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Stapleton, Hunt top charts

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 – Chris Stapleton is back atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending July 15 with "From a Room: Volume 1." Sam Hunt continued his dominance of the Hot Country Songs chart with "Body Like a Back Road."

Stapleton took over from Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, which fell to second with "The Nashville Sound." Lady Antebellum held third with "Heart Break" as did Stapleton in fourth with "Traveller." Luke Combs was fifth with "This One's For You."

Sam Hunt was at eight with "Montevallo," up three. Kane Brown also was up 3 to 15 with his self-titled debut as was Luke Bryan at 16 with "Kill the Lights" and Jason Aldean at 17 with "They Don't Know." Florida Georgia Line jumped 6 to 18 with "Here's to the Good Times." Black Shelton's "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits" moved up 3 to 19.

Cole Swindell was at 22 with "You Should Be Here," up 4. Maren Morris jumped 9 to 23 with "Hero." Bryan's "Crash My Party" was at 24, jumping 7. Shelton was at 25 with "If I'm Honest," up 3. Little Big Town went all the way from 43 to 26 with "The Breaker." Eric Church stood at 28, up 5, with "Mr. Misunderstood." Brantley Gilbert's "The Devil Don't Sleep" was up 4 to 30. So was Carrie Underwood's "Greatest Hits: Decade #1" at 32. Old Dominion's debut, "Meat And Candy" was 33rd, up 6; Tim McGraw was at 34 with "Number One Hits," up 6. So was Kelsea Ballerini's "The First Time" at 35.

Florida Georgia Line and Dylan Scott were both up 6 to 38 and 39 respectively with "Anything Goes" and "Dylan Scott." Kenny Chesney's "Greatest Hits II" was up 3 to 46.

On the songs chart, Brett Young and Combs continued two-three with "In Case You Didn't Know" and "Hurricane." Thomas Rhett's "Craving You" featuring Morris, was fourth. Scott closed out the top five with "My Girl."

Dustin Lynch was 10th with "Small Town Boy," up 3. Billy Currington climbed 6 spots to 13 with "Do I Make You Wanna." Jon Pardi was 19th with "Heartache on the Dance Floor," up 4. Carly Pearce's "Every Little Thing" was at 22, up 3. LOCASH's "Ring On Every Finger" was at 28, up 3. Combs' new single, "When It Rains It Pours' moved up 6 to 30. So did Church's "Round Here Buzz" at 31. Drake White was 32nd with "Makin' Me Look Good Again," up 3. Chesney jumped 8 to 33 with "All the Pretty Girls."

Garth Brooks held the 35th spot, up 4, with "Ask Me How I Know." Brad Paisley's "Last Time for Everything" was at 40, up 4. Walker Hayes held the 42nd spot, up 6, with "You Broke Up With Me." Toby Keith's new single "Wacky Tobaccy' debut at 45. Stapleton's "Broken Halos" was up 3 to 46. Lee Brice debuted at 48 with "Boy" and Young at 49 with "Mercy."

Alison Krauss was again first on the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Windy City." Bradley Walker was second with "Call Me Old-fashioned." Yonder Mountain String Band debuted in third with "Love, Ain't Love." Old Crow Medicine Show held fourth with "50 Years of Blonde on Blonde." Dailey & Vincent's "Patriots And Poets" was fifth.

Stapleton topped the Folk/Americana/Folks Albums chart with "From a Room." Isbell was second, while Stapleton's "Traveller" was third. Jeff Tweedy of Wilco was fourth, debuting with "Together At Last." Fleet Foxes were fifth with "Crack-Up."

On the overall Top 200 chart, Stapleton was 22nd with "From a Room." Isbell was 31st, Lady A 33rd, Stapleton 38th with "Traveller" and Combs 41st.

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