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Chesney, Bryan reach the top

Thursday, June 28, 2012 – Kenny Chesney led the Billboard Country Albums chart with "Welcome to the Fishbowl" and was second on the overall top 200 chart to Justin Bieber's "Believe" for the week ending July 7. On the country chart, Chesney took over from Josh Turner's "Punching Bag," which fell to sixth.

Luke Bryan captured the top spot on the songs chart with Drunk On You, ousting Eric Church's Springsteen, which fell to fourth.

Eli Young Band was second on the songs chart with Even If It Breaks Your Heart, up two. Brantley Gilbert remained third with You Don't Know Her Like I Do. Dierks Bentley was fifth with 5-1-5-0.

Chesney jumped from 10 to 6 with Come Over, his new single. The Band Perry broke into the top 10 - at 10 - with Postcard from Paris, up 1.

The remainder of the top 30 showed very little movement. Pontoon from Little Big Town went from 29 to 25. Lee Brice was 30, up 2, with Hard to Love, the title track from his "Hard 2 Love" disc.

On the albums chart, Bryan was second with "tailgates & tanlines," switching places with Alan Jackson's "Thirty Miles West." "NOW That's What I Call Country" stayed fourth, while Carrie Underwood remained fifth with "Blown Away."

Gilbert jumped from 17 to 11 with "Halfway to Heaven." Hunter Hayes moved 10 to 14 with his self-titled debut. Miranda Lambert went from 28 to 19 with "Four the Record." Long-time country singer Don Williams debuted at 20 with "And So It Goes." Tim McGraw was 22nd, up 7, with "Emotional Traffic." The biggest mover by far was Hank Williams Jr. who's "Best Of - All My Rowdy Friends" skyrocketed from 61 to 39.

The bluegrass chart had little movement. Trampled by Turtles held onto first with "Stars And Satellites." "Rare Bird Alert" from Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers was second, Punch Brothers third with "Who's Feeling Young Now," "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent" fourth and "Paper Airplane" from Alison Krauss & Union Station fifth.

On the overall top 200, Bryan was 9th, Jackson 11th, "NOW" 13th and Underwood 15th.

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