The 9513 Chart Update (2-14-10)

Sam Gazdziak | February 16th, 2010 Top Artists

While Josh Turner has normally averaged around 13 listeners per week, the release of a new album shot him up to #4 on the list this week, with 23 listeners. It’s a decent showing but not spectacular, which is pretty much in line with how the album reviews have been. Once again, the #1 artist was George Strait with 28 listeners, with Miranda Lambert (26) and Lady Antebellum (24) right behind. Tim McGraw had 22 listeners, which represents his best showing all year. Perhaps it was the unhealthy snack, “Still,” that brought around some of his dormant fans. Sara Evans also had a strong showing, as her 19 listeners left her tied with Dwight Yoakam and Trisha Yearwood. They help to fill the chart’s “We wish radio still played them” quotient. Top Tracks

“Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum had an amazing 17 listeners, which is the highest tally that any song has had this year and is probably one of the best results for any song in any given week. Now that Need You Now has been out for a while, the favorites are starting to be seen. Those include “American Honey” and “Our Kind Of Love” (both with 11 listeners this week). Turner, as expected, had a slew of songs in the Top 10, with “Why Don’t We Just Dance” leading the way with 14 listeners, putting it at #2 on the list. Four other songs from Haywire had 10 listeners, including the title track, “The Answer,” “I Wouldn’t Be A Man” and “As Fast As I Could.” In fact, the only two songs in the Top 20 not from those two artists was Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” with 11 listeners and “White Liar,” with 8.

Billboard Country Songs

Turner celebrated his new album with his third #1 song, “Why Don’t We Just Dance.” It jumped all the way from #4 to get there, knocking back “White Liar” from #2 to #5 in the process. Darius Rucker also entered the Top 5 with “History In The Making” moving to #4. The youth movement in country music did well this week, as the Top 20 includes Carrie Underwood at #8, Easton Corbin at #11, Taylor Swift at #15, Kellie Pickler at #17 and Josh Thompson at #19. On the other hand, Strait’s “I Gotta Get To You” is at #43 after five weeks on the chart, and Reba McEntire‘s “I Keep On Lovin’ You” is #42 after three. Both of those songs were among the fastest movers this week, so the veterans may still end up slugging it out with the youngsters for chart supremacy.

Billboard Country Albums

Need You Now continued to dominate the country charts and the Billboard 200, where they managed to fend off new albums from both Lil Wayne and a Jonas brother. Zac Brown Band also had a major post-Grammy push, as The Foundation moved to #3 on the country charts and jumped from #22 to #10 on the Top 200. That’s the highest the album has charted there. The Crazy Heart soundtrack ended up at #7, meaning that Jeff Bridges charted better than Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert. The biggest debut was Dailey & Vincent‘s Sing The Statler Brothers, a Cracker Barrel exclusive that made it to #19. With successful albums from Zac Brown Band and George Jones, Cracker Barrel is becoming a pretty viable market for country albums.

Freebie of the Week

With Mardi Gras coming up, here’s a little swamp pop to get you in the mood. Lil’ Band O’ Gold is a Louisiana super group featuring rocker C.C. Adcock, accordion whiz Steve Riley and a host of swamp pop legends like Warren Storm and Tommy McClain. Along with one excellent record, the band has played with the likes of Robert Plant and Fats Domino and was the subject of a documentary, The Promised Land that debuted in 2009. A couple of songs from the band are available at Room 609 Films’ website. Scroll to the bottom of the page and download “Spoonbread” and “I Don’t Want To Know.” If you liked those, the band’s self-titled album is worth tracking down.

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