LBT tops the chart
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
– Little Big Town has the top song on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Feb. 11 with "Better Man." Chris Stapleton was again first on the Top Country Albums chart with "Traveller."
LBT assumed the top from Keith Urban's "Blue Ain't Your Color," which fell to second. Blake Shelton was third again with A Guy With a Girl," while Jon Pardi's "Dirt On My Boots" held fourth. Thomas Rhett was fifth with "Star of the Show."
Dustin Lynch was up three to sixth with "Seein' Red." Michael Ray's "Think a Little Less" moved up four to eight. Brad Paisley stood in 12th with "Today," up 3. Granger Smith went from 18 to 15 with "If the Boot Fits." Luke Bryan was one behind with "Fast," up three. Lauren Alaina's title track of her new CD, "Road Less Traveled," climbed rom 21 to 17. Jason Aldean was 19th with "Any Ol' Barstool," up 3.
Lady Antebellum jumped from 41 to 22 with its new single "You Look Good." Chris Lane also was a big mover as "For Her" was 23rd, up 17. Chris Janson was 26th with "Holdin' Her," moving up 4. Kenny Chesney stood at 29, up 5, with "Bar at the End of the World." Garth Brooks' "Baby, Let's Lay Down And Dance" was up 6 to 32. Runaway June's "Lipstick" was up 4 to 39.
Justin Moore was at 42 with "Somebody Else Will," up 5. Cole Swindell's Flatliner" jumped 4 to 44.
Closing out the top 50 were Parmalee with "Roots" at 45, Billy Currington, 46th, with "Do I Make You Wanna," Brothers Osborne, 47th, with "It Ain't My Fault," Morgan Wallen 48th, with "The Way I Talk," Reba McEntire 49th, with "Back to God" and Brantley Gilbert, 50th, with "You Could Be That Girl."
On the albums chart, Urban stayed second with "Ripcord." Rhett was up five to third with "Tangled Up." Florida Georgia Line's "Dig Your Roots" was in fourth, up three, and Aldean remained fifth with "They Don't Know."
Shelton was in sixth, up three, with "If I'm Honest." Sam Hunt was seventh with "Montevallo" after being off the charts. Jon Pardi was eighth, up six, with "California Sunrise." Bryan's Kill the Lights" was in ninth, up seven.
Dierks Bentley was in 12th with "Black," up 9. Shelton's "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits" jumped from 27 to 13. Old Dominion jumped 15 to 17 with "Meat And Candy." Garth Brooks' "The Ultimate Hits" re-entered the charts at 18 as did Zac Brown Band's "Greatest Hits So Far" at 20, Toby Keith's "35 Biggest Hits" at 21, Carrie Underwood's "Greatest Hits: Decade #1" in 22. FGL also was back with "Here's to the Good Times" at 24, Bryan's "Crash My Party" at 26.
Chris Young was 28th with "I'm Comin' Over," while Lane re-entered the chart at 29 with "Girl Problems." Johnny Cash Cash's "The Legend of Johnny Cash" was back on the charts at 30, while Young's EP was 31st. Brett Eldredge was up 6 to 32 with "Illinois." Eric Church's "Chief" climbed back on the charts at 33 as did Tim McGraw's "Number One Hits" in 34th and FGL's "Anything Goes" 35th. Also back on the charts, Church was at 36 with "The Outsiders." "Icon 2: George Strait" reentered at 39, Gilbert's "Just As I Am" was back at 40. Dan + Shay were 41st with "Obsessed," up 9. Zac Brown Band was 42nd with "Jekyll + Hyde," one ahead of Racal Flatts' "Greatest Hits Volume 1" and "The Essential Johnny Cash." Also back on the charts were "Michael Ray" at 45, Paisley's "Hits Alive" at 46, Taylor Swift's "Red" at 47, Aldean's "Old Boots, New Dirt" at 49 and Bryant's "Tailgates & Tanlines" at 50.
On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Bradley Walker was first with "Call Me Old-fashioned." Sarah Jarosz's "Undercurrent" was second, up three. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was third again with "Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years, Live at the Ryman Auditorium, TN." The Infamous Stringdusters fell from first to fourth with "Laws of Gravity." Dwight Yoakam was fifth with "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars..."
On the Americana/Folk Albums chart, John Mayer debuted in first with "The Search for Everything: Wave One" EP. Stapleton was second, The Lumineers third with "Cleopatra," Kaleo fourth with "A/B" and Hozier fifth with his self-titled debut.
On the overall top 200, Stapleton was 21st, Urban 37th, Rhett 54th, FGL 56 and Aldean 69th with "They Don't Know."
The top 200 and country albums chart use different criteria. Billboard also introduced different criteria for the country charts, which resulted in many old albums reentering the charts.
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