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Garth Brooks, Florida Georgia Line Remain Atop Country Charts

With a fifth week at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, Garth Brooks' box set "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences" marks the most weeks atop the tally for the Oklahoman…

With a fifth week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, Garth Brooks’ box set “Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences” marks the most weeks atop the tally for the Oklahoman in a dozen years. It’s his longest reign since “Scarecrow,” his last charted studio album of original material, ruled for seven weeks in December 2001/January 2002.

Brooks’ current release, a five CD, one-DVD combination of covers and greatest hits, sold 90,000 during the tracking week ending on Dec. 29, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The most weeks at the summit for any Brooks title remains 41, amassed by “No Fences” (1990-91). He’s spent time at No. 1 with 13 albums, totaling 160 weeks on top. Dating to his first week at the apex with “No Fences” (Oct. 13, 1990), the sum is the highest, far outpacing runner-up Shania Twain (96 weeks at No. 1) and Taylor Swift, who ranks third with 89. Tim McGraw is next with 73 weeks at No. 1 in that span, followed by Dixie Chicks (71).

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‘STAY,’ A LITTLE BIT LONGER: Florida Georgia Line similarly holds for a fifth straight week at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs with “Stay,” marking the duo’s second-longest run atop the sales/streaming/airplay-based hybrid chart. The pair led for a record 24 frames in 2012-13 with “Cruise.” That song concurrently returns for a 27th cumulative week atop Country Streaming Songs with 1 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen BDS.

On the BDS-based Country Airplay list, “Stay” leads for a second week. On Country Digital Songs, “Stay” and “Cruise” rank at No. 3 (101,000 downloads sold, up 148%) and No. 4 (84,000, up 268%), respectively, with sales of titles soaring almost universally due to the bustling Christmas shopping period.

LONG ‘NIGHT’: Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” leads Country Digital Songs for a 12th cumulative week, flying 5-1 with 123,000 downloads sold (up 278%, according to SoundScan). Meanwhile, Bryan’s current radio single “Drink a Beer” holds at No. 2 (105,000, up 102%).

Bryan is the first male artist to double up in the chart’s top two. Previously, Taylor Swift (11 weeks, 2010-12) and Lady Antebellum (2010) monopolized the chart’s top two positions.