Country Stars Thrive in Grammys’ Golden Afterglow

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Country Stars Thrive in Grammys’ Golden Afterglow

Published on February 23, 2013 by CMT News

Taylor Swift
So did the Grammys boost record sales for our valiant country artists? The stats say yes.

Case in point: Taylor
Swift
, who opened the show, saw her latest album, Red, spring back to No. 1 on Billboard‘s country albums
chart.

Red sold 35,001 copies the reporting week before the Grammys and 71,953 the week after, according to
Nielsen SoundScan.

Hunter Hayes saw similarly dramatic increases.
The pre- and post-sales of his self-titled album were 18,532 and 33,428, respectively, while his Hunter Hayes Live
EP rocketed from 274 to 2,769 units.

Other jumps worth noting: Carrie
Underwood
‘s Blown Away from 13,984 to 23,802 and Little Big
Town
‘s Tornado from 18,527 to 24,610.

OK. Back to the basics: The
Band Perry
‘s “Better Dig Two” remains the top song on
the country airplay chart for the second week in a row.

There are two new albums to note this week: Connor Christian
Southern Gothic’s New Hometown, debuting at No. 17, and Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison’s Cheater’s Game,
bowing at No. 29.

Four albums return to the chart: The multi-artist collection, Now That’s What I Call Country Ballads
(No. 55), Big Rich‘s Hillbilly Jedi (No. 70), Uncle
Kracker
‘s Midnight Special (No. 71) and Josh Turner‘s Live
Across America
(No. 74).

Four new songs say hello: Randy Houser‘s
“Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” (No. 56), Katie Armiger‘s “Playin’ With
Fire” (No. 58), Big Rich’s “Cheat on You” (No. 59) and Jason Aldean‘s
“1994″ (No. 60).

Rounding out the Top 5 albums, in descending order, are Tim
McGraw
‘s Two Lanes of Freedom (last week’s No. 1), Hunter Hayes, Gary
Allan
‘s Set You Free and Little Big Town‘s Tornado.
The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are McGraw’s “One of Those Nights,”
Little Big Town’s “Tornado,” Swift’s “Begin
Again”
and Dierks Bentley‘s “Tip
It on Back.”

Music Row thanks you for your purchases and urges you not to wait for special occasions to make them.

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