In its 88th week of activity, Chris Stapleton’s Traveller yo-yos back to the top of Billboard’s country albums chart. By Nielsen Soundscan’s count, Traveller sold 10,552 copies this past week, bringing its grand sales total to 1,780,710 units,
No new albums surface in the Top 50 this week, but, with the drop in Christmas album sales, nine earlier-debuted titles come back onto the chart.
Leading the returnees is Cody Jinks’ I’m Not the Devil, bouncing in at No. 39. Following close behind are Margo Price’s Midwest Farmer’s Daughter (No. 40), John Prine’s For Better, or Worse (42) and Brothers Osborne’s Pawn Shop (No. 43).
Also, Drake White’s Spark (44), Joey + Rory’s soundtrack collection To Joey, With Love (No. 45), William Michael Morgan’s Vinyl (No. 48), Kane Brown’s EP Chapter 1 (No. 49) and Brett Young’s self-titled EP (No. 50).
Garth Brooks’ The Ultimate Collection, which crowned the charts for the previous three weeks, has dropped to No. 18.
The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Carrie Underwood’s “Dirty Laundry,” Shelton’s “A Guy With a Girl,” Brett Eldredge’s “Wanna Be That Song” and Florida Georgia Line’s “May We All” featuring Tim McGraw.
And, yes, it’s perfectly normal to play that favorite Christmas album one more time.