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Joey + Rory, Swindell lead charts again

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 – Joey + Rory sit atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Hymns," while Cole Swindell's "You Should Be Here" leads the Hot Country Songs chart for the second straight week on the charts for the week ending April 2l

Blake Shelton held second on the songs chart with "Came Here to Forget," up four. Thomas Rhett was third with "Die a Happy Man," one ahead of Brett Eldredge's "Drunk On Your Love." Zac Brown band was fifth with "Beautiful Drug."

Rhett also was at 14 with "T-Shirt," up 5. Dustin Lynch was 17th with "Mind Reader," up 4. Brantley Gilbert closed out the top 25 with "Stone Cold Sober," up 2.

On the albums chart, Chris Stapleton was second with "Traveller." Randy Houser debuted in third with "Fired Up." Loretta Lynn remained fourth with "Full Circle" as did Sam Hunt in fifth with "Montevallo."

Eldredge was 18th with "Illinois," up 6.

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell took back the top of the Bluegrass Albums chart with "So Familiar." Sierra Hull was second with "Weighted Mind," up four. The SteelDrivers were third with "The Muscle Shoals Recordings." Frank Solivan debuted in fourth with "Family, Friends & Heroes." The Infamous Stringdusters were fifth with "Ladies & Gentlemen."

On the overall top 200, Joey + Rory were 4th, Stapleton 7th, Houser 15th, Hunt 26th and Rhett 31st. The top 200 and country charts use different criteria.

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