According to Nielsen Soundscan, Rascal Flatts’ latest CD, “Unstoppable,” is one of only three country albums that have scanned platinum in 2009.
Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” and the “Hannah Montana: The Movie” soundtrack, with year-to-date sales of more than 1 million albums sold on each title, according to a news release. Rascal Flatts, which includes Joe Don Rooney of Picher, also contributed one song, “God Bless the Broken Road,” to the “Hannah Montana: The Movie” album.
Of all country titles released this year, Rascal Flatts’s “Unstoppable” holds the record for the biggest first-week sales with 351,000 units sold, according to the release. “Unstoppable” also has the fifth-highest debut sales numbers across all genres for all new CD releases this year. Included in the first-week numbers are more than 58,000 digital albums, giving Rascal Flatts the biggest first week digital album sales for any country title released this year.
With 126,000 tracks sold the first week of release, the album’s lead No. 1 single “Here Comes Goodbye” also holds the record for the biggest first-week sales for any country digital single in the history of Nielsen Soundscan.
Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don will wrap the current leg of their headlining “Rascal Flatts American Living Unstoppable Tour” at the end of this month. Next up for Rascal Flatts are nominations for Group of the Year at the CMA Awards (Nov. 11 on ABC) and Country Group of the Year and Country Album of the Year at the American Music Awards (Nov. 22 on ABC).
“Unstoppable” launched as the group’s fourth consecutive studio album opening at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, more than any other country artist in the history on Soundscan. This brings the band’s career album sales to a staggering 20 million units in just this decade, and the band has also amassed 22.5 million digital downloads. Rascal Flatts are the biggest-selling and grossing group in country music history and were named a Billboard Top 10 Touring Act in all genres with more venue attendance records than any other country act. The band has sold 4 million concert tickets in four years.