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Bryan doubles up again

Thursday, May 1, 2014 – Luke Bryan again scored a chart double as the singer topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Albums charts for the week ending May 10 with "Play It Again" on the songs chart and "Crash My Party" on the albums chart.

"This is How We Roll" by Florida Georgia Line featuring Bryan held onto second on the songs chart with Brantley Gilbert again third with "Bottoms Up." Eric Church was fourth with "Give Me Back My Hometown." Thomas Rhett rounded out the top five with "Get Me Some of That." Brett Eldredge broke into the Top 10 with "Beat of the Music" at 10, up 1.

Billy Currington jumped from 24 to 18 with "We Are Tonight." Joe Nichols' "Yeah" stood at 20, up 3. Craig Campbell moved up 3 to 22 with "Keep Them Kisses Comin'." The Band Perry was at 24 with "Chainsaw," up 2.

On the albums chart, "Nashville: On the Record" from the TV show, debuted in second. Florida Georgia Line was third with "Here's to the Good Times." Church was fourth with "The Outsiders" and Johnny Cash fifth with "Out Among the Stars." Dierks Bentley jumped from 13 to 9 with "Riser."

Jason Aldean's "Night Train" went from 16 to 12. "Nashville: Season 2: Volume 1" was the biggest mover by far. The soundtrack had a massive uptick from 50 to 15. Jake Owen's "Days of Gold" stood at 17, up 6. Darius Rucker's "True Believers" was back in the top 25 - at 24 - with "True Believers." "Nashville: Season 1: Volume 2" reentered the charts at 25.

Nickel Creek continued its dominance of the Bluegrass Albums chart with "A Dotted Line." Alan Jackson's "The Bluegrass Album" was second. Seldom Scene's "Long Time...Seldom Scene" debuted in third. "Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell were fourth with "Live." Martin and Brickell stayed fifth with "Love Has Come For You."

On the top 200 chart, Bryan was 7th "Nashville: On the Record" 8th, FGL 15th, Church 16th and Cash 34th.

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