Paisley debuts at the top

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – Brad Paisley debuted in first on the Billboard Country Albums chart with "Love And War." Sam Hunt held the top spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart again, for the week ending May 13, with "Body Like a Back Road."

Paisley took the top spot from Keith Urban's "Ripcord," which fell to second. Chris Stapleton was third with "Traveller." Florida Georgia Line was fourth with "Dig Your Roots" and Brett Young fifth with his self-titled debut.

Taylor Ray Holbrook debuted at 13 with his "Backroads" EP. Kane Brown's self-titled debut was at 14, up 8. Zac Brown Band's "Greatest Hits So Far..." was up 3 to 16. Cole Swindell was in 20th with "You Should Be Here," moving up 3. Luke Combs was 24th with "This One's For You" EP, up 4. Rascal Flatts went from 50 to 40 with "Greatest Hits Volume 1."

On the songs chart, Young remained second with "In Case You Didn't Know," Luke Combs third with "Hurricane" and Jon Pardi fourth with "Dirt on My Boots. Urban's "The Fighter," featuring Carrie Underwood was fifth.

Thomas Rhett's new single with Maren Morris," Craving You," moved from 16 to 13. Dylan Scott was one behind with "My Girl," also up three, as was Darius Rucker's "If I Told You" at 15. Blake Shelton was 20th with "Every Time I Hear That Song," up 3. Dustin Lynch stood at 27 with "Small Town Boy," moving up 3. Brennley Brown debuted at 36 with "Long Long Time." Stapleton debuted at 37 with "Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning," as did Lauren Duski at 38 with "Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good." Other debuts were Paisley at 42 with "Last Time For Everything" and Zac Brown at 43 with "All the Best."

Alison Krauss again led the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Windy City." Marty Stuart was second with "Way Out West," the disc he did with his Fabulous Superlatives. Iron Horse's "Pickin' On Nirvana: The Bluegrass Tribute" debuted in third. Bradley Walker held fourth with "Call Me Old-fashioned." Old Crow Medicine Show was fifth with "Best of Old Crow Medicine Show." Old Crow also debuted in 10th with "50 Years of Blonde on Blonde," its Bob Dylan tribute.

On the Americana/Folk Albums chart, John Mayer was first with "The Search for Everything." Stapleton was second, Ray Davies third with "Americana," Lord Huron fourth with "Strange Trails" and The Lumineers fifth with "Cleopatra."

On the overall top 200, Paisley was 13th, Urban 31st, Stapleton 36th, Florida Georgia Line 42nd and Young 45th.

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