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Rexha, FGL debut at top, sets record

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – American pop singer Bebe Rexha teamed with Florida Georgia Line to debut at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Meant to Be" for the week ending Dec. 16. Garth Brooks was first on the albums chart with "The Anthology: Part I, The First Five Years," which includes alternative takes of previously released material.

Rexha was the first female to debut at number one on the Billboard country songs chart.

On the songs chart, Rexha took over for LANCO whose "Greatest Love Story" fell to second. "What Ifs" from Kane Brown, featuring Lauren Alaina, stayed third. "When It Rains It Pours" by Luke Combs fell from second to fourth. Sam Hunt was fifth with "Body Like a Back Road."

Thomas Rhett jumped from 32 to 26 with "Marry Me." David Lee Murphy and Kenny Chesney debuted at 47 with "Everything's Gonna Be Alright." Red Marlow was at 49 with "The Dance" in its debut week.

On the albums chart, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill fell to second with "The Rest of Our Life." Blake Shelton was third with "Texoma Shore," Rhett fourth with "Life Changes" and Eagles fifth with "Hotel California," an anniversary edition.

Reba McEntire went from 12 to 7 with "My Kind of Christmas." Elvis Presley was at 11, up 6, with "It's Christmas Time." Shelton's "Cheers, It's Christmas," was up 4 to 12. "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" from Burl Ives jumped from 33 to 19. Chris Young was at 20 with "Losing Sleep," up 3. Elvis was at 24, up 11, with "The Classic Christmas Album."

Alan Jackson's "Let It Be Christmas" re-entered the chart at 25. Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton were at 26, up 19, with "Once Upon a Christmas." Brooks and Trisha Yearwood were up 22 to 27 with "Christmas Together." Brenda Lee's "Jingle Bell Rock" re-entered the chart at 32, 1 ahead of Brett Eldredge's "Glow. Shania Twain was at 35 with "Now,' up 8. "Rudolph Red Nosed Reindeer And Other Christmas Classics" from Gene Autry was back on the chart at 40, 2 ahead of Lady Antebellum's "On This Winter's Night." "Elvis: Ultimate Christmas" returned at 44.

"The Legend of Johnny Cash" was back at 45, Jake Owen's "Greatest Hits" 46, McGraw's "35 Biggest Hits" at 48 and Martina McBride's "The Classic Christmas Album" at 49.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn were first with "Echo in the Valley." Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers were second with "The Long-Awaited Album." Bradley Walker's "Blessed: Hymns And Song of Faith" was third. Alison Krauss was fourth with "Windy City" and Chris Hillman fifth with "Bidin' My Time."

Chris Stapleton was first and second on the Folk/Americana Albums chart with "Traveller" and "From a Room: Volume 1." The Lumineers were third with "Cleopatra," Zach Williams fourth with "Chain Breaker" and Ed Sheeran fifth with "(Divide)."

On the overall top 200, Brooks was 4th, McGraw/Hill 20th, Shelton 24th, Rhett 35th and Eagles 44th.

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