Joey + Rory leads charts
Sunday, March 20, 2016
– Joey + Rory's "Hymns" is the top selling country disc in the country.
The recording sold just over 44,000 units, down 1 percent. That was good enough for fourth on the overall Top 200 chart. The disc was released about three weeks before the death of Joey Feek from cancer. "Hymns" led the Top Album Sales chart, which takes into account pure album sales. The Top 200 includes streaming and tracking equivalent sales along with regular sales.
Chris Stapleton's "Traveller sold 34,000 units, down 13 percent, good for seventh on the overall chart.
The charts will be out on Tuesday.
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There have been many artists throughout the year who've tried their hand at offering up songs for the faithful, mining their past for the hymns of old. Yet. it's the rare few who've delivered the emotional punch that Joey + Rory manage. With Joey Feek battling the final stages of cancer and choosing to forego treatment, the couple took advantage of Joey's good days to head into the studio to craft this collection of time-honored hymns that resonates with deep emotion. ...
With their dedication to traditional country sounds, you may be a little surprised by Joey + Rory's song choices on the covers album, "Country Classics: A Tapestry Of Our Musical Heritage." There isn't a George Jones or Merle Haggard tune in the bunch! Although all these songs are fine ones, many of them were also big hits. For instance, the pair sing Crystal Gayle's big hit, "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," as well as John Denver's "Back Home Again. ...
On their third release, "His and Hers," husband and wife duo Joey and Rory practice their marital vows quite literally. The couple split the vocal duties right down the middle, alternating lead on each of the 12 tracks. It was a conscious decision to give listeners a feel for each of their voices. The duo is best known for finishing third on CMT's 2008 show Can You Duet and for their single, Cheater Cheater.
The opener Josephine is an emotional letter from a Civil War soldier ...