Chris Stapleton Hits No. 1 After Awards Show Ascension

Old Dominion's "Break Up With Him" Continues to Rule the Song Roost

Chris Stapleton walked into the CMA Awards show last week on a red carpet and emerged walking on water. Or so it would seem.

His rafter-rattling duet with Justin Timberlake – plus the winning of three big awards – has catapulted his album Traveller to the tops of both Billboard’s country albums and all-genres charts. And this after Traveller had already been out for 26 weeks.

Old Dominion’s “Break Up With Him” remains the No. 1 song on the country airplay chart for the second week.


Consider Traveller’s sales totals, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan. In the previous week it sold 2,356 copies – this week, 153,428.

The CMA extravaganza was a healthy boost to Eric Church, too. His Mr. Misunderstood album – the title song of which he performed on the show – debuts at No. 3 on first-week sales of 70,905 units.

It bears noting here that the top three albums on the Billboard 200 all-genres chart this week are Traveller, Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller and Mr. Misunderstood, in that order. How often does that happen?

The only other new albums are Chris Janson’s Buy Me a Boat, which bows at No. 4 on sales of 18,536 copies, and LoCash’s EP, I Love This Life (No. 38).

Returning to the chart are Brad Paisley’s Moonshine in the Trunk (No. 42) and Tim McGraw’s 35 Biggest Hits (No. 50).

There are five new songs – Church’s “Mr. Misunderstood” (No. 36), Stapleton’s “Nobody to Blame” (No. 46), Florida Georgia Line’s “Confession” (No. 47), Brett Eldredge’s “Drunk on Your Love” (No. 54) and Dylan Scott’s “Crazy Over Me” (No. 60).


The No. 2 and No. 5 albums are Underwood’s Storyteller (last week’s No. 1) and Blake Shelton’s Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits.

Completing the Top 5 songs array, in descending order, are Cole Swindell’s “Let Me See Ya Girl,” Chris Young’s “I’m Comin’ Over,” Underwood’s “Smoke Break” and Dan + Shay’s “Nothin’ Like You.”

Our heartiest congratulations to Chris, Chris and Chris.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to CMT.com.