Chris Stapleton’s sophomore album From A Room: Vol. 1 is the #1 selling record this week in pure album sales across all genres, beating out rapper Logic’s new album Everybody by roughly 6,000 copies. Stapleton tallied 202,000 copies sold, compared to Logic’s 196,000 in the latest weekly tabulations.
However with the new chart rules for the Billboard 200 and other charts considering in streaming data, Logic will edge Stapleton in many of the industry leading indexes due to streaming equivalent sales. Stapleton will still be awarded the #1 on the pure album sales charts, but his 13.5 million streams compared to Logic’s 70.2 millions streams put From A Room: Vol. 1 in 2nd place on the Billboard 200. After factoring in streaming data, Logic is awarded 247,000 equivalent records sold, while Stapleton racked up 219,000.
This is not the first time streaming data had decided the victor on the Billboard 200. But this was one of the closest races since Billboard and other charts began to factor in streaming data in December of 2014. Country fans tend to continue to support artists by purchasing physical albums and downloading full records, while the hip-hop and EDM space is dominated by streaming.
The win for Chris Stapleton means he will also handedly take #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, where his next nearest competition is, well, Chris Stapleton. Along with the big sales week that welcomes the release of From A Room: Vol. 1, his first solo album Traveller has also seen a big sales spike, rocketing 67% in sales plus streaming data, and doubling in pure album sales according to Hits Daily Double’s building sales charts. Traveller has been on a sales tear ever since Stapleton shocked the world by virtually sweeping the major awards at the CMA Awards in November 2015, and performing a high-profile duet with Justin Timberlake.
However, underscoring just how good the showing was for From A Room: Vol. 1 in it’s first week, his sales mark makes the best showing for Stapleton in a single week, including the week after the 2015 CMA Awards when he moved 153,000 units. It’s also the best one week showing from any country artist since Luke Bryan released Kill The Lights in August of 2015.
Other albums that performed well on this week’s Country Albums chart include Willie Nelson’s most recent album God’s Problem Child, which was #1 in country last week, and Keith Urban’s Ripcord.