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Church debuts in fifth on Billboard Top 200

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 – Eric Church debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Desperate Man." Florida Georgia Line held down the top two spots on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Oct. 20 as "Meant to Be" with Bebe Rexha once again was first - for the 46th week - with "Simple" second.

On the songs chart, Dan + Shay were third with "Tequila." Luke Combs held fourth with "She Got the Best of Me" and Russell Dickerson fifth with "Blue Tacoma."

Church jumped 10 to 8 with "Desperate Man." Sugarland went from 23 to 20 with "Babe," which features Taylor Swift. Tim McGraw debuted at 31 with "Neon Church." Jason Aldean was 33rd with "Girl Like You," up 3. Newcomer Riley Green also climbed 3, to 34, with "There Was This Girl." Old Dominion debuted at 43 with "Make It Sweet."

On the albums chart, Combs was second with "This One's For You," Carrie Underwood third with "Cry Pretty," Dan + Shay fourth with their self-titled release and Chris Stapleton fifth with "Traveller."

Jon Pardi was up 3 to 10 with "California Sunrise" more than 2 years - 121 weeks - after its release. Blake Shelton moved up 5 to 14 with "Reloaded: 20 # Hits" 155 weeks after streeting. Thomas Rhett's "Tangled Up" went from 21 to 15. Old Dominion went from 22 to 16 with "Happy Endings." Underwood was up 4 to 20 with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1." McGraw's "Number One Hits" was at 21, up 4. So was Swift's "Red" at 23. Stapleton was 26th with "From A Room: Volume 2," up 3. Swift was 32nd with "Fearless,' up 8. Dickerson's debut "Yours," was at 38, up 3.

We Banjo 3 held the top spot on the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Haven." The Wailin' Jennys were second with "Fifteen," Trampled by Turtles third with "Life Is Good on the Open Road," Steve Martin And the Steep Canyon Rangers fourth with "The Long-Awaited Album" and The Earls of Leicester fifth with "Live at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame."

Gregory Alan Isakov debuted in first on the Americana/Folk Albums chart with "Evening Machines." Stapleton was second with "Traveller." Matt Nathanson debuted in third with "Sings His Sad Heart." Cat Power entered the chart in fourth with "Wanderer" with Stapleton fifth with "From A Room: Volume 1."

On the Top 200 chart, Church was 5th, Combs 23rd, Underwood 33rd, Dan + Shay 50th and Stapleton 55th with "Traveller."


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CD review - The Outsiders Eric Church looks to take no prisoners on his big and bold - sometimes very dark - sounding fourth studio release. He makes that crystal clear on the cover where he stands flanked by his backing quintet, looking tough, menacing, ready for a rumble with arms hanging down, hiding behind sunglasses. These guys are ready to roll. As in rock and roll, which Church et al cook up with the lead-off title track, an out-and-out rocker with Church laying down his outside the lines credentials. ...


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