Tuesday, February 23, 2016
– Chris Stapleton's stranglehold on the top of the Billboard Top Country Albums chart ended this week with Joey + Rory taking "Hymns That Are Important to Us" to the top. But Thomas Rhett showed no signs of leaving the top of the Hot Country Songs chart as "Die a Happy Man" still was first for the week ending March 5.
This marked the first time that Joey + Rory led the albums chart, displacing Stapleton's "Traveller," which slipped to second. Sam Hunt stayed third with "Montevallo." Vince Gill debuted in fourth with "Down To My Last Bad Habit." Carrie Underwood was fifth with "Storyteller."
Wheeler Walker Jr. debuted in ninth with "Redneck Shit," a ribald album. Wynonna & The Big Noise debuted at 14 with their self-titled disc.
On the songs chart, Underwood went from sixth to second with "Heartbeat." Hunt was third with "Break Up in a Small Town," one ahead of "Home Alone Tonight," Luke Bryan's single featuring Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town. Cole Swindell held steady in fifth with "You Should Be Here."
Maren Morris scored her first top 10 as "My Church" was ninth, up 2. "Think of You," the new single from Chris Young, who duets with Cassadee Pope, was at 17, up 5. Stapleton's "Tennessee Whiskey" was up 5 to 22. Jon Pardi made the top 25 with "Head Over Boots" coming in at 24, up 2. Brantley Gilbert closed out the top 25 with "Stone Cold Sober," moving up 3.
On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Sierra Hull again led with "Weighted Mind." Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn held second with their self-titled debut. The Infamous Stringdusters were third with "Ladies & Gentlemen," one ahead of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's "So Familiar." The SteelDrivers closed out the top five with "The Muscle Shoals Recordings."
On the overall top 200, Joey + Rory were 4th, Stapleton 5th, Hunt 15th, Gill 35th and Rhett 40th with "Tangled Up," 1 ahead of Underwood. The top 200 and country charts utilize different criteria.