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Swindell takes over for Rhett

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 – Thomas Rhett is no longer number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending March 26. That's because Cole Swindell's "You Should Be Here" took over for Rhett's "Die a Happy Man," which fell to second. Joey + Rory's "Hymns" topped the Top Country Albums chart, taking over for Chris Stapleton's "Traveller," which slipped to second.

Carrie Underwood was third with "Heartbeat," Brett Eldredge fourth with "Drunk On Your Love" and Maren Morris fifth with "My Church."

Blake Shelton debuted in sixth with "Came Here to Forget." "Humble and Kind," Tim McGraw's new single, was up four to eighth. Dierks Bentley placed 10th with "Somewhere on a Beach," which moved up four. Old Dominion's second single, "Snapback," climbed 4 spots to 11th. Granger Smith's first hit, "Backroad Song," stood at 13, up 3, 1 ahead of Rascal Flatts' "I Like the Sound of That," also up 3. Jake Owen debuted at 18 with his new single "American Country Love Song."

Rhett also appeared at 19 on the chart with a new single "T-Shirt." Newcomer Chris Lane closed out the top 25 with "Fix," up 1.

On the albums chart, Smith debuted in third with "Remington," his major label debut. Loretta Lynn debuted in fourth with "Full Circle," her first new disc since 2012. Sam Hunt's "Montevallo" was fifth.

Joey + Rory also were at 13 with "Country Classics: A Tapestry Of Our Musical Heritage," which jumped from 31. The duo's sales have increased presumably due to Joey Feek's death on March 4 from cancer. Zac Brown Band went from 21 to 18 with "Jekyll + Hyde."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn regained the number one spot with their self-titled debut. Steve Martin and Edie Brickell were second with "So Familiar." The SteelDrivers held third with "The Muscle Shoals Recordings." Steep Canyon Rangers jumped from 15 to 4 with "Radio." A compilation, "30 Traditional Bluegrass Power Picks: Vintage Collection," was fifth.

On the overall top 200, Joey + Rory were 6th, Stapleton 7th, Smith 12th, Lynn 19th and Hunt 28th.


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