Chris Stapleton’s Traveller Back at No. 1 on Anniversary of CMA Triumph

Luke Bryan Scores 16th Chart-Topping Single With “Move”

A year after he made his big splash singing “Tennessee Whiskey” with Justin Timberlake on the CMA Awards show, Chris Stapleton can take comfort in the fact that his debut album, Traveller, is back at the top of Billboard’s country albums chart, where it has spent so many of the intervening weeks.

And Luke Bryan can whistle a happy tune, as well, what with his “Move” moving into the No. 1 slot on the country airplay list after a brief 16-week run. “Move” is his 16th single to lead the pack.

Nielsen SoundScan says Traveller has sold 1,626,285 copies to date.

What makes Stapleton’s sales success all the more remarkable is that he still hasn’t had a single rise higher than No. 10.

Stapleton knocked it out of the park again Wednesday night (Nov. 2) when he carried away the CMA award for best male vocalist. Earlier in the day, he learned that his clip for “Fire Away” had won the best music video prize.

OK, let’s get back to this week’s chart.

The highest debuting album is the multi-artist package 50th Annual CMA Awards Zinepak, which sold 4,459 units its first week out. It bows at No. 5.

For those of you untutored as to what the hell a “zinepak” is — as was yours truly — in this case it’s a glitzy combo of fan magazine, CD and artist trading cards. You’re welcome.

There are six other new albums. Two of them are holiday packages — Rascal FlattsThe Greatest Gift of All (No. 7) and the Oak Ridge BoysCelebrate Christmas (No. 43).

Also first-timing are Jamie Kent’s All American Mutt (No. 16), Kevin Fowler’s Coming to a Honky Tonk Near You (No. 21), Zane Williams’ Bringin’ Country Back (No. 46) and Tim McGraw’s four-CD retrospective, McGraw: The Ultimate Collection (No. 50).

On the songs side, the newcomers are Hunter Hayes’ “Yesterday’s Song” (No. 57), Justin Moore’s “Somebody Else Will” (No. 59) and Love and Theft’s “Candyland” (No. 60).

Ronnie Dunn’s “Damn Drunk,” with Kix Brooks, rebounds at No. 45.

The No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 albums, in that order, are Jason Aldean’s They Don’t Know, Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots and Keith Urban’s Ripcord.

Last week’s No. 1 album, Blackberry Smoke‘s Like an Arrow, has dropped to No. 6.

Completing the Top 5 songs array are Cole Swindell’s “Middle of a Memory,” Kenny Chesney’s “Setting the World on Fire,” featuring P!nk (last week’s No. 1), Aldean’s “A Little More Summertime” and Brett Young’s “Sleep Without You.”

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