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.)
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 Owens’ Classic #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).
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).