There is no signs of slowing down for Chris Stapleton, and now he’s entered a very elite class in country music. His debut album Traveller has officially sold over 1 million copies—actually 1.05 million copies to be exact, with another 27,000 copies sold last week according to Billboard. What does this mean? Aside from adding another digit to the odometer, it puts Stapleton at the very top of the genre in album sales. It means Traveller has beat out Florida Georgia Line’s latest album Anything Goes in sales, and has beat out reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan’s latest album Kill The Lights in sales.
Not just from a standpoint of critical praise, awards, or peer appreciation, Chris Stapleton is now the best selling artist in all of country music at the moment. Traveller is the best selling album in country music released in the last 18 months and counting, and has been in the Top 15 of the Billboard 200 for 20 straight weeks—ever since his big night at the CMA Awards in November. And this is all as Stapleton heads into the ACM Awards in just over a week (April 3rd) with more nominations than anyone, and has already walked away with the award for Best New Male Vocalist. For all intents and purposes, Chris Stapleton is the Adele of country music.
And that’s not where the recent plaudits for Chris Stapleton stop. Radio has been the last roadblock for Stapleton to declare total dominance, but due to the success of Traveller and the demand of listeners, his single “Nobody To Blame” is now officially a Top 10 hit on radio, coming in at #9 last week. Where does it all stop? It may not stop anytime soon if he wins big at the ACM Awards. So far Stapleton has won all four of the country industry awards he’s been nominated for and that have been presented.
“I didn’t expect to win any CMA Awards. It’s the superstars who usually win,” said Stapleton.
Well guess what Chris, you’re now officially a superstar.