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Rexha/FGL, Brown continue leading charts

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – "Meant to Be" continues domination of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart as the song from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line remains number 1 for the week ending March 17. Kane Brown led the Top Country Albums chart with his self-titled debut.

On the songs chart, Thomas Rhett stayed second with "Marry Me" as did Jason Aldean" with "You Make It Easy" in third and Kane Brown with "Heaven" in fourth. Chris Stapleton held fifth with "Broken Halos."

Blake Shelton was up 7 to 13 with "I Lived It." Dan + Shay's "Tequila" jumped 6 to 18. Jake Owen was a big mover as his new single, "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)" jumped 10 to 25. "Kinda Don't Care' from Justin Moore was up 6 to 35. Newcomer Ashley MacBryde moved up 7 to 37 with "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega." Lauren Alain was 38th with "Doin' Fine," up 4. Brown also was 42nd with "What's Mine Is Yours." Brothers Osborne also climbed 3, to 43, with "Shoot Me Straight." Carly Pearce jumped to 44 with "Hide the Wine." Chris Young debuted at 45 with "Hangin' On." Runaway June closed out the top 50 with "Wild West" in its debut week.

On the albums chart, Stapleton was second with "Traveller" and fourth with "From a Room: Volume 1." Rhett was third with "Life Changes." Luke Bryan's "What Makes You Country" was fifth.

Shelton's "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits" was a big mover by jumping from 31 to 14. Kenney Chesney was at 30 with" Live in No Shoes Station," up 7. Devin Dawson's "Dark Horse" was at 33, up 3. Bryan also held the 36th spot with "Kill the Lights," up 3. Rascal Flatts' "Greatest Hits Volume 1" was at 46, up 3.

Canadian band The Wailin' Jennys led the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Fifteen." Steep Canyon Rangers were second with "Out in the Open," Alison Krauss third with "Windy City," Bradley Walker fourth with "Blessed: Hymns And Son of Faith" and Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers fifth with "The Long Awaited Album."

Stapleton topped the Americana/Folk Albums chart with "Traveller," "Volume 1" and "Volume 2." Vance Joy was fourth with "Nation of Two." Joan Baez debuted in fifth with "Whistle Down the Wind."

On the overall top 200, Brown was 24th, "Traveller" 28th, Rhett 36th, "Volume 1" 41st and Bryan 46th.

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First look at the cover for Kane Brown's full-length debut album, and you may experience a "Homeboy" moment. The young man appears like the tattooed model for Eric Church's song of the same name. Although Brown is categorized as bro-country in some quarters, the actual music he makes is much better than you might expect. This is one case where you shouldn't judge the book by its cover. Although the album includes a lustful song like "Pull It Off," which is a »»»
Dig Your Roots CD review - Dig Your Roots
From the ribbits and Dobro on "Smooth," the lead-off song, one might think that Florida Georgia Line is eschewing its rap rock meets country past for something completely different. While at times that is true - "Smooth" has a swampy beat - Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard haven't veered so far from what brought them to the dance. That is evident with the title track where the thwack of drum programming from long-time producer Joey Moi meets the soulful, somewhat shiny vocals. »»»
Chapter 1 CD review - Chapter 1
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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: Cantrell continues to satisfy – Laura Cantrell may never be a country star. Not at this stage of her career when she's 50, touring here and there and releasing new music every few years or so. But five albums in, Cantrell continues as a warm, enjoyable and worthy purveyor of her brand of country. That would mean going towards a more traditional side, not rushing the songs... »»»
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