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Brooks again dominates Billboard chart

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 – Garth Brooks holds four of the first seven spots on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, including number one with "The Ultimate Collection," for the week ending Jan. 7, 2017. Keith Urban again led the Hot Country Songs chart with "Blue Ain't Your Color."

On the albums chart, Chris Stapleton was second with "Traveller," Miranda Lambert third with "The Weight of These Wings," Brooks and Trisha Yearwood fourth with "Christmas Together," and Keith Urban fifth with "Ripcord." Brooks and Yearwood also were sixth with the combined "Christmas Together/Gunslinger" release. "Gunslinger," Brooks' latest studio effort, was seventh, up three.

Jason Aldean jumped from 17 to 8 with "They Don't Know." Many albums moved up four spots, including Kenny Chesney, ninth with "Cosmic Hallelujah'" Carrie Underwood's "Storyteller" was at 18, Thomas Rhett at 19 with "Tangled Up." Luke Bryan was 23rd with "Kill the Lights." Hillary Scott & The Scott Family climbed from 33 to 29 with "Love Remains." Cole Swindell stood at 31 with "You Should Be Here," up 4.

Blake Shelton was up 9 to 35 with "Reloaded: 20 #1Hits." Aaron Lewis was one back with "Sinner," up 4. Dierks Bentley was 39th with "Black," up 6. "Silent Night: A Country Christmas" moved from 46 to 42. Eric Church was at 45 with "Mr. Misunderstood: On the Rocks, Live and (Mostly) Unplugged," an EP that moved 3 spots. Old Dominion went from 49 to 46 with "Meat And Candy."

On the songs chart, "May We All" from Florida Georgia Line featuring Tim McGraw and "Wanna Be That Song" from Brett Eldredge were again two-three. Little Big Town was fourth with "Better Man,' inching up one. Underwood's "Dirty Laundry" went from seventh to fifth. Jon Pardi closed out the top 10 with "Dirt On My Boots," up 3. Dustin Lynch was one back with "Seein' Red," up 4. Church's "Kill A Word" featuring Rhiannon Giddens went from 16 to 13. Stapleton was 14th with "Parachute," up 4.

"Sober Saturday Night" from Chris Young featuring Vince Gill stood at 16, up 4. Brantley Gilbert's "The Weekend" was up 5 to 18. Michael Ray came in 21st with "Think a Little Less," up 4. Lauren Alaina also was up 4 with "Road Less Traveled." Also up 4 were High Valley's "Make You Mine" at 23 and Kelsea Ballerini's "Yeah Boy" at 24 and Bentley's "Black" at 25. Brett Eldredge was 26th with "Baby, It's Cold Outside," featuring Meghan Trainor, up 5. Josh Turner's Hometown Girl was at 27, up 3. Luke Combs reached 28, up 4, with "Hurricane." Bryan jumped 8 to 29 with "Fast."

Dylan Scott was 30th with "My Girl," up 5. Aldean climbed 7 to 32 with "Any Ol' Barstool,' one ahead of RaeLynn's "Love Triangle," up 3. Darius Rucker was at 35 with "If I Told You," up 3. Lambert's "We Should Be Friends" jumped from 44 to 36. Brooks' latest single, "Baby, Let's Lay Down and Dance" went from 41 to 37. Dan + Shay jumped 7 to 38 with "How Not To." "Outskirts of Heaven" from Craig Campbell moved from 43 to 39. A multi-artist single, "Forever Country" was at 40, up 6. Brett Young debuted at 41 with "In Case You Don't Know." Ronnie Dunn's "Damn Drunk" with Kix Brooks debuted at 42. Chris Lane's "For Her" went from 49 to 43. Pentatonix' take on "Jolene," featuring Dolly Parton was 44th, up 6. Jennifer Nettles Xmas song, "O Holy Night" was 46th, one ahead of Cody Johnson's "With You I Am." Chase Rice closed out the top 50 with "Everybody We Know Does."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Bradley Walker was first with "Call Me Old-fashioned." Dwight Yoakam fell to second with "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars..." Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was third with "Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 years, Live at the Ryman Auditorium, TN." Rhonda Vincent and the Rage were fourth with "All the Rage: Rhonda Vincent and the Rage in Concert, Volume One." Sarah Jarosz was fifth with "Undercurrent."

Stapleton led the Americana/Folk Albums chart. Leonard Cohen held second with "You Want It Darker." The Lumineers were third with "Cleopatra," Neil Young fourth with "Peace Trail" and Parton fifth with "Pure & Simple."

On the overall top 200, Brooks was 6th, up 7, with "The Ultimate Collection." 14th, up 80, with "The Ultimate Hits," Stapleton 22nd, Lambert 25th and Urban 26th. The top 200 and country albums chart utilize different criteria.

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