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Hunt's chart domination continues

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 – Sam Hunt continues his stranglehold on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart with "Body Like a Back Road" first for the week ending Aug. 5. Chris Stapleton again was tops on the Top Country Albums chart with "From a Room: Volume 1."

Zac Brown Band jumped from 14 to 2 with "Welcome Home.'" Stapleton also held third with "Traveller." Luke Combs was fourth with "This One's For You" and Keith Urban fifth with "Ripcord."

Garth Brooks jumped from 32 to 16 with "The Ultimate Hits." Brothers Osborne moved up 4 to 19 with "Pawn Shop." Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party " was 22nd, up 4. Dylan Scott jumped 10 to 27 with his self-titled disc. Carrie Underwood's "Greatest Hits: Decade #1" climbed 3 spots to 31.

On the songs chart, Brett Young was second again with "In Case You Didn't Know." Dylan Scott held third with "My Girl." Thomas Rhett's "Craving You," featuring Maren Morris, was fourth with "The Fighter" from Keith Urban, featuring Carrie Underwood, fifth.

Kane Brown held 11th with "What Ifs," featuring Lauren Alaina, up 4. Lady Antebellum was up 3 to 13 with "You Look Good." Jon Pardi also moved up 3 to 15 with "Heartache on the Dance Floor." Jason Aldean was at 20 with "They Don't Know," up 3.

Combs' new single, "When It Rains It Pours" climbed 5 to 22nd Kenny Chesney was 24th with "All the Pretty Girls,' moving up 4. Sometime country singer Kid Rock debuted at 27 with "Po-Dunk." "Yours" from Russell Dickerson was at 33 with "Yours." Chris Young's "Losing Sleep" was up 5 to 36.

Stapleton was 40th with "Broken Halos," up 6. Jordan Davis debuted at 47 with "Singles You Up" and High Valley 48th with "She's With Me."

Rhonda Vincent and Daryle Singletary led the Bluegrass Albums chart with "American Grandstand." Alison Krauss remained second with "Windy City." Old Crow Medicine Show was third with "50 Years of Blonde on Blonde." Bradley Walker was fourth with "Call Me Old-fashioned" and Dailey & Vincent fifth with "Patriots And Poets."

Stapleton led the Americana/Folk Albums chart with "From a Room: Volume 1" and was second with "Traveller." The Lumineers held third with "Cleopatra," Jason Isbell And the 400 Unit were fourth with "The Nashville Sound," and John Mayer was fifth with "The Search for Everything."

Stapleton was 23rd on the overall Top 200 chart with ZBB at 25, "Traveller" 30th, Combs 36th and Urban 41st.

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