Hunter Hayes claims his highest-ever debut ranks on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs (No. 23) and Country Digital Songs charts (No. 7) with “Invisible,” which he premiered during a live performance on the Jan. 26 GRAMMY Awards, aired on CBS.
The new single moved 35,000 downloads in the few hours between the song being posted on iTunes during the broadcast and the closing of the Nielsen SoundScan tracking week at midnight PST on Monday (Jan. 27).
Hayes had previously opened as high as No. 36 on the sales/airplay/streaming hybrid Hot Country Songs chart with “I Want Crazy” last April and No. 29 on Country Digital Songs with “Somebody’s Heartbreak” (14,000) in November 2012.
“Invisible” is expected to improve noticeably on next week’s charts once a full week of post-Grammy digital sales and radio airplay factor into the track’s ranking.
Hayes launches his “We’re Not Invisible” tour with Danielle Bradbery and Dan + Shay on March 20 in Pikeville, Ky.
SHOOTING ‘ARROW’: On Top Country Albums, Kacey Musgraves’ Grammy performance and win for best country album help lift “Same Trailer Different Park” to its third cumulative week inside the top five (15-5), with 10,000 sold (up 146%).
After bowing at No. 1 last April, Musgraves’ major-label debut returned to the top five for a second time (30-5), following a performance on the CMA Awards in November.
Her performance of “Follow Your Arrow” on the GRAMMYs pushes the track 44-10 on Country Digital Songs (28,000, up 190%), and earns the song the Digital Gainer nod and a new peak on Hot Country Songs (39-26).
As with Hayes’ new hit, expect greater gains for Musgraves next week following a full frame of Grammy-influenced sales.
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SHE DID ‘WELL’: Taylor Swift likewise parlays a GRAMMY performance into chart action, as “All Too Well” re-enters Hot Country Songs at No. 34. The song spent a week at No. 17 (Nov. 17, 2012) upon the arrival of parent album “Red.”
Following her piano-based performance of the ballad at the GRAMMY Awards, it returns to Country Digital Songs at No. 26 with 18,000 sold, up from less than 1,000 the week before. “Well” is another title that could rise next week once a full week of post-GRAMMY sales are tabulated.
‘COMPASS’ POINTS NORTH: Three artists return to the Hot Country Songs top 10, led by Lady Antebellum with “Compass,” which jumps 12-7. It’s the trio’s 11th top 10 and first since “Downtown” peaked at No. 2 last March.
Rascal Flatts flies 20-8 with “Rewind,” the threesome’s 28th top 10 and first since “Banjo” reached No. 1 in May 2012.
Brantley Gilbert’s “Bottoms Up,” meanwhile, climbs 14-9. It’s his third top 10 and first since “You Don’t Know Her like I Do” rose to No. 3 in June 2012.
NAIL-ED IT: More than two years after landing his first No. 1, David Nail achieves his second leader on the Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay chart with “Whatever She’s Got,” which rises 3-1. He first led with “Let It Rain,” featuring Sarah Buxton, the week of Jan. 21, 2012. Nail’s Country Airplay chart history includes one other top 10, “Red Light,” which reached No. 7 in 2009.
“Whatever” reaches a new peak (3-2) on Hot Country Songs, which Luke Bryan’s “Drink a Beer” leads for a third straight week.
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