Thomas Rhett Takes “Die a Happy Man” to Top of Chart

Chris Stapleton's Traveller Keeps Its Perch as No. 1 Album

Thomas Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man” now tops Billboard’s country airplay chart, having arrived at the summit at the end of relatively short 13-week trek. This is Rhett’s fifth No. 1 single.

And Chris Stapleton’s Traveller is spending another week as America’s bestselling country album. Nielsen SoundScan, which calculates album sales figures, reports that Traveller has sold 517,802 copies since its debut 33 weeks ago.

Mono-monikered Cam has the week’s highest-debuting album. Her Untamed breaks down the door at No. 2 on first-week sales of 37,348 units.

The only other new album is the eponymous EP Jon Langston, which enters at No. 25.

Dierks Bentley’s yo-yoing Riser hops back into the chart at No. 49.

There are four new songs to sing about — Ryan Kinder’s “Tonight” (stepping in at No.56), Sam Hunt’s “Raised on It” (No. 57), Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey” (No. 59) and Sister C’s “Faint of Heart.”

Charles Kelley’s “The Driver,” featuring Eric Paslay and Bentley, returns to the chart at No. 55.

Completing the Top 5 albums cluster, in descending order, are Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller, Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights and Hunt’s Montevallo.

The week’s No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Cam’s “Burning House,” Jason Aldean’s “Gonna Know We Were Here,” Brothers Osborne’s “Stay a Little Longer” and Blake Shelton’s “Gonna” (last week’s No. 1).

Now back to trolling the malls. Merry Christmas, all you hunks, hulks, honeys and humanoids.

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