Sturgill Simpson Tops Country Albums Chart With Sailor’s Guide to Earth

Florida Georgia Line's "Confession" Is Week's Most-Played Country Song

You’d better sit down for this — there’s a new No. 1 country album after all those months of Chris Stapleton’s Traveller dominating the Billboard charts. It’s Sturgill Simpson’s Sailor’s Guide to Earth, which debuts on the summit with first-week sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan, of 52,464 copies.

Thus does one Kentucky boy give way to another. (Stapleton is from Lexington, Simpson from Jackson.)

Meanwhile, Florida Georgia Line’s “Confession” sails into the winner’s circle on the country airplay rankings after a 25-week voyage.

There’s a wealth of new albums to report, apart from Simpson’s. They include Marie Osmond’s Music Is Medicine (No. 10), Elvis Presley’s I’m Leavin’ (No. 27), the multi-artist package Willie Nelson and Friends (No. 39), the Del McCoury Band’s Del And Woody (No.42), Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton’s The Right Combination (No. 45) and Buck OwensClassic #1 Hits (No. 49).

Re-entering the charts are Wheeler Walker Jr.’s Redneck Shit (at No. 14) and the Chris Lane EP, Fix (No. 23).

Two new songs enter the ring — Michael Ray’s “Think a Little Less” (No. 53) and Tara Thompson’s “Someone to Take Your Place” (No. 60).

Jana Kramer’s “Said No One Ever” returns at No. 57. The Josh Abbott Band’s “Wasn’t That Drunk,” with Carly Pearce, is back at No. 59.

The No. 2 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Stapleton’s Traveller, Joey + Rory’s Hymns,, Thomas Rhett’s Tangled Up and Sam Hunt’s Montevallo.

Completing the Top 5 songs array are Dierks Bentley’s “Somewhere on a Beach,” Chris Young and Cassadee Pope’s “Think of You,” Old Dominion’s “Snapback” and Rascal Flatts‘s “I Like the Sound of That” (last week’s No. 1).

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