Different week at Billboard, same result: Brown, Rexha/FGL lead charts
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
– It's another week at the top for Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line as "Meant to Be" is first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending March 24.
The top five on the songs chart remain the same with Thomas Rhett second with "Marry Me," Jason Aldean third with "You Make It Easy," Brown fourth with "Heaven" and Chris Stapleton fifth with "Broken Halos."
Brett Young's "Mercy" was at 23, up 8. Scotty McCreery debuted at 34 with "This Is It." Chris Young jumped 10 to 35 with "Hangin' On." Maren Morris debuted at 49 with "Rich" and Kacey Musgraves 50th with "Butterflies."
On the albums chart, Stapleton was second with "Traveller." Luke Bryan held fifth with "What Makes You Country." Rhett was fourth with "Life Changes" and Luke Combs fifth with "This One's For You."
Alan Jackson jumped 10 to 9 with "Precious Memories Collection." Blake Shelton stood at 13 with "Texoma Shore," up 5. Bryan was up 4 to 18 with "Crash My Party." Kelsea Ballerini was at 29 with "Unapologetically," up 3. Bryan's "Kill the Lights" moved up 6 to 30.
George Strait was at 33 with "Icon 2: George Strait." Brett Eldredge's self-titled disc was at 36, up 5. Garth Brooks' "The Ultimate Hits" was up 5 to 39. Taylor Swift was 40th with "Fearless," up 7. Morgan Wallen's self-titled EP was at 45 in its first week.
On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers held first with "The Long-Awaited Album." Alison Krauss was second with "Windy City." Bradley Walker's "Blessed: Hymns And Song of Faith" was third, one ahead of "Accomplice One" from Tommy Emmanuel CGP. The Wailin' Jennys rounded out the top five with "Fifteen."
On the Americana/Folk Albums chart, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats debuted in first with "Tearing At the Seams." Stapleton was second, third and fourth with "Traveller," "From a Room: Volume 1" and "From a Room: Volume 2." Joan Baez was second with "Whistle Down the Wind."
On the Billboard Top 200, Brown was 27th, "Traveller" 38th, Bryan 39th, Rhett 44th and Combs 53rd.
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