Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell Still Topping Country Charts This Week

Joey + Rory’s The Album Collection Boasts Week's Highest Debut

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.

And Cole Swindell’s “You Should Be Here” is spending its third week topping the country airplay rankings.

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.

Returning to the chart are Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard’s Django and Jimmie (back at No. 29), Kip Moore’s Wild Ones (No. 48) and Garth Brooks’ Man Against Machine (No. 50).

There are two new singles, as well — Jana Kramer’s “Said No One Ever” (No. 58) and Old Dominion’s “Beer Can in a Truck Bed” (No. 59).

The No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 albums, in that order, are Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller, Sam Hunt’s Montevallo , Thomas Rhett’s Tangled Up

Rounding out the Top 5 songs cluster are Rascal Flatts’ “I Like the Sound of That,” Florida Georgia Line’s “Confession,”, Chase Bryant’s “Little Bit of You” and Old Dominion’s “Snapback.”

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