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Lambert, FGL lead charts

Thursday, June 19, 2014 – Miranda Lambert stayed first on the Billboard Hot Country Albums chart for the week ending June 28 with "Platinum." Not much changed on the Hot Country Songs chart, meaning that Florida Georgia Line still is first for the week ending June 28 with "This is How We Roll," the song featuring Luke Bryan.

On the albums chart, Brantley Gilbert held second with "Just As I Am." "NOW That's What I Call Country: Volume 7" was third, one ahead of Bryan's Crash My Party." Florida Georgia Line were fifth with "Here's to the Good Times."

Kacey Musgraves was up 3 to 13 with "Same Trailer Different Park." Keith Urban moved up 4 to 19 with "Fuse." Lady Antebellum was 24th with "Golden," up 4.Youg was 25th with "A.M.," up four.

Bryan was second again on the songs chart with "Play It Again." Jake Owen held third with "Beachin'," with Blake Shelton's "My Eyes" featuring Gwen Sebastian fourth, up five. Dierks Bentley rounded out the top five with "Drunk on a Plane," which was up one.

Lee Brice's "I Don't Dance' moved four spots to sixth with Justin Moore's "Lettin' The Night Roll" also up four to seventh. Chris Young jumped five to ninth with "Who I Am With You." Eric Paslay broke into the top 25 with "Song About a Girl" at 24, up 2. Gilbert rounded out the top 25 with "Small Town Throwdown" with Thomas Rhett and Moore, up 2.

Yet again, Nickel Creek led the Bluegrass Albums chart with "A Dotted Line." Alan Jackson's "The Bluegrass Album" held second. Steve Martin and the Steep Caynon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell were third with "Live." Jonthan Widger, Sarah Moore and Randy Nichols held fifth with "Timeless Treasures: Bluegrass Gospel." Martin and Brickell were fifth with "Love Has Come For You."

On the overall top 200, Lambert was second, Gilbert fourth, "NOW" 10th, Bryan 11th and Florida Georgia Line 17th.

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