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Combs notches a chart topper as does Shelton

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 – Luke Combs notched a chart topper with "When It Rains It Pours" first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Nov. 25. Blake Shelton led the Top Country Albums chart with his debut of "Texoma Shore."

Kane Brown fell to second on the songs chart with "What Ifs,' featuring Lauren Alaina. Sam Hunt was third with "Body Like a Back Road." LANCO's "Greatest Love Story" was fourth, switching places with Thomas Rhett's "Unforgettable," which fell to fifth.

Shelton moved up four to sixth with "I'll Name the Dogs." Chris Stapleton jumped 5 to 18 with "Broken Halos." Keith Urban debuted at 21 with "Female," which he played at the CMAs. Kelsea Ballerini was at 22 with "Legends," up 3. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill jumped 11 to 26 with "The Rest of Our Live." Brown was at 31 with "Heaven," up 4.

Luke Bryan debuted at 36 with "Most People Are Good." Ballerini also was at 39 with "I Hate Love Songs." Little Big Town held 43rd with "When Someone Stops Loving You." Stapleton debuted at 47 with "Scarecrow in the Garden," from his upcoming disc out next month. Ballerini also was at 49 with "Miss Me More" and Bryan 50th with "What Makes You Country."

On the albums chart, Kenny Chesney fell to second with his live disc "Live In No Shoes Nation." Ballerini debuted in third with "Unapologetically" and Kid Rock fourth with "Sweet Southern Sugar." Stapleton was fifth, up six, with "From a Room: Volume 1." Lee Brice debuted at seven with a self-titled disc.

Jon Pardi was 12th with "California Sunrise," up 4. Urban was at 14 with "Ripcord," up 4. Miranda Lambert jumped from 38 to 16 with "The Weight of These Wings." Brothers Osborne skyrocketed 30 to 17 with "Pawn Shop, probably a function of their win and appearance at the CMAs. Reba McEntire debuted at 18 with "My Kind of Christmas."

Orbison was at 26 with "A Love So Beautiful," with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Shelton also was 31st with "Cheers, It's Christmas." Elvis Presley was back on the cart with "It's Christmas Time" in 36th. Ned LeDoux debuted at 38 with "Sagebrush." Granger Smith, second last week, fell all the way to 39 with "When the Good Guys Win."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Bradley Walker was first with "Blessed: Hymns And Song of Faith." The Wailin' Jennys were second with "Fifteen," Steve Martin And the Steep Canyon Rangers third with "The Long-Awaited Album," Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn fourth with "Echo in the Valley" and Chris Hillman fifth with "Bidin' My Time."

Stapleton led the Americana/Folk Albums chart with "From a Room: Volume 1." He was second with "Traveller." Bob Dylan was third with "Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 13, 1979-1981." The Lumineers were fourth with "Cleopatra" and Hozier fifth with his self-titled debut.

On the overall Top 200, Shelton was 4th, Chesney 6th, Ballerini 7th, Kid Rock 8th and Stapleton's "From a Room" 31st.

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