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Jackson, Bryan lead charts

Thursday, August 6, 2015 – Alan Jackson led the Top Country Albums chart with "Angels And Alcohol," while Luke Bryan stayed first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Kick the Dust Up" for the week ending Aug. 15.

On the songs chart, Sam Hunt was second and third with "House Party and "Take Your Time" respectively. Little Big Town was fourth with "Girl Crush" and Thomas Rhett fifth with "Buy Me a Boat."

Chris Janson jumped from 10th to 6th with "Buy Me a Boat." Newcomer Michael Ray was 10th with "Kiss You in the Morning," up 3. Kenny Chesney's "Save It For a Rainy Day" was up 3 to 22. Cole Swindell closed out the top 25 with "Let Me See You Girl," up 1.

Jackson took over the top spot on the albums chart from Jason Isbell's "Something More Than Free," which slipped to fourth. Ashley Monroe debuted in second with "The Blade." Hunt was again third with "Montevallo." Zac Brown Band held fifth with "Jekyll + Hyde."

Zac Brown Band also was at 17 with "Greatest Hits So Far...," moving up 5. Big Smo jumped 12 to 21 with "Bringin It Home," an EP.

The SteelDrivers led the Bluegrass Albums chart with "The Muscle Shoals Recordings." Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn were second with their self-titled debut. Robert Earl Keen was third with "Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions." Punch Brothers were in fourth with "The Phosphorescent Blues." Yonder Mountain String Band jumped eight to fifth with "Black Sheep."

On the top 200, Hunt was 9th, Jackson 16th, Zac Brown Band 26th, Erich Church 29th with "The Outsiders" and Monroe 30th. The top 200 and country albums charts use different criteria.

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