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Brooks, FGL lead country charts

Friday, December 27, 2013 – Florida Georgia Line stayed atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with Stay, and Garth Brooks again held first on the Top Country Albums chart with "Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades Of Influences" for the week ending Jan. 4, 2014.

"Duck the Halls" A Robertson Family Christmas" again held onto second with Luke Bryan third for another week with "Crash My Party." Florida Georgia Line remained fifth with "Here's to the Good Times," with Blake Shelton fifth with "Based on a True Story..."

Lady Antebellum went from 12 to seven with "Golden." Scotty McCreery was up four to nine with "See You Tonight." Jason Aldean's "Night Train" was up three to 11. Keith Urban jumped six to 12 with "Fuse." Darius Rucker was at 14 with "True Believers," up three. "Uncaged" from Zac Brown Band stood at 18, up four. Toby Keith's "Drinks After Work" was up three to 20.

Justin Moore was at 22, up three, with "Off the Beaten Path." George Strait's "Love is Everything" was a big mover with the CD up six to 25.

On the songs chart, Bryan was second with Drink a Beer, David Nail third with Whatever She's Got, Eli Young Band fourth with Drunk Last Night and Cassadee Pope fifth with Wasting All These Tears.

Brantley Gilbert debuted at 11 with Bottoms Up. Jerrod Niemann made it into the top 25 - at 24 - with Drink To That All Night.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Alan Jackson again was first with "The Bluegrass Album." Steve Martin and Edie Brickell were second with "Love Has Come For You." Trampled by Turtles was third with "Live at First Venue," The Devil Makes Three fourth with "I'm a Stranger Here" and "Bluegrass Gospel," a compilation, at fifth.

On the overall top 200, Brooks was 2nd, The Robertsons 4th, Bryan 10th, FGL 14th and Shelton 30th.

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