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Stapleton scores a triple

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 – Chris Stapleton continued his chart reign by having the top selling CD in the U.S. along with topping the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Nov. 28 with "Tennessee Whiskey."

On the albums chart, coming in behind Stapleton was Eric Church, second with "Mr. Misunderstood." Tim McGraw debuted in third with "Damn Country Music," one ahead of Carrie Underwood's "Storyteller." Old Dominion debuted in fifth with "Meat And Candy."

Texas country band Josh Abbott Band debuted in ninth with "Front Row Seat." Cole Swindell was 11th in his first week with "Down Home Sessions II," an EP. Hunter Hayes debuted at 16 with "21 Project," recordings of songs done 3 ways. Alan Jackson was at 19 with "Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story," a release of previously released material and unreleased songs. Alabama was up 7 to 22 with "Southern Drawl." "NOW That's What I Call Country Christmas" debuted at 23.

Thomas Rhett was second again on the song chart with "Die a Happy Man," one ahead of Sam Hunt's "Break Up in a Small Town." Chris Young placed fourth with "I'm Comin' Over," while Underwood was sixth with "Smoke Break."

Blake Shelton broke into the top 10 with "Gonna" at 9, up 2. Stapleton also was at 17 on the charts with the title track of his CD "Traveller," up 6. Joey + Rory was at 21 with "When I'm Gone." Joey is on hospice care due to cancer. Church was at 23, up 9, with the title track of his surprise CD "Mr. Misunderstood."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell were again first with "So Familiar." Rhonda Vincent was second with "Christmas Time," one ahead of "Weight of the World," which debuted from 10 String Symphony this week. The SteelDrivers were fourth with "The Muscle Shoals Recordings." Steve 'N' Seagulls, a Finnish country band playing bluegrass covers of hard rock and metal songs, held fifth with "Farm Machine."

On the overall top 200, Church was second, McGraw 5th, Underwood 9th, Hunt 15th and Old Dominion debuting at 16. The Top 200 and Country Albums charts use different criteria.

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Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
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