Thursday, December 22, 2005

Haislop: Pre-Christmas Country Album Sales Continue Strong

(Neil reports) Christmas season sales of country albums continue to be impressive.

Carrie Underwood’s debut CD, Some Hearts remains at #1 on the country album chart and climbs back to #2 on the overall Top 200 SoundScan chart with sales of 271,245 units, up 55% from last week. That brings Carrie’s 5 weeks total sales to 1,101,454 as it blasts past the Platinum mark in actual scans.

Question is, what’s the best part of all her amazing new success? Carrie says, “The coolest thing, I think…and it’s probably really stupid to anybody else…I’m so excited [that] I get to buy my family Christmas presents—like good Christmas presents—this year. Last year my mother actually had to give me money to buy my family Christmas presents. I didn’t have enough.”

For example, the balance of the Top 5 country albums were way up again this week.

At #2 KENNY CHESNEY’s The Road and the Radio was up 29% selling another 217, 510 copies, The JOHNNY CASH Legends of Johnny Cash was at #3, up 50% selling 154,000 units.

RASCAL FLATTS’ Feels Like Today, at #4, bounced up in sales again 50% to just over 139,000 CDs sold and MARTINA McBRIDE’s Timeless had a 53.5 % hike moving it up 3 notches to round out the Top 5 with sales of 105,637 units.

Reach A&O's buddy "The Nashville Answer Man" Neil Haislop at: or phone him at 323 857-0760. That dandy graphic at the top is courtesy of and its editor the passionate and knowledgable David Ross.

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