Country Music 2007 Review: The Charts

Sunday, December 30, 2007

This year, I thought I would divide the year in review into the three major parts. Part One- The Charts (tonight). Part Two- The News (31st). Part Three- Commentary (1st). Then, There will be commentary and predictions upcoming around the 2nd of January.

First is the cut and dry chart sampling...
All chart information obtained from Billboard Magazine dated 12/22/2007 and can be located on Billboard's Website

Billboard Top Artists
8 of the Top 50 Artists of 2007 are country music artists (16%)

5. Carrie Underwood
14. Rascal Flatts
23. Tim McGraw
28. Brad Paisley
31. Taylor Swift
32. Kenny Chesney
44. Keith Urban
45. Sugarland

Billboard Top 10 Male Artists
2 of the top 10 overall male artists were country artists. (20%)
8. Tim McGraw
10. Brad Paisley

Billboard Top 10 Female Artists
2 of the top 10 overall male artists were country artists. (20%)
2. Carrie Underwood
10. Taylor Swift

Billboard Top 10 Groups
1 of the top 10 overall groups were country artists. (10%)
3. Rascal Flatts

Billboard Top 10 Independent Artists
5 of the top 10 overall male artists were country artists. (50%)
1. Jason Aldean
4. Little Big Town
5. The Eagles
6. Garth Brooks
10. Tracy Lawrence

Billboard Top Country Albums
1. Some Hearts Carrie Underwood Arista Nashville
2. Me and My Gang Rascal Flatts Lyric Street
3. Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Big Machine
4. Love, Pain, and the Whole Crazy Thing Keith Urban Capitol Nashville
5. Enjoy The Ride Sugarland Mercury Nashville

Billboard Top Country Songs
1. Watching You Rodney Atkins Curb
2. Good Directions Billy Currington Mercury Nashville
3. Never Wanted Anything More Kenny Chesney BNA
4. These Are My People Rodney Atkins Curb
5. Take Me There Rascal Flatts Lyric Street

Billboard Top Country Male Artists
1. Tim McGraw
2. Kenny Chesney
3. Brad Paisley
4. Keith Urban
5. George Strait

Billboard Top Country Female Artists
1. Carrie Underwood
2. Taylor Swift
3. Martina McBride
4. Reba McEntire
5. Kellie Pickler

Billboard Top Country Groups
1. Rascal Flatts
2. Sugarland
3. Montgomery Gentry
4. Brooks & Dunn
5. The Eagles

Billboard Top Imprints
1. Arista Nashville
2. Curb Records
3. MCA-Nashville
4. Capitol Nashville
5. Lyric Street

TOTAL MUSIC SALES
Albums Sales: 442,476,000 -14.8%
Digital Download Sales 766,256,000 +45.8%
Single Sales: 2,048,000 -41.6%

Total Sales 1,210,780,000 +15.5%


Billboard Top Tours
4 of the 25 top concert tours were country. (25%)

4. Kenny Chesney 71.2 million
8. Tim McGraw & Faith Hill 52.3 million
10. Rascal Flatts 41.6 million
17. Toby Keith 35.1 million

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