Weekly Register: Grammy Nominees Lead Country Albums Chart

Chris Stapleton Traveller

Chris Stapleton, Charles Kelley and Sam Hunt are in charge of the country album sales chart this week—and all three projects are nominated for Grammys on Monday (Feb. 15).

Stapleton’s Traveller moved 32K units, rising to overall sales of 862.5K. It’s up for Album of the Year and Best Country Album, while the title track is competing for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song. Dave Cobb, who produced the set, is also up for Producer of the Year. Traveler is at No. 11 on the overall chart.

thedrivercharleskelleyKelley, best-known for his work with Lady Antebellum, makes a strong entrance at No. 2, selling 14K of his first-ever solo album, The Driver. The title track to that album received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance, a distinction he shares with Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay. It enters at No. 35 on the overall chart.

Hunt keeps his game on with Montevallo at No. 3, with 11K units. Hunt is up for Best New Artist, while Montevallo is among the Best Country Album nominees.

Chart debuts include The Infamous StringdustersLadies & Gentlemen at. No. 44, Joey+Rory’s Hymns Project (ahead of its official release date of Feb. 12) at No. 54, a self-titled released from Dori Freeman at No. 62, and Moccasin Creek’s Hillbilly Rock Star at No. 67.

Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett

On the country tracks chart, Thomas Rhett holds onto No. 1 with “Die a Happy Man,” with 42.5K singles sold, and 1.1 million overall. Chase Rice arrives at No. 2 with “Whisper,” selling 32.5K in its debut week. Rounding out the Top 5 are Maren Morris’ “My Church” (30K), Cole Swindell’s “You Should Be Here” (27.5K) and Hunt’s “Break Up in a Small Town” (25K). Dan + Shay’s “From the Ground Up” enters at No. 7 (21K).

Meanwhile, Flo Rida debuts at No. 1 on the overall tracks chart this week with “My House” with 127.5K units. Future’s EVOL tops the overall albums chart with 134K. Wiz Khalifa debuts at No. 6 with Khalifa (64K). Now 57 debuts at No. 7 (63K), and Elton John‘s Wonderful Crazy Night debuts at No. 8 (58K). Lucinda Williams debuts at No. 36 with her latest, Ghosts of Highway 20 (16K).

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