Rhett, Stapleton spend another week at the top
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Rhett, Stapleton spend another week at the top

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 – The domination of Chris Stapleton and Thomas Rhett on the Billboard country charts continued for another week. Rhett's "Die a Happy Man' led the Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Feb. 20, while Stapleton's "Traveller" was first on the Top Country Albums chart.

Sam Hunt was second on the songs chart with "Break Up in a Small Town," one ahead of Luke Bryan's "Home Alone Tonight," featuring Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town. Granger Smith was fifth with "Backroad Song." Cole Swindell held fifth with "You Should Be Here."

Maren Morris' "My Church" went from 17 to 13. Old Dominion also moved 4 places, to 17, with "Snapback." Lee Brice's "That Don't Sound Like You" was at 19, up 4, one ahead of Chase Bryant's "Little Bit of You," also up 4.

Hunt was second on the albums chart with "Montevallo." Blake Shelton remained third with "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits." Hank Williams Jr.'s "It's About Time" was fourth, one ahead of Carrie Underwood's "Storyteller."

Florida Georgia Line was up 5 to 15 with "Anything Goes." Zac Brown Band also moved up 5, to 16, with "Jekyll + Hyde." Brantley Gilbert's "Just As I Am" was 18th, up 5. The Swon Brothers debuted with their "Timeless" EP at 19. Kane Brown's "Closer" EP was 22nd this week, after being off the chart. Aubrie Sellers debuted at 23 with her indie disc, "New City Blues."

Sierra Hull topped the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Weighted Mind" in its debut week. Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn were second with their self-titled disc. Steve Martin and Edie Brickell fell from first to third with "So Familiar." A compilation, "Appalachian Bluegrass Collection: Power Picks 80 Classics" was fourth. Punch Brothers were fifth with "The Phosphorescent Blues."

On the overall top 200, "Traveller" was 8th, Hunt 26th, Rhett 33rd, Shelton 46th and Bryan 48th. The country and top 200 charts use different criteria.


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