LBT rides "Pontoon"
Thursday, September 6, 2012
– Little Big Town grabbed the top slot on the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Sept. 15 with Pontoon.
LBT took over the number one spot from Blake Shelton's Over,
which fell to fourth. Carrie Underwood recaptured the number one position on the Country Albums chart with "Blown Away."
Underwood moved from fourth to first, knocking out Dustin Lynch and his self-titled debut, which slipped to fifth. Zac Brown Band remained second with "Uncaged." Luke Bryan was third with "tailgates & tanlines." Eric Church was up three to fourth with "Chief."
Josh Turner debuted in ninth with "Live Across America." Lee Brice moved from 16 to 13 with "Hard 2 Love." Thomas Rhett debuted at 24 with his self-titled EP. Miranda Lambert's "Four the Record" was at 26, up 3. Hubby Blake Shelton also was up 3, to 27, with "Red River Blue." Chris Young's "Neon" moved up 3 to 28. Justin Moore held the 29th spot with "Outlaws Like Me," up 5. Jana Kramer's self-titled debut jumped 5 to 30.
Eli Young Band was at 36, up 4, with "Life At Best."
On the song chart, Josh Turner was second with Time Is Love, one ahead of Wanted by Hunter Hayes. Kramer was fifth with Why Ya Wanna. Easton Corbin jumped five spots to ninth with Lovin' You Is Fun, while Underwood rounded out the top 10 with Blown Away, up 2.
Rascal Flatts was at 15, up 3, with Come Wake Me Up. Jake Owen stood at 17, also up 3, with The One That Got Away. Bryan's Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye jumped 6 places to 19. Darius Rucker debuted at 26 with True Believers. Randy Houser was back in the top 30 - at 28 - with How Country Feels.
On the bluegrass albums charts, Old Crow Medicine stayed first with "Carry Me Back." Steve Martin And the Steep Canyon Rangers were second with "Rare Bird Alert." The Roys debuted in third with "New Day Dawning." Trampled By Turtles were fourth with "Stars And Satellites" and Jerry Douglas fifth with "Traveler."
On the overall top 200, Underwood was 8th, Zac Brown Band 16th, Bryan 18th, Church 29th and Lynch 34th.
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