Sunday, October 17, 2010

Unstoppable ~ #1 Across the Nation

Wouldn't it be nice to read stats like this again with the release of Nothing Like This next month? This is a post from Rascal Flatts last year that Joe Don had referenced in his second blog on MySpace.

Rascal Flatts are #1 Across the Nation | 04.15.2009

Accolades pour in with #1 selling CD Unstoppable and #1 single “Here Comes Goodbye”

Any way you look at it, Rascal Flatts is #1! Today the band’s new CD Unstoppable opened at #1 on the Nielsen Soundscan Top 200 and Country charts with 351,000 units sold, making it the top selling CD across all genres of music. This marks Rascal Flatts’ fourth consecutive studio album opening atop the Top 200 chart, more than any other country artist in the history of Soundscan. This also establishes Rascal Flatts fourth consecutive debut at the top of the Nielsen Soundscan Country Top 75 sales chart. With 351,000 units sold, Unstoppable is also the biggest country release of 2009 and the biggest country first week sales since Taylor Swift’s Fearless in November 2008. The chart-topping sales also qualify it as the second biggest unit debut of the year for all genres, behind only U2s No Line On The Horizon.

Included in the first week sales for Rascal Flatts’ Unstoppable are more than 58,000 digital album units, making it the top selling digital album in all genres this week, outselling the #2 digital album by 2 to 1. Unstoppable is the band’s biggest selling digital album debut on record and the second highest country digital debut in the history of Nielsen Soundscan. The project sold an additional 118,000 in individual track downloads with the #1 smash single “Here Comes Goodbye” taking the lead as the most downloaded song from the album. 555,000 individual track downloads have been sold to date.

At the same time Unstoppable opens at #1, the project’s lead single “Here Comes Goodbye” is also the #1 country single in America and the band’s eleventh #1 single. When the song was released to iTunes last month it broke the record for the largest first week digital scans for a country debut single with 126,000 copies sold. Rascal Flatts also make a cameo appearance in the nation’s #1 movie, Hannah Montana: The Movie. In addition, Rascal Flatts was recently awarded their seventh consecutive ACM Vocal Group of the Year trophy, making them the most awarded group in the category.

Tomorrow Rascal Flatts will appear on Late Show with David Letterman and Fox News Channel’s Hannity, rounding out a week that also included stops at Ellen and Dancing With The Stars.

Unstoppable, co-produced by Dann Huff and Rascal Flatts, is the band’s first studio album since 2007’s multi-platinum Still Feels Good and their fourth consecutive CD to top the Nielsen Soundscan all genre Top 200 chart.

Since their career launched in 2000, Rascal Flatts has sold close to 20 million albums, scored 10 #1 singles and 18 top 10 hits and each of their five studio albums are multi-platinum sellers. They are the reigning AMA, CMT, PCA, ACM and CMA Vocal Group of The Year and were honored as the 2008 Academy of Country Music/The Home Depot® Humanitarian Award recipients. This honor, in part, due to their dedication to raising funds for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, where in the past 4 years they have donated 3 million dollars, as well as their work on the American Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet board.

FACTS
Unstoppable is the top selling CD across all genres of music this week
Unstoppable is Rascal Flatts fourth consecutive studio album to debut at #1 on the Top 200 chart, more than any other country artist in the history of Soundscan
Unstoppable is the biggest country release of the year
Unstoppable is the biggest selling digital album of the week
Unstoppable is Rascal Flatts’ biggest selling digital album debut on record and the second highest country digital debut in the history of Nielsen Soundscan
“Here Comes Goodbye” is the #1 country single this week
When “Here Comes Goodbye” was released to iTunes last month it broke the record for the largest first week digital scans for a country debut single with 126,000 copies sold.