Sales of Loretta Lynn’s Van Lear Rose album skyrocketed after she won two trophies at the recent Grammy Awards show. Additionally, Keith Urban and Tim McGraw saw a boost in their CD sales, too, following performances on the nationally televised program.
According to Nielsen SoundScan data, Lynn’s sales increased 64 percent to shoot Van Lear Rose from No. 28 to No. 18 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. Van Lear Rose won a Grammy for country album of the year. Lynn and producer Jack White also grabbed a Grammy for best country collaboration with vocals for the album track, “Portland Oregon.”
McGraw, who performed three times during the awards show, racked up a 28-percent sales boost for his latest album, Live Like You Were Dying, which climbs three spaces to No. 6 on this week’s country albums list. Urban, who performed with Elvin Bishop and Lynyrd Skynyrd during a Grammy tribute to Southern rock, logged a 20-percent sales increase for his latest album, Be Here, to land at No. 15.
Multiple Grammy wins for Ray Charles’ final album, Genius Loves Company, resulted in a 202 percent increase in sales to catapult the title from No. 15 to No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart. The album features duets with several artists, including Willie Nelson and Norah Jones.
Elsewhere on the country albums chart, Kenny Chesney returns to the top spot with Be As You Are: Songs From an Old Blue Chair after being unseated one week by the all-star hit compilation, Totally Country Vol. 4. Gretchen Wilson, who also performed during the Grammy’s Southern rock tribute, actually experienced a miniscule decrease in sales but still managed to jump four spaces — to No. 2 — with Here for the Party. Rascal Flatts’ Feels Like Today climbs two slots to No. 3, and Shania Twain’s Greatest Hits spends a second week at No. 4. With Totally Country and Live Like You Were Dying in fifth and six place, respectively, Lee Ann Womack’s There’s More Where That Came From slips four spaces to No. 7 in its second week of release. Rounding out the Top 10, in order, are Toby Keith’s Greatest Hits 2, George Strait’s 50 Number Ones and Big & Rich’s Horse of a Different Color.
The only album debuting this week is Willie Nelson’s Songs, a career retrospective spanning multiple decades and several labels.
No major changes were noted on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks, where Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road” and Urban’s “You’re My Better Half” spend another week in the first and second positions, respectively. Josh Gracin’s “Nothin’ to Lose” rises to No. 3, Brad Paisley’s “Mud on the Tires” slips to No. 4 and Craig Morgan’s “That’s What I Love About Sunday” makes a two-notch jump to No. 5. Sliding one level each are Alan Jackson’s “Monday Morning Church” (to No. 6) and LeAnn Rimes’ “Nothin’ ’Bout Love Makes Sense” (to No. 7). Sugarland’s “Baby Girl” spends a second week at No. 8, while Billy Dean’s “Let Them Be Little” climbs a notch to No. 9. Reba McEntire is in 10th place with “He Gets That From Me.”
Travis Tritt has the highest-debuting country single of the week with “I See Me.” The track from Tritt’s album, My Honky Tonk History, debuts at No. 51. Darryl Worley is close behind, arriving at No. 52 with “If Something Should Happen.”
Pat Green charts at No. 57 with “Baby Doll,” while newcomer George Canyon debuts at No. 60 with “My Name.”