Rhett, Stapleton chart rule continues
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
– Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton continued their domination of the Billboard charts. Rhett led the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Jan. 16 with "Die a Happy Man." Stapleton's "Traveller" topped the Top Country Albums chart.
Carrie Underwood was second behind Stapleton with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1." Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt stayed three-four with "Kill the Lights" and "Montevallo" respectively. Underwood also was fifth with "Storyteller."
Chris Young was at 8, up 3 with "I'm Comin' Over." Chris Janson jumped 7 to 11 with "Buy Me a Boat." Zac Brown Band was at 12, up 5, with "Jekyll + Hyde." Old Dominion's debut, "Meat And Candy" was at 14, moving up 9. Florida Georgia Line's "Anything Goes" shifted up 7 spots to 15. Kenny Rogers was 17th with "Once Again It's Christmas," up 3.
Brantley Gilbert was 21st with "Just As I Am," up 3. Kelsea Ballerini was also up 3, to 22, with "The First Time." Brett Eldredge climbed from 30 to 23 with ""Illinois." Maddie & Tae were at 24, up 4, with "Start Here." Kacey Musgraves jumped 12 to 25 with "Pageant Material."
The top five songs remained the same on the songs chart with Rhett followed by Hunt's "Break Up in a Small Town" in second, Cam's "Burning House" third; Bryan's "Home Alone Tonight" featuring Karen Fairchild fourth and Young's "I'm Comin' Over" fifth.
Bryan also was 10th with "Strip It Down," up 3. Ballerini was up 4 to 12 with "Dibs." Underwood's new single, "Smoke Break" climbed 5 to 16.
On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell continued their domination with "So Familiar." The "Jackie & Ryan" soundtrack was second. Punch Brothers were third and fourth with "The Phosphorescent Blues" and "The Wireless" EP. The SteelDrivers were fifth with "The Muscle Shoals Recordings."
On the overall top 200, Stapleton was 12th, Hunt 15th, Bryan 25th, Rhett 28th and Underwood's "Greatest Hits" 34th. The Top 200 and country albums charts utilized different criteria.
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