Eli Young Band, ZBB rise to top of charts
Thursday, July 19, 2012
– Zac Brown Band debuted in first on the overall top 200 Billboard Albums chart for the best selling disc in the U.S. for the week ending July 28. Eli Young Band captured the top spot on the Billboard Country Songs chart with Even If It Breaks Your Heart.
EYB took over for Brantley Gilbert's You Don't Know Her Like I Do,
which fell to fifth.
ZBB displaced Kenny Chesney's "Welcome to the Fishbowl," which fell to second. Luke Bryan remained third with "tailgates & tanlines." Hank Williams Jr. debuted in fourth with "Old School New Rules." Eric Church stayed fifth with "Chief." Zac Brown Band also was sixth on the chart with their last disc, "You Get What You Give."
Lee Brice was eighth, up five with "Hard 2 Love." Hunter Hayes jumped eight to ninth with his self-titled debut. Blake Shelton moved up 7 to 17 with "Red River Blue." Thompson Square's self-titled debut skyrocketed 11 to 22. Jana Kramer's debut was at 26, up 6. Pistol Annies stood at 28, up 3, with "Hell on Heels." Brad Paisley's "This is Country Music" was up 3 to 37.
Elsewhere on the song chart, Dierks Bentley was second with 5-1-5-0, Kenny Chesney fourth with Come Over and Gloriana fifth with (Kissed You) Good Night. Blake Shelton made it into the top 10 - at 9 - with Over, up 2.
Little Big Town was a big mover with Pontoon, jumping 5 to 15. There wasn't a lot of movement in the rest of the top 30 with a big exception. Lee Brice went from 29 to 26 with Hard to Love.
Carrie Underwood was the biggest mover by far with Blown Away at 30, up 10.
On the bluegrass chart, Trampled By Turtles once again were first with "Stars And Satellites." Rhonda Vincent debuted in second with "Sunday Mornin' Singin': Live!," a gospel set, Jerry Douglas was third with "Traveler." "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent" and Alison Krauss & Union Station's "Paper Airplane" were fourth and fifth.
On the overall top 200 chart, Chesney was 10th, Bryan 11th, Hank Jr. 12th and Church 15th.
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