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McEntire, Hunt lead charts

Thursday, April 23, 2015 – Reba McEntire topped the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending May 2 with her first disc in five years, "Love Somebody," also good for third on the overall charts. Sam Hunt continued his domination of the Hot Country Songs chart with "Take Your Time."

Dwight Yoakam debuted in second on the albums chart with "Second Hand Heart," with Hunt third with "Montevallo." Florida Georgia Line was fourth with "Anything Goes," while "NOW That's What I Call ACM Awards: 50 Years" in fifth. Last week's number one, Darius Rucker's "Southern Style," fell to sixth.

Little Big Town was seventh, up five, with "Pain Killer." Miranda Lambert's "Platinum" moved up 4 to 10th.

Cole Swindell stood at 13 with his self-titled debut, up 4. Dierks Bentley was up 11 to 14 with "Riser." Blake Shelton moved 5 spots to 16 with "Bringing Back the Sunshine." Garth Brooks' "Man Against Machine" climbed 3 to 20th. Thomas Rhett's debut, "It Goes Like This," was at 22, up 5.

Many of the artists who saw their sales increase participated at the Academy of Country Music Awards show on Sunday.

On the songs chart, Little Big Town was second with "Girl Crush," up 3. Zac Brown Band's "Homegrown" was third. Florida Georgia Line was fourth with "Sippin' On Fire," up 3.

Kenny Chesney's latest single with Grace Potter, "Wild Child," moved from 16 to 13. Shelton's new single, "Sangria," jumped 7 to 20th. A different take on "Girl Crush," from Meghan Linsey, debuted at 22. McEntire closed out the top 25 with "Going Out Like That" up 7.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn reclaimed the top spot with their self-titled debut. Punch Brothers moved down to second with "The Phosphorescent Blues." Robert Earl Keen's "Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions" was third. Spirit Family Reunion debuted at four with "Hands Together." "Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow" was fifth.

On the top 200 chart, Hunt was 13th, Little Big Town 17th, Yoakam 18th, Florida Georgia Line 20th and Eric Church 31st. The country albums and top 200 charts use different criteria, which is why they don't match.


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