Sunday, November 8, 2015
– Three CMA awards catapulted Chris Stapleton to the best selling CD int he U.S. with "Traveler" six months after its release.
After being off the Billboard top 200 charts, "Traveler" was first thanks to three wins for Best Album, Best New Artist and Male Vocalist of the Year. the disc sold 177,000 units for the week ending Nov. 5, up 6,109 upercent from about 3,000 units. The disc sold more last week than it did since its release, 96,000 units.
The Cd was off the charts since September.
At the CMAs, Stapleton and Just Timberlake sang the "Traveller" track "Tennessee Whiskey" and Timberlake's "Drink You Away." The result was that "Tennessee Whiskey" was the second-largest selling digital song of the week with 131,000 downloads sold.
"Traveller" is the first debut country album to hit the top on the Billboard 200 in more than 4 years. The last was "Clear As Day" by 2011 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery.
Carrie Underwood remained second with her "Storyteller" album. The set sold 81,000 units, down 54 percent in its second week.
Eric Church surprised disc, "Mr. Misunderstood," was third with 76,000 units from less than two days of availability. The 10 songs were released on Nov. 4 without advance notice,