Rhett, Stapleton again top charts
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Rhett, Stapleton again top charts

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 – Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton once again are leading the Billboard country songs and albums charts. Rhett is first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Die a Happy Man" and Stapleton number one on the Top Country Albums chart with "Traveller" for the week ending Jan. 2, 2016

Cam debuted in second on the albums chart with "Untamed." Carrie Underwood was a spot back with "Storyteller." Luke Bryan's "Kill the Lights" was fourth. Sam Hunt held fifth with "Montevallo."

Zac Brown Band was up 3 to 16 with "Jekyll + Hyde." The compilation "NOW That's What I Call Country, Vol. 8" was up 5 to 21. Jon Langston debuted at 25 with a self-titled EP.

Cam was also second on the songs chart with "Burning House." Hunt switched spots with Cam was third this week with "Break Up in a Small Town." The Voice contestant Emily Ann Roberts was fourth with Cam's "Burning House." Brothers Osborne held fifth with "Stay a Little Longer."

Cole Swindell debuted in 10th with "You Should Be Here," which was just released. Roberts was also at 19 on the chart with "Islands in the Stream" with Black Shelton, a judge on The Voice, helping out.

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell continued dominating the Bluegrass Albums chart with "So Familiar." Rhonda Vincent was up three to second with "Christmas Time." Punch Brothers' EP "The Wireless" stayed third, and the group also was fourth with "The Phosphorescent Blues." Steep Canyon Rangers were fifth with "Radio," up four.

On the overall Hot 200, Stapleton was 6th, Cam 12th, Hunt 19th, Underwood 21st and Bryan 22nd. The top 200 and country albums charts utilized different methods.


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