Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan Still Command Album and Songs Charts

Swon Brothers, Dan + Shay Have Week's Highest Debuts

No changes at the top of this week’s Billboard’s country albums and airplay charts.

Chris Stapleton’s Traveller and Luke Bryan’s “Home Alone Tonight” (with Karen Fairchild) are again the No. 1 album and song, respectively.

It’s the second consecutive week on the summit for Bryan’s tune and, by my count, the ninth for Traveller, whose penthouse tenancy was interrupted for a week in early December when Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller evicted it.

The Swon BrothersTimeless EP is the highest debuting of the week’s three new albums. The other first-timers are Aubrie SellersNew City Blues (No. 23) and Buddy Miller’s Buddy Miller & Friends: Cayamo: Sessions at Sea (No. 30).

Albums returning to chart action include Kane Brown’s Closer EP (back at No. 22), Alabama’s Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites (No. 44) and the multi-artist collection, The Sound of Today: Country (No. 49).

There are also three new songs: Dan + Shay’s “From the Ground Up,” debuting at No. 37, Eric Church’s “Record Year” (No. 54) and Billy Currington’s “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” (No. 59).

Church’s “Mr. Misunderstood,” which he introduced on the CMA Awards show, seems to have lost its momentum. During its 14 weeks on the chart, it peaked at No. 15 and has now dropped to No. 32.

The No. 2 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Sam Hunt’s Montevallo, Blake Shelton’s Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits, Hank Williams Jr.‘s It’s About Time and Underwood’s Storyteller.

Following “Home Alone Tonight” in the Top 5 songs cluster are Granger Smith’s “Backroad Song,” Thomas Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man” , Hunt’s “Break Up in a Small Town” and Kelsea Ballerini’s “Dibs.”

The staying power of Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man” is absolutely phenomenal. Usually, after a song ends its run at No. 1, it quickly drops off the chart. But despite its having been No. 1 for six weeks, it has so far spent two additional weeks in the Top 5.

Amazing.

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