McGraw rides "Shotgun" to the top
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McGraw rides "Shotgun" to the top

Thursday, December 4, 2014 – Tim McGraw shot to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Dec. 13 with "Shotgun Rider." McGraw displaced Carrie Underwood's "Something in the Water," which fell to second. Garth Brooks was first on the Top Country Albums chart with "Man Against Machine."

Keith Urban stayed third with "Somewhere in My Car." Maddie & Tea were in fourth with "Girl in a Country Song," one ahead of Sam Hunt's "Leave the Night On." Florida Georgia Line made it to eighth with "Sun Daze," up four. Eric Church made it into the top 10 with "Talladega" at 9, up 2.

Lee Brice's "Drinking Class" was 12th, up 4. Kenny Chesney stood at 14, up 3, with "Til It's Gone." Newcomer Craig Wayne Boyd debuted at 15 with "I Walk the Line." Luke Bryan jumped from 27 to 19 with "I See You." Randy Houser broke into the top 25 with "Like a Cowboy," at 24, up 2.

Jason Aldean was second on the albums chart with "Old Boots, New Dirt." Darius Rucker was third with "Home for the Holidays," Hunt fourth with "Montevallo" and Miranda Lambert fifth with "Platinum." Lady Antebellum jumped from 14 to 6 with "747."

Brantley Gilbert jumped from 20 to 7 with "Just As I Am." Cole Swindell's self-titled debut also was up 13, to 13. Brad Paisley was up 12 to 18 with "Moonshine in the Trunk." "Nashville Christmas" from the TV show "Nashville" debuted at 21. Dierks Bentley went from 28 to 23 with "Riser." Rascal Flatts stood at 25 with "Rewind," up 14.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn were first again with their self-titled disc. "When I'm Free" from Hot Rize stayed second. Alan Jackson was third with "The Bluegrass Album." "Bluegrass Gospel," a compilation album, was fourth with Nickel Creek fifth with "A Dotted Line."

On the overall top 200, Brooks was 11th, Aldean 23rd, Hunt 26th, Rucker 30th and Florida Georgia Line 31st. The country chart is based on sales, while the Billboard 200 is "ranked by album sales, audio on-demand streaming activity and digital sales of tracks from albums." That presumably accounts for why the charts are different.


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