Chris Stapleton’s Traveller Regains Album Summit

Cole Swindell’s "You Should Be Here" Is No. 1 for Second Week

After surrendering the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s country albums chart for the past three weeks, Chris Stapleton’s Traveller has again captured the high ground.

The fact that Stapleton was the big winner Sunday night (April 3) at the Academy of Country Music Awards show suggests the album will be dwelling in the clouds for weeks still to come.

For the statistical minded among you, Traveller sold 23,746 units the past week alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and has compiled a grand sales total of 1,099,628 copies.

Bells are ringing as well for Cole Swindell’s “You Should Be Here,” which remains at the top of Billboard’s country airplay rankings for the second week.

One can only hope that the ACM festivities will spark sales and excitement during the coming week because both the album and song charts are currently pretty tepid.

Only one new album enters the chart this week. It’s Margo Price’s Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, debuting at No. 10 on sales of 4,002 copies.

Kacey MusgravesPageant Material returns at No. 50.

There are four first-time songs. Keith Urban’s “Wasted Time” leads the pack, bounding in at No. 20. The others are Carrie Underwood’s “Church Bells” (No. 50), the Zac Brown Band’s “Castaway” (No. 55) and the Josh Abbott Band’s “Wasn’t That Drunk,” featuring Carly Pearce (No. 60).

Breaking Southwest’s “Ghost Town” shimmers back in at No. 59.

Rounding out the Top 5 albums, in descending order, are Joey + Rory’s Hymns (No. 1 for the past three weeks), Sam Hunt’s Montevallo, Thomas Rhett’s Tangled Up and Loretta Lynn’s Full Circle.

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Rascal Flatts’ “I Like the Sound of That,” Florida Georgia Line’s “Confession,”, Brett Eldredge’s “Drunk on Your Love” and Chase Bryant’s “Little Bit of You.”

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