Thursday, June 25, 2015
– Little Big Town's stranglehold on the number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart continues for the week ending July 4 with "Girl Crush." "Jekyll + Hyde" by Zac Brown Band regained the top spot on the Top Country Albums chart.
Sam Hunt was second on the songs chart with "Take Your Time." In fact, the top six spots remained the same as last week with Luke Bryan third with "Kick the Dust Up," Blake Shelton fourth with "Sangria" and Kelsea Ballerini fifth with "Love Me Like You Mean It." Carrie Underwood held the sixth spot with "Little Toy Guns."
Hunt enjoyed a second single in the top 10 as well with "House Party" in eight, up eight. New artist Canaan Smith broke into the top 10 - at 10 - with "Love You Like That," up 1. Tim McGraw was at 11 with "Diamond Rings And Old Barstools," up 4. Zac Brown Band stood at 16 with "Loving You Easy," up 3.
On the albums chart, last week's leader, "NOW That's What I Call Country, Volume 8" slipped from first to second. Hunt was third with "Montevallo." Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard were fourth with "Django And Jimmie," Little Big Town was fifth with "Pain Killer," up three.
McGraw debuted in eighth with " 35 Biggest Hits." Rapper Big Smo debuted at 12 with "Bringin It Home," an EP. Hank Williams Jr. debuted at 16 with "35 Biggest Hits."
The SteelDrivers debuted in first on the Bluegrass Albums chart with "The Muscle Shoals Recordings." Last week's number one, "Alive! In Concert" fell to second. Yonder Mountain String Band debuted in third with "Black Sheep." The Lonesome Trio's self-titled debut was fourth with The Willis Clan fifth with "Chapter Two - Boots."
On the top 200 chart, Hunt was 6th, Zac Brown Band 11th, Little Big Town 21st, NOW 24th and Eric Church 33rd with "The Outsiders." The Top 200 and Top Country Albums chart utilize different criteria.