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Rhett, Stapleton are still the ones

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 – Another week, but same results on the Billboard country charts. That means Thomas Rhett is first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Die a Happy Man" and Chris Stapleton first with "Traveller" on the Top Country Album chart for the week ending March 12.

On the songs chart, Carrie Underwood remained second with "Heartbeat." Cole Swindell was third with "You Should Be Here." Sam Hunt was fourth with "Break Up in a Small Town." Brett Eldredge was up three to fifth with "Drunk on Your Love."

Keith Urban jumped five to sixth with "Break On Me." Tim McGraw moved up 3 spots to 16th with "Humble And Kind." Dustin Lynch's "Mind Reader" stood at 20, up 3. Rhett had a second song on the songs chart. "T-Shirt" was at 24, up 5.

On the albums chart, Stapleton took over the top from Joey + Rory's "Hymns," which fell to second. Hunt was third with "Montevallo." Sister Hazel's "Lighter in the Dark" debuted in fourth. Vince Gill was fifth with "Down To My Last Bad Habit."

Sam Riggs debuted at 12 with "Breathless." Chris Young was up 3 to 13 with "I'm Comin' Over," 1 ahead of McGraw's "Damn Country Music," also up 3. Kelsea Ballerini's "The First Time" jumped 7 to 18.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, The SteelDrivers jumped from fifth to first with "The Muscle Shoals Recordings," probably benefitting from winning a Grammy. Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn held second with their self-titled release. Sierra Hull's "Weighted Mind" fell from first to third. Steve Martin and Edie Brickell stayed fourth with "So Familiar." The Infamous Stringdusters were fifth with "Ladies & Gentlemen."

On the overall top 200, Stapleton was 5th, Joey + Rory 8th, Hunt 16th, Rhett 32nd and Underwood 45th. The country and top 200 charts use different criteria.

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