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Richie tops all charts, Shelton leads country songs

Thursday, April 19, 2012 – Lionel Richie had the best selling disc in the U.S. with "Tuskegee" for the week ending April 28. Blake Shelton moved to the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart with Drink On It, switching spots with Lee Brice's A Woman Like You." This was Shelton's sixth straight number one hit.

On the albums chart, Richie took over for Rascal Flatts whose "Changed" slipped to second. "tailgates & tanlines" from Luke Bryan stayed third, while Eric Church was up one to fourth with "Chief." Jason Aldean was fifth, up one, with "My Kinda Party." Brantley Gilbert moved up three to ninth with "Halfway to Heaven."

Zac Brown Band was 12th with "You Get What You Give." Pistol Annies were at 20, up 3, with "Hell On Heels." Rodney Atkins stood at 27 with "Take a Back Road," up 3. "Icon: Josh Turner" was up 3 to 30. "Icon: George Strait" was up 4 to 32, while "Icon: Billy Currington" jumped 6 to 34. Jason Eady debuted at 40 with "AM Country Heaven."

Lady Antebellum was third on the songs chart with Dancin' Away With My Heart, Miranda Lambert fourth with Over You and Rascal Flatts fifth with Banjo. All climbed one spot.

Zac Brown made into the top 10 with No Hurry at 9, up 2.

Beers Ago from Toby Keith was at 20, up 3. The Band Perry also was up 3, to 23, with Postcard From Paris. Newcomer Thomas Rhett stood at 30, up 3, with Something To Do With My Hands.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Trampled by Turtles debuted at the top with "Stars and Satellites." TBT took over for Carolina Chocolate Drops, whose "Leaving Eden" slipped to second. Punch Brothers were third with "Who's Feeling Young Now?" Alison Krauss & Union Station were fourth with "Paper Airplane." "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent" was fifth.

On the overall top 200, Rascal Flatts was 9th, Bryan 13th, Church 24th and Aldean 25th.

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