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Stapleton, Rhett hold steady, and they're happy

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 – Chart toppers Chris Stapleton and Thomas Rhett stayed right where they were once again on the Billboard charts. Rhett's "Die a Happy Man" leads the Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Feb. 6, while Stapleton's "Traveller" CD tops the Top Country Albums chart.

Sam Hunt stayed second on the songs chart with "Break Up in a Small Town," with Luke Bryan's "Home Alone Tonight" featuring Karen Fairchild again third and Brother Osborne's "Stay a Little Longer" fourth. LoCash was fifth with "I Love This Life."

Granger Smith went from 10th to 6th with his first hit "Backroad Song." Carrie Underwood also was up four, to eighth, with "Heartbeat." Keith Urban's "Break On Me." was 10th, up 3. Brett Eldredge was a big mover as "Drunk On Your Love" jumped from 20 to 11.

Cole Swindell was 12th with "You Should Be Here," moving up 3 spots. Stapleton was at 16 with "Nobody to Blame," climbing 5. Rascal Flatts stood at 21 with "I Like the Sound of That," up 3. Stapleton also was at 22nd on the chart with "Tennessee Whiskey," which moved up 4 spots. Old Dominion's second hit, "Snapback," up 5 to 23rd. Lee Brice was at 24 with "That Don't Sound Like You," up 3, while Chase Bryant closed out the top 25 with "Little of You," a jump of 4 places.

On the albums chart, Hank Williams Jr. debuted in second with "It's About Time." Brothers Osborne debuted in third with "Pawn Shop," the duo's debut. Blake Shelton was fourth with "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits," up three. Randy Rogers Band debuted in fifth with "Nothing Shines Like Neon."

Texas artist Frank Foster debuted in seventh with "Boots on the Ground." Russell Dickerson debuted at 14 with "Yours, EP."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell were first with "So Familiar." The "Jackie & Ryan" soundtrack was third. Punch Brothers were third with "The Phosphorescent Blues," one ahead of The SteelDrivers' "The Muscle Shoals Recordings." The "Bluegrass Gems" compilation disc was fifth.

On the top 200 chart, Stapleton was 8th, Williams 15th, Brothers Osborne 17th, Hunt 25th, and Shelton 26th. The Top 200 and country albums chart use different criteria.

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