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Hunt, Bryan lead charts

Thursday, April 2, 2015 – Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt top the Billboard albums and songs chart respectively for the week ending April 11.

Bryan led the albums chart with "Spring Break...Checkin' Out." Hunt was second with "Montevallo." "Nashville: On the Record, Volume 2" from the TV show debuted in third, one ahead of another debut "2015 Academy of Country Music Awards ZinePak." Jason Aldean rounded out the top five with "Old Boots, New Dirt."

Little Big Town is a big mover with "Pain Killer" jumping from 15 to 7. Canaan Smith debuted at 16 with his self-titled EP. The duo Striking Matches debuted at 25 with "Nothing But the Silence."

On the songs chart, Zac Brown Band was second with "Homegrown." "Girl Crush" from Little Big Town shot up from 17 to 3 in the wake of controversy about whether the song is about lesbians (it is not). Cole Swindell was fourth with "Ain't Worth the Whiskey," one ahead of Chris Young's "Lonely Eyes." Tyler Farr broke into the top 10 with "A Guy Walks Into a Bar" at 9, up 2. A Thousand Horses scored its first top 10 with "Smoke" at 10, up 2.

Billy Currington's "Don't It" was 12th, up 3. Florida Georgia Line's latest single, "Sippin' On Fire," was up 4 to 14. Eric Paslay's "She Don't Love You" moved from 19 to 15. Carrie Underwood was at 17 with "Little Toy Guns," up 5. Tim McGraw was 21st with "Diamond Rings And Old Barstools," a song with Catherine Dunn. Smith was 20th with "Love You Like That," up 6. Granger Smith broke into the top 25 with "Backroad Song."

Punch Brothers again led the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Phosphorescent Blues." Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn were one back with their self-titled debut together. Robert Earl Keen was third with "Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions. "Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow" was fourth with The Earls of Leicester's self-titled debut fifth.

On the overall top 200, Hunt was 13th, Bryan 24th, Nashville 31st, Little Big Town 36th, Florida Georgia Line 37th and Church 48th with "The Outsiders." The country and top 200 charts use different criteria.

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