Dan + Shay, FGL lead charts

Thursday, April 10, 2014 – Dan + Shay hit the top right of the charts right out of the chute. "Where It All Began" debuted at number 1 on the Billboard top Country Albums chart for the week ending April 19. Florida Georgia Line stayed first with "This is How We Roll," which features Luke Bryan.

Last week's albums chart topper, "Out Among the Stars" by Johnny Cash, was second. Bryan was third with "Crash My Party." FGL was fourth with "Here's to the Good Times." Eric Church held fifth with "The Outsiders."

Blake Shelton's "Based on a True Story..." jumped five to sixth. Josh Thompson debuted in seventh with "Turn It Up." "Working Man's Poet: A Tribute To Merle Haggard" by various artists including Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks and Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan, debuted at 17. Jake Owen jumped 6 to 18 with "Days of Gold." "Love Is Everything" from George Strait was at 19, up 6. The Band Perry jumped 10 to 21 with "Pioneer."

Brantley Gilbert held second again on the songs chart with "Bottoms Up." Bryan was third with "Play It Again." Jerrod Niemann remained fourth with "Drink To That All Night," one ahead of Eric Church's "Give Me Back My Hometown." Dan+ Shay were seventh with "19 You + Me," up four. Rascal Flatts broke into the top 10 with "Rewind" at number 10, up 2.

Justin Moore stood at 14, up 3, with "Lettin' the Night Roll." Hunter Hayes jumped 6 to 16 with "Invisible." Jake Owen climbed 4 to 17 with "Beachin.'" Tyler Farr, Sara Evans and Craig Morgan all also moved 4 spots to 19, 20 and 21 respectively with "Whiskey in My Water," "Slow Me Down" and "Wake Up Lovin' You" respectively.

Chris Young was at 22 with "Who I Am With You," up 5. Billy Currington was at 23 with "We Are Tonight," up 5. Craig Campbell broke into the top 25 - at 24 - with "Keep Them Kisses Comin'." Lee Brice closed out the top 25 with "I Don't Dance," up 5.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Nickel Creek debuted at the top with "A Dotted Line." This was the trio's first disc in seven years. The Infamous Stringdusters also debuted - in second - with "Let It Go." Alan Jackson's "The Bluegrass Album" was third. "Live" from Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell" was fourth with Steve Ivey fifth with "Best of Bluegrass: Collector's Edition."

On the overall top 200, Dan + Shay were sixth, Nickel Creek seventh and Cash eighth. Bryan was 15th and Florida Georgia Line 19th.

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