Chris Stapleton Is First Artist to Hold Top Three Spots on Top Country Albums Chart Since Garth Brooks in 1992
Following the 2018 Grammy Awards Jan. 28, Chris Stapleton dominates the top three ranks on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (dated Feb. 10), marking the first time that the feat has been accomplished in over 25 years.
Stapleton pulled off a clean sweep at the Grammys, winning all three of the awards for which he was nominated: album of the year (From A Room: Volume 1), best country solo performance ("Either Way") and best country song ("Broken Halos").
The telecast also featured a Stapleton performance, with country legend Emmylou Harris, as they provided a stirring take on the late Tom Petty's "Wildflowers."
Following the Grammys, Stapleton's latest album, From A Room: Volume 2, vaults 7-1 for its second week atop the survey, surging 100 percent to 20,000 equivalent album units (16,000 in traditional album sales) in the week ending Feb. 1, according to Nielsen Music. The LP debuted at the summit on the Dec. 23, 2017-dated list (125,000 units).
Concurrently, Stapleton's first album, Traveller, which has spent 29 weeks atop Top Country Albums, pushes 4-2 (up 49 percent to 17,000 units) and From A Room: Volume 1 vaults 10-3, increasing 92 percent to 16,000.
Stapleton's 1-2-3 triple is the first since April 11, 1992, earned by Garth Brooks' Ropin' the Wind, No Fences and his self-titled first LP. Those sets monopolized the top three for 11 weeks that year. The only other artist to achieve the feat: Charlie Rich, for eight weeks in 1974.
Meanwhile, on Hot Country Songs, Stapleton's "Broken Halos" jumps 14-10, hitting the top 10 in its 42nd chart week. Stapleton scores his second Hot Country Songs top 10, following his two-week leader "Tennessee Whiskey" (Nov. 21 and 28, 2015).
Simultaneously, "Halos" reaches the Country Airplay top 10, hiking 14 percent to 25 million audience impressions in its 29th week on the tally, lifting 11-9.
"Halos" is Stapleton's second Country Airplay top 10, following "Nobody to Blame," which peaked at No. 10 on the chart dated April 2, 2016.
MAKING IT LOOK 'EASY' Additionally, Jason Aldean earns his highest debut on Hot Country Songs, as "You Make It Easy," the lead single from his album Rearview Town, dueApril 13, flies in at No. 2.
Aldean achieves his 28th Hot Country Songs top 10 and surpasses his previous best start: "Tonight Looks Good on You" arrived at No. 8 on Oct. 11, 2014 (before peaking at No. 6).
"Easy" opens at No. 1 on Country Digital Song Sales with 77,000 downloads sold; Aldean notches his seventh No. 1 on the survey and fifth No. 1 debut. The Americana-leaning track bows at No. 11 on Country Streaming Songs (5.6 million U.S. streams).