iTunes UK Country Chart Roundup – Week of 7th April, 2015


Well, what a surprise. As usual, Taylor Swift is dominating the Country Albums chart with ‘Red’, while ‘Red (Deluxe Version)’ is at #4, ‘Fearless (Platinum Edition)’ is at #5, ‘Taylor Swift’ is at #6, ‘Speak Now (Bonus Track Version)’ is at #12 and ‘Fearless’ is at #16. She’s joined by Johnny Cash, who places entries at #2 and #23 (‘The Legend of Johnny Cash’ and ‘The Man Comes Around’ respectively), and The Shires, who have the deluxe and standard editions of ‘Brave’ coming in at #3 and #15. There’s not a lot different here than we’ve seen in previous weeks, as last week’s new release ‘Southern Style’ by Darius Rucker holds strong at #7 while Striking Matches’ ‘Nothing But The Silence’ sticks at #11 after a fortnight, and the International Tour Edition of Lady Antebellum’s ‘747’ puts down roots at #9 after being in our lives for a month.

Meanwhile, chart mainstay Dolly Parton is at #8 this week with ‘Blue Smoke – The Best of’ and at #25 with ‘Greatest Hits’, knocking other similar compilations out of the top 25, although the record ‘First Ladies of Country’, which she’s featured on, is still doing well at #18. The modern men of the genre also get a look-in as Luke Bryan’s ‘Crash My Party’ moves up to #13, Tim McGraw’s ‘Love Story’ takes #14, and Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Here’s To The Good Times’ is at #19, while the modern women take a step back for a minute. Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Same Trailer Different Park’ notches #20 this week, Carrie Underwood’s ‘Greatest Hits: Decade #1’ stakes out #22, while Shania Twain’s comparatively older ‘Come On Over’ album sells more to reach #17. It’s somewhat telling.

Of course, Country Songs is as usual an even narrower picture, with Taylor Swift taking up much of the top 25, particularly the top 10. Lady Antebellum’s standard ‘Need You Now’ drops to #7 just as Dolly Parton’s ‘Islands In The Stream’ comes in at #8 and the same with Johnny Cash’s ‘Hurt’ at #10, but largely there is little room for anyone other than the current Queen of Pop. There are a few other entries from Johnny Cash, a couple from Shania Twain, a couple from John Denver, one more from Dolly and Faith Hill’s usual ‘There You’ll Be’ at #15, with the only others being Uncle Kracker’s ‘Follow Me’ at #12, Ritchie Remo’s ‘Hit The Diff’ at #22 (a surprise entry), and Carrie Underwood’s Grammy-winning ‘Something In The Water’ at #24. So much for modern country music taking over the UK.

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

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