While it will not match the previous week’s total, Chris Stapleton’s “Traveller” should retain its album sales crown during the November 6-12 tracking week.
According to Hits Daily Double, “Traveller” is tracking for a weekly US sales total in the 85-90,000 range. That should allow it to hold off Eric Church’s “Mr. Misunderstood,” which is due to sell 65-70,000 copies in its first full week of release.
Bolstered by Stapleton’s career-making showcase at the November 4 CMA Awards, “Traveller” sold 153.4K US copies during the October 30-November 5 tracking week. The overwhelming majority of those sales were amassed after the awards broadcast on the evening of November 4.
Church’s album, which emerged as a surprise in conjunction with that same awards show, sold approximately 71,000 copies during the same tracking week.
The two country holdovers will easily top all newcomers, including releases from Ellie Goulding, Tim McGraw, Sara Bareilles, Little Mix and Old Dominion. Per Hits, those albums are now expected to perform as follows:
Ellie Goulding – Delirium – 40-45K US sales
Tim McGraw – Damn Country Music – 40-45K US sales
Sara Bareilles – What’s Inside – 26-29K US sales (original forecast: 21-24K)
Little Mix – Get Weird – 23-26K US sales (original forecast: 27-30K)
Old Dominion – Meat And Candy – 21-24K US sales (original forecast: 25-28K)