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Brooks dominates chart

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 – Garth Books dominated the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, coming in first and second for the week ending Dec. 31 with "The Ultimate Collection" and "Christmas Together," his disc with wife Trisha Yearwood." Keith Urban again led the Hot Country Songs chart with "Blue Ain't Your Color."

On the songs chart, Florida Georgia Line remained second with "May We All," featuring Tim McGraw. Brett Eldredge stayed third with "Wanna Be That Song." The Voice winner Sundance Head debuted in fourth with "Darlin' Don't Go.," one of four songs of his on the chart. Little Big Town held fifth with "Better Man."

Sundance Head also was 11th, debuting with "At Last." Josh Gallagher debuted in 21st with "Pick Any Small Town." He, too, was on The Voice. Sundance Head had a third song on the charts - "Treat Her Right" - with Blake Shelton. Eldredge was 31st with his holiday song, "Baby It's Cold Outside," featuring Meghan Trainor. Luke Combs' "Hurricane" went from 36 to 32. Trent Harmon was 33rd with "There's a Girl," up 5. Luke Bryan jumped from 47 to 37 with "Fast." Darius Rucker moved up 3 to 38 with "If I Told You." Jason Aldean climbed 9 to 38 with "Any Ol' Barstool." Sundance Head also was 40th with "Me And Jesus." Gallagher additionally debuted at 42 with John Mellencamp's "Jack & Diane."

On the album chart, Miranda Lambert held third with "The Weight of These Wings," one ahead of Chris Stapleton's "Traveller." Eldredge was fifth with "Glow," up three. Shelton jumped from 16 to 7 with "If I'm Honest." Brooks also was eighth with the combination of "Christmas Together" and "Gunslinger," his latest CD. Released on its own, "Gunslinger" also was 10th.

Kenny Chesney was at 13 with "Cosmic Hallelujah," up 4. Maren Morris jumped 10 to 20th with "Hero." Bryan held 27th with "Kill the Lights," up 4. Sundance Head debuted at 36 with "The Voice: The Complete Season 11 Collection." Upchurch debuted at 42 with "Bad Mutha Fucka."

Dwight Yoakam again was first on the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars..." Bradley Walker was second with "Call me Old-fashioned." Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was third with "Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years, Live at the Ryman Auditorium, TN." O'Connor Band with Mark O'Connor was fourth with Coming Home" and Sarah Jarosz fifth with "Undercurrent."

Stapleton topped the Folk/Americana chart. Leonard Cohen was second with "You Want It Darker." Neil Young debuted in third with "Peace Trail." The Lumineers were fourth with "Cleopatra" and Dolly Parton fifth with "Pure & Simple."

Brooks was 133th on the Top 200 with "The Ultimate Collection." Stapleton was 21st, Brooks & Yearwood 22nd, Lambert 24th and Sundance Head 30th. The Top 200 and Top Country Albums chart use different measures.


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