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Stapleton, Rhett continue enjoying life at the top

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 – Chris Stapleton and Thomas Rhett continue enjoying life at the top of the Billboard charts for the week ending March 19. Stapleton is first on the Top Country Albums chart with "Traveller," while Rhett has a stranglehold on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Die a Happy Man."

Cole Swindell was second on the song chart with "You Should Be Here," switching spots with Carrie Underwood and "Heartbeat," which fell to third. Brett Eldredge was fourth with "Drunk on Your Love" and Maren Morris fifth with "My Church."

Zac Brown Band's "Beautiful Drug' climbed three spots to sixth, one ahead of "We Went" from Houser. He jumped five places this week. Tim McGraw moved from 16 to 12 with his new single "Humble And Kind." Dierks Bentley jumped 5 to 13 with "Somewhere on a Beach." Chris Young's duet with Cassadee Pope, "Think of You," was up 3 to 14.

On the albums chart, Joey + Rory were second with "Hymns." Joey Feek died last Friday of cervical cancer at 40. Old Dominion skyrocketed from 20 to 3 with "Meat And Candy." Sam Hunt was fourth with "Montevallo" and Rhett fifth with "Tangled Up."

McGraw was 11th with "Damn Country Music." Chuck Wicks debuted at 12 with "Turning Point." Zac Brown Band was at 21 with "Jekyll + Hyde," up 3. Morris' self-titled EP moved from 28 to 23. Eldredge was at 24 with "Illinois," up 6.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Dave Adkins debuted in first with a self-titled disc. Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn were second with their self-titled release. New York-based guitarist Michael Daves debuted in third with "Orchids & Violence." Last week's number one, "The SteelDrivers' "The Muscle Shoals Recordings" fell to fourth. Freakwater was fifth with "Scheherazade."

On the overall top 200, Stapleton was 7th, Joey + Rory 10th, Hunt 25th, Rhett 31st and Old Dominion 35th. The top 200 and Top Country Albums chart use different measures.

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