iTunes UK Country Chart Roundup – Week of 6th January, 2015


I expected the first iTunes UK roundup of 2015 to show the fruits of a busy Christmas period, the receipt of iTunes gift-cards resulting in a more random selection of albums and singles being purchased due to having those resources at fans’ fingertips. Yet, surprisingly, there is far less difference than I was presuming to the charts of a few weeks ago. Sure, there’s no Christmas material anymore, but that’s about the only change. Leading Country Albums as usual we have Dolly Parton with ‘The Very Best of’, while ‘Blue Smoke’ comes in at #3. Taylor Swift naturally has a significant hold on the chart too, with ‘Red’ at #2, ‘Fearless (Platinum Edition)’ at #4, ‘Taylor Swift’ at #6, ‘Red (Deluxe Edition)’ at #7, ‘Speak Now (Bonus Track Version)’ at #9, and ‘Fearless’ at #10. In fact, none of her albums in the top 25 are placed outside of the top 10. Not bad for a girl who’s since gone pop.

But elsewhere it’s girl power this week, as Carrie Underwood’s ‘Greatest Hits: Decade #1’ is next up at #5, while Hillary Scott-led Lady Antebellum is bringing up the rear with ‘747’ at #8 and #18, and ‘Need You Now’ at #16. Miranda Lambert’s ‘Platinum’ is also charting at #13, just as Shania Twain’s ‘Greatest Hits’ is at #22 and Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Same Trailer Different Park’ is at #24, while Lucy Hale hits the top 25 for the first time in many months with ‘Road Between’ at #21.The men are not about to be counted out, however, as Johnny Cash fills in #11, #12 and #17, leading Brad Paisley’s ‘Moonshine In The Trunk’ at #14, Luke Bryan’s ‘Crash My Party’ at #20 and Willie Nelson’s ‘Legend’ at #23.

At the same time, Country Songs is a Taylor Swift picture. With ‘Love Story’ at the helm and another ten tracks from her in the top 25, her dominance seems to know no bounds. She takes up all of the top 5, with only Dolly Parton (#6, #8, #10) and Carrie Underwood (‘Something In The Water’, #7) managing to join her in the top 10. Lady Antebellum have been pushed down to #11 with ‘Need You Now’ (plus #24), and despite a surprise appearance from Little Big Town at #14 with ‘Day Drinking’, there is little else of note this week besides The Band Perry at #25 with ‘If I Die Young’, Darius Rucker at #21 with ‘Wagon Wheel’ and Johnny Cash at #15 with ‘God’s Gonna Cut You Down’.

That’s it for this week; come back next Tuesday for another dose of your iTunes UK roundup!

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