Musgraves debuts in first
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
– Kacey Musgraves debuted atop the Billboard Country Albums chart with "Golden Hour" for the week ending April 14. "Meant to Be," the smash from Beba Rexha and Florida Georgia Line yet again was first on the Hot Country Songs chart.
On the songs chart, the top seven remained the same: Kane Brown was second with "Heaven," Jason Aldean third with "You Make It Easy," Thomas Rhett fourth with "Marry Me," Luke Bryan fifth with "Most People Are Good," Jordan Davis sixth with "Singles You Up" and Chris Stapleton seventh with "Broken Halos."
Dan + Shay were ninth with "Tequila," up three. David Lee Murphy and Kenny Chesney were at 17 with "Everything's Gonna Be Alright," up 3. Jake Owen's "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)" moved from 23 to 20. Cole Swindell's "Break Up in the End" was 21st, up 4. Jon Pardi was at 23 with "She Ain't In It," up 3.
Morgan Evans held the 24th spot with "Kiss Somebody," up 3. Dylan Scott was at 25 with "Hooked," up 4. Dustin Lynch was 27th with "I'd Be Jealous Too," up 3. Chris Janson's "Drunk Girl" was up 4 to 28.
Newcomer Ashley McBryde went from 36 to 30 with her debut single "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega." Lindsay Ell's "Criminal" was up 3 to 31. Musgraves debuted at 32 with "Butterflies." Lauren Alaina was at 34 with "Doin' Fine," up 3. Chase Rice moved up 3 to 35 with "Three Chords & The Truth." Musgraves also was at 36 with "High Horse," up 3. Chesney's new single, "Get Along," debuted at 37.
LANCO was at 38 with "Born to Love You," up 3. Kelsea Ballerini's "I Hate Love Songs" was up 6 to 39. Musgraves also debuted at 40 and 42 with "Space Cowboy and "Slow Burn" respectively. Carly Pearce's second single, "Hide the Wine," was 41st, up 3. Maren Morris was at 46 with "Rich." Aldean was at 48 with "High Noon Neon," his new single. Cassadee Pope debuted at 49 with "Take You Home."
Musgraves took over the albums chart from Brown whose self-titled debut fell to second. Stapleton was third with "Traveller," his debut. Rhett remained fourth with "Life Changes." Luke Combs held fifth with "This One's For You."
McBryde debuted in seven with "Girl Going Nowhere." Mary Chapin Carpenter debuted at 29 with "Sometimes Just the Sky."
On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn jumped to the top from sixth with "Echo in the Valley." Last week's leader, Alison Krauss' "Windy City," slipped to second. Steve Martin And the Steep Canyon Rangers held third with "The Long-Awaited Album." Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives were fourth with "Way Out West," jumping eight. Bradley Walker closed out the top five with "Blessed: Hymns And Song of Faith."
Musgraves led the Americana/Folk Albums chart with "Golden Hour." Chris Stapleton was second, third and fourth with "Traveller," "From a Room: Volume 1" and "From a Room: Volume 2." Christian artist Andrew Peterson was fifth with "Resurrection Letters, Volume 1."
On the overall top 200, Musgraves debuted in fourth. Brown was 19th, Stapleton 32nd with "Traveller," Rhett 37th, Combs 45th and Bryan 47th.
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