iTunes UK Country Chart Roundup – Week of 18th May, 2015

Once again of course The Shires dominate the iTunes charts in the UK, notching ‘Brave (Deluxe)’ at #1 on Country Albums and ‘Brave’ at #4 (down one spot from last week). They are joined by a plethora of Taylor Swift records, led by ‘Red’ at #3 and followed by ‘Fearless (Platinum Edition)’ at #9, ‘Speak Now (Bonus Track Version)’ at #10, ‘Taylor Swift’ at #12, and ‘Fearless’ at #14. Alongside her are entries from Zac Brown Band, with ‘Jekyll + Hyde’ at #7 and ‘Greatest Hits So Far…’ at #11, while the return of ‘Nashville’ for season 3 last week has boosted the sales of its soundtrack albums.’The Music of Nashville: Season 3, Volume 1′ is up at #5, ‘Season 1: Volume 2’ is down at #21 and ‘Season 2: Volume 1’ brings up the rear at #22.

Irish star Nathan Carter proves his material to be popular too, as ‘Beautiful Life (Deluxe)’ comes in at #6, ahead of the standard edition at #25. As is to be expected, Shania Twain holds her ground on the chart also, with ‘Greatest Hits’ at #13 and ‘Come On Over’ at #24 while Johnny Cash picks up slots at #2 (‘The Legend of Johnny Cash’), #19 and #20. Interestingly enough this week sees the sudden boost of Keith Urban’s ‘Greatest Hits’ all the way to #15, and the only reason I can think of is the recent American Idol finale (where he is a judge) and the announcement that the show would return for one final season next year. Elsewhere Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell’s new duets album ‘The Traveling Kind’ continues to be a favorite at #18, while they are surrounded by entries from the likes of John Denver, Jim Reeves and Dolly Parton.

Meanwhile on the Country Songs chart, The Shires are still firmly leading with ‘State Lines’ at #1 and #20. Lady Antebellum have dropped again to #7 with ‘Need You Now’ after being trumped by Carrie Underwood’s ‘Before He Cheats’ making a bid for #4, but the remainder of the top 10 consists of Taylor Swift as usual. After that we are faced with a number of classic country tracks, such as Johnny Cash’s ‘Hurt’ (#10), Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers’ ‘Islands In The Stream’ (#11), John Denver’s ‘Take Me Home Country Roads’ (#12), Glen Campbell’s ‘Wichita Lineman’ (#13), Shania Twain’s ‘Man I Feel Like A Woman’ (#14), John Denver’s ‘Annie’s Song’ (#15) and Dolly Parton’s ‘9 To 5’ (#16). In fact, following the interjection of album-only Derek Ryan track ‘Cecilia’ at #17, we continue to see entries from Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Heartland and The Mavericks, as well as the old Rascal Flatts hit ‘Life Is A Highway’ (#25). Only Little Big Town’s ‘Girl Crush’ makes its mark, moving up slightly to #21.

It’s clear that the iTunes UK charts are still a place for catalog, and labels need to make more effort in promoting their acts on these shores. That’s it for this week; come back next Tuesday for another edition of the iTunes UK roundup.

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