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Thursday, May 8, 2014 – Luke Bryan continues his Billboard chart double success as he is first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Play It Again" and the albums chart with "Crash My Party" for the week ending May 17.

Brantley Gilbert was second on the songs chart with "Bottoms Up." Florida Georgia Line held the third spot with "This is How We Roll," which features Bryan. Eric Church remained fourth with "Give Me Back My Hometown," while Thomas Rhett stayed fifth with "Get Me Some of That." Jake Owen made into the top 10, at 10, with "Beachin'," up 1.

Lee Brice went from 15 to 12 with "I Don't Dance." Gilbert debuted at 18 with "My Baby's Guns N' Roses." Blake Shelton jumped from 27 to 21 with "My Eyes," featuring Gwen Sebastian. Brad Paisley's new single "River Bank," was up 3 to 23.

On the albums chart, Florida Georgia Line was second with "Here's to the Good Times." Church was third with "The Outsiders," Shelton fourth with "Based on a True Story..." and Johnny Cash fifth with "Out Among the Stars." Keith Urban jumped from 21 to 6 with "Fuse."

Kacey Musgraves' "Same Trailer Different Park" went from 16 to 13. Rhett was at 17, up 6, with "It Goes Like This." Eli Young Band stood at 22, up 8, with "10,000 Towns." Jennifer Nettles returned to the top 25 with "That Girl" at 24, up 2. Lady Antebellum's "Golden" was back in the top 25 as well, at 25, with "Golden," 1 year after its release.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Nickel Creek was again first with "A Dotted Line" and Alan Jackson second with "The Bluegrass Album." Steve Martin was in third and fourth with "Live" and "Love Has Come For You." The former is with the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell while the latter is with Brickell. Bryan Sutton debuted in fifth with "Into My Own."

On the overall Top 200, Bryan was 9th, FGL 14th, Church 19th, Shelton 49th and Cash 50th.

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