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Aldean, "Meant to Be" lead Billboard charts

Friday, May 25, 2018 – Ain't nothing stopping Bebe Rexha, Florida Georgia Line and "Meant to Be" from leading the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending May 26. The song first hit the top of Billboard on Dec. 16, 2017 and has been number one for 25 weeks. Jason Aldean again was first on the Top Country Albums chart with "Rearview Town."

The top five remained the same: Kane Brown in second with "Heaven," Jason Aldean third with "You Make It Easy," Luke Combs fourth with "One Number Away" and Dan + Shay fifth with "Tequila."

Morgan Wallen was sixth, up three, with "Up Down," which features Florida Georgia Line. Blake Shelton was up four to eighth with "I Lived It." Sam Hunt debuted at 24 with "Downtown's Dead." LANCO's "Born to Love You" climbed 4 to 31. Ashley McBryde moved up 3 to 34 with "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega." Old Dominion's "Hotel Key" stood at 35, up 5. Aldean's "Drown the Whiskey" with Miranda Lambert, moved up 5 to 41. Jimmie Allen debuted at 43 with "Best Shot." Kacey Musgraves was at 47 with "Space Cowboy," up 3. Cole Swindell closed out the top 50 with "Ones Who Got Me Here."

On the albums chart, Brown was second with his self-titled debut. Keith Urban remained third with "Graffiti U." Combs was fourth with "This One's For You" and Thomas Rhett fifth with "Life Changes."

Kacey Musgraves' "Golden Hour" was up five to seventh. Blake Shelton jumped from 26 to 15 with "Texoma Shore." Carrie Underwood jumped 10 to 19 with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1." John Prine skyrocketed from 45 to 22 with "The Tree of Forgiveness." Scotty McCreery's "Seasons Change" went from 32 to 27.

Alan Jackson stood at 29 with "Precious Memories Collection," up 6. Luke Bryan's "Kill the Lights" went from 50 to 40.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Trampled by Turtles was again first with "Life Is Good on the Open Road." Old Crow Medicine Show was second with "Volunteer," Alison Krauss third with "Windy City," Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers fourth with "The Long-Awaited Album" and Highland Travelers opening in fifth with its self-titled debut.

Chris Stapleton led the Americana/Folk Albums chart with "Traveller." Soulster Leon Bridges fell to second with "Good Thing." Musgraves was third; Stapleton fourth with "From a Room: Volume 1" and Willie Nelson fifth with "Last Man Standing."

On the Top 200, Aldean was 15th, Brown 21st, Urban 31st, Combs 36th and Rhett 44th.

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