After his surprise sweep at the CMA Awards last week, acclaimed songwriter Chris Stapleton is enjoying a huge boost in album sales.
His breakthrough debut album, Traveller, sold over 177,000 copies following the 49th annual CMA Awards on Nov. 4. This rise in sales catapults Stapleton’s album to the top of the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, beating out Eric Church‘s surprise album Mr. Misunderstood by 70,000 copies. That means that Traveller has sold more in the past week than it had overall since it’s original release in May.
Stapleton’s version of “Tennessee Whiskey,” which is featured on Traveller, has also spiked to the top 5 of the iTunes chart, just below Adele’s latest single, “Hello.” The single was boosted by Stapleton’s incredible duet with Justin Timberlake, which stood out as one of the most memorable CMA Awards performances in recent years.
Since last week’s award ceremony, Stapleton has become the most buzzed-about artist in any genre. Although many critics celebrated the authentic sound of Traveller after its release earlier this year, no one could have predicted this sudden burst of interest in Stapleton. After years of working behind the scenes as one of the best songwriters in country music, it’s exposure that the 37-year-old is more than deserving of.