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Florida Georgia Line, Shelton lead charts

Thursday, May 2, 2013 – Florida Georgia Line held onto the top spot on the Billboard Country Songs chart with Cruise, while Blake Shelton was first on the albums chart with "Based on a True Story" for the week ending May 11.

Darius Rucker was second on the songs chart with Wagon Wheel with Shelton third with Boys 'Round Here, with help from Pistol Annies & Friends. Miranda Lambert, a member of Pistol Annies and Shelton's wife, was one behind with Mama's Broken Heart. Florida Georgia Line rounded out the top five with Get Your Shine On.

Kenny Chesney broke into the top 10 with Pirate Flat in ninth, up two. Hunter Hayes went from 18 to 15 with I Want Crazy. Kip Moore was at 20, up 4, with Hey Pretty Girl. The late George Jones debuted at 21 with his classic song, He Stopped Loving Her Today. The showing by Jones was part of a huge sales increase due to his death last Friday.

On the albums chart, The Band Perry was second with "Pioneer." Florida Georgia Line was third with "Here's To the Good Times" with Tate Stevens debuting in fourth with his self-titled disc and Brad Paisley fifth with "Wheelhouse."

Luke Bryan was 13 with "tailgates & tanlines," up 4 in its 90th week of release. Tim McGraw went from 18 to 14 with "Two Lanes of Freedom." Lambert was at 16 with "Four the Record," up 3. Hayes was at 17, up 3, with his self-titled debut. Kacey Musgraves went from 21 to 18 with "Same Trailer Different Park." Also up 3 were Thompson Square with "Just Feels Good" at 19, Zac Brown Band at 20 with "Uncaged" and Gary Allan at 21 with "Set You Free."

Chesney jumped from 38 to 31 with "Welcome to the Fishbowl." Aaron Lewis stood at 34, up 3, with "The Road." Katie Armiger's fourth album, "Fall Into Me," jumped from 52 to 37. Colt Ford's "Declaration of Independence" moved from 47 to 40.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell debuted in first with "Love Has Come For You," taking over from Steven Curtis Chapman's "Deep Roots." Old Crow Medicine Show was third with "Carry Me Back," Trampled by Turtles fourth with "Stars & Satellites" and "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent" fifth.

On the overall top 200, Shelton was 6th, The Band Perry 14th, Florida Georgia Line 17th, Stevens 18th and Paisley 19th.

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