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July 5

Take A Moment To Congratulate Chris Stapleton For His 2017 Achievement

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Chris Stapleton did it as he got the Country Music’s First Gold for 2017! His second solo record From A Room: Vol. 1 has officially sold 500,000 units and streaming equivalent credits. RIAA awarded the certificate last June 8th. That was only the first month after its release date.  The song has not made waves in the country radio yet so it’s expected to do better when that happens. So far, it is the fifth album of 2017 to reach such status but the sole recipient for the country music genre.

Last week, we have written his story on his comeback after an injury. Stapleton had no choice but to postpone and reschedule his shows on the “The All-American Road Show” over three weeks.  “After seeing a specialist, I have some information to share. I’m on the road to recovery from a broken bone & a detached tendon in my right index finger. The doctor is hopeful that with some physical therapy I will be playing guitar again soon. Right now, I can’t possibly give you guys the show you deserve. I always want to give you my very best.” Stapleton shared in a message to his fans.

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Besides going Gold, Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume 1 also debuted at No. 1 on Billboard Country Albums, No. 1 on the Billboard Top Album Sales, and No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200. The solo project also garnered 13.5 million online streams, marking the highest all-time streaming debut for any country artist— a new country music record! “From A Room: Volume 2” is slated to drop later this year.

Last February 2016, the RIAA announced that 1,500 on-demand audio and/or video song streams = 10 track sales = 1 album sale.

Other country artists are also doing a good job whether they’re older, traditional or independent ones. Their album sales soar better as fans buy not only physical copies and download records rather than just streaming the songs on Spotify and others.

Returning to Nashville Sound is Isbell and his band the 400. This is his sixth album and the follow-up to 2015’s Something More Than Free. Like that project, The Nashville Sound was produced by Dave Cobb.

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Like the aforementioned, Eli Young Band also released their sixth album, Fingerprints. Their new song “Never Land” represents their return to their roots after experimenting with danceable pop crossovers on their ‘Turn It On’ EP.

And let’s not forget outspoken Steve Earle on his 16th album “So You Wanna Be an Outlaw.” It is a recall of his most important debut albums “Guitar Town.” The album features Willie Nelson on the title track and a tribute to one of Earle’s mentors, the late Guy Clark.


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