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Bryan doubles up

Thursday, October 1, 2015 – Luke Bryan doubled up on the Billboard country charts, leading the Country Albums chart with "Kill the Lights" and topping the Hot Country Songs chart with "Strip It Down" for the week ending Oct. 10.

On the album chart, Alabama debuted in second with "Southern Drawl." Turnpike Troubadours debuted in third with its self-titled disc. A capella group Home Free were fourth with "Country Evolution." Brett Eldredge, last week's number one with "Illinois," fell to fifth.

Alabama closed out the top 25 with an old release, "Angels Among Us: Hymns Gospel Favorites."

Keith Urban was second on the songs chart with "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" again second. Sam Hunt was third with "House Party," Eldredge fourth with "Lose My Mind" and Kenny Chesney fifth with "Save It for a Rainy Day."

Carrie Underwood jumped from 12 to 8 with "Smoke Break." Thomas Rhett debuted at 17 with "Die a Happy Man," his new single. Jason Aldean broke into the top 25 - at 24 - with "Gonna Know We Were Here," up 3. Hunt also was third with "Break Up in a Small Town" at 25, up 5.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Della Mae topped the chart after being off of it last week with its self-titled disc. Steep Canyon Rangers fell to second with "Radio." Dailey & Vincent were third with "Alive! In Concert." The SteelDrivers were fourth with "The Muscle Shoals Recordings," one ahead of Punch Brothers' "The Phosphorescent Blues." Lizzy Long debuted in seventh with "Blueberry Pie." A compilation, "33 Pickin' Bluegrass Power Picks' Instrumentals" was eighth in its debut week.

On the overall top 200, Bryan was 9th, Alabama 14th, Turnpike Troubadours 17th, Hunt 21st and Eldredge 28th. The top 200 and country charts use different criteria.


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