The annual Country Music Association Awards shake up the charts, with the show’s co-host Carrie Underwood jumping to No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart and country album sales rising by 11 percent overall.
Underwood’s performance of “Something in the Water” on ABC’s broadcast of the Nov. 5 show lifts the track 5-1 on the sales/airplay/streaming hybrid Hot Country Songs, marking the artist’s 14th leader — her second this year, following “Somethin’ Bad,” a duet with Miranda Lambert, which dominated the July 12 list. Underwood’s religious conversionthemed tune (which also tops the similarly multimetric Hot Christian Songs chart for a sixth straight week) adds Digital and Streaming Gainer honors on Hot Country Songs (84,000 downloads sold in the week ending Nov. 9, up 144 percent, according to Nielsen SoundScan).
Underwood debuted the song’s music video through Twitter’s video player during her CMA Awards performance, resulting in a No. 7 re-entry on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks list. It racked up 1.8 million total U.S. streams for the week, up 67 percent, according to Nielsen BDS. Underwood also zooms 48-22 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart.
Overall country album sales rose by 11 percent for the week (to 740,000), no doubt thanks to the CMA Awards. The 2013 show pumped sales by 12 percent (to 735,000). In terms of digital country-song volume, downloads were up by 28 percent (to 2.4 million), compared with their 30 percent spike a year ago (to 2.9 million).
Little Big Town‘s 2014 CMA Awards performance (and award for vocal group of the year) boosts the quartet’s “Day Drinking” to a new peak (7-4) on Hot Country Songs (43,000 downloads; up 184 percent), the group’s highest perch since “Pontoon” spent two weeks at No. 1 in 2012.
On Top Country Albums, multiple winner and performer Lambert snares the biggest percentage-based gain (and the Pacesetter trophy) with Platinum, which rockets 21-6 (17,000 sold, up 271 percent).