Two days after the annual C2C Festival blew up the O2 Arena in London, we take a look at the charts that reflect how the billed acts have come across to UK fans. The Shires are leading Country Albums with ‘Brave’ (and #9 with the standard edition), showcasing their top 10 UK albums chart hit and their appearances on the pop-up stages during the weekend. Next up is Lady Antebellum, who closed the festival and clearly were the biggest hits of the two days, with ‘Need You Now’ taking #3, ‘747 (International Edition)’ stealing #6, ‘747 (Deluxe Edition)’ down at #17 and finally the standard ‘747’ coming in at #25. Then there’s Ward Thomas, another pop-up act, whose album ‘From Where We Stand’ is charting at #5 and #11 this week.
Elsewhere, we have the bros taking hold in the UK. Luke Bryan’s ‘Crash My Party’ (headliner for Saturday) leads at #8 while his previous album ‘Tailgates & Tanlines’ comes in at #24, just as Florida Georgia Line achieve similar as ‘Here’s To The Good Times’ takes #10 and ‘Anything Goes’ is at #20. Brandy Clark was also a huge hit as the festival’s main stage opener, as despite not having a particularly full arena her album ’12 Stories’ jumps to an appropriate #12 this week, ahead of Kip Moore whose deluxe and standard editions of his album ‘Up All Night’ are at #14 and #19 respectively (he was Sunday’s opener). Jason Aldean gets a bit of a look-in with ‘Old Boots, New Dirt’ charting at #16, while Brantley Gilbert and Lee Ann Womack find themselves outside of the top 25. Clearly that second slot is a difficult one.
Also on Country Albums is Carrie Underwood’s ‘Blown Away’ (#13) and Miranda Lambert’s ‘Platinum’, showing that despite C2C fever the ladies still have something to say sales-wise. Speaking of women, Dolly Parton is up at #2 with ‘The Very Best of’, while the compilation ‘First Ladies of Country’ is at #4, Shania Twain is at #22 with ‘Come On Over’ and Taylor Swift has a rare moment of solitude with ‘Red’ at #15. None of her other albums made it into the top 25, for the first time in many months. Of course, she still has plenty going on in Country Songs, particularly in the top 10, but Lady Antebellum still lead with ‘Need You Now’ (and at #25) while The Shires are at #2 with ‘Friday Night’. Speaking of that popular duo, they also chart ‘Brave’ and ‘I Just Wanna Love You’ at #8 and #15 respectively, while their UK counterparts Ward Thomas are at #24 with latest single ‘A Town Called Ugley’. Of course there is plenty of Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash here, and Heartland’s ‘I Loved Her First’ joins Uncle Kracker’s ‘Follow Me’ at #14 and #11, but this week Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line have something to say with ‘Country Girl (Shake It For Me)’ and ‘This Is How We Roll’ at #16 and #17. Luke also pushes his huge US single ‘Play It Again’ to #18.
That’s it for this week; come back next Tuesday for another of our iTunes UK roundups!