A few weeks ago, there were dire predictions that Scotty and Lauren would be rejected outright by Country radio. That may still happen, but they were given at least courtesy spins yesterday. Mediabase detected 281 spins for “I Love You This Big” across 101 stations. Seven of those stations spun the song frequently enough to be called Starters (i.e. 7 or more spins yesterday). Lauren received 115 spins across 51 stations and has received her first official add (WUSY-FM – Chattanooga). It is unlikely they will keep up that rate of increase, but it was a nice start.
Only the monitored spins count for the published charts, though, so that’s why we’ll have to wait to see if they chart. There are 131 monitored country stations (236 country stations overall). A rough rule of thumb would be that the monitored spins would be about half those detected and you need 271 spins a week to chart in the top 50 on Country today.
In other news, Billboard is predicting that Gaga will sell over a million copies of her new CD. On Monday, Gaga crashed the Amazon servers while they moved 330K of her album at 99 cents a pop. Yesterday’s 99 cent special is expected to move 150K
But even without a second day of 99-cent pricing, “Born This Way” was on its way to a million-unit debut week, sources told Billboard. On the first day alone, the album moved at least 500,000 units, with sources saying that first day sales at iTunes totaled 104,000 units; Best Buy, 45,000 units; Target, 35,000 units and Starbucks, 10,000 units. Consequently, industry prognosticators project that Best Buy will hit 200,000 units by the end of the SoundScan week on May 29; Target will reach 150,000; Wal-Mart will hit 125,000, and iTunes will hit 200,000 units.
Moreover, the album is one of the most widely distributed titles in current times, available in about 20,000 storefronts, including CVS pharmacies, Whole Foods, Walgreens and others, according to UMG sources.
Woah. Well, you say, at 99 cents no wonder she got the volume. But, not so fast. 70% of the sales she has received outside of Amazon have been of the higher priced deluxe album. Impressive in this day and age.
Charts News: You know the drill. There are too many charts to check them all every week, so we just check some. Feel free to post numbers from your favourite chart in comments. If it interests you, it may interest others. Naturally, this is the daily numbers thread. Gaga’s a goof, but I love big numbers. The industry has had so much bad news, that I have to celebrate impressive numbers.
Back to Me – R&B Album: 69 (61)
I Remember Me – BB200: 70 (54), R&B Album: 17 (15)
Love? – BB200: 12 (0)
On the Floor – Hot 100: 5 (6), Hot 100 Airplay: 5 (5)
What If We Were Real – BB200 : 197 (134), Christian Albums: 10 (4)
Feels So Good: Hot 100 70 (35)
Songs from Glee on the Hot 100
Pure Imagination: 59
Back to Black: 82
Rolling in the Deep: 90 (29)
My Man: 94
Friday: 100 (34)
On Idol last week:
Il Volo: BB200 10 (NEW)
AGT’s Michael Grimm debuts at 13 on the BB200