Granger Smith Has Week’s Top Tune With “Backroad Song”

Chris Stapleton: Two Grammys and Still Topping Country Albums Chart

Granger Smith’s “Backroad Song” rolls in at No. 1 on this week’s Billboard country airplay chart, bumping Luke Bryan’s “Home Alone Tonight” (featuring Karen Fairchild) into the No. 2 niche.

And as if winning two big Grammy awards wasn’t enough sunshine in his life, Chris Stapleton continues his perch atop the Billboard country albums chart for the 10th straight week with Traveller.

That charmed collection won the best country album Grammy on Monday (Feb. 15), and Stapleton took home another trophy for best country solo performance.

Charles Kelley’s The Driver is the week’s highest debuting album, hitting the chart at No. 2 on first week sales of 13,989 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

During the same period, Traveller moved 32,058 copies and now stands at a grand sales total of 862,497, tantalizingly close to platinum status.

The only other new album this week is the Infamous Stringdusters’ Ladies & Gentlemen, which bows at No. 44.

Returning to action are the Oak Ridge Boys Rock of Ages: Hymns and Gospel Favorites (No. 26) and Darius Rucker’s Southern Style (No. 30).

There are four new songs, topped by Cam’s “Mayday,” entering at No. 54, and followed by Kane Brown’s “Used to Love You Sober” at No. 58, Brandy Clark’s “Girl Next Door” at No. 59 and Vince Gill’s “Take Me Down” (featuring Little Big Town) at No. 60.

Drew Baldridge’s “Dance With Ya” re-enters at No. 55 and LoCash’s “I Know Somebody” at No. 56.

The No. 3 through No. 5 albums, in that order are Sam Hunt’s Montevallo, Thomas Rhett’s Tangled Up and Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller.

Rounding out the Top 5 songs array are Kelsea Ballerini’s “Dibs,”, Underwood’s “Heartbeat” and Keith Urban’s “Break on Me.”

Music Row has its fingers crossed, counting on Grammy excitement to pump up sales in an increasingly bleak market.

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