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Brown, Rexha/FGL stay atop Billboard

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha remain atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending March 10 with "Meant to Be." Kane Brown again was first with his self-titled debut on the Top Country Albums chart.

On the songs chart, Thomas Rhett remained second with "Marry Me" and Jason Aldean third with "You Make It Easy." Brown was fourth with "Heaven" and Scotty McCreery fifth with "Five More Minutes."

Jordan Davis scored his first top 10 with "Singles You Up" at 9, up 3. Devin Dawson enjoyed his first top 10 with "All On Me" at 10, up 1. High Valley was at 12 with "She's With Me," up 3. Cole Swindell debuted at 13 with "Break Up in the End."

Dierks Bentley's new single, "Woman, Amen" jumped 5 to 19. Blake Shelton's latest, "I Lived It," was at 20, up 8. Dan + Shay's "Tequila" went from 27 to 24. Jon Pardi placed 26th with "She Ain't In It," up 4. Michael Ray also jumped 4, to 27, with "Get to You." Morgan Evans was 28th with "Kiss Somebody," up 5. Dylan Scott was one back with "Hooked," moving up 3. Kacey Musgraves debuted at 30 with "Space Cowboy" and 32 with "Butterflies." In between was Chris Janson's "Drunk Girl," up five. Brett Young was at 33 with "Mercy," jumping 8. Jake Owen debuted at 35 with "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)."

At 41 was "Kinda Don't Care" from Justin Moore, up 3. Lauren Alaina was one back with "Doin' Fine," also up three. Ashley McBryde jumped from 50 to 44 with "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega." Ashley Monroe debuted at 47 with "Hands On You." and Carly Pearce 49th with "Hide the Wine."

On the albums chart, Chris Stapleton was again second with "Traveller." Luke Bryan was third with "What Makes You Country." Rhett was fourth with "Life Changes" and Stapleton fifth with "From a Room: Volume 1."

Chris Young was at 15 with "Losing Sleep," up 9. Kid Rock jumped 21 to 16 with "Sweet Southern Sugar." Shelton was up 4 to 19 with "Texoma Shore." Alan Jackson's "Precious Memories Collection" was 21st, up 5. Swindell's "You Should Be Here" jumped 10 to 30. Shelton was 31st with "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits," up 5. "The Ultimate Hits" from Garth Brooks moved up 4 to 43. Darius Rucker was 47th with "When Was the Last Time," up 3.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn were first with "Echo in the Valley." Bradley Walker was second with "Blessed: Hymns And Songs of Faith." Rhonda Vincent and the late Daryle Singletary's "American Grandstand" were third. "The Long-Awaited Album" from Steve Martin And the Steep Canyon Riders was fourth and Alison Krauss fifth with "Windy City."

Vance Joy led the Americana/Folk Albums chart with "Nation of Two." Stapleton was two-three-four with "Traveller," "Volume 1" and "The Volume 2." Brandi Carlile was fifth with "By the Way, I Forgive You."

On the overall top 200, Brown was 22nd, "Traveller" 27th, Bryan 30th, Rhett 39th and "Volume 1" 40th.

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