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Parton debuts atop Billboard

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 – Dolly Parton debuted atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with her new release "Pure & Simple" for the week ending Sept. 10. Florida Georgia Line stayed atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with"H.O.L.Y."

Kelsea Ballerini stayed second on the chart with "Peter Pan." Sam Hunt was third with "Make You Miss Me," exchanging places with Dan + Shay's "From the Ground Up." "Different for Girls" by Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King was again fifth.

Blake Shelton was up from 11 to 8 with "She's Got a Way With Words." Cole Swindell was at nine, up six, with "Middle of a Memory." Tucker Beathard's "Rock On" went from 18 to 13. William Michael Morgan jumped from 21 to 15 with "I Met a Girl." Luke Bryan also moved up 6 to 16 with "Move" and LoCash from 25 to 19 with "I Know Somebody." Brett Young went from 24 to 20 with "Sleep Without You." Brett Eldredge was a big mover with "Wanna Be That Song" at 23, up 7. Old Dominion is at 24 with "Song For Another Time," up 2. Maren Morris closed out the top 25 with her new single "80s Mercedes."

On the albums chart, Chris Stapleton was second with "Traveller." Texas artist debuted in third with "All Night Party," one ahead of Drake White's debut with "Spark." Last week's number one, Justin Moore, was fifth with "Kinda Don't Care."

Swindell was 10th with "You Should Be Here," up 4. Ballerini jumped from 19 to 12 with "The First Time." Carrie Underwood was up 9 to 14 with "Storyteller." Steven Tyler was at 17, up 8, with "We're All Somebody From Somewhere." Old Dominion stood at 21 with "Meat And Candy," up 5. Zac Brown Band's "Jekyll + Hyde" was up 6 to 23.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, The Stray Birds debuted in first with "Magic Fire." The Earls of Leicester were second with "Rattle & Roar." O'Connor Band with Mark O'Connor was third with "Coming Home," one ahead of last week's number one, "Undercurrent" from Sarah Jarosz. The compilation "Essential Bluegrass: 25 Classics" debuted in fifth.

On the Americana/Folk Albums chart, Parton was first, Stapleton second, Amos Lee third with "Spirit," ex-The Civil Wars member John Paul White fourth with "Beulah" and The Lumineers fifth with "Cleopatra."

On the overall top 200, Parton was 11th, Stapleton 14th, Shelton 22nd, Moore 29th and White 34th. The top 200 and country charts use different criteria.


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