Church, Swindell lead charts

Thursday, February 27, 2014 – Eric Church's "The Outsiders" is the top selling country disc in the second straight week, but fell to second on the overall top 200 chart for the week ending May 8. Cole Swindell's "Chillin' It" once again is atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

Brantley Gilbert is second on the songs chart with "Bottoms Up," one ahead of Luke Bryan's "Drink a Beer." Jason Aldean was fourth with "When She Says Baby." Blake Shelton rounded out the top five with "Doin' What She Likes."

Keith Urban broke into the top 10 with "Cop Car," at 10, up two. Florida Georgia Line's "This is How We Roll" stood at 17, up four. The track features Bryan.

Alan Jackson again was first on the Bluegrass Albums chart with "The Bluegrass Album." Rhonda Vincent was second with "Only Me." Old & In the Way, a group that featured David Grisman and Jerry Garcia, debuted in third with "Live at the Boarding House: The Complete Shows." Ralph Stanley and his son, Ralph Stanley II, debuted in fourth with "Side by Side."

On the Top Country Albums chart, Swindell debuted in second with his self-titled debut Bryan was third with "Crash My Baby." Florida Georgia Line was fourth with "Here's to the Good Times" and Jennifer Nettles fifth with "That Girl." Aldean was up three to sixth with "Night Train."

On the overall top 200, Church was second, Swindell third, Bryan 19th, FGL 20th and Nettles 45th.

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