Bentley, Stapleton lead charts
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
– Dierks Bentley stayed atop the Hot Country Songs chart with "Somewhere on a Beach" for the week ending May 14 with Chris Stapleton's "Traveller" back at number 1 on the Top Country Albums chart.
Sturgill Simpson fell to second on the albums chart with "A Sailor's Guide to Earth." Joey + Rory" were third with "Hymns." Sam Hunt was fourth with "Montevallo" and Luke Bryan fifth with "Kill the Lights."
Eric Church moved three places to sixth with "Mr. Misunderstood." Comedian Wheeler Walker Jr. was at 11 with the bawdy "Redneck Shit," up 3. Florida Georgia Lined jumped from 20 to 12 with "Anything Goes." Zac Brown Band was at 14, up 11, with "Jekyll + Hyde." Cam jumped 10 to 19 with "Untamed." Vince Gills' Down to My Last Bad Habit" stood at 21, up 9. Brantley Gilbert was at 24 with "Just As I Am," up 4.
"Think of You," Chris Young's duet with Cassadee Pope, was second on the songs chart, switching spots with Tim McGraw's "Humble And Kind." Old Dominion was fourth with "Snapback." Blake Shelton's "Came Here to Forget" was fifth.
Maren Morris jumped from 12 to 8 with "My Church." Dustin Lynch was at 10 with "Mind Reader," up 3. Church's latest single, "Record Year," climbed 4 to 15. Carrie Underwood jumped from 25 to 19 with "Church Bells." Frankie Ballard entered the top 25 with "It All Started With a Beer" at 23, up 3. David Nail's "Night's On Fire" was at 24 with Kelsea Ballerini's "Peter Pan" at 25. Both were up three spots as well.
On the Bluegrass Albums chart, the Del McCoury Band topped the chart with "Del and Woody." The Willis Clan was second, up five, with "Chapter Two - Boots." Hackensaw Boys were third with "Charismo," one ahead of Irish band We Banjo 3's "Live in Galway." Steve Martin and Edie Brickell held fifth with "So Familiar."
On the Billboard Top 200, Stapleton was 9th, Hunt 26th, Thomas Rhett 29th, Simpson 31st and Bryan 33rd. The country and overall charts use different criteria.
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