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Aldean reclaims top

Thursday, January 8, 2015 – Jason Aldean reclaimed the top of the Billboard Country Albums chart with "Old Boots, New Dirt" for the week ending Jan. 17. On the Hot Country Songs chart, Carrie Underwood held onto first with "Something in the Water."

Aldean assumed the top of the albums chart from Garth Brooks "Man Against Machine," which slipped to fifth. Luke Bryan went from fifth to second with "Crash My Party." Carrie Underwood was in third with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1." Sam Hunt was up three to fourth with "Montevallo.

Eric Church jumped from 15 to 7 with "The Outsiders," the best selling country disc in the U.S. last year. Brantley Gilbert was 10th, up 3, with "Just As I Am."

Sturgill Simpson climbed from 22 to 15 with "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music." Cole Swindell's self-titled debut was at 18, up 3. Dustin Lynch stood at 21 with "Where It's At," up 5. Brett Eldredge also moved up 5, to 22, with "Bring You Back."

Tim McGraw was second on the songs chart with "Shotgun Rider," one ahead of Church's "Talladega." Florida Georgia Line held onto fourth again with "Sun Daze," while Bryan's "I See You" stayed fifth.

Blake Shelton moved from 12 to 7 with "Lonely Tonight," a song featuring Ashley Monroe. Aldean was ninth on the songs chart with "Just Getting' Started," up 4.

Kenny Chesney jumped from 17 to 11 with "Til It's Gone." Parmalee's "Close Your Eyes" was up 5 to 15. Eldredge was one behind with "Mean To Me," up three. Jake Owen was at 23 with "What We Ain't Got " up 3. Chase Bryant closed out the top 25 with "Take It On Back," up 3.

On the bluegrass chart, Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck were again first with their self titled debut. Nickel Creek held onto second with "A Dotted Line." The Earls of Leicester were third with its self-titled release. Greensky Bluegrass jumped from ninth to fourth with "If Sorrows Swim." Alan Jackson closed out the top five with "The Bluegrass Album."

On the overall top 200 chart, Bryan was 13th, Underwood 15th, Aldean 17th (this chart and the country albums chart are calculated differently), Hunt 19th and Florida Georgia Line 23rd.

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