Young debuts at the top
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
– Brett Young debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Ticket to L.A.," his second album. Dan + Shay held the top spot on the Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Dec. 22 with "Speechless," the fourth week at the top for the duo.
On the songs chart, Dan + Shay also were second with "Tequila." Luke Combs held third with "She Got the Best of Me" with Kane Brown fourth with "Lose It" and Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line fifth with "Meant to Be."
Luke Bryan was 17th with "What Makes You Country," up 3. Young jumped 6 to 18 with "Here Tonight." Jon Pardi was at 24 with "Night Shift," up 3. Cody Johnson was one behind with "On My Way to You," also up three. Michael Ray was 32nd with "One That Got Away," up 3. Young debuted at 32 with "Don't Wanna Write This Song." Florida Georgia Line was 33rd with "Talk You Out of It," up 3.
Chase Rice was at 38 with "Eyes On You," up 3. Toby Keith debuted at 43 with "Don't Let The Old Man In." Chevel Shepherd entered the chart at 47 with "Blue."
On the albums chart, Combs was second with "This One's For You," Gene Autry third with "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer And Other Christmas Classics," Elvis Presley fourth with "It's Christmas Time" and Burl Ives fifth with "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."
Kacey Musgraves jumped from 33 to 19 with "Golden Hour." George Strait was 24th with "50 Number Ones," up 17. Alan Jackson was 25th with "Let It Be Christmas," up 3. The Eagles' "Hotel California" climbed 4 to 40.
On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Dailey & Vincent stayed first for nine weeks with "The Sounds of Christmas." The Gibson Brothers were second with "Mockingbird," Tommy Emmanuel CGP third with "Accomplice One," the Earls of Leicester fourth with "Live at the CMA Theatre in the Country Music Hall of Fame." Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road debuted in fifth with "True Grass Again."
John Mellencamp debuted in first on the Americana/Folk Albums chart with "Other People's Stuff." Mumford & Sons were second with "Delta," Chris Stapleton third with "Traveller," Van Morrison debuting in fourth with "The Prophet Speaks" and Dolly Parton fifth with the "Dumplin'" soundtrack.
On the top 200, Young was 15th, Combs 31st, Autry 42nd, Presley 51st and Ives 54th.
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