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Stapleton doubles up

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 – Chris Stapleton, Carry Underwood and Eric Church had the top three selling CDs in the U.S. for the week ending Nov. 21 on Billboard. Stapleton's "Traveller" benefitted from his three wins at last week's CMA awards. Underwood, who just released "Storyteller," was the show host. Church released "Mr. Misunderstood," a surprise release. Stapleton dominated the charts as "Tennessee Whiskey" also was first on the Hot Country Songs chart.

"Tennessee Whiskey," which Stapleton sang at the CMAs, was not even on the charts last week. He displaced "Die a Happy Man" by Thomas Rhett, which fell to second. Sam Hunt was third with "Break Up in a Small Town." Luke Bryan placed fourth with "Strip It Down," one ahead of Chris Young's "I'm Comin' Over."

Zac Brown Band jumped from 30 to 20 with "Beautiful Drug." Stapleton also was 23rd with "Traveller."

On the albums chart, "Traveller" replaced "Storyteller" at the top. Underwood was second with Church third. Chris Janson debuted in fourth with "Buy Me a Boat." Shelton was fifth. Little Big Town moved from 17 to 12 with "Pain Killer." Kenny Chesney enjoyed a big increase with "The Big Revival" jumping from 32 to 15. Miranda Lambert was at 17 with "Platinum," up 16. Kacey Musgraves was one behind with "Pageant Material," up 10. Chesney, Lambert and Musgraves all presumably benefitted from the CMAs.

Florida Georgia Line was at 19 with "Any thing Goes," up 3. Dierks Bentley, another CMA performer, was at 23 with "Riser," up 7.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell debuted in first with "So Familiar." Rhonda Vincent's "Christmas Time" debuted in the third spot. The Cox Family were first last week with "Gone Like the Cotton, but their first disc in 17 years is now third. Mountain Faith was fourth with "That Which Matters." Steep Canyon Rangers held the fifth position. Fruition debuted in eighth with "Holehearted Fools," while Tim O'Brien's "Pompadour" debuted in 10th.

On the overall top 200, Hunt was 14th with "Montevallo and Blake Shelton 14th with "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits."


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