Morris, FGL lead charts
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
– Maren Morris debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Hero" for the week ending June 25. Florida Georgia Line stays at number one with "H.O.L.Y." on the Hot Country Songs chart.
On the songs chart, Tim McGraw moved up three to second with "Humble And Kind." Luke Bryan's "Huntin', Fishin' & Lovin' Every Day" also was up three to third. Thomas Rhett was fourth with "T-Shirt," one ahead of Blake Shelton's "Came Here to Forget."
Dan + Shay were the big movers with "From the Ground Up" jumped from 16 to 9. Chris Lane was at 19 with "Fix,' up 3. Zac Brown Band was at 24 with "Castaway," up 4.
On the country albums chart, Dan + Shay debuted in second with "Obsessed." Shelton was third with "If I'm Honest." Last week's number one, Dierks Bentley's Black," was fourth. Chris Stapleton was at five with "Traveller."
Cassadee Pope's "Summer EP" debuted at 14. Craig Morgan entered the chart at 16 with "Whole Lot More to Me." Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen debuted at 21 with "Watch This."
On the Bluegrass Albums chart, "Bright Star: A New Musical" from Steve Martin and Edie Brickell remained first. The Little Roy and Lizzy Show debuted in second with "Good Time Down Home." Bryan Sutton debuted in third with "The More I Learn." Steep Canyon Rangers were fourth with "Radio," while The Lonely Heartstring Band entered the chart at five with "Deep Waters."
On the Americana/Folk Albums chart, Paul Simon debuted in first with "Stranger to Stranger." Stapleton was second with "Traveller," The Lumineers third with "Cleopatra," Bob Dylan fourth with "Fallen Angels" and Mudcrutch, a band including Tom Petty and two members of his Heartbreakers, fifth.
On the overall top 200, Morris was 5th, Dan + Shay 8th, Shelton 9th, Bentley 12th and Stapleton 14th.
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