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U.S. Album Chart: Chris Stapleton Holds Tight at No. 1

Chris Stapleton is still riding the high of his buzzy CMA Awards performance, finishing in first place on the U.S. album sales chart for the second week in a row. Stapleton’s “Traveller” moved 124,000 units in the week ending Nov. 12, according to data from Nielsen Music.

Stapleton’s CMA Awards appearance with Justin Timberlake sparked a massive chart leap for “Traveller,” which 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. After the CMAs, it shot straight to No. 1, moving 177,000 units for the week ending Nov. 5. Stapleton slipped 30% on the most recent chart.

Behind Stapleton is fellow contempo-country bigwig Eric Church, whose “Mr. Misunderstood” dropped 14% with 65,000 units moved.

In third place is a new release from Ellie Goulding, “Delirium.” The British pop songstress’ third studio release moved 61,000 units in its debut, making for her highest-charting album yet. Goulding’s new release is led by “On My Mind,” rumored to be a response to Ed Sheeran’s scorned ex anthem “Don’t.”

The Weeknd’s “Beauty Behind the Madness” remains high on the chart in its 11th week of competition. The album finished at No. 4, down 5% with 46,000 units moved in the frame.

Coming in at No. 5 is a new set from Tim McGraw, “Damn Country Music.” McGraw’s latest moved 43,000 units in its first week on the chart. It’s the country star’s 17th top-10 album, according to Billboard.

The Beatles return to the chart at No. 6 with a special re-release of compilation “Beatles 1,” which moved 40,000 units in its debut. “Beatles 1” hit No. 1 in 2000, when it was originally released; the new version includes special features, including accompanying music videos for each of the cuts.

In seventh place is hit compilation “Now 56,” which slipped 34% in its second week, moving 38,000 units. Fetty Wap’s self-titled album dipped 7% to No. 8, having moved 37,000 units. Carrie Underwood dropped to No. 9; her “Storyteller” moved 33,000 units, down 59% from the week before.

Sara Bareilles hit No. 10 with her new album, “What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress,” which moved 30,000 units in its first week out. The collection focuses on songs Bareilles wrote for the musical version of “Waitress” based on the 2007 film. The show will hit Broadway in April of next year. This marks the singer-songwriter’s fifth appearance in the top 10, following the No. 2 debut of 2013’s “The Blessed Unrest.”

Looking ahead to next week’s chart, the brewing tension between Justin Bieber’s “Purpose” and One Direction’s “Made in the A.M.” will end when a winner is crowned No. 1. According to online music hub Pandora, Bieber might be in the lead; after his album dropped Friday, Pandora saw a 14% increase in Bieber plays over the weekend, including a 72% increase in total station adds and a 21% bump in thumbs up. One Direction saw a 6% increase in plays, a 21% increase in total station adds and a 7% increase in thumbs up in the same time frame.

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