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iTunes UK Country Chart Roundup – Week of 31st March, 2015

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Perhaps because tongues wagged when she performed at Kenny Chesney’s launch of The Big Revival tour in Nashville and planted a big kiss on his lips, perhaps because she won at the recent iHeartRadio Awards, or maybe just because she’s Taylor Swift, but the pop superstar’s country-labelled back catalogue in back on the up on Country Albums this week. ‘Red’ takes the top spot, followed by its deluxe version at #8 and a host of others; these include ‘Speak Now (Bonus Track Version)’ at #11, ‘Taylor Swift’ at #12, ‘Fearless (Platinum Edition)’ at #14 and ‘Fearless’ at #19. The Shires, meanwhile, are bringing up the rear at #2 and #13 with their deluxe and standard versions of ‘Brave’, while Darius Rucker brings a new entry at #3 with ‘Southern Style’, his fourth country album released just yesterday. Also relatively new to the chart are Striking Matches, whose debut album ‘Nothing But The Silence’ remains at #4 after surviving the potential second-week drop.

Dolly Parton as usual is making her presence known on the chart, as ‘Blue Smoke’ takes #10, ‘The Very Best of’ takes #21, and her inclusion in the compilation album ‘First Ladies of Country’ sees it hold strong at #7. Shania Twain, too, picks up the throwback baton for two versions of ‘Come On Over’ at #6 and #17 respectively, while Tim McGraw’s ‘Love Story’ compilation mysteriously jumps to #9 this week. There’s also Johnny Cash, although his usual multiple entries are narrowed down to just one this week: ‘The Legend of Johnny Cash’ at #5, above John Denver’s ‘Ultimate Collection’ at #18 and Glen Campbell’s ‘Twenty Gold Greats’ at #23. And of course, such is the popularity of compilations and Greatest Hits records, there are two miscellaneous ones here this time around, at #15 and #24.

All things told, it’s a story of Taylor Swift and the oldies on this week’s chart, although The Music of Nashville sees ‘Season 2: Volume 2’ and ‘Season 1: Volume 2’ lurk further down at #16 and #20, and Luke Bryan’s ‘Crash My Party’ peeps in at #22. Even Lady Antebellum are hardly noticeable, with ‘Own The Night’ just making it into the roundup at #25. A similar picture exists on Country Songs, with Miss Taylor dominating (she steals the top four spots and many others going down), as only Lady A manage to challenge her with ‘Need You Now’ at #5. Entries from Johnny Cash, Shania Twain, John Denver and Dolly Parton serve to litter much of the rest of the top 25, although Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Biscuits’ enjoys a place at #14 and The Shires’ ‘Friday Night’ holds at #17. There’s also Carrie Underwood’s ‘Something In The Water’ at #20, Faith Hill’s ‘This Kiss’ at #19, The Band Perry’s ‘If I Die Young’ at #24 and Uncle Kracker’s ‘Follow Me’ at #25, but if we’re looking for current material Kacey, The Shires and perhaps Carrie are the only ones ticking that box. Not a very good place to be at.

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

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2 Responses to iTunes UK Country Chart Roundup – Week of 31st March, 2015

  1. Livewire says:

    Ridiculous that all the C2C main stage and Pop Up acts can’t put a dent in Taylor Swift’s years old sets, Shania’s 90s music and deceased musicians. The vast numbers of C2C Pop Up UK artists really are going to have to work on their single & promotion because people simply aren’t buying unless they can sell them at the few live shows and festivals they play. The Shires will be hoping they can shift a ton more on their April Tour with now 16,300 copies sold in 4 chart frames. If so they just might hang on to a Top 100 place in weeks 5 & 6.
    An Official UK Top 100 debut for Striking Matches selling 800-900 copies. Their album is tagged “country” on iTunes yet the Official Chart Company are not classifying them as country hence no Country Chart place, just Why?!

    • C Chadwick says:

      Hey Livewire, I agree but I feel its just not that simple for a pop up stage artist to compete with a grammy award winning artist who has a multi million pound record deal and 100 million fans around the world to buy her records, If someone fancies signing me up and offering to pay for my marketing and promotion then I’m as ready as il ever be, But in the real world until then i have to pay what i can afford to get my music out there… its a rich mans game, and unless your rich or signed you cant compete… 🙁

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