Joey + Rory score career best
Sunday, February 21, 2016
– Joey + Rory scored a career high with the release of their religious-themed disc, "Hymns," which came in fourth on the Billboard charts.
The release sold 70,000 units, marking their best sales week ever and their first top 10.
"Hymns" came out Feb. 12 through Joey + Rory's Farmhouse label. The release has been considered particularly poignant because Joey has been battling cancer.
Chris Stapleton's"Traveller" was the second country disc on the Billboard top 10, coming in fifth. The disc sold 60,000 units, up 58 percent. Stapleton benefitted from winning two Grammys last week. He also performed on the show.
The charts will be released on Tuesday.
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