Chris Stapleton is dominating country albums sales at the year’s halfway point. His latest album From A Room: Volume 1 and his 2015 debut Traveller claim the first and second spot as the best-selling country LPs of 2017 so far.
From A Room, released in May, has sold 484,000 units, while Traveller continues to make waves, selling another 396,000 in 2017. Those figures are based on a combination of streaming, downloads and physical sales, as reported by Nielsen Music, for the December 30, 2016 to June 29, 2017, period.
For comparison, Stapleton’s sales numbers alone are roughly the same as the next three projects on the list: Keith Urban’s Ripcord, Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots and Brantley Gilbert’s The Devil Don’t Sleep.
Traveller was also just certified double platinum for selling over 2 million copies in total. Despite those strong numbers, country music isn’t the best-selling genre. That title belongs to R&B and hip-hop, whose top five albums have already sold more than 6 million copies this year.
Here’s the full list of the best-selling albums this year. (Note, not every album was released in 2017.)
1. From A Room: Volume 1, Chris Stapleton (484,000)
2. Traveller, Chris Stapleton (396,000)
3. Ripcord, Keith Urban (381,000)
4. Dig Your Roots, Florida Georgia Line (287,000)
5. The Devil Don’t Sleep, Brantley Gilbert (284,000)
6. Welcome Home, Zac Brown Band (274,000)
7. Brett Young, Brett Young (250,000)
8. Montevallo, Sam Hunt (243,000)
9. Tangled Up, Thomas Rhett (240,000)
10. The Breaker, Little Big Town (210,000)