Chris Stapleton’s Traveller has been the number one album in America for two weeks. The album, released back in may, shot up to the top of the Billboard 200 chart following Stapleton’s award sweep and his outstanding duet with Justin Timberlake at the CMA Awards two weeks ago.
The Billboard 200 is the primary chart for mainstream albums in the U.S. It ranks the most popular albums across all genres each week using sales and streaming data and a hodgepodge of other metrics.
Stapleton’s two-week run at the top of the chart is significant for a few reasons. For one, the only other album released in 2015 that has stayed at No. 1 for two weeks straight was Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights.
And now, for the first time in five years, three country albums are dominating the top three spots on the chart: Traveller, Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller, and Eric Church’s Mr. Misunderstood.
All of that seems to show that Stapleton’s surge in popularity isn’t just post-CMA, post-Timberlake duet hype, and that music fans across all genres are responding to his music.
We look forward to seeing how country music will push the envelope next year.