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Brown, Urban sit pretty on charts

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 – Kane Brown is the top selling country release on the Billboard charts for the week ending Dec. 24 with his self-titled disc with Keith Urban still sitting pretty at number 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Dec. 24 with" Blue Ain't Your Color."

Florida Georgia Line stayed second on the songs chart with "May We All," which features Tim McGraw. Brett Eldredge held third again with "Wanna Be That Strong." Old Dominion was fourth with "Song For Another Time" and Little Big Town fifth with "Better Man."

Blake Shelton entered the top 10 with "A Guy With a Girl" at 9, up 4. Jon Pardi moved up 3 to 13 with "Dirt On My Boots." Michael Ray's "Think a Little Less" also was up 3, to 25. Sundance Head, who was on The Voice, debuted at 27. Dierks Bentley's title track," Black," jumped from 34 to 29. Josh Gallagher debuted in 31st with "Danny's Song." RaeLynn's new single, "Love Triangle," was up 4 to 32.

Dylan Scott held 34th with "My Girl," up 3. Eldredge also was at 35 with "Baby, It's Cold Outside," featuring Meghan Trainor. Brown debuted at 37 with "What Ifs." He also was 39th with "Thunder in the Rain." Luke Bryan was 47th with "Fast," 1 ahead of Jason Aldean's "Any Ol' Barstool."

Brown displaced Miranda Lambert's "The Weight of These Wings," which fell to third. Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood remained second with "Christmas Together." They also were fourth with that CD and his new one, "Gunslinger," which were packaged together. Chris Stapleton was fifth with "Traveller." Keith Urban was seventh with "Ripcord," up three.

Rascal Flatts had the ninth best selling disc with "The Greatest Gift of All." Home Free's latest Xmas disc, "Full of (Even More) Cheer" was 20th, up 6. Dolly Parton was 24th with "Pure & Simple," up 5. Sturgill Simpson re-entered the charts at 32 with "A Sailor's Guide to Earth" following his Grammy nominations last week. Alan Jackson was 34th with "Precious Memories Collection," up 3. Pardi also was 36th with "California Sunrise," up 5.

Shelton was 41st with "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits." Ned LeDoux's "Forever a Cowboy" EP debuted at 44.

On the Bluegrass Albums charts, Dwight Yoakam was first with "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars..." Nitty Gritty Dirt Band held second with "Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years, Live at the Ryman Auditorium, TN." Bradley Walker fell from first to third with "Call Me Old-fashioned." Balsam Range was fourth with "Mountain Voodoo," up five. The Devil Makes Three's "Redemption & Ruin" was fifth.

Stapleton topped the Americana/Folk Albums chart. The "ONXRT: 18" compilation debuted in second. Leonard Cohen was third with "You Want It Darker." Bob Dylan's "The Real Royal Albert All 1966 Concert!" was fourth with "Cleopatra" from The Lumineers fifth.

On the Billboard Top 200, Brown was 10th, "Christmas Together" 16th, Lambert 20th, Stapleton 24th and Urban 30th. The top 200 and Top Country Albums chart use different criteria.


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