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Urban leads country chart; Rexha/FGL stay there

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 – The dominators - Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line - did it again. "Meant To Be" stayed first on the Billboard Hot Country Song charts for the week ending May 12. Keith Urban topped the country albums chart for the second week in a row with "Graffiti U." He debuted in second on the overall top 200 chart. `

On the albums chart, last week's number one, "Rearview Town" from Jason Aldean, fell to second. Willie Nelson debuted in third with "Last Man Standing." Kane Brown's self-titled debut was fourth Luke Combs was fifth with "This One's For You."

Kenny Chesney was at 8, up 10, with "Live In No Shoes Nation." Morgan Wallen debuted at 11 with "If I Know Me." Blake Shelton was at 21, up 6, with "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits." Urban's "Ripcord" went from 26 to 22. Florida Georgia Line held the 25th spot with "Here's to the Good Times," up 5.

Luke Bryan was at 30 with "Crash My Party," up 4. LANCO's "Hallelujah Nights" was up 3 to 34. Tim McGraw was 35th with "Number One Hits," up 5. Taylor Swift hit 41 with "Red," up 4. Brett Eldredge's self-titled disc jumped from 49t o 42. Eric Church's "Mr. Misunderstod" was at 43, up 4.

Bryan was 45th with "Kill the Lights," up 3.

On the songs chart, Brown was second again with "Heaven." Aldean was third with "You Make It Easy." Mason Ramsey, an 11-year-old Illinois native who just made his Grand Ole Opry debut, entered the chart in fourth with "Famous." Combs was at five with "One Number Away," up two.

Thomas Rhett was 28th with "Life Changes," up 3. Justin Moore's "Kinda Don't Care" was 32nd, up 3. LANCO came in at 33 with "Born to Love You," up 4. Urban's Parallel Line" was 39th, up 3. Old Dominion was up 3 to 44 with "Hotel Key." Tyler Rich debuted at 45 with "The Difference. Pryor Baird debuted at 47 with "Night Moves." Dierks Bentley debuted at 49 with "Living." Kacey Musgraves closed out the top 50 with "Space Cowboy" in its debut week.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Old Crow Medicine Show led with "Volunteer." Claybank debuted in second with "No Escape." The Wailin' Jennys were third with "Fifteen." Folk veteran Tom Rush was fourth with "Voices" in its debut week. Balsam Range with Atlanta Pops Orchestra was fifth, debuting with "Mountain Overture."

Nelson led the Americana/Folk Albums chart. Stapleton was second with "Traveler." Van Morrison debuted in third with "You're Driving Me Crazy," his disc with Joey DeFrancesco. Stapleton also was fourth with "From a Room Volume 1." Dr. Dog debuted in fifth with "Critical Equation."

On the Top 200 chart, Aldean was 10th, Nelson 14th, Brown 22nd and Combs 37th.

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The title of Florida Georgia Line's second full length is accurate. For the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelly, that means girls, girls and more girls plus an ultra dose of partying. That is evident from the refrain of the title track, which, of course, focuses on Friday night activities. "I brought the songs and you brought the party/ Only one way to do it up right/Everybody goes where eveybody knows/That anything goes on a Friday Night/Get your party right/It's a Friday night. »»»
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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: Henry comes out the other end a better man – Joe Henry mentioned at the outset that this show was not only the record release celebration, but also the anniversary - to the day - of when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Although the songs from this fine new album do not address his illness directly, they many times touch upon the big issues of human existence (life, death and the meaning of it all).... »»»
Concert Review: What's in a name? Strings lives up to it – Billy Strings may not be his real name, but the bluegrass performer more than lives up to his adopted moniker. Bluegrass may not be the first style of music when one thinks of William Apostol's (yup, that's Billy's real name) home state of Michigan, but with more miles on the bus and shows like this outstanding, lengthy, lyrical night... »»»
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