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Strait reaches the top

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 – George Strait topped the Billboard Country Albums chart with "Cold Conversation" in its second week out. Luke Bryan led the Hot Country Songs chart with "Strip It Down" for the week ending Oct. 24.

Brett Eldredge again was second on the songs chart with "Lose My Mind." Old Dominion and Cam both moved up three, to three and four respectively with "Break Up With Him" and "Burning House." Kenny Chesney's "Save It For a Rainy Day" closed out the top five.

Chris Young was seventh, up three, with "I'm Comin' Over." Thomas Rhett's "Die a Happy Man" jumped 5 spots to 11. "Fly" from Maddie & Tae was off the charts last week, but resurfaced at 12 this week.

On the albums chart, Strait took over from Don Henley's "Cass County," which slipped to second. Rhett was third with "Tangled Up." Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt were fourth and fifth with "Kill the Lights" and "Montevallo" respectively.

Kane Brown's "Closer" EP jumped from 32 to 10. The Wood Brothers debuted at 12 with "Paradise." Alabama was at 19 with an older release, "Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites," up 18.

Mipso debuted in first on the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Old Time Reverie," one ahead of "Flatt Lonesome's "Runaway Train," which also made its debut. The Earls of Leicester were third with their self-titled release. Last week's chart topper, "Radio" by Steep Canyon Rangers" was fourth. Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn were up from 11 to 5.

On the overall top 200, Rhett was 7th, Strait 8th, Bryan 9th, Henley 10th and Hunt 18th. The top 200 and country albums charts utilize different criteria.


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