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Gilbert, Bentley top charts

Thursday, March 6, 2014 – Dierks Bentley tops the Billboard Country Albums chart with "Riser," taking over from Eric Church's "The Outsiders," which fell to second, for the week ending March 15. Brantley Gilbert scored a number one on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Bottoms Up."

On the songs chart, Jason Aldean stood in second with "When She Says Baby." Bentley was third, up eight, with "I Hold On." Last week's number one, "Chillin' It" from Cole Swindell was fourth. Luke Bryan was fifth with "Drink a Beer." There was little movement in the rest of the top 25. Lee Brice debuted at 24 with "I Don't Dance."

On the albums chart, Swindell was third with his self-titled debut. Bryan was one back in fourth with "Crash My Party" and Florida Georgia Line fifth with "Here's to the Good Times." FGL also jumped four to 13 with "This is How We Roll," which also features Bryan.

Lady Antebellum moved from 17 to 13 with "Golden." Scotty McCreery's "See You Tonight" climbed three to 16. Justin Moore also moved three spots, to 17, with "Off the Beaten Path."

Alan Jackson, yet again, topped the Bluegrass Albums chart with "The Country Album." Rhonda Vincent held second with "Only Me," The Broken Circle Breakdown" soundtrack third, Old & In The Way's "Live at the Boarding House: The Complete Shows" fourth and Steve Martin & Edie Brickell's "Love Has Come For You' fifth.

On the overall top 200, Bentley was 6th, Church 7th, Swindell 15th, Bryan 22nd and FGL 24th.

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