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Shelton, FGL top Billboard

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 – Blake Shelton reclaimed the top of the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Aug. 27 with "If I'm Honest." He was helped by the disc being on sale for 99 cents at Google Play. This was also another week at the top for Florida Georgia Line and "H.O.L.Y." on the Hot Country songs chart.

On the songs chart, Sam Hunt was second "Make You Miss Me," Dan + Shay third with "From the Ground Up," Kelsea Ballerini fourth with "Peter Pan," up three, and John Pardi fifth with "Head Over Boots," also up three.

Dierks Bentley was sixth, up three, with "Different For Girls," which features Elle King. Billy Currington was at 14, up 3, with "It Don't Hurt Like It Used To." Tucker Beathard's first single, "Rock On," is at 20, up 4. Luke Bryan was a big mover with "Move," which went from 31 to 22. William Michael Morgan's "I Met a Girl" moved up 3 to 23.

On the albums chart, Texas singer Cody Johnson debuted in second with "Gotta Be Me." Chris Stapleton's "Traveller" was third, Hillary Scott & the Scott Family's "Love Remains" fourth and The Cadillac three fifth, debuting with "Bury Me In My Boots."

"Elvis: Way Down in the Jungle Room" debuted in sixth for Elvis Presley. Last week's chart topper, Jake Owen's "American Love," fell all the way to seventh. Chris lane debuted in eighth with "Girl Problems." The Lacs & Hard Target: Racket Country debuted at 22 with "Welcome to Dodge City."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, the O'Connor Band with Mark O'Connor debuted in first with "Coming Home." The band took over the top from The Earls of Leicester, which fell to second with "Rattle & Roar." Sarah Jarosz was third with "Undercurrent. "Bright Star: a New Musical" from Steve Martin and Edie Brickell was fourth. The Willis Clan was fifth, up nine, with "Chapter Two: Boots."

On the Folk/Americana Albums chart, Stapleton was first, The Lumineers second with "Cleopatra," The Avett Brothers third with "True Sadness," Kaleo fourth with "A/B" and Case/Lang/Veirs fifth with their self-titled debut.

On the overall Top 200, Shelton was 4th, Johnson 11th, Stapleton 16th, Hilly Scott & The Family Family 28th and Hunt 33rd. The Top 200 and Top Country Albums chart use different criteria.

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