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Gabby Barrett, Dan + Shay, Morgan Wallen & More Gain in Sales After CMA Awards

Charlie Puth and Gabby Barrett
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Charlie Puth and Gabby Barrett perform onstage at Nashville’s Music City Center for “The 54th Annual CMA Awards” broadcast on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 in Nashville.

The Country Music Association Awards on Nov. 11 prompted notable immediate sales gains for the songs performed on the show, according to initial reports to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Collectively, the songs performed on the three-hour show sold 29,000 downloads on Nov. 11 in the U.S. -- a gain of 770% compared to the 3,000 they sold on Nov. 10. More gains could be collected in the days following the show. (News on any further significant sales gains, as well as streaming gains for the performed songs will be reported in the coming days.)

The sales numbers include the original and popularized versions of songs covered on the show (such as Elvis Presley’s rendition of the Mac Davis-penned “In the Ghetto” and Johnny Lee’s “Lookin’ for Love," which were performed on the CMA Awards by Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker, and Old Dominion, respectively) and those heard in part during medleys (like the four Charlie Daniels songs performed during his tribute segment).

Of the songs performed on the show, the biggest seller on Nov. 11 was Gabby Barrett’s “I Hope,” which sold a little more than 3,000 downloads (up 400%). The sales sum includes both Barrett’s original solo version of the song, as well as the remix of the track featuring Charlie Puth. Barrett was joined by Puth on the CMA Awards for the performance.

Other sizable sellers from the show on Nov. 11 include Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber’s “10,000 Hours” (nearly 3,000; up 2,656%), Morgan Wallen’s “More Than My Hometown” (a little over 2,500; up 371%) and Rucker’s “Beers and Sunshine” (2,500; up 1,104%).