Weekly Register: Chris Stapleton, Tim McGraw, Beyoncé Top Charts

Chris Stapleton Traveller

Roots-flavored music rules this week’s country album rankings. Chris Stapleton continues his tight rein on the country album rankings, with Traveller selling 25K this week (1.25 million to date). Sturgill Simpson‘s A Sailor’s Guide To Earth follows at No. 2, selling just over 13K. 

Joey+Rory‘s Hymns collection lands at No. 3 with just over 11K sold (and 340K to date). Sam Hunt‘s Montevallo is at No. 4, with nearly 8K moved this week. Luke Bryan‘s Kill The Lights wraps the Top 5 country albums, with 7.4K sold.

Beyonce Lemonade

On the overall albums rankings, Beyoncé rules with her project Lemonade debuting at No. 1 and selling more than 652K (485k album only), making the sixth Beyoncé project to debut atop the all-genre album rankings. Additionally, 10 Beyoncé tracks debuted in the Top 20, totaling 825K tracks sold.

The new project is not without some Nashville connections. Music City residents Jack White and vocalist Ruby Amanfu are credited on the Lemonade track “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” while Beyoncé adds some country flavor on the track “Daddy Lessons.”

Tim McGraw Humble and Kind

On the digital country tracks listings, Tim McGraw stays at No. 1 this week with “Humble and Kind,” selling 35K and closing in on 500K RTD. Rounding out the Top 5 this week are Dierks Bentley‘s “Somewhere on a Beach” (28K), Maren Morris‘ “My Church” (27K), Thomas Rhett‘s “T-Shirt” (25K), and the Chris Young/Cassadee Pope duet “Think of You” (22K).

Cole Swindell‘s “Remember Boys” makes a solid debut, landing at No. 10 and selling 18K. Other notable debuts include The Voice contestant Adam Wakefield‘s “Lights” (No. 18, 12K) and Hillary Scott & The Scott Family‘s “Thy Will” (No. 22, 11K).

Hillary Scott Thy Will

Overall, digital tracks are down 24.2 percent from this time last year, while country digital tracks sales are down 20.9 percent.

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