Turner, Church hold top slots
Thursday, June 21, 2012
– Josh Turner topped the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending June 30 with "Punching Bag," 1 of 3 debuts in the top 10. On the song chart, Eric Church stayed first with Springsteen.
On the song chart, Luke Bryan held onto second with Drunk On You and Brantley Gilbert was again third with You Don't Know Her Like I Do. Eli Young Band was fifth with Even If It Breaks Your Heart. Tim McGraw was fifth with Better Than I Used to Be. Dierks Bentley jumped four to sixth with 5-1-5-0. Gloriana jumped into the top 10 with (Kissed You) Good Night up 2 to ninth. Kenny Chesney's Come Over was up 2 to 10.
Blake Shelton stood at 16 with Over, up 3. Kelly Clarkson also was up 3 with Mr. Know It All at 21. Hunter Hayes held the 22nd spot with Wanted, up 3. Alan Jackson's So You Don't Have to Love Me went from 28 to 25. The biggest mover was Pontoon by Little Big Town, jumping from 36 to 29.
Turner took over the top spot from Alan Jackson's "Thirty Miles West," which slipped to second. Luke Bryan was third with "tailgates & tanlines." "NOW That's What I Call Country" debuted in fourth. Carrie Underwood was fifth with "Blown Away." Arkansas trio Edens Edge debuted in ninth with its self-titled debut. Mary Chapin Carpenter debuted at 16 with "Ashes and Roses." "Mud Digger: Volume 3," a compilation, debuted at 23.
Trampled by Turtles still is number one on the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Stars and Satellites." "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent" was second, "Rare Bird Alert" from Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers was third, "Paper Airplane" from Alison Krauss & Union Station was fourth and "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" from Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile fifth.
On the overall top 200, Turner was 4th, Jackson, 8th, Bryan 13th, "NOW" 15th and Underwood 16th.
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