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FGL dominates

Thursday, September 8, 2016 – Florida Georgia Line's chart domination continued as "Dig Your Roots" topped the Top Country Albums chart, was second on the overall Top 200 chart and "H.O.L.Y." continued atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Sept. 17.

FGL displaced Dolly Parton's "Pure & Simple" from the top of the albums chart. Parton fell to second. Chris Stapleton was third with "Traveller,"' Blake Shelton fourth with "If I'm Honest" and Justin Moore fifth with "Kinda Don't Care."

Carrie Underwood jumped from 14 to 9 with "Storyteller." Luke Bryan's "Kill the Lights" climbed 3 to 10. The compilation "NOW That's What I Call Country Volume 9" was 12th, up 6. Sam Hunt stood at 13 with "Montevallo," up 3. Thomas Rhett also moved up 3, to 17 with "Tangled Up." Jack Ingram debuted at 24 with "Midnight Motel."

Kelsea Ballerini held second on the songs chart with "Peter Pan." Dierks Bentley was one behind with "Different For Girls," featuring Elle King. Hunt was fourth with "Make You Miss Me" and Kenny Chesney fifth with "Setting the World on Fire" with Pink helping out.

Florida Georgia Line also skyrocketed from 29 to 7 with its new single "May We All," with Tim McGraw singing along. Keith Urban jumped from 32 to 22 with "Blue Ain't Your Color." Jason Aldean was at 24 with "A Little More Summertime," up 3.

Parton was first on the Americana/Folk Albums chart. Stapleton was second with "Traveller" with I'm Alone, No You're Not" by Joseph third, Butch Walker's "Stay Gold" fourth and The Lumineer's "Cleopatra" fifth.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, O'Connor Band with Mark O'Connor was first with "Coming Home." Sarah Jarosz was second with "Undercurrent," The Earls of Leicester third with "Rattle & Roar," The Stray Birds, last week's chart topper, fourth with "Magic Fire" and a compilation, "Essential Bluegrass: 25 Classics" fifth.

On the overall top 200, Stapleton was 17, Parton 34th, Shelton 37th and Hunt 41st. The top 200 and country charts use different criteria.

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