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Chris Stapleton Tops U.S. Album Chart Following CMA Awards; Taylor Swift Drops Out of Top 10

Country singer Chris Stapleton has soared to the top spot on the U.S. album chart following his CMA Awards performance with Justin Timberlake. Stapleton’s “Traveller” moved 177,000 units for the week ending Nov. 5, according to data from Nielsen Music.

“Traveller” dropped in early May, when it peaked at No. 14 on the chart. The week before the CMAs, the album (which is Stapleton’s first) moved just shy of 3,000 units. Stapleton and Timberlake set the Internet abuzz with their fiery collaboration, which united Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey” and Timberlake’s “Drink You Away” on the Nov. 4 awards show on ABC — Stapleton took home awards for male vocalist of the year, new artist of the year and album of the year. “Traveller” sold more in this past week than it had in total since its release, according to Billboard.

Country vocalists dominate the top of the chart. Carrie Underwood’s “Storyteller,” which bowed the week before in second place, remains at No. 2, down 54% with 81,000 units moved. In third place is a new entry from Eric Church; “Mr. Misunderstood” debuted with 76,000 units sold.

Also debuting in the time frame was the latest installment in the “Now That’s What I Call Music!” series, “Now 56.” The compilation bowed at No. 4, having moved 58,000 units; it includes such smash singles as “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth and “Can’t Feel My Face” by the Weeknd.

Another compilation debuted high on the chart — “We Love Disney” moved 31,000 units in its debut, good for No. 8. This album includes reinterpreted classic Disney songs by 2015’s biggest vocalists; Lucy Hale and Rascal Flatts tackle the “Frozen” phenom “Let It Go” and Jason Derulo puts his spin on “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from “The Lion King,” for example.

The final top-10 debut of the week came from Def Leppard. The glam metal outfit moved 30,000 units of their latest album, which is self-titled, securing a tenth-place finish.

The remainder of the top-10 slots belong to familiar faces. The Weeknd’s “Beauty Behind the Madness” slipped 11% to No. 5 from No. 3, having moved 49,000 units. Behind him is Fetty Wap’s self-titled debut, which dipped 4-6, down 7% at 40,000 units.

Australian pop-punk quartet 5 Seconds of Summer dropped to No. 7 after debuting in first place the week before with “Sounds Good Feels Good.” The band’s sophomore effort moved 32,000 units in its second week, down 83%. Drake and Future’s “What a Time to Be Alive” slid into ninth place, down 12% with 30,000 units for the week.

One top-10 stalwart is conspicuously absent from the latest chart: Taylor Swift’s “1989” finished the week at No. 11, marking the huge album’s first appearance outside of the top 10 since it dropped in October of 2014.

Expect some drama on next week’s chart, because One Direction and Justin Bieber are dropping new albums on Nov. 13. The shared release date has ignited fan rumblings unseen since the great Kanye West vs. 50 Cent battle of 2007.

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