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iTunes UK Country Chart Roundup – Week of 26th February, 2016

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Welcome back to the iTunes UK roundup! It’s been a while. With the continued C2C announcements the vast majority of the Main Stage/Yamaha Music Stage line-up are appearing inside the Country Albums top 25, beginning this week with Sam Hunt’s ‘Montevallo’ at #2, Ashley Monroe’s ‘The Blade’ at #3 and Chris Stapleton’s ‘Traveller’ at #6. Carrie Underwood meanwhile has three albums on the list, the highest being ‘Storyteller’ at #4, second ‘Blown Away’ at #17 and third ‘Greatest Hits: Decade #1’ at #19. The Shires, this year’s C2C ambassadors, have secured a #11 spot for ‘Brave’, just as Miranda Lambert’s ‘Platinum’ notches #22 and Little Big Town’s ‘Pain Killer’ comes in below at #23.

In non-C2C news, there are three new records on the chart this week. The first is Willie Nelson’s ‘Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin’ at #12, the second is The Black Feathers’ ‘Soaked To The Bone’ bringing up the rear at #13, and the third is Oli Ng’s ‘Into The Dark’ EP not far behind at #15. Taylor Swift remains a popular choice for consumers, and although she only has three albums on the list this week, they’re all charting highly. ‘Red’ leads at #7, ‘Speak Now (Bonus Track Version)’ is at #9 and ‘Fearless’ is at #10. Of old favourites, Shania Twain is the most loved, with ‘Come On Over’ taking #5 – while the Dixie Chicks’ impending UK tour has sent ‘The Essential’ to #14. Luke Bryan is also selling fairly well, with ‘Crash My Party’ at #20 while his latest record ‘Kill The Lights’ takes #25. The rest of the top 25 goes to legends such as Dolly Parton (#8), Johnny Cash (#16), and Don Williams (#21).

Similar to where we left off with the charts a month ago, Sam Hunt is once again leading Country Songs with ‘Take Your Time’, while ‘Break Up In A Small Town’ hits #6. Carrie Underwood is not far behind him with ‘Before He Cheats’ at #2, although she has no other entries inside the top 25. Other C2C artists doing well include Ashley Monroe, whose ‘On To Something Good’ is at #9; Thomas Rhett, whose ‘Die A Happy Man’ is at #10; and Little Big Town, whose ‘Girl Crush’ is at #13. We also have a brand new track from Martina McBride called ‘Reckless’, which is at #14.

The usual suspects are also here, including multiple offerings from Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash’s ‘Hurt’ (#15), John Denver’s ‘Take Me Home Country Roads’ (#12), Kenny Rogers’ ‘The Gambler’ (#17), and Marty Mone’s ‘Slip The Clutch’ (#16). Lady Antebellum continue to somehow sell more copies of their 2008 smash ‘Need You Now’, putting them at #3 this week, and Taylor Swift of course shifts more of her back catalogue, starting with ‘Love Story’ at #7 but only notching four positions in total (instead of the usual eight). Towards the bottom of the chart, we have a few more surprises. Lonestar’s classic ‘Amazed’ appears at #20 while Rodney Crowell’s rendition of ‘I Walk The Line’ takes #21. We also have The Charlie Daniels Band at #23 with ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’, Tim McGraw at #24 with ‘Live Like You Were Dying’, and Zac Brown Band at #25 with ‘Jump Right In’.

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

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