Never throw away an old headline. Here we go again with the same No. 1 Billboard country album and song we had last week.
Chris Stapleton’s Traveller, which has dominated the albums chart since the singer’s performance on the CMA awards show last November, continues its long reign, despite having suffered an occasional eviction into the No. 2 spot.
As the French would say, “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose,” eh, honey?
Joey + Rory’s The Album Collection is the week’s highest debuting album, arriving at No. 10 on first-week sales of 4,111 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
This is Joey + Rory’s third album currently in the Top 50, the other two being Hymns at No. 2 and Country Classics: A Tapestry of Our Musical Heritage at No. 32. These are impressive numbers, especially when you consider that the duo doesn’t have even one single on the airplay charts to boost the album sales.
Joey Martin, the duo’s lead singer, died March 4 after a long and minutely chronicled struggle with cancer.
The only other new album this week is Flatland Cavalry’s Humble Folks, which joins the race at No. 38.