Rhett dominates chart
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
– Thomas Rhett dominated the Billboard charts for the week ending Sept. 30 with his new disc, "Life Changes,' which was the top selling country in the U.S. Rhett also landed nine songs on the Top Country Songs chart. Sam Hunt yet again was first on the songs chart, though, with "Beauty Like a Back Road."
Kane Brown held second again with "What Ifs," his song featuring Lauren Alaina. Dustin Lynch remained third with "Small Town Boy." Rhett was fourth, up three, with "Unforgettable." Luke Combs was fifth with "When It Rains It Pours." Rhett also was ninth with "Craving You," his son with Maren Morris, which was back up three. Blake Shelton jumped from 40 to 10 with "I'll Name the Dogs."
Brown debuted at 13 with "Found You." Rhett also debuted at 23 with "Marry Me," was at 33 with "Sixteen," up 11, "35 with "Grave," up 6, 3 with "Leave Right Now," "Sweetheart" at 41, "Drink a Little Beer" at 42 featuring his father, Rhett Akins, and "When You Look Like that" at 49.
Kid Rock debuted at 36 with "Tennessee Mountain Top."
On the albums chart, Lynch debuted in second with "Current Mood" and Kip Moore third with "Slowheart." Brown was fourth with his self-titled debut. Combs fell from first to fifth with "This One's For You." Toby Keith debuted at six with "The Bus Songs."
The late Don William was at 14 with "20 Greatest Hits." The Texas Tenors debuted at 17 with "Rise." Montgomery Gentry was 18th with "Playlist: The Very Best of Montgomery Gentry" following the death of Troy Gentry.
On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Alison Krauss remained first with "Windy City." Sarah Jarosz was second with "Undercurrent,' Bradley Walker third with "Call Me Old-fashioned," Old Crow Medicine Show fourth with '50 Years of Blonde on Blonde" and Dailey & Vincent fifth with "Patriots And Poets."
On the Americana/Folk Albums chart, Jack Johnson was first with "All the Light Above It Too." The late Gregg Allman debuted in second with "Southern Blood,' Neil Young third with "Hitchhiker." Chris Stapleton's "Traveller," last week's chart topper, fell to fourth. He also was fifth with "From a Room: Volume 1."
On the top 200, Lynch was 7th, Moore 10th, Brown 30th and Combs 35th.
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