Musgraves, LBT lead country charts
Thursday, July 2, 2015
– Kacey Musgraves led the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Pageant Material,' her brand new disc. Little Big Town once again tops the Hot Country Songs chart, for the week ending July 11, with "Girl Crush."
The two-three-four spots remained the same. Sam Hunt is second on the songs chart with "Take Your Time," Luke Bryan third with "Kick the Dust Up" and Blake Shelton fourth with "Sangria." Hunt also was fifth with "House Party," up three.
Brantley Gilbert stood at 14 on the songs chart with "One Hell of an Amen," up 3. Newcomer Michael Ray was 19th with "Kiss You in the Morning," up 3. Keith Urban was the biggest mover with "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" at 20, up 5. Dustin Lynch's "Hell of a Night" was up 3 to 21. Brett Eldredge closed out the top 25 with "Lose My Mind," up 1.
On the albums chart, Hunt was second with "Montevallo." Last week's chart topper, "Jekyll + Hyde" by Zac Brown Band was third. Canaan Smith debuted in fourth with "Bronco," his debut. The "NOW That's What I Call Country, Volume 8" compilation was fifth.
Bryan was 12th with "Crash My Party," up 3. Kelsea Ballerini's "The First Time" moved from 25 to 19. Corey Smith, a soulful, rootsy singer, debuted at 23 with "While the Gettin' Is good."
On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Dailey & Vincent regained the top spot with "Alive! In Concert," switching spots with The SteelDrivers' "The Muscle Shoals Recordings." Robert Earl Keen was third with "Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions," Punch Brothers fourth with "The Phosphorescent Blues" and Yonder Mountain String Band fifth with "Black Sheep."
On the top 200, Musgraves was 3rd, Hunt 8th, Zac Brown Band 14th, Little Big Town 16th and Canaan Smith 29th. The top 200 and country albums chart use different criteria.
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