According to a promotional release from Broken Bow Records, Jason Aldean’s new single “Burnin’ it Down” garnered 177,945 paid downloads in its first week of availability.
If that figure is confirmed by Billboard, which issues its digital sales report on Wednesday, it will nearly match the 182,000 mark earned by Florida Georgia Line’s “Dirt” during its debut week earlier this month.
That total ranked as the best mark for a country single since FGL’s own “Cruise” moved 193,000 during the week of July 7, 2013. It was the best debut week total for a country single since Taylor Swift’s “Red” moved more than 300,000 copies in October 2012.
While “Burnin’ it Down” evidently did not sell as well as “Dirt” in its first week, it might do something the FGL single has not yet done (and might never do): reach #1 on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart. Insofar as “Burnin’ it Down” has held onto #1 at iTunes since making its climb last Tuesday, it realistically should reign as the week’s top seller.
“Dirt” debuted at #2 on that chart.