Alright it’s no secret for those insiders that Mercury Nashville’s Chris Stapleton released his debut album, Traveller, to overwhelming critical acclaim in May and it is the best-selling first week album by a debut country artist in 2015. BUUUUUT it is what happened after that infamous CMA Awards performance with Justin Timberlake that has caused a massive snowball effect.
Pretty much as soon as the performance was on its last note, Traveller rocketed to the top of the album sales charts where it currently remains on both the Billboard 200 and country albums chart with 153,428 units sold and 177,199 equivalent album sales this week making it the fourth biggest sales week for any country album in 2015 and the first debut country album to hit the top of the Billboard 200 in four years. “Tennessee Whiskey” is the best-selling digital country song of the week with 131,206 downloads sold. Fans can purchase Traveller HERE
AND it didn’t stop there. Within hours of Stapleton’s impressive showing, all of his remaining tour dates sold out. As the New York Times points out, “His victories at the awards … were a collective acknowledgement by the industry of the superlative talent of one of its own. With that voice, he does a thing many of his colleagues simply cannot.”
Ahhh this simply couldn’t happen at a better time to a better dude!