 2,025 copies (down 10%; 34-week total 370,551).

Outside the Top 25
Rhonda Vincent & Daryle Singletary with AMERICAN GRANDSTAND (Upper Management) made a debut No.45 selling 3,060 copies.
It debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart, and No.1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Album Chart for the week of July 29, 2017.

On the Country Album Sales list (pure sales; old methodology)

Parker McCollum with his 4 track EP Probably Wrong: Session One made a debut at #15 selling 1,978 copies to log the 103rd best seller in America this chart frame.

Parker McCollum is a member of the talented new crop of young Texas and Red Dirt artists that will soon be tasked with carrying on its legacy. 

The Austin-based singer/songwriter released his full-length debut album, The Limestone Kid, in February 24 of 2015. Read More: Parker McCollum Updates Us on 'Probably Wrong: Session One' |

Critical reception for Parker McCollum’s Probably Wrong: Session One:
4 Tracks/ Time: 16:03 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -

The 3rd track, “South of the City Lights” is our *PICK* of the record.  The extra twangy strings and earthy delivery give it a distinctive sound and help paint an intricate picture of the lessons in life and love often learned in small-towns......The EP concludes with current single “I Can’t Breathe”, which is at #100 this week on the Texas Regional Radio Report.  The emotional, musically driven track is the most powerful of the project’s first series and when it releases we predict it will quickly become the most streamed of the batch! - Texas Music Pickers

Falling Short of the charts:

Charley Pride with his 13-song set MUSIC IN MY HEART (Music City Records; Amazon UK | opened with sales of just 300 copies.
The Grammy winning, Opry & Country Music Hall of Fame star, sat down with the Rock & Review >> to talk about his new album.
On Music in My Heart, Pride shared 13 new tracks produced by Billy Yates. The album remains true to Pride’s traditional county roots: The songs’ writers include Whisperin’ Bill Anderson, Ben Peters, Tommy Collins, “Country” Johnny Mathis and Yates himself; Yates’ own musical history — “his self-produced albums show a strong respect for traditional country,” Pride explains in a press release — also helped Pride keep his eye on a traditional sound.

My goal was to record the best traditional country album possible. But I also wanted someone else to handle all of the producer chores so that I could focus more on my singing,” Pride explained. “Finding the right songs took a while, and we both keep busy schedules, so this album took longer to finish than I’m used to. But we did find some wonderful songs, and I’m very happy with how everything sounds. I hope everyone will enjoy listening to the album as much as I enjoyed making it.”
Though fans have patiently waited years for a new album from Pride, the country icon saids that they won’t have to wait quite as long for his next project. The singer has already started work on Music in My Heart‘s follow up, and plans to release it in 2018….Read More 

Year-To-Date Albums
10,914,000 (Physical sales 7,325,000 (down -13.0%) + Digital sales 3,588,000 (down -19.2%) which is 15.2% down at the same point in 2016 (12,865,000 sales) 

Year-To-Date Digital Tracks
38,840,000 down 23.4% at the same point in 2016 (50,715,000)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of July 29, 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:

Sam Hunt with “Body Like a Back Road” (MCA Nashville) lengthened its domination to a 23rd week atop Hot Country Songs. The track is now a week from matching Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” (24 weeks at No.1 in 2012 and 2013) for the most time spent at No.1 since Hot Country Songs launched as an all encompassing genre chart on Oct. 20, 1958.
The flirty, R&B-f lavored “Back Road,” which Hunt wrote with Zach Crowell and Shane and Josh Osborne, also held its grip atop Country Streaming Songs (17.2million U.S. streams, down 4%) and Country Digital Song Sales (46,000 downloads, down 8%) for a 23rd week each.
On Country Airplay, the track sported record longevity in the top five, lingering in the region for a record-extending 16th week (5-4, down 4% to 35.8 million in audience). It led the list for three weeks in May.

Billy Currington rolled up his 14th top 10 on Hot Country Songs as “Do I Make You Wanna” (Mercury) pushed 11-8. It’s buoyed by a 15% gain on Country Airplay, where it earned Most Increased Audience honors (34.3 million audience impressions, up 15%) and darted 8-6.

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (23 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
** Airplay Gainer ** No.8 “Do I Make You Wanna” Billy Currington
** Digital Gainer ** No.15 “What Ifs” Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina
** Streaming Gainer ** No.27 “When It Rains It Pours” Luke Combs
 ** Hot Shot Debut ** No.31 “Written In The Sand” Old Dominion

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of July 29, 2017)

In its 46th week, singer-songwriter Dylan Scott with “My Girl” (Curb) ascended 2-1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart (dated July 29), gaining 5% to 45.9 million audience impressions in the week ending July 16, according to Nielsen Music.

On Hot Country Songs, which blends airplay, streaming and sales data, “My Girl” held at its No.4 high.
The 26-year-old from Louisiana (full name: Dylan Scott Robinson) landed his first No.1 in his third appearance on Country Airplay. “Makin’ This Girl Go Crazy” peaked at No.54 on the chart dated April 19, 2014, and “Crazy Over Me” climbed to No.36 on Feb. 27, 2016.

“This is definitely an incredible day for me and one that I will never forget,” Scott told Billboard after hearing the news of his coronation. “It has been a long and winding journey to get to this point in my career, and now I have my first No.1 record. However, I realize that I still have a long way to go. I am really anxious to continue to work hard to fulfill my dreams.
I feel very blessed and am thankful for all the support I have received.”
“My Girl” additionally marked Curb Records’ first Country Airplay leader in almost three years. The label last led with Lee Brice’s “I Don’t Dance” on the chart dated Aug. 23, 2014. “With Dylan reaching the Country Airplay pinnacle in 46 weeks, it means two things,” said Curb Records vice president/GM Taylor Childress. “It takes an incredible song, one that transcends any challenges in its path and profoundly connects with the consumer. And second, unrelenting execution by the radio promotion team.”
In reaching the Country Airplay summit in its 46th chart week, “My Girl,” which Scott wrote with Josh Kerr, becomes one of only seven songs to complete such a lengthy journey to No.1 in the tally’s 27-year history. Most recently, Darius Rucker’s “If I Told You” hit the top in its 47th frame (June 24). The longest trip to the top belongs to Chris Young’s “Voices,” which ascended to No.1 in its 51st week (over two release cycles) on Feb. 19, 2011.

Country Airplay
*** No.1 (1 week) *** "My Girl” Dylan Scott 45.895 million audience (+1.978 million) / 7,943 radio plays (+440)
** Most Increased Audience ** No.6 “Do I Make You Wanna” Billy Currington 4.498 million audience gain.
Most Added ** No.20 “What Ifs” Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina (15 ADDS)
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.59 “Like You That Way” Canaan Smith

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart
(Chart issue week of July 29, 2017)

Sam Hunt with Body Like a Back Road” (MCA Nashville) held at No.1 (#5-7 Digital Songs; 46,000 sales; down 8%; 24-week total 1,342,000) leading the chart for a 22nd non-consecutive week.
It was six places behind Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber with "Despacito" which dominated the Digital Song Sales chart for an 11th week, with 124,000 downloads sold (down 3%) in the week ending July 13, according to Nielsen Music; the remix with Bieber accounted for 77% of the song's sales.

Brett Young with “In Case You Didn’t Know” rose 2-4 (#31-32 Digital Songs; 17,000 sales; down 10%; 41-week total 794,000)
Billy Currington with “Do I Make You Wanna” climbed 6-3 (#38-34 Digital Songs; 15,000 sales; up 13%; total 141,000).
Keith Urban with “The Fighter,” featuring Carrie Underwood (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville), lifted 5-4 (#33-37 Digital Songs; 16,000 sales; 28-week total 695,000)
Dustin Lynch with “Small Town Boy rose 8-5 (#44-40 Digital Songs; 15,000 sales; 20-week total 228,000).

Old Dominion with “Written In The Sand”, the ballad from the band’s second album HAPPY ENDINGS (out Aug 25) made a debut at #6 (#41 Digital Songs) selling 15,000 copies.
Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris with “Craving You” fell 3-7 (#30-42 Digital Songs; 19,000 sales; 15-week total 278,000).
Midland with “Drinkin’ Problem” fell 7-8 (#40-45 Digital Songs; 14,000 sales; 13-week total 203,000).
Outside the Top 10
Florida Georgia Line feat. Backstreet Boys with “God, Your Mama, And Me” held at #11. (11,000 sales; 23-week total 402,000)
Luke Combs with “Hurricane” rose 15-12 (10,000 sales; 33-week total 535,000)and his track “When It Rains It Pours” made a debut at #19 (8,000 sales; total 30,000)
Lady Antebellum with “You Look Good” fell 10-13 (10,000 sales; 25-week total 330,000).

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

17 July 2017

Dylan Scott Reaches #1 With 'My Girl'
Congrats to Dylan Scott, Ryan Dokke, Mike Rogers, RJ Meacham and the whole Curb promotion staff on landing Scott’s first No.1 with “My Girl.” The song hails from his self-titled debut album. Writers are Scott and Josh Kerr.

"‘My Girl’" (Curb) logged 8,658 radio spins (+549) and 56.87 million audience impressions (+1.846 million) with 25882 Total Points from 158 tracking stations for the tracking week July 9 to July 15, 2017 and published chart July 17th 2017.

Kudos to Matthew Hargis and the BMLG Records team on notching 46 adds with Brett Young’s Like I Loved You”. The song topped the "Most Added" board this chart week.

Mediabase Adds
Artist/Title (Label)                                                                        TW    Total Adds
BRETT YOUNG/Like I Loved You (BMLGR)                                46        53          
CHRIS STAPLETON/Broken Halos (Mercury)                             40        46          
DAN + SHAY/Road Trippin' (Warner Bros./WAR)                       33        40          
JOE NICHOLS/Never Gets Old (Red Bow)                                 26        26          
LUKE COMBS/When It Rains It Pours (River House/Columbia) 18        120         
DIERKS BENTLEY/What The Hell Did I Say (Capitol)                16        44           
CHRIS JANSON/Fix A Drink (Warner Bros./WAR)                     11        126         
KANE BROWN f/L. ALAINA/What Ifs (RCA)                               11        143

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 559 - July 17, 2017 [PDF File]
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Billboard Boxscores (Selective Country concerts)

Rank Artist: #2
Event Venue City/State: Florida Georgia Line, Backstreet Boys, Nelly, Chris Lane Fenway Park Boston, Mass.
Dates: July 7, 2017 Gross Sales: $3,072,146 Attend: 35,699/ 35,699
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $130, $44.75
Promoters: Live Nation
Rank Artist: #4
Event Venue City/State: Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Lauren Alaina Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park Alpharetta, Ga.
Dates: June 15-17, 2017 Gross Sales: $1,715,863 Attend: 33,493 / 36,492
Shows/ Sellouts: 3/0 (2,999 unsold tickets) Prices: $76.75, $60.75, $28
Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #16
Event Venue City/State: Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Adam Craig i wireless Center Moline, Ill.
Dates: May 18-19, 2017 Gross Sales: $1,131,644 Attend: 16,525/ 20,416
Shows/ Sellouts: 2/0 (3,891 unsold tickets) Prices: $72, $46.75
Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #18
Event Venue City/State: Sam Hunt, Maren Morris, Chris Janson Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Tinley Park, Ill.
Dates: July 8, 2017 Gross Sales: $1,025,328 Attend: 28,020/ 28,020
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $75.25, $26
Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #50
Event Venue City/State: Brad Paisley, Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant, Lindsay Ell Honda Center Anaheim, Calif.
Dates: June 24, 2017 Gross Sales: $539,550 Attend: 10,757/ 10,757
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $69, $20
Promoters: Live Nation

Rank Artist: #65
Event Venue City/State: Jason Isbell Beacon Theatre New York, N.Y
Dates: June 22-24, 2017 Gross Sales: $349,634 Attend: 6,550/ 8,076
Shows/ Sellouts: 3/0 (1,526 unsold tickets)  Prices: $59.50, $39.50
Promoters: The Bowery Presents

Rank Artist: #76
Event Venue City/State: Sturgill Simpson, Adia Victoria Fox Theatre Atlanta, Ga.
Dates: July 14, 2017 Gross Sales: $178,189 Attend: 4,503/ 4,503
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $85, $21.50
Promoters: Zero Mile
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