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Bryan sees his way to the top

Thursday, January 29, 2015 – Luke Bryan saw his latest single, "I See You," go all the way to number one as the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Feb. 7 were released today. Bryan knocked out Carrie Underwood whose "Something in the Water" fell to second after being first for seven weeks. Sam Hunt remained first on the Top Country Albums chart with "Montevallo."

Eric Church held third with "Talladega" on the songs chart, one ahead of "Sun Daze" from Florida Georgia Line. Blake Shelton was up one to fifth with "Lonely Tonight," which features Ashley Monroe.

Sam Hunt jumped from 13 to 6 with "Take Your Time." Brett Eldredge was at 11, up 3, with "Mean to Me." Randy Houser was one back with "Like a Cowboy," up four. Chris Young stood at 14 with "Lonely Eyes," up 3. Cole Swindell was up 4 to 15 with "Ain't Worth the Whiskey." Sugarland's Kristian Bush broke into the top 25 with "Trailer Hitch" closing out the chart, up 1.

Jason Aldean was second on the albums chart with "Old Boots, New Dirt." Underwood was second with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1." Blake Shelton jumped from 11 to 4 with "Bringing Back the Sunshine." He may have benefitted from hosting Saturday Night Live last Saturday. Garth Brooks was fifth with "Man Against Machine."

Sturgill Simpson jumped from 16 to 9 with "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music." Eldredge was at 11, up 12, with "Bring You Back." Octogenarian Ralph Stanley & Friends: "Man of Constant Sorrow debuted at 14. Brad Paisley went from 29 to 16 with "Moonshine in the Trunk." Kenny Chesney was 17th, up 3, with "The Big Revival." Dustin Lynch's "Where It's At" jumped 13 spots to 21.

Stanley topped the Bluegrass Albums chart with last week's number one, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn's self-titled disc first. Nickel Creek was third with "A Dotted Line." Greensky Bluegrass was fourth with "If Sorrows Swim," one ahead of "The Bluegrass Album" by Alan Jackson.

On the overall top 200, Hunt was 17th, Underwood 27, Florida Georgia Line 29, Aldean 30th and Shelton 35th. The country and top 200 charts use different criteria.


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