iTunes UK Country Chart Roundup – Week of 17th February, 2015

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Well, Gretchen Peters’ dominance with new record ‘Blackbirds’ didn’t last too long on Country Albums. Granted, she comes in at #3 this week, but Taylor Swift is of course back to #1 with ‘Red’ and also at #2 with ‘Fearless (Platinum Edition)’. The Shires, however, have seen a boost, with ‘Brave’ (their debut album due for release next week) hovering at #5 on a pre-order and ‘The Green Note EP’ at #13. The Mavericks also have a new album on the chart; the just-released ‘Mono’ currently sits at #14 with the likelihood of rising as the week goes on, while Lady Antebellum push beyond them to reach #9 and #10 respectively (‘747’ and ‘Need You Now’).

But naturally, this doesn’t mean Taylor Swift is out of the game. In fact, as usual she has a number of entries in the top 25, including ‘Speak Now (Bonus Track Version)’ at #4, ‘Taylor Swift’ at #7, ‘Red (Deluxe Version)’ at #11 and ‘Fearless’ at #15, although this does document a notable decline of her influence from last week. In place of her is Dolly Parton, with ‘The Very Best of’ at #6, just as ‘Blue Smoke’ comes in at #22, compilation CDs come up at #8 and #12, and Miranda Lambert falls to #21 with ‘Platinum’. Elsewhere on the chart Luke Bryan is at #17 with ‘Crash My Party’, Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Same Trailer Different Park’ is at #18, Ward Thomas’ ‘From Where We Stand’ is #19, Shania Twain asks us to ‘Come On Over’ at #20 and the Season 1, Volume 2 version of the ‘Nashville’ soundtrack is making a peek at #25.

Meanwhile Country Songs shows a slightly different story. Taylor Swift is once again leading with ‘Love Story’ and monopolizes the chart with an astonishing 12 tracks out of 25, but Uncle Kracker still manages to get to #2 with ‘Follow Me’. The next highest-positioned act is The Shires with their latest single ‘Friday Night’ at #7, while Lady Antebellum’s ‘Need You Now’ takes #8 and Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’, ‘Islands In The Stream’ and ‘9 To 5’ come in at #10, #11 and #13 respectively. The popularity of last week’s breakout, Heartland’s ‘I Loved Her First’ has waned, but only down to #12, while The Shires’ instant grat track ‘I Just Wanna Love You’ takes #15 and Carrie Underwood’s Grammy-winning ‘Something In The Water’ falls to #17. Gretchen Peters holds on to some single sales with ‘When All You Got Is A Hammer’ at #25, at the same time as Jim Reeves gets a boost to #24 with ‘I Love You Because’ and young US duo Megan & Liz shoot to #21 with ‘All The Way’.

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

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