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Bryan, Hunt again lead charts

Friday, September 4, 2015 – Luke Bryan tops the country albums chart with "Kill the Lights," while Sam Hunt leads the Hot Country Songs chart with "House Party" for the week ending Sept. 12. Both also were number one last week.

Kip Moore debuted in second on the albums chart with "Wild Ones." "Elvis Presley Forever" was third, one ahead of Hunt's "Montevallo." Zac Brown Band was fifth with "Jekyll + Hyde." Florida Georgia Line stood in seventh with "Any thing Goes,' which moved up three spots.

Kenny Chesney was at 18 with "The Big Revival," up 4. A Thousand Horses jumped 10 to 19 with "Southernality." Kelsea Ballerini moved 5 places to 22 with "The First Time." Chris Stapleton closed out the top 25 with "Traveller," up 6.

On the songs chart, Thomas Rhett remained second with "Crash And Burn." Chris Janson was in third with "Buy Me a Boat," one ahead of Keith Urban's "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16." Carrie Underwood skyrocketed from 36 to 5 with her new single "Smoke Break."

Bryan was sixth on the chart with "Kick the Dust Up," one ahead of his "Strip It Down," which was up four spots. Moore was at 24, up 3, with "I'm to Blame."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Dailey & Vincent yet again were first with "Alive! In Concert." The SteelDrivers were second with "The Muscle Shoals Recordings." Punch Brothers were fourth with "The Phosphorescent Blues." "Classic Gospel Bluegrass Collection: Power Picks 79 Classics" was fourth. Robert Earl Keen was fifth with "Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions."

On the overall top 200, Bryan slipped to second after being first last week. Disturbed is first with "Immortalized." Moore debuted in 4th. Hunt held 11th, Zac Brown Band 21st and Presley 22nd.

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