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Jason Aldean & Kane Brown Top Nielsen Music's Mid-Year 2018 Country Charts

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Jason Aldean’s Rearview Town finished the first half of 2018 as the most popular country album in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music, while Kane Brown’s “Heaven” ruled streaming services among country tunes.

In the tracking period of Dec. 29, 2017, through June 28, 2018, Rearview Town earned 522,000 equivalent album units, and it leads Nielsen Music’s Top 10 Country Albums tally (see below). The album was also the biggest-selling title in terms of traditional album sales, with 328,000 copies sold.

Equivalent album units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit -- through June 28, ahead of the previously announced weighting change -- equaled one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from one album, or 1,500 on-demand audio streams generated by songs on an album. (For the sake of clarity, equivalent album units do not include listening to music on broadcast radio or digital radio broadcasts.)

The top 10 selling country albums of 2018, thus far, are dominated by sets from Chris Stapleton, as the singer-songwriter has three out of the top five. From A Room: Volume 2, From A Room: Volume 1 and Traveller stand at Nos. 3, 4 and 5, respectively. The top-selling digital country song is Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line’s smash “Meant to Be,” which sold 846,000 downloads.

On the streaming side of things, Kane Brown’s “Heaven” crowns all three country streaming roundups. It’s the overall biggest country streaming song (combining on-demand audio and video streams) with 242.1 million streams, and it’s also the top on-demand country audio streaming track (136.3 million) and on-demand country video streaming track (106.6 million).

Overall equivalent album units for the country genre totaled 22.25 million for the first half of the year -- up 5.5 percent. Traditional album sales fell 22.9 percent to 7.32 million, while country digital song sales dropped 31.5 percent to 25.96 million.

Total country on-demand streams grew 50.5 percent to 23.74 billion, while audio streams alone climbed 58.1 percent to 18.5 billion and video streams increased 28.6 percent to 5.24 billion.

2018’s Mid-Year Top 10 Country Albums (Based on Overall Equivalent Album Units*)
1. Jason Aldean, Rearview Town (522,000)
2. Kane Brown, Kane Brown (432,000)
3. Luke Combs, This One’s For You (394,000)
4. Chris Stapleton, Traveller (326,000)
5. Thomas Rhett, Life Changes (325,000)
6. Keith Urban, Graffiti U (277,000)
7. Luke Bryan, What Makes You Country (257,000)
8. Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1 (241,000)
9. Brett Young, Brett Young (235,000)
10. Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 2 (227,000)

2018’s Mid-Year Top 10 Selling Country Albums
1. Jason Aldean, Rearview Town (328,000)
2. Keith Urban, Graffiti U (199,000)
3. Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 2 (177,000)
4. Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1 (153,000)
5. Chris Stapleton, Traveller (133,000)
6. Luke Bryan, What Makes You Country (133,000)
7. Kane Brown, Kane Brown (120,000)
8. Kenny Chesney, Live In No Shoes Nation (115,000)
9. Dierks Bentley, The Mountain (113,000)
10. Alan Jackson, Precious Memories Collection (101,000)

2018’s Mid-Year Top 10 Selling Digital Country Songs
1. Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, “Meant To Be” (846,000)
2. Jason Aldean, “You Make It Easy” (493,000)
3. Kane Brown, “Heaven” (450,000)
4. Thomas Rhett, “Marry Me” (317,000)
5. Dan + Shay, “Tequila” (274,000)
6. Luke Bryan, “Most People Are Good” (264,000)
7. Chris Stapleton, “Broken Halos” (254,000)
8. Morgan Wallen featuring Florida Georgia Line, “Up Down” (219,000)
9. Kane Brown featuring Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs” (204,000)
10. David Lee Murphy & Kenny Chesney, “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” (202,000)

2018’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand Country Song Streams (Audio and Video Combined)
1. Kane Brown, “Heaven” (242,091,000)
2. Thomas Rhett, “Marry Me” (186,359,000)
3. Kane Brown featuring Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs” (175,600,000)
4. Chris Stapleton, “Tennessee Whiskey” (158,932,000)
5. Dan + Shay, “Tequila” (150,032,000)
6. Sam Hunt, “Body Like a Back Road” (141,743,000)
7. Luke Combs, “When It Rains It Pours” (125,297,000)
8. Jason Aldean, “You Make It Easy” (124,253,000)
9. Brett Young, “In Case You Didn’t Know” (117,618,000)
10. Dustin Lynch, “Small Town Boy” (105,968,000)

2018’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand Country Audio Streams
1. Kane Brown, “Heaven” (136,260,000)
2. Jason Aldean, “You Make It Easy” (115,161,000)
3. Dan + Shay, “Tequila” (106,994,000)
4. Kane Brown featuring Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs” (106,748,000)
5. Thomas Rhett, “Marry Me” (103,116,000)
6. Sam Hunt, “Body Like a Back Road” (96,098,000)
7. Brett Young, “In Case You Didn’t Know” (88,266,000)
8. Luke Combs, “When It Rains It Pours” (86,615,000)
9. Luke Combs, “Hurricane” (82,300,000)
10. Old Dominion, “Written In the Sand” (77,390,000)

2018’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand Country Video Streams
1. Kane Brown, “Heaven” (106,641,000)
2. Thomas Rhett, “Marry Me” (83,243,000)
3. Chris Stapleton, “Tennessee Whiskey” (81,773,000)
4. Kane Brown featuring Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs” (68,852,000)
5. Jason Aldean, “It Ain’t Easy” (47,672,000)
6. Sam Hunt, “Body Like a Back Road” (45,646,000)
7. Scotty McCreery, “Five More Minutes” (45,576,000)
8. Dan + Shay, “Tequila” (43,039,000)
9. Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color” (39,892,000)
10. Luke Combs, “When It Rains It Pours” (38,682,000)

Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period of Dec. 29, 2017 – June 28, 2018.

* Note: Nielsen Music’s consumption unit totals for albums include SEA and TEA for an album's songs registered before an album's release, but during the tracking period.