Blown Away jumped 10 spots from #40 to #30 on this weeks Billboard Country Chart
Midweek chart observatons [data is the change from Sunday to Thursday]:
"5-1-5-0" has gained (+236 spins, +1.921 million AIs), outpacing "Come Over" (+204, +1.448), and will be #1 tomorrow as "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" (-293, -2.211) continues to descend.
"Angel Eyes" (+304, +2.512) will enter the top 5 tomorrow as it will pass "Beers Ago" (-168, -1.253).
"Over" (+145, +0.821) has steadily moved upward to #8 and passed "Postcard From Paris" (-29, -0.059) which is stalling.
"Why Ya Wanna" (+49, +0.156) at #13, "Cowboys and Angels" (+30, +0.202) at #14, "That's Why I Pray" (0, +0.078) at #20, and "Lovin' You Is Fun" (+3, +0.221) at #21 are kind of hanging on.
Two songs have a disproportionate Audience Impression gain for the relatively small amount of spin increase:
====== "The Wind" (+32, +0.669) and "Wanted You More" (+38, +1.361)
It seems that many smaller stations have stop spinning WYM but some big stations are trying to prop the song up. To give you an idea of the disportionate AI gain, here are songs that have gained more spins but yet gained a very small amount of AI: "Come Wake Me Up" (+71, +0.341), "Neon" (+71, +0.192), "The One That Got Away" (+51, +0.159).
"Pontoon" (+272, +3.029) at #16 and "Blown Away" (+343, +2.456) at #30 are enjoying huge gains.
I guess I'm the only one who thinks Patoon is alittle red neck for me.
But I love them and I am glad they are having a hit song. They muchly deserve it over all.
A member over at ATRL did something for us to request BA on POP! Let's make it cross over!
Try to post this everywhere :3
Originally Posted by Mister Martian
I must be the only person that is getting tired of the Pontoon song. I like it, but now it's starting to burn on me.
I really hope Carrie scores her 16th No.1 single with 'Blown Away'. She really deserves it as the song is simply flawless!
Big Machine is no doubt really trying to make Tim successful but you guys gotta keep in mind, THEY are NOT the ones behind his big debut. There is a new practice (and a bad one at that) on country radio in which Clear Channel (more than 50 CC stations) has started to launch hyped new singles by playing them once an hour on the first day they are at radio, and then still a lot more than normal for the next week or two. It is a terrible programming tactic, in my opinion, because it ignores local research--ie, how the songs are testing with local listeners--and it is just terribly fake. Manufactured, if you will. But that's what's happening and I bet it'll happen the next time Taylor releases a lead single. Before you go bashing Taylor or Big Machine, though, it's not their decision. Clear Channel picks what songs they want to blast up the chart and then they do just that. They did it for the Kenny/Tim duet, for the Big & Rich song, for ZBB's "The Wind", for Tim's "Truck Yeah", and now Jason's "Take A Little Ride" is getting the same treatment this week.
It is NOT the labels that do this. Sure, they are probably aggressively promoting their songs as well (and this includes other labels besides Big Machine), but that's just normal promotion that they are doing. The CC spin-once-an-hour thing is totally different and not associated with any labels. Not Big Machine, not Sony, not Capitol, etc. Labels and corporate radio cannot make 'deals' like that because it is illegal.
So that is why you are seeing Jason go up fast. But also, there's soo much hype. His last album is approaching 3x Platinum. He is a HUGE star and atm, is probably bigger than Carrie. Look at his single sales and consistent album sales. And now, his new single TALR is #1 on iTunes all-genre, where it has been for more than 24 consecutive hours. Country stars just don't DO that. Taylor only did it once, when "Fearless" was released to iTunes as a countdown track leading up to the Fearless album. Scotty did it after he won Idol and Lady A's NYN finally hit #1 when it was blowing up big. But other than that it just doesn't happen for country stars so Jason is just white hot right now and it's absolutely incredible. I mean, the song wasn't released to radio or iTunes until Monday...sure, all the airplay it's getting is helping but it shot up iTunes so fast.
Carrie is doing just fine. "Blown Away" is not moving up mega-fast but it didn't get a Clear Channel boost because it is not her lead single. However, it is still moving up great for a 2nd single and the sales are gonna keep picking up for it, and also for the album. To be clear, I don't like what Clear Channel is doing as I think it is terrible programming and it makes corporate radio too powerful while ignoring the listeners of individual stations. But I do think that the next time someone like Taylor or Carrie or Lady A puts out a lead single, they will have their songs spun once an hour as well for the first few days they are at radio. Even if it's a Carrie song, I won't like that much manufactured airplay. I just don't think it is right and it is not fair either. That's manipulation of the airplay charts if I've ever seen it, and this time, it's really not the labels as they all jostle for #1, but rather a powerful block of stations all owned by Clear Channel.
CC must get something for doing this.^^
Strange they didn't do that for GG. That was a HUGE lead single for Carrie.
I believe that BMR has nothing to do with the TRUCK YECH promo on clear channel*
* I also believe that politicians never lie....
Look at how fast GG went out of the gate. It didn't need CC.
Country Aircheck - 7/19:
» Country Aircheck Today Top Point Gainers:
Here are the top point gainers for July 15-18, compared with the same days last week:
- JASON ALDEAN/Take A Little Ride (Broken Bow) +3791 points
- TIM MCGRAW/Truck Yeah (Big Machine) +1319 points
- CARRIE UNDERWOOD/Blown Away (19/Arista) +1073 points
- LOVE AND THEFT/Angel Eyes (RCA) +957 points
- DIERKS BENTLEY/5-1-5-0 (Capitol) +935 points
Jason sure is red hot but I have to admit I'm a bit disappointed in his new single. It's just "meh" for me.
Jason sure is red hot because he'll probably have the #1 single for the week as there isn't anything that looks like it will challenge it. But I have to admit I'm a bit disappointed in his new single. It's just "meh" for me.
Agree. I like Jason alot but the new single is not strong enough to be a lead single. I expected better. It is ok-- but nothing exciting.
I agree that Jason's new single is not really all that great to me either. I heard it for the first time today and it really isn't that great in my opinion but I am sure it will get to the top of the charts since he is on fire now. I also heard Tim's Truck Yeah and I really dislike that song! lol
Billboard is projecting a 200k copies opening for Jason Aldean's "Take A Little Ride". That'd be the biggest male Country opening ever, beating Scotty's "I Love You This Big" (Around 171k copies). It was #1 on daily airplay for its first day on Country radio (8 million AI), but it's gained 'only' around 1 million every day afterwards so the Clear Channel deal may just have lasted for a day. He's gonna debut Top 10 on the Hot 100 regardless. The only other 200k-selling male Country song in a week was Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup", and Jason's previous best was more than 180k with "Dirt Road Anthem" featuring Ludacris.
I think it's meh but so was "My Kinda Party".
Agreed--'Good Girl' picked up 1,882 spins in its first full 7 days of airplay (Fri.-Thur. basis) after KEEY, KAJA and a couple of other powerhouses got a hold of it late Thursday (Feb. 23rd), so it certainly didn't need that rigged nonsense from CC or anybody else.
And one thing to point out is that Clear Channel didn't introduce this practice until Kenny and Tim came together for "Feel Like A Rock Star"...that was released at the ACM's on April 1. When did GG come out? Late February. That was a good 5 weeks before CC started these crazy schemes of theirs.
What does CC get? Well they're already by far the biggest and most powerful block of stations so they're just getting their name out there even more and showing their muscle. iHeart Radio is a part of Clear Channel and when they do these debuts like this, they like to make them 'little events'. Stations make their money individually so it's not as if the CC headquarters is getting paid by someone to debut songs like this and then splits the money among the CC-owned stations.
If CC is still doing these tactics in the next 1-2 years, then I fully believe Carrie's next lead single will get the big treatment, though I don't want ANYONE to get that because I don't think it is good programming. And yeah, usually the spin-once-an-hour special only happens for the 1st day the song is at radio, though for the Kenny/Tim duet it was 3 days before the gains settled down a bit. After day 1, not all of the CC stations spin the 'special' song once an hour, but the song still gets more airplay than it would normally get. So for Jason's single, he won't debut at #1, but his Clear Channel-fueled week looks like it's pointing him toward a debut somewhere in the 19-21 range on the next Billboard chart, and with potentially 200k in downloads, he could be looking at a Hot 100 top 10 soon.
Again, the other songs that got the CC special (that's what I call it) were Kenny & Tim's duet FLARS, Big & Rich's "That's Why I Pray", Zac Brown Band's "The Wind", and Tim McGraw's "Truck Yeah", plus now Jason's "Take A Little Ride". On Billboard, the Kenny/Tim duet debuted at #13 (second biggest debut ever, only behind Garth Vader's manufactured #1 debut), but again they got 3 days of spins once per hour, while the other songs have gotten the huge boost on day #1 and not as many (but still more than normal) spins over the rest of the week. Also, FLARS only peaked at #11 on Billboard 5 weeks after it was released (it got to #10 on Mediabase), but that may not have been the CC special backfiring, and instead rather Sony pulling the plug since a) they wanted Kenny's next single "Come Over" to be released and b) Tim McGraw was about to announce his signing with Big Machine so Sony may not have wanted to keep promoting the duet, simply because--and this is after the CC debut---they knew they were gonna keep Kenny but had lost out in the bidding to land McGraw. FLARS did stall out pretty badly though, despite strong sales and pretty good callout scores too, but Sony kinda swept that under the rug and has really treated it more as a 'buzz' single for Kenny's recently released album, and basically almost treating "Come Over" as the real lead single. It certainly didn't hurt Kenny at all, as it looks like "Come Over" will hit #1 in about a week and a half and may go Platinum later this summer. Plus, his new album had a slightly stronger debut week in sales than his last album did.
Anyway, Big & Rich debuted at #24 on Billboard, the ZBB debuted at #27, and Tim's "Truck Yeah" came in at #22. Jason may do a little better, even.
Last edited by jhomes87; 07-20-2012 at 12:36 AM.