iTunes UK Country Chart Roundup – Week of 15th January, 2016


Welcome to 2016, UK country fans! Plenty already to come in the next 12 months, so strap in. Here is our first look at the charts for this year.

2016 might just be getting started, but we already have two brand new records inside the top 25 of Country Albums. The first is Hank Williams, Jr.’s ‘It’s About Time’ at #12, while Brothers Osborne’s ‘Pawn Shop’ follows at #18. Back at the top of the charts, compilation ‘The Country Album’ is safely holding onto #1, while Sam Hunt’s ‘Montevallo’ takes #2 and Carrie Underwood’s ‘Storyteller’ brings up the rear at #3. Carrie also appears at #16 with ‘Greatest Hits: Decade #1’, which was recently certified Platinum in the United States, while Johnny Cash dominates with albums at #4, #6, #10 and #20, and The Shires continue to hold the UK flag at #5 and #21 with ‘Brave’.

Elsewhere, the latest records from the likes of Chris Stapleton (#9), Marty Mone (#11), Kacey Musgraves (#23), Miranda Lambert (#24) and Chris Young (#25) are all charting in good stead, amidst entries from Shania Twain at #8 and #17, and Taylor Swift, who comes in at #7 (‘Speak Now – Bonus Track Version’), #13 (‘Red’), and #15 (‘Fearless – Platinum Edition’). Dolly Parton gets a boost to #14 with ‘The Very Best of’, and interestingly Lady Antebellum’s ‘Own The Night’ has jumped to #19 while the Dixie Chicks’ ‘The Essential’ features at #22.

Sam Hunt is dominating Country Songs with ‘Take Your Time’, and he also appears at #12 with latest single ‘Break Up In A Small Town’. At #2 is viral sensation Ruairi McSorley with his single ‘The Girl For Me’, challenging fellow Irishman Marty Mone who is down at #7 with ‘Slip The Clutch’. The hubbub has shifted Lady Antebellum’s ‘Need You Now’ down to #9 (and #22), while Carrie Underwood’s ‘Before He Cheats’ moves up to #3 and Taylor Swift’s ‘Love Story’ holds onto #4, beating out Shania Twain’s ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’ at #5 and Johnny Cash’s ‘Hurt’ at #6. Taylor only has five other tracks inside the top 25, but that’s largely due to the increased presence of artists such as Dolly Parton and Thomas Rhett. The latter’s highest position this week is #10 with ‘Crash And Burn’, while current single ‘Die A Happy Man’ is at #15. Further down the chart, Red Sky July’s new single ‘The Truth and The Lie’ debuts at #18, and Chris Stapleton’s ‘Traveller’ continues to give a strong showing at #20. As we wind down The Band Perry’s ‘If I Die Young’ gets a peek at #24, against the likes of John Denver and Kenny Rogers.

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

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