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Nielsen's Mid-Year 2016 Charts: Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett & Sam Hunt Dominate Country

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Chris Stapleton

Two of 2015’s biggest breakout stars, Chris Stapleton and Sam Hunt, dominate Nielsen’s 2016 mid-year country music charts.

Stapleton’s Traveller album is the most popular country set of the first half of 2016, according to Nielsen Music, with 931,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking period of Jan. 1 through June 30, 2016. (Equivalent album units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums [TEA] and streaming equivalent albums [SEA].) Hunt’s Montevallo is the No. 2 most popular album, with 444,000 units. Stapleton’s set is also the top selling country album of the first half of the year, with 746,000 copies sold.

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Overall country album sales were down 10 percent compared to a year ago (12,057,000 versus 13,355,000).

Among all genres of music, overall album consumption (album sales plus TEA and SEA) totaled 279.9 million units for the first six months of 2016 (up 9 percent compared to the 257 million of the first half of 2015). Country albums represented 8.4 percent of the 2016 figure.

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Hunt and Thomas Rhett lead country’s mid-year on-demand streaming lists, as Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man” is the most streamed song overall (audio and video combined) with 87,737,000 streams. It’s also the top audio stream (55,465,000). Hunt’s “Break Up In a Small Town” is the top streamed video, with 32,307,000 streams. Interestingly, Taylor Swift’s 2009’s hit video “You Belong With Me” continues to be popular, clocking in at No. 5 on the Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand Country Video Streams tally with 19,702,000 million streams.

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 Country Albums (Based on Overall Equivalent Album Units)
1. Chris Stapleton, Traveller (931,000 units)
2. Sam Hunt, Montevallo (444,000 units)
3. Joey+Rory, Hymns (422,000 units)
4. Thomas Rhett, Tangled Up (408,000 units)
5. Blake Shelton, If I’m Honest (389,000 units)
6. Luke Bryan, Kill the Lights (312,000 units)
7. Keith Urban, Ripcord (300,000 units)
8. Carrie Underwood, Storyteller (264,000 units)
9. Blake Shelton, Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits (255,000 units)
10. Dierks Bentley, Black (250,000 units)

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 Selling Country Albums
1. Chris Stapleton, Traveller (746,000)
2. Joey+Rory, Hymns (414,000)
3. Blake Shelton, If I’m Honest (283,000)
4. Sam Hunt, Montevallo (199,000)
5. Keith Urban, Ripcord (197,000)
6. Thomas Rhett, Tangled Up (164,000)
7. Luke Bryan, Kill the Lights (149,000)
8. Carrie Underwood, Storyteller (147,000)
9. Cole Swindell, You Should Be Here (138,000)
10. Dierks Bentley, Black (137,000)

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 Selling Digital Country Songs
1. Tim McGraw, “Humble and Kind” (747,000)
2. Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.” (730,000)
3. Thomas Rhett, “Die a Happy Man” (711,000)
4. Maren Morris, “My Church” (634,000)
5. Dierks Bentley, “Somewhere On a Beach” (589,000)
6. Cole Swindell, “You Should Be Here” (569,000)
7. Blake Shelton, “Came Here To Forget” (459,000)
8. Thomas Rhett, “T-Shirt” (431,000)
9. Chris Young featuring Cassadee Pope, “Think Of You” (421,000)
10. Brett Eldredge, “Drunk On Your Love” (409,000)

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand Country Song Streams (Audio and Video Combined)
1. Thomas Rhett, “Die a Happy Man” (87,737,000)
2. Sam Hunt, “Break Up In a Small Town” (76,599,000)
3. Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.” (54,608,000)
4. Sam Hunt, “Take Your Time” (51,293,000)
5. Chris Stapleton, “Tennessee Whiskey” (43,756,000)
6. Cole Swindell, “You Should Be Here” (43,556,000)
7. Sam Hunt, “House Party” (43,458,000)
8. Dierks Bentley, “Somewhere On a Beach” (43,377,000)
9. Old Dominion, “Snapback” (42,222,000)
10. Florida Georgia Line, “Confession” (41,149,000)

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand Country Audio Streams
1. Thomas Rhett, “Die a Happy Man” (55,465,000)
2. Sam Hunt, “Break Up In a Small Town” (44,292,000)
3. Old Dominion, “Snapback” (33,342,000)
4. Sam Hunt, “Take Your Time” (32,903,000)
5. Brett Eldredge, “Drunk On Your Love” (31,389,000)
6. Sam Hunt, “House Party” (31,384,000)
7. Thomas Rhett, “T-Shirt” (30,425,000)
8. Florida Georgia Line, “Confession” (30,037,000)
9. Dierks Bentley, “Somewhere On a Beach” (29,983,000)
10. Chris Stapleton, “Tennessee Whiskey” (29,820,000)

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand Country Video Streams
1. Sam Hunt, “Break Up In a Small Town” (32,307,000)
2. Thomas Rhett, “Die a Happy Man” (32,272,000)
3. Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.” (25,417,000)
4. Cole Swindell, “You Should Be Here” (20,658,000)
5. Taylor Swift, “You Belong With Me” (19,702,000)
6. Sam Hunt, “Take Your Time” (18,390,000)
7. Tim McGraw, “Humble and Kind” (16,117,000)
8. Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan, “This Is How We Roll” (15,673,000)
9. Brantley Gilbert, “Bottoms Up” (15,496,000)
10. Chris Young, “I’m Coming Over” (15,181,000)