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Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – "Meant to Be" continues its dominance of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, staying number one for the week ending June 2. Jason Aldean led the Top Country Albums chart with "Rearview Town." "Meant to Be" also has crossed the 1 billion mark for global streams.

Kane Brown was second again on the songs chart with "Heaven." Luke Combs was third with "One Number Away," switching with Aldean's "You Make It Easy," which fell to fourth. Dan + Shay were fifth with "Tequila."

Brett Young was 10th with "Mercy," up 4. Sam Hunt's new song, "Downtown's Dead," jumped 10 to 14. Sugarland was at 25 with "Babe," up 3. The song features Taylor Swift. Aldean's "Drowns the Whiskey," with Miranda Lambert, jumped from 41 to 29. Dan + Shay debuted at 30 with "Speechless." Spensha Baker, who was on The Voice, debuted at 37 with "Old Soul."

Luke Bryan was at 48 with "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset," in its debut week. Russell Dickerson closed out the top 50 with "Blue Tacoma," also making its debut.

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

Old Dominion was at 16 with "Happy Endings," up 5. Kenny Chesney jumped 16 to 19 with "Live in No Shoes Nation." Bryan's "Crash My Party" went from 28 to 24. Maren Morris moved up 7 to 25 with "Hero." Dustin Lynch's "Current Mood" was at 30, up 3. Jordan Davis stood at 30 with "Home State,'" up 4. Taylor Swift was at 32 with "Red," up 4. Trent Harmon debuted at 34 with "You Got 'Em All." Swift was 38th with "Fearless," up 4. Rascal Flatts was at 40 with "Greatest Hits, Volume 1," up 6. Eric Church was 41st with "Mr. Misunderstood,'" up 3. "The Greatest: The Number One" from Johnny Cash was up 3 to 46.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Trampled by Turtles was again first with "Life is Good On the 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 Sideline debuting in fifth with "Front And Center."

On the Americana/Folk Albums chart, Courtney Barnett debuted in first with "Tell Me How You Really Feel." Ray LaMontange was second with "Part of the Light." Chris Stapleton was third with "Traveller," Lord Huron fourth with "Vide Noir" and Leon Bridges fifth with "Good Thing."

On the Top 200, Aldean was at 13, Brown 23rd, Combs 46th, Rhett 48th and Urban 53rd.

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