Nelson, Hunt lead Billboard

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 – Willie Nelson debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "God's Problem Child" for the week ending May 20. Sam Hunt continued atop the Hot Country Songs chart with "Body Like a Back Road."

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

Darius Rucker jumped from 15 to 8 with "If I Told You." Midland climbed from 24 to 19 with "Drinkin' Problem." Lauren Duski , who is a semi-finalist on "The Voice," debuted at 32 with "Somewhere In My Broken Heart." Chris Stapleton debuted at 37 with "Second One to Know" from his brand new disc. John Mayer made the country charts with "In the Blood" debuting at 39. Brennley Brown, also on "The Voice," debuted at 42 with "River," one ahead of Eric Church's "Round Here Buzz," which was at 43, up 5. Jon Langston debuted at 44 with "Right Girl Wrong Time."

On the albums chart, Keith Urban was second with "Ripcord" with Stapleton third with his "Traveller" debut. Last week's chart topper, Brad Paisley's "Love And War" fell to fourth. Young was fifth with his self-titled debut.

Little Big Town jumped from 22 to 9 with "The Breaker." Old Crow Medicine Show debuted at 14 with "50 Years of Blonde on Blonde," a Bob Dylan tribute. Kelsea Ballerini was at 18 with "The First Time," up 3. Church moved up 3 to 23 with "Mr. Misunderstood." Underwood stood at 28 with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1," moving up 3. Kenny Chesney's "Cosmic Hallelujah" jumped 5 to 31. Garth Brooks held 37th with "The Ultimate Hits," up 7.

Old Crow also was first on the Bluegrass Albums chart. Long-time chart topper Alison Krauss slipped to second with "Windy City." Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives were third with "Way Out West." Bradley Walker remained fourth with "Call Me Old-fashioned" and Dailey & Vincent fifth with "Patriots & Poets." Jim Avett and Family (that would be the Avett Brothers, in part) debuted in sixth with "For His Children And Ours").

On the Folk/Americana Albums chart, John Mellencamp debuted in first with "Sad Clowns & Hillbillies" with the disc featuring Carlene Carter. Stapleton was second, Mayer third with "The Search for Everything," Feist fourth in debuting with "Pleasure" and Old Crow fifth.

On the Billboard Top 200, Nelson was 10th, Mellencamp 11th, Urban 31st, Stapleton 35th, Paisley 43rd and Young 45th.

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