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Rexha/FGL, Brown continue leading charts

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – "Meant to Be" continues domination of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart as the song from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line remains number 1 for the week ending March 17. Kane Brown led the Top Country Albums chart with his self-titled debut.

On the songs chart, Thomas Rhett stayed second with "Marry Me" as did Jason Aldean" with "You Make It Easy" in third and Kane Brown with "Heaven" in fourth. Chris Stapleton held fifth with "Broken Halos."

Blake Shelton was up 7 to 13 with "I Lived It." Dan + Shay's "Tequila" jumped 6 to 18. Jake Owen was a big mover as his new single, "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)" jumped 10 to 25. "Kinda Don't Care' from Justin Moore was up 6 to 35. Newcomer Ashley MacBryde moved up 7 to 37 with "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega." Lauren Alain was 38th with "Doin' Fine," up 4. Brown also was 42nd with "What's Mine Is Yours." Brothers Osborne also climbed 3, to 43, with "Shoot Me Straight." Carly Pearce jumped to 44 with "Hide the Wine." Chris Young debuted at 45 with "Hangin' On." Runaway June closed out the top 50 with "Wild West" in its debut week.

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

Shelton's "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits" was a big mover by jumping from 31 to 14. Kenney Chesney was at 30 with" Live in No Shoes Station," up 7. Devin Dawson's "Dark Horse" was at 33, up 3. Bryan also held the 36th spot with "Kill the Lights," up 3. Rascal Flatts' "Greatest Hits Volume 1" was at 46, up 3.

Canadian band The Wailin' Jennys led the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Fifteen." Steep Canyon Rangers were second with "Out in the Open," Alison Krauss third with "Windy City," Bradley Walker fourth with "Blessed: Hymns And Son of Faith" and Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers fifth with "The Long Awaited Album."

Stapleton topped the Americana/Folk Albums chart with "Traveller," "Volume 1" and "Volume 2." Vance Joy was fourth with "Nation of Two." Joan Baez debuted in fifth with "Whistle Down the Wind."

On the overall top 200, Brown was 24th, "Traveller" 28th, Rhett 36th, "Volume 1" 41st and Bryan 46th.

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