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Hunt, Urban stay at the top

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – Sam Hunt continues atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, for the week ending May 6, with "Body Like a Back Road." Keith Urban held first on the Top Country Albums chart with "Ripcord."

Brett Young remained second with "In Case You Didn't Know," one ahead of Luke Combs "Hurricane." Combs traded spots with Jon Pardi, fourth with "Dirt on My Boots." Josh Turner was fifth with "Hometown Girl."

Chris Stapleton debuted at 13 with "Broken Halos." Dylan Scott was up 3 to 17 with "My Girl." Midland also was up 3, to 26, with "Drinkin' Problem." Chris Lane's "For Her" went from 31 to 27. LANCO moved 4 to 37 with "Greatest Love Store." Newcomer Carly Pearce was at 44 with "Every Little Thing," up 3. Big & Rich debuted at 46 with "California." Aaron Watson's "Outta Style" went from 50 to 47. Walker Hayes debuted at 49 with "You Broke Up With Me." William Michael Morgan closed out the top 50 with "Missing," in its debut week.

Chris Stapleton was second with "Traveller." Florida Georgia Line was third with "Dig Your Roots," one ahead of Brett Young's self-titled debut. Sam Hunt closed out the top five with "Montevallo."

Blake Shelton jumped from 17 to 8 with "If I'm Honest." Jason Aldean was at 11, up 3, with "They Don't Know." "The Legend of Johnny Cash" skyrocketed from 34 to 13. RaeLynn jumped from 40 to 30 with "Wildhorse," her debut. Time McGraw held 33rd, up 3, with "Number One Hits." Florida Georgia Line also was at 35 with "Anything Goes." Hosier's "Paving My Way" debuted at 37. "The Essential Johnny Cash" went from 46 to 42. Zac Brown Band's "Jekyll + Hyde" was at 45, up 4. Brantley Gilbert's "Just As I Am" went up from 50 to 47.

Alison Krauss again led the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Windy City." Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives were second with "Way Out West." Bradley Walker's "Call Me Old-fashioned" was third with Tim O'Brien fourth with "Where the River Meets the Road." Nitty Gritty Dirt Band held fifth with "Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years, Live at the Ryman Auditorium, TN."

John Mayer topped the Americana/Folk Albums chart with "The Search for Everything." Stapleton was second with "Traveller," Lord Huron third with "Strange Trails," The Lumineers fourth with "Cleopatra" and Father John Misty fifth with "Pure Comedy."

On the overall top 200, Urban was 26th, Stapleton 33rd, Florida Georgia Line's "Dig Your Roots" 36th, Young 42nd and Hunt 48th.

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