FGL, Shelton top charts

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 – Florida Georgia Line continued leading the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "H.O.L.Y," while Blake Shelton recaptured the top spot on the Top Country Albums chart with "If I'm Honest" for the week ending July 23.

Chris Stapleton fell to second with "Traveller" on the albums chart. Cole Swindell was third, up five, with "You Should Be Here." "NOW That's What I Call Country, Volume 9," a compilation disc, was fourth. Maren Morris went from 10 to 5 with "Hero." Carrie Underwood was eighth with "Storyteller," up five. There was little movement in the rest of the top 25.

Underwood remained second with "Church Bells," one ahead of Jason Aldean's "Lights Come On." Eric Church was fourth with "Record Year." Jon Pardi was in fifth with "Head Over Boots."

Kelsea Ballerini went from 12 to 8 with "Peter Pan." The rest of the top 25 was stable except for Darius Rucker, who jumped from 46 to 25 with his new single, "If I Told You."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Sarah Jarosz stayed first with "Undercurrent." "Bright Star: A New Musical" from Steve Martin and Edie Brickell was second. Sam Bush held third with "Storyman." Edgar Loudermilk debuted in fourth with "Georgia Maple." "Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow" was fifth.

Stapleton led the Americana/Folk Albums chart, switching spots with The Avett Brothers' "True Sadness." Paul Simon stayed third with "Stranger to Stranger." The Lumineers were fourth with "Cleopatra" and "Case/Lang/Veirs' fifth with their self-titled debut.

On the top 200 chart, Shelton was 10th, Stapleton 12th, Rhett 23rd, Sam Hunt 26th with "Montevallo" and Swindell 32nd. The top 200 and Top Country Albums chart use different criteria.

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