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ITunes UK Country Chart Roundup – Week of 20th November, 2015

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Once again Chris Stapleton’s ‘Traveller’ leads the Country Albums chart, beating out Kacey Musgraves’ boost from her current tour that lands her at #2 (‘Pageant Material’) and #3 (‘Same Trailer Different Park’) respectively. There’s plenty of movement from new(ish) offerings on this week’s charts; Carrie Underwood’s ‘Storyteller’ is at #4, Chris Young’s ‘I’m Comin’ Over’ is at #8, Eric Church’s ‘Mr. Misunderstood’ is at #11, Tim McGraw’s ‘Damn Country Music’ is at #15 and Nathan Carter’s new ‘Live At The Marquee Cork’ is at #16. The Shires have dropped a little but still remain a sales force, placing ‘Brave’ at #7 and #9, while Miranda Lambert interestingly launches ‘Platinum’ to #10 and ‘Revolution’ jumps all the way to #12 from obscurity.

Elsewhere, Johnny Cash is still a favourite, with ‘The Man Comes Around’ and ‘The Legend of’ at #5 and #6, and Taylor Swift continues to prove her mettle as ‘Red’ takes the lead at #13. This is followed by ‘Speak Now (Bonus Track Version)’ at #14, ‘Taylor Swift’ at #17 and ‘Fearless (Platinum Edition)’ at #22. There’s also Don Henley, whose ‘Cass County’ holds strong at #19, and Shania Twain, whose ‘Come On Over’ takes #18 and whose ‘Greatest Hits’ chalks up #21. The buzz about a potential Pistol Annies reunion has also been enough to push ‘Hell on Heels’ to #20, while fairly recent mainstream releases fill out the remainder of the top 25: Little Big Town’s ‘Pain Killer’ (#23), Luke Bryan’s ‘Kill The Lights’ (#24), and Sam Hunt’s ‘Montevallo’ (#25).

While Chris Stapleton might have the upper hand on Country Albums, he is pushed to #2 on Country Songs with ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers’ 1983 classic ‘Islands In The Stream’. Next up is Johnny Cash’s ‘Hurt’ at #3, followed by Taylor Swift’s ‘Love Story’ at #4, before Luke Bryan’s ‘Strip It Down’ shows up at #5. Taylor Swift has a total of seven tracks inside the top 25 this week, one up from previously. Meanwhile, Kacey Musgraves’ UK tour has pushed ‘Dime Store Cowgirl’ to #7 just as Lady Antebellum’s ‘Need You Now’ has dropped to #8, and Miranda Lambert’s ‘The House That Built Me’ climbs all the way up to #13. Perhaps it was played on an advert or sung on a reality show?

Carrie Underwood’s ‘Smoke Break’ is no longer present here, but she retains a holding with ‘Before He Cheats’ at #15; Little Big Town’s ‘Girl Crush’ follows up at #16, just as the popularity of Chris Young’s new album has sent the title track to #19. The Shires, usually strong sellers, have fallen all the way to #24 with ‘I Just Wanna Love You’, behind Bobby Helms’ ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ (#22) and Skeeter Davis’ ‘The End of The World’ (#23). Elsewhere on the chart are the usual entries from Dolly Parton, Shania Twain, Johnny Cash, and Uncle Kracker.

That’s it for this week; come back next Friday for another iTunes UK roundup!

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