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Rhett, Stapleton stay first on Billboard

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 – Chris Stapleton and Thomas Rhett once again topped the Billboard Country Albums and Hot Country Songs chart with "Traveller" and "Die a Happy Man" respectively for the week ending Jan. 9, 2016.

Carrie Underwood was second on the albums chart with "Storyteller," one ahead of Luke Bryan's "Kill the Lights." Sam Hunt was fourth with "Montevallo." Blake Shelton was in fifth with "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits."

Underwood jumped from 23 to 9 with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1." George Strait was up 3 to 10 with "Cold Beer Conversation." Little Big Town also was up 3, to 12, with "Pain Killer."

Brantley Gilbert was at 24 with "Just As I Am," up 4. Kelsea Ballerini closed out the top 25 with "The First Time," up 7.

On the songs chart, Rhett was followed by Hunt's "Break Up in a Small Town," who switched spots with Cam's "Burning House." Bryan was fourth with "Home Alone Tonight," featuring Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town, up three. Chris Young was fifth with "I'm Comin' Over." Chris Janson was 18th with "Buy Me a Boat," up 4.

Jana Kramer broke into the top 10 with "I Got the Boy" in eighth, up three. Eric Church was at 17 with "Mr. Misunderstood," up 5. Stapleton was 20th with "Tennessee Whiskey," which moved up 3. Florida Georgia Line stood in 22nd with "Confession," up 4. Underwood also was up 4, to 23, with "Heartbeat."

Steve Martin & Edie Brickell remained atop the Bluegrass Albums chart with "So Familiar." Punch Brothers were second with "The Phosphorescent Blues" and third with "The Wireless" EP. The "Bluegrass Gems" compilation was fourth, up four. Rhonda Vincent's "Christmas Time" was fifth.

On the overall top 200, Stapleton was 7th, Bryan 17th, Underwood 18th, Hunt 19th and Rhett 23rd. The country and top 200 reviews use different criteria.

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Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
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