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Little Big Town, Shelton lead country charts

Thursday, September 2, 2010 – Little Big Town debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending Sept. 11 with "The Reason Why." The quartet took over from Trace Adkins' "Cowboy's Back in Town," which slipped to third. Blake Shelton held the top position on the song chart with All About Tonight.

Randy Rogers Band debuted in second with "Burning the Day" on the album chart. Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" stood at fourth, down two. Zac Brown Band remained fifth with "The Foundation."

Josh Turner was up from 23 to 20 with "Haywire." Lady A had a big decline with its "iTunes Session (EP)" down from 3 to 21. Eric Church was at 24, up 3 with "Carolina." The Bandy Perry's self-titled EP moved from 35 to 32. Rodney Atkins' "It's America" moved up 5 to 39.

On the bluegrass chart, Dierks Bentley once again was first with "Up on the Ridge." "Palomino" from Trampled by Turtles" was second with "Genuine Negro Jig" from Carolina Chocolate Drops" remaining third.

On the country song chart, Billy Currington's Pretty Good At Drinkin' Beer was up one to third, switching sports with Keith Urban's I'm In. Lady Antebellum inched up one to fourth with Our Kind of Love, changing spots with Lee Brice and Love Like Crazy.

Little Big Town broke into the top 10 - at 10 - with Little White Church.

Taylor Swift looks ready to enter the top 10 next week as Mine was up 3 to 11 on its fourth week on the chart. Zac Brown Band featuring Alan Jackson was a big mover with As She's Walking Away going from 25 to 21.

The bottom end of the chart showed action. With Miranda Lambert having a huge week thanks to the CMA nominations, her Only Prettier single moved from 29 to 26. Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party also climbed 3 to 27. The biggest mover was Chris Young, whose Voices jumped from 36 to 29. Steel Magnolia has another single moving up as Just By Being You (Halo And Wings) was at 30, up 4.

On the overall top 200 chart, LBT was 5th, Randy Rogers Band 8th, Adkins 11th, Lady A 12th and Zac Brown Band 26th.

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Pain Killer CD review - Pain Killer
For some, listening to Little Big Town will be an act of searching for something at least half as catchy as "Pontoon," yet without success. Whenever a group creates such a fantastically memorable single, the prospect of following it up successfully can be a bit of a handicap. With that said, though, "Pain Killer" is a pretty good pop-country album, as pop-country albums go. Although Little Big Town has never been known to be rockers, the rollicking "Save Your Sin" »»»
Tornado CD review - Tornado
When the chorus to Leavin' in Your Eyes kicks in with some lovely layered vocals, it's tempting to compare Little Big Town to Fleetwood Mac. After better sense kicks in, though, it's more reasonable to categorize LBT as Fleetwood Mac-lite, at best. All that '70s cocaine and infidelity made Fleetwood Mac so much darker than anything modern day Nashville could ever produce. To its credit, though, Fleetwood Mac could never produce anything nearly as catchy as Pontoon, easily the »»»
The Reason Why CD review - The Reason Why
Little Big Town has bounced around the country music industry through no fault of their own, but when it comes to the music, LBT moves beyond its role as the country successor to Fleetwood Mac. Similar to that touchstone, LBT has the two male, two-female line-up, including a married couple (Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook). More importantly, soaring harmonies rule as evidenced from the get go on the bouncy title track. But on their third label (Monument Nashville for their self-titled debut »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Church grows with time – It's heartening to see the continual rise of Eric Church's career, as he is one of the best songwriters in contemporary mainstream country music. Church mentioned from the stage how he performed for - in his estimation - only six loyal fans at The Whiskey for his first tour trip through Las Angeles a decade ago. His headlining stop last time... »»»
Concert Review: Brooks fires it up – Garth Brooks may have stood outside of country music by and large for 17 years, but he is jumping back in with both feet and more. Brooks released "Man Against Machine" in November, his first disc of original music in 13 years. Last fall, he launched a world tour, which is rolling out with multiple dates in multiple cities, sometimes... »»»
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