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Country Stars Climb Charts After ACM Awards Performances

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LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 07: Luke Bryan attends the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards held at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

The artists who performed on Sunday night’s ACM Awards have seen a significant impact on digital downloads, reports Billboard. The program was the No. 1 most-watched show of the night, directly leading several artists to see jumps on the Billboard charts even though the show took place in the final hours of the most recent Nielsen SoundScan sales tracking week (Monday through Sunday).

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Artists seeing a positive impact included The Band Perry, whose new Pioneer album jumped to No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart after the group performed its current single, “Done.” Other artists who saw positive sales increases were Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood and Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift

“We’re thrilled that the ACM Awards audience responded so positively to our broadcast—not only by watching the show itself, but also by purchasing music from so many of its featured artists,” Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions, said.

Additionally, Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party” and Hunter Hayes’ “I Want Crazy,” both new songs that were premiered during the show and released immediately for purchase, received 26,000 and 18,000 downloads, respectively, within just a few hours of going on sale.  ACM Awards performers Brantley Gilbert and John Mayer saw higher chart positions on the Billboard 200 as well.

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