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FGL, Brooks lead charts

Thursday, December 19, 2013 – Florida Georgia Line stayed at the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Dec. 28 with Stay. So did Garth Brooks on the Top Country Albums chart with his box set "Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences."

"Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas" from the Robertsons was second with Luke Bryan third with "Crash My Party." FGL was fourth with "Here's to the Good Times" with "The Grohl Sessions: Vol. 1," an EP by Zac Brown Band with drummer Dave Grohl fifth.

" Nashville: The Music Of Nashville: Season 2 / Volume 1" debuted at seven. Parmalee debuted in 10th with "Feels Like Carolina." Cassadee Pope stood at 16, up five, with "Frame By Frame." Elvis Presley's "The Classic Christmas Album" was up three to 16. Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" was up four to 22.

On the song chart, Parmalee was second with Carolina, up three. Bryan's Drink a Beer stood at number three. Eli Young Band was fourth with Drunk Last Night, one ahead of David Nail's Whatever She's Got. Pope was up three to sixth with Wasting All These Years. Zac Brown Band jumped from 12 to seven with Sweet Annie.

Newcomer Cole Swindell, who has written songs for Jason Aldean and \ Bryan, was eighth with Chillin' It, up three. The Band Perry was at 11 with Don't Let Me Be Lonely, up four. Aldean jumped from 17 to 12 with When She Says Bay. Jon Pardi, whose debut drops Jan. 14, 2014, was at 15, up three, with Up All Night. Lady Antebellum also was up three to 16 with Compass.

Scotty McCreery's See You Tonight held the 19th spot, moving up five. Danielle Bradbery was at 21 with The Heart of Dixie, up five. New duo Dan + Shay made it into the top 25 for the first time with 19 You + Me at 25, up two.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Alan Jackson stayed first with "The Bluegrass Album." Steve Martin and Edie Brickell were second with "Love Has Come For You." Michael Martin Murphey held third with "Red River Drifter" with Trampled By Turtles fourth with "Live at First Avenue" and The Devil Makes Three fifth with "I'm a Stranger Here."

On the overall top 200, Brooks was second, with Beyonce's self-titled disc debuting at the top. The Robertsons were sixth; Bryan 14th, FGL 15th and ZBB 25th.


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