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Musgraves, Shelton lead charts

Thursday, March 28, 2013 – Blake Shelton stayed atop the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending April 6 with Sure Be Cool If You Did. Kacey Musgraves debuted atop the album chart with her first release "Same Trailer Different Park."

On the song chart, Darius Rucker went from fifth to second with Wagon Wheel. Thompson Square made into the top 10 as If I Didn't Have You jumped from 14 to 10.

Tim McGraw was a big mover as Highway Don't Care jumped 9 to 12. Taylor Swift sings on the song. Eric Church was up 5 to 17 with Like Jesus Does. Jason Aldean also was a big mover with his new single, 1994 going from 27 to 20. Brantley Gilbert stood at 23, up 3, with More Than Miles. Rascal Flatts' Changed was up 3 to 25.

Jake Owen was 26th with Anywhere With You, up 5. Kip Moore's Hey Pretty Girl moved up 3 to 27. Brad Paisley was up 5 to 28 with Beat This Sunmer. Dustin Lynch was 29th with She Cranks My Tractor, up 3. Gloriana rounded out the top 30 with Can't Shake Up, up 4.

Musgraves displaced Luke Bryan's (mainly) spring break-themed compilation disc "Spring Break...Here to Party," which fell to second. Florida Georgia Line's "Here's to the Good Times" was third, Swift fourth with "Red" and Little Big Town fifth with "Tornado."

Kyle Park debuted at 24 with "Beggin' For More." Gloriana made it back into the top 40 with "A Thousand Miles Left Behind" up 4 to 40.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Steven Curtis Chapman led again with "Deep Roots." Old Crow Medicine Show stood second with "Carry Me Back." "Timeless Hits from the Past: Bluegrassed" by Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out was third. "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent" went from eighth to fourth. Yo-Yo Ma/Stuart Duncan/Edgar Meyer/Chris Thile was fifth with "The Goat Rodeo Sessions."

On the overall top 200, Musgraves was 2nd, Bryan 4th, Florida Georgia Line 16th, Swift 18th and Little Big Town 27th.

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