Another week at the top for Stapleton, Rhett

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 – Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton yet again led the Billboard country songs and albums chart, for the week ending Jan. 23, with "Die a Happy Man" and "Traveller" respectively.

Sam Hunt was second on the songs chart with "Break Up in a Small Town." Luke Bryan's "Home Alone Tonight" featuring Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town was third. Cam's hit, "Burning House," was fourth with Jason Aldean fifth with "Gonna Know We Were Here."

Granger Smith scored his first top 10 song with "Backroad Song," in 10th, up 4. Keith Urban's new hit, "Break On Me," climbed 5 to 13. Carrie Underwood was up 7 to 15 with "Heartbeat."

On the albums chart, Bryan was second with "Kill the Lights," Hunt third with "Montevallo," Underwood fourth with "Storyteller" and Rhett fifth with "Tangled Up."

George Strait went from 20 to 17 with "Cold Beer Conversation." Kelsea Ballerini stood in 19th with "The First Time," up 3. Jana Kramer moved from 27 to 21 with "Thirty One." Jason Isbell was up 4 to 24 with "Something More Than Free."

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell were again leading the Bluegrass Albums chart with "So Familiar." The "Jackie & Ryan" soundtrack was second. Punch Brothers were third with "The Phosphorescent Blues." "Bluegrass Gems," a compilation disc, went from seven to four. The SteelDrivers were in fifth with "The Muscle Shoals Recordings."

On the overall top 200 chart, Stapleton was 7th, Hunt 16th, Bryan 22nd, Rhett 28th and Underwood 38th.The country and top 200 charts use different criteria.

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