"Meant to Be," Aldean again lead charts

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – The stranglehold of "Meant to Be" continues on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with the Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line song still number one. Jason Alden remained first with "Rearview Town" on the Top Country Albums chart for the week ending May 5.

On the albums chart, Brothers Osborne debuted in second with "Port Saint Joe." Kane Brown was third with his self-titled debut. Thomas Rhett was fourth with "Life Changes" and rapper Upchurch debuted in fifth with "Creeker."

Old Crow Medicine Show debuted at 14 with "Volunteer." Zac Brown Band was up 4 to 19 with "Greatest Hits So Far..." Ashley Monroe debuted at 21 with "Sparrow." Florida Georgia Line's "Here's to the Good Times" went from 33 to 30. Chris Young was at 33 with "Losing Sleep," up 6. Brothers Osborne's "Pawn Shop" jumped from 50 to 42.

On the songs chart, Brown stayed second with "Heaven," Aldean third with "You Make It Easy" and Luke Bryan fourth with "Most People Are Good." Dan + Shay were fifth with "Tequila."

Luke Combs moved from 11 to 7 with "One Number Away." Sugarland jumped 40 spots to eighth with "Babe," featuring Taylor Swift. Morgan Wallen's "Up Down" was up 4 to 12 with Florida Georgia Line helping out. Chris Janson's "Drunk Girl" went from 30 to 27. Lindsay Ell's "Criminal" continued its climb, going from 32 to 28. Brothers Osborne umped 12 to 29 with "Shoot Me Straight."

Thomas Rhett's "Life Changes" jumped from 42 to 31. LANCO's "Born to Love You" was up 3 to 37. Carly Pearce also moved up 3, to 41, with "Hide the Wine." Rhett also climbed 5 to 42 with "Leave Right Now." Keith Urban debuted at 43 with "Parallel Line." Old Dominion's "Hotel Key" debuted at 47 as did "Brown's "What's Mine Is Yours" at 48, Chase Rice at 49 with "Eyes on You" and Chris Stapleton at 50 with "Millionaire."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Old Crow was first with "Volunteer" and second with "Best of Old Crow Medicine Show." Alison Krauss held third with "Windy City," Steve Martin And the Steep Canyon Rangers fourth with "The Long-Awaited Album" and The Wailin' Jennys fifth with "Fifteen."

On the Americana/Folk Albums chart, Lord Huron debuted in first with "Vide Noir." Chris Stapleton was second with "Traveller" and third with "From a Room: Volume 1." Kacey Musgraves was fourth with "Golden Hour" and Neil Young debuted in fifth with "Roxy: Tonight's the Night Live."

On the overall top 200, Aldean was 5th, Lord Huron 9th, Brothers Osborne 15th, Brown 20th, Rhett 34th and Upchurch 35th.

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