Album Sales Update

Here are the latest totals for albums released over the past three years that are still charting:


  • Rascal Flatts, Unstoppable – 669,000
  • Keith Urban, Defying Gravity – 349,000
  • Jason Aldean, Wide Open – 241,000
  • Dierks Bentley, Feel That Fire – 189,000
  • Martina McBride, Shine – 89,000
  • John Rich, Son of a Preacher Man – 89,000
  • Rodney Atkins, It’s America – 72,000
  • Jake Owen, Easy Does It – 70,000
  • Eric Church, Carolina – 66,000
  • Randy Travis, I Told You So: Ultimate Hits – 59,000
  • Randy Rogers Band, Randy Rogers Band – 57,000
  • Pat Green, What I’m For – 54,000
  • Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel, Willie & The Wheel – 50,000
  • Billy Ray Cyrus, Back to Tennessee – 29,000
  • Jason Michael Carroll, Growing Up is Getting Old – 26,000
  • Dean Brody, Dean Brody – 5,000


  • Taylor Swift, Fearless – 3,220,000
  • Sugarland, Love on the Inside – 1,594,000
  • George Strait, Troubadour – 860,000
  • Alan Jackson, Good Time – 803,000
  • Keith Urban, Greatest Hits – 737,000
  • Kenny Chesney, Lucky Old Sun – 696,000
  • Darius Rucker, Learn to Live – 642,000
  • Rascal Flatts, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 – 642,000
  • Toby Keith, 35 Biggest Hits – 630,000
  • Lady Antebellum, Lady Antebellum – 572,000
  • Zac Brown Band, Foundation – 511,000
  • Jamey Johnson, That Lonesome Song – 438,000
  • Toby Keith, That Don’t Make Me a Bad Guy – 384,000
  • James Otto, Sunset Man – 368,000
  • Julianne Hough, Julianne Hough – 309,000
  • Dierks Bentley, Greatest Hits – 244,000
  • Brad Paisley, Play – 238,000
  • Jewel, Perfectly Clear – 226,000
  • Kellie Pickler, Kellie Pickler – 216,000
  • Dolly Parton, Backwoods Barbie – 199,000
  • Heidi Newfield, What am I Waiting For? – 197,000
  • Tim McGraw, Greatest Hits Vol. 3 – 196,000
  • Trace Adkins, X – 174,000
  • Montgomery Gentry, Back When I Knew it All – 173,000
  • Blake Shelton, Startin’ Fires – 152,000
  • Joey + Rory, Life of a Song – 152,000
  • Billy Currington, Little Bit of Everything – 133,000
  • Chuck Wicks, Starting Now – 129,000
  • Jimmy Wayne, Do You Believe Me Now – 127,000
  • Lee Ann Womack, Call Me Crazy – 94,000
  • Eli Young Band, Jet Black and Jealous – 92,000
  • Hank Williams III, Damn Right Rebel Proud – 76,000
  • Craig Morgan, Greatest Hits – 73,000
  • Lost Trailers, Holler Back – 65,000
  • Randy Houser, Anything Goes – 58,000


  • Taylor Swift, Taylor Swift – 4,129,000
  • Carrie Underwood, Carnival Ride – 2,852,000
  • Trace Adkins, Greatest Hits Vol. 2 – 627,000


  1. Thanks for the interesting info, Kevin. There were a few totals that surprised me by being higher than expected, but generally speaking, these totals are shockingly low. The boom days are long gone.

  2. Are these actual SoundScan sales figures or are they units shipped? I recently saw some of Trisha Yearwood’s sales figures quoted in Billboard and was surprised at how much lower the actual SoundScan sales were than the units shipped that RIAA certifications are based on.

    Yes, the boom days are over. This might not be a bad thing because sooner or later it’s bound to force somebody to be creative and do something different and help get mainstream country out of the creative rut it’s been in for the past few years.

  3. These are actual figures sold.

    FYI, Faith Hill’s Christmas album had scanned 478,000 as of early January.

  4. Are these total sold since release date, or just for the year?

    I was glad to see Dierks in the top 4 for 2009, but surprised he has not sold more than Jason Aldean. Even more surprised at only 189,000.

    Also happy to see DB’s Greatest Hits on the list of “still charting” (I’m an executive producer), although again…244K sounds really low.

  5. Thanks for providing this, Kevin – I have always been a watcher of album sales. I am shocked at the low numbers…Glad to see Dolly can still move the product, even if radio is through with her…

  6. Razor X posted that “Yes, the boom days are over. This might not be a bad thing because sooner or later it’s bound to force somebody to be creative and do something different and help get mainstream country out of the creative rut it’s been in for the past few years.” Well that “SOMEBODY” is on the 2009 list in the ninth spot and he is Eric Church. Without a doubt the finest up and coming singer/songwriter out there today and his live shows are incredible. Definitely check him out live if you have the opportunity and do yourself a favor and purchase “Carolina” with the bonus tracks from Best Buy.

  7. That “somebody” Eric Church is a “nobody” as evident by his album sales, or lack thereof in this case. Even according to a country fan site that uses opinions instead of fact like this site does, if the numbers were accurate Church’s sale numbers would be a LOT lower. He’s been around for three years and still can’t get a hit, nor sell any albums, so that’s hardly an “up-and-comer.” Most of you uninformed peeps think that Rodney Atkins was an up-and-comer with “Watching You,” nevermind that he was around for nearly 15 years before that. Without a doubt, you have no taste which is rather obvious considering that Church sounds like every other mediocre-at-best male country artist around. If no one is going to buy the guy’s albums, and they aren’t according to the numbers, why the hell would they waste more money to see him live?! I can tell that you have a lot of common sense. lol.

    Until they actually give PROOF of where these numbers come from, don’t
    believe them considering that most of them are wrong.

  8. I like what ChurchLurch says even though that phony Eric Church does have a hit now and the comments are old. But whatever, Eric Church is my least favorite country singer. His music stinks and his attitude is even worse. He just seems like he’s kinda a jerk.

  9. hey churchlurch, If you still happen to be out from whatever rock you dwell under, you can eat your words now. Then kindly tell me who this years “nobody” is, so I can check them out before they too have a number one album and sold out concerts.

    If you think Eric church is mediocre, heaven help your neighbors for the god-awful crap you must make them listen to….

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