On Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (dated Feb. 4), Sturgill Simpson's former No. 1 A Sailor's Guide to Earth bounces back from 19-3. The set also jumps 7-2 on Americana/Folk Albums. Fueling the flights was Simpson's Jan. 14 appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live (the show's first episode of 2017), sparking the album's 311 percent vault to 6,000 copies sold in the week ending Jan. 19, according to Nielsen Music. Simpson performed two tracks from A Sailor's Guide, "Keep It Between the Lines" and "Call to Arms."
A Sailor's Guide debuted at No. 1 on Top Country Albums and Americana/Folk Albums on the charts dated May 7, 2016 (with 52,000 sold), marking his first leader on each list. It has sold 162,000 to date.
Meanwhile on Top Country Albums, Chris Stapleton's Traveller leads for a 27th week (10,000 sold), and Natalie Hemby -- likely best known for penning hits for other acts, including Little Big Town's 2012 Hot Country Songs No. 1 "Pontoon" -- opens at No. 31 on Top Country Albums and No. 10 on Americana/Folk Albums with Puxico, selling 1,000 in its first week.