Country Stars Thrive in Grammys’ Golden Afterglow

Taylor Swift, The Band Perry Top Albums, Airplay Charts

So did the Grammys boost record sales for our valiant country artists? The stats say yes.

Case in point: Taylor Swift , who opened the show, saw her latest album, Red, spring back to No. 1 on Billboard‘s country albums chart.

Red sold 35,001 copies the reporting week before the Grammys and 71,953 the week after, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Hunter Hayes saw similarly dramatic increases. The pre- and post-sales of his self-titled album were 18,532 and 33,428, respectively, while his Hunter Hayes Live EP rocketed from 274 to 2,769 units.

Other jumps worth noting: Carrie Underwood ‘s Blown Away from 13,984 to 23,802 and Little Big Town ‘s Tornado from 18,527 to 24,610.

OK. Back to the basics: The Band Perry ‘s “Better Dig Two” remains the top song on the country airplay chart for the second week in a row.

There are two new albums to note this week: Connor Christian & Southern Gothic’s New Hometown, debuting at No. 17, and Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison’s Cheater’s Game, bowing at No. 29.

Four albums return to the chart: The multi-artist collection, Now That’s What I Call Country Ballads (No. 55), Big & Rich ‘s Hillbilly Jedi (No. 70), Uncle Kracker ‘s Midnight Special (No. 71) and Josh Turner ‘s Live Across America (No. 74).

Four new songs say hello: Randy Houser ‘s “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” (No. 56), Katie Armiger ‘s “Playin’ With Fire” (No. 58), Big & Rich’s “Cheat on You” (No. 59) and Jason Aldean ‘s “1994″ (No. 60).

Rounding out the Top 5 albums, in descending order, are Tim McGraw ‘s Two Lanes of Freedom (last week’s No. 1), Hunter Hayes, Gary Allan ‘s Set You Free and Little Big Town ‘s Tornado. The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are McGraw’s “One of Those Nights,” Little Big Town’s “Tornado,” Swift’s “Begin Again” and Dierks Bentley ‘s “Tip It on Back.”

Music Row thanks you for your purchases and urges you not to wait for special occasions to make them.