Little-known Texas artist tops Billboard

Thursday, February 26, 2015 – Unknown to the wider market, Aaron Watson lived up to the title of his new CD, "The Underdog," as the Texas country singer was first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending March 7. He had one of three debuts in the top five. Sam Hunt continues topping the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Take Your Time."

This is 12th album and first since 2012 for Watson, an Abilene native, who has been recording since 1999. He mainly plays in Texas.

Hunt was second on the albums chart with "Montevallo." Steve Earle & The Dukes debuted in third with "Terraplane," a blues set. Jason Aldean was fourth with "Old Boots, New Dirt," one ahead of the new disc from The Mavericks, "Mono."

Chase Rice jumped from 15 to 9 with "Ignite the Night." Last week's number one, "Holding All the Roses" from Blackberry Smoke, fell all the way to 12th. The soundtrack to "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me," debuted in 20th.

Thomas Rhett stayed second on the songs chart with "Make Me Wanna." Blake Shelton was third with "Lonely Tonight," the song featuring Ashley Monroe. Luke Bryan stood in fourth with "I See You," one ahead of Florida Georgia Line's "Sun Daze."

Cole Swindell was up three to seventh with "Ain't Worth the Whiskey." Dierks Bentley was at 14 with "Say You Do," moving up 3. Tyler Farr also was up 3, to 17, with "A Guy Walks Into a Bar." Keith Urban's song, featuring Eric Church, "Raise 'Em Up," was up 3 to 23.

Robert Earl Keen held onto the top spot of the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions." Punch Brothers were second with "The Phosphorescent Blues," switching sports with "Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow," which was third. "The Earls of Leicester" disc from the band of the same name was fourth. The "Bluegrass Gospel" compilation was fifth. Darin & Brooke Aldridge debuted in eighth with "Snapshots."

On the overall top 200, Watson was 14th, Hunt 15th, Aldean 28th, Bryan 30th and Underwood 33rd. The country al bums and top 200 charts are in different orders because the charts are configured differently.

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