Weekly Register: Joey + Rory Earn No. 1 Country Debut

Joey and Rory 570 Hymns

Joey + Rory didn’t win a Grammy last week, but they can claim a No. 1 spot on the country album chart this week with Hymns. Due to some early sales ahead of its Feb. 12 street date, the project technically debuted on the chart last week, but it grabs No. 1 thanks to sales of 68K. It’s at No. 4 on the overall chart.

Chris-Stapleton-TravellerChris Stapleton’s Traveller got a sales boost from the Grammys. After winning Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance (for the title track), sales surged 60 percent, with 51K sold last week, and rising to 914K overall. Sam Hunt, another Grammy nominee, lands at No. 3 with Montevallo, with 20K sold last week.

Among the new arrivals are Vince Gill’s Down to My Last Bad Habit (No. 4, 17K), dirty country comedian Wheeler Walker Jr.’s Redneck S— (No. 8, 5.8K), and Wynonna & the Big Noise’s self-titled release (4.7K).

Meanwhile, new Big Machine Label Group artist Brett Young lands at No. 35 with his self-titled EP, and Lorrie Morgan’s Letting Go…Slow enters at No. 47.

Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” crashed the country digital tracks sales following their performance on the Grammys. The group won Best Country Duo/Group Performance, and the song’s writers picked up Best Country Song statuettes. Last week, the track surpassed 2 million units. This week, they add 48.5K to the grand total.

Thomas Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man” lands at No. 2 (40K), trailed by Carrie Underwood’s “Heartbeat” (37K), Maren Morris’ “My Church” (35K) and Cole Swindell’s “You Should Be Here.”

Sam Hunt

Sam Hunt

Hunt holds down the No. 6 and 7 positions with “Break Up in a Small Town” (28.5K) and “Take Your Time” (24K). Hunt and Underwood performed the latter track on the Grammys as part of a mashup with “Heartbeat.” Overall sales of “Take Your Time” should surpass two million units by the end of the month.

Brett Eldredge’s “Drunk on Your Love” (24K), Luke Bryan and Karen Fairchild’s “Home Alone Tonight” (23K) and Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind” (20K) round out the Top 10.

Adele’s 25 jumps back to No. 1 on the overall album chart with 151K units (125K albums only). Flo Rida’s “My House” stays lodged at No. 1 on the overall digital tracks chart with 125K.

Information provided by Nielsen Soundscan.


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