Combs, "Meant to Be" top Billboard

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 – "Meant to Be" still is meant to be at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending July 14. The song from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line has been first since December 2017. Luke Combs held the top spot on the Top Country Albums chart with "This One's For You."

On the albums chart, Combs took the top spot from "Dan + Shay," who fell to second. Jason Aldean remained third with "Rearview Town." Kane Brown was fourth with his self-titled disc. Chris Stapleton was fifth with "Traveller."

Kenny Chesney's "Live in No Shoes Nation" returned to the chart at eighth. Blake Shelton was at 18, up 3, with "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits." FGL also was up 3 to 19 with "Here's to the Good Times." Luke Bryan was at 22 with "Crash My Party," up 4. Tim McGraw's "Number One Hits" gained eight, to 23. Chesney also was at 26 with "Greatest Hits II," up 12. Toby Keith was back with "Greatest Hits 2" at 32. George Strait's "50 Number Ones" moved up 8 to 33. "The Essential Johnny Cash" was up from 45 to 39.

The rest of the top five was the same as last week on the songs chart: Dan + Shay second with "Tequila," Brown third with "Heaven," Chesney fourth with "Get Along" and FGL fifth with "Simple."

Morgan Evans was at 13 with "Kiss Somebody," up 7. Bryan also climbed 7 to 16 with "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset." Old Dominion jumped 9 to 18 with "Hotel Key." Dylan Scott was at 21 with "Hooked," up 5. LANCO's "Born To Love You" stood at 32, up 5. Maren Morris moved up 7 to 34 with "Rich." Carly Pearce was 36th with "Hide the Win," up 4. Brothers Osborne held the 37th spot with "Shoot Me Straight," up 6. Russell Dickerson was at 39 with "Blue Tacoma," up 5.

Copolit Music + Sound debuted at 41 with "Take Me Home, Country Roads." Chris Young was 42nd with "Hangin' On," up 5. Garth Brooks debuted at 43 with "All Day Long." Midland was at 44 in its first week, with "Burn Out." Chris Lane's new single "I Don't Know About You" was 47th. Little Big Town debuted at 50 with" Summer Fever."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Kittle & Co. debuted in first with "Whorls." Trampled By Turtles were second with "Life Is Good On the Open Road." Old Crow Medicine Show held third with "Volunteer." Steve Martin And the Steep Canyon Rangers were fourth with "The Long-Awaited Album." Alison Krauss was fifth with "Windy City."

Stapleton led the Americana/Folk Albums chart with "Traveller." He also was second with "From a Room: Volume 1" and fourth with "From a Room: Volume 2." Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits" was third. Kacey Musgraves was fifth with "Golden Hour."

On the Billboard Top 200, Combs was 14th, Dan+ Shay 20th, Aldean 23rd, Brown 32nd and Stapleton's "Traveller" 37th.

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