Weekly Register: Stapleton Debuts Strong

Chris-Stapleton-TravellerZac Brown Band sits tight at No. 1 on the country albums chart, selling 56K TW and 270K RTD, and landing at No. 5 on the Top 200.

Chris Stapleton’s Traveller debuts at No. 2 with album sales of 27K (30K activity). It is the best-selling first week by a debut country artist this year and one of the Top 10 best first week country debuts in the last five years. Traveller was recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A (with additional production at The Castle and Blackbird Studio) and was produced by Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) and Stapleton, and recorded by Vance Powell (Jack White). In support of Traveller, Stapleton will be performing on a series of shows on Eric Church’s tour. Earlier today Stapleton received a CMT Music Award nomination for Performance of the Year with Lady Antebellum.

Also on the country album chart, Granger Smith debuts at No. 6 with 8.7K. He co-produced his debut EP, 4×4, with hitmaker Frank Rogers, a three-time MusicRow Producer of the Year.

On the Top 200, the new Mumford & Sons album debuted at No. 1 with activity of 249K and 231K album only. Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” is locked in at the top of the tracks chart TW, selling 251K for a RTD total of 1.949 million.

granger smithTop 5 Country Albums TW
Zac Brown Band, 56K
Chris Stapleton, 27K
Reba, 17K
Sam Hunt, 15K (passed 500K RTD)
Tyler Farr, 11K

Top 5 Country Tracks TW
Little Big Town “Girl Crush” 76K
Blake Shelton “Sangria” 48K
Sam Hunt “Take Your Time” 44K
Florida Georgia Line “Sippin’ on Fire” 29K
Eric Church “Like a Wrecking Ball” 29K

according to Nielsen SoundScan

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