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"Forever Country," Bryan lead Billboard

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 – "Forever Country," the song released by a bevy of singers in conjunction with the Country Music Association's golden anniversary, is first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Oct. 15. Luke Bryan led the Top Country Albums chart with "Farm Tour: Here's to the Farmer," an EP.

Kenny Chesney remained second with "Setting the World on Fire," which features Pink. Billy Currington was up two to third with "It Don't Hurt Like It Used To." Florida Georgia Line's megahit, "H.O.L.Y." was fourth. Keith Urban climbed from eighth to fifth with "Blue Ain't Your Color."

Bryan was ninth with "Move," up three. So was Old Dominion, whose "Song For Another Time" was at 16. Maren Morris' "80s Mercedes" was up 5 to 17. Brett Eldredge jumped 6 to 18 with "Wanna Be That Strong." Big & Rich moved from 26 to 19 with "Lovin' Lately," which features Tim McGraw. McGraw himself was one back with "How I'll Always Be," up 5.

Chris Stapleton was at 21 with "Parachute," up 6. Drake White's "Livin' the Dream" was 22nd, up 6. Carrie Underwood also was up 6, to 22 with "Dirty Laundry." Brothers Osborne closed out the top 15 with "21 Summer," up 5.

On the albums chart, Jason Aldean was second with "They Don't Know." Florida Georgia Line's "Dig Your Roots" remained third. Last week's chart topper, "Sinner" from Aaron Lewis, fell to fourth. Stapleton closed out the top 5 with "Traveller."

Dwight Yoakam debuted in sixth with his bluegrass disc, "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars..." Bradley Walker debuted in ninth with "Call Me Old-fashioned." Reckless Kelly debuted at 12 with "Sunset Motel."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Yoakam debuted in first. Walker was second with Greensky Bluegrass debuting in third with "Shouted, Written Down & Quoted." The Devil Makes Three fell from first to fourth with "Redemption & Ruin." Sarah Jarosz was fifth with "Undercurrent."

On the Americana/Folk Albums chart, Stapleton was first followed by Yoakam in second. Passenger was third with "Young as the Morning Old As the Sea." Dolly Parton held fourth with "Pure & Simple," one ahead of Kaleo's "A/B."

On the overall top 200, Bryan was 4th, Aldean 8th, FGL 11th, Stapleton 26th and Urban 40th. The top 200 and country albums charts use different criteria.

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