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Country music star Chris Stapleton continues to ride the wave of his epic performance at the recent Country Music Awards with a second week atop the Billboard 200 chart.

Stapleton’s debut album, Traveller, made history last week after it re-entered the charts at No. 1 after having been completely off the chart since September. In what proved to be a slow week in sales, Stapleton was able to claim an extra week in the top spot with an additional 124,000 impressions (97,000 pure sales) to hold off fellow country musician Eric Church’s Mr. Misunderstood, which moved up a single notch last week jumping from three to two with 65,000 impressions (58,000 pure sales).

On the urban side of things, The Weeknd climbed up one spot this week with his album, Beauty Behind the Madness, going from five to four, and Fetty Wap stays afloat with his self-titled debut falling from six to eight.

New entries in the top 10 this week include Ellie Goulding’s Delirium, which bowed at No. 3; country stalwart Tim McGraw’s Damn Country Music opened at five; The Beatles greatest hits package simply titled, 1, shows up at no. 6; and singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles squeezes in at No. 10 with her latest offering, What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress

Industry insiders expect next week’s chart to reflect some big numbers as both pop star Justin Bieber and boy band supreme One Direction will have new projects set to make a big splash and revitalize the sales chart.

Check out the complete list of top 10 albums below.

1. Chris Stapleton – Traveller

2. Eric Church – Mr. Misunderstood

3. Ellie Goulding Delirium

4. The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness

5. Tim McGraw – Damn Country Music

6. The Beatles – 1 (Greatest Hits)

7. Various Artists – Now That’s What I Call Music 56

8. Fetty Wap – Fetty Wap

9. Carrie Underwood – Storyteller

10. Sara Bareilles – What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress

 

TJ Armour

“I’m not a biter, I’m a writer for myself and others.”