Shhh! The charts are still dozing, with Chris Stapleton’s Traveller and Blake Shelton’s “A Guy With a Girl” still holding on, respectively, at the top of Billboard’s country albums and country airplay lists.
However, Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth enjoys a big bump, bounding from No. 19 last week to No. 3 this, no doubt a consequence of his recent and much-lauded appearance on Saturday Night Live.
According to Nielsen SoundScan, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth sold 6,034 copies this week, compared to 1,408 last week. This is the album’s 40th week on the charts.
There are two new albums to note — the Infamous Stringdusters’ Laws of Gravity, which debuts at No. 26 on first-week sales of 1,191 units, and Natalie Hemby’s Puxico, bowing at No. 31.
On the airplay listing, Lady Antebellum’s “You Look Good” is the highest debut, arriving at No. 27. It’s been quite a recording hiatus for the trio, which last topped the airplay chart in 2014 with “Bartender.”
The only other new song is Drew Baldridge’s “Rebound,” featuring Emily Weisband. It enters at No. 59.
On your list of things to do to become a country star, add this one: Name yourself “Chris.” This week’s airplay countdown features recordings by Chris Young, Chris Stapleton, Chris Janson and Chris Lane. My personal favorite: Chris P. Kreme.