Strong Sales Put Chris Stapleton’s “Starting Over” on Top

The momentum behind Chris Stapleton continues as his latest record Starting Over soars to the top of the charts off the back of strong physical sales and streaming numbers. Released on November 13th, the album debuts at the top of the Billboard Country Albums chart this week with an impressive number of 102,733 in album sales and streaming equivalents.

Starting Over sold 74,726 physical albums and downloads on the week, and songs from the record were streamed a total of 31.5 million times. There were also over 28,000 in individual song downloads on the week. This was not only good enough for #1 in country, but Starting Over also reached #3 in all of music, edged out just barely by the new AC/DC album Power Up, which ended up at a total of 117,000 albums and equivalents, along with Future and Lil Uzi Vert at #2 with 105,000.

Starting Over gives Chris Stapleton his 4th #1 album in country, with all four of his solo releases now topping the charts. It also comes as Stapleton’s 2015 breakout album Traveller continues to remain near the top of the charts as well. This week the album comes in at #7, with 14,830 in album sales and equivalents, with songs from the album being streamed some 11.8 million times.

Also a big player on the charts recently has been Dolly Parton with her recent Holiday release, a Holly Dolly Christmas. Though it was released back on October 8th, sales continue to be brisk. The title sold another 22,252 copies this week, good for #3 in country. It debuted at #1 when it was first released with 27,000+ in album sales. Luke Combs comes in at #2 in country this week with his most recent album What You See Is What You Get, which sold 42,303 copies in albums and streaming equivalents.

Breaking the 100,000 sales barrier is very rare in the streaming era, as is racking up physical sales nearing 75,000. Starting Over was produced by Dave Cobb, and recorded at Studio ‘A’ in Nashville, with additional recording work done at Muscle Shoals Sound and Compass Sound Studio.

READ: Album Review – Chris Stapleton’s Starting Over

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