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Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – "Meant to Be" continues its dominance of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, staying number one for the week ending June 2. Jason Aldean led the Top Country Albums chart with "Rearview Town." "Meant to Be" also has crossed the 1 billion mark for global streams.

Kane Brown was second again on the songs chart with "Heaven." Luke Combs was third with "One Number Away," switching with Aldean's "You Make It Easy," which fell to fourth. Dan + Shay were fifth with "Tequila."

Brett Young was 10th with "Mercy," up 4. Sam Hunt's new song, "Downtown's Dead," jumped 10 to 14. Sugarland was at 25 with "Babe," up 3. The song features Taylor Swift. Aldean's "Drowns the Whiskey," with Miranda Lambert, jumped from 41 to 29. Dan + Shay debuted at 30 with "Speechless." Spensha Baker, who was on The Voice, debuted at 37 with "Old Soul."

Luke Bryan was at 48 with "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset," in its debut week. Russell Dickerson closed out the top 50 with "Blue Tacoma," also making its debut.

On the albums chart, Brown again was second with his self-titled debut. Combs was third with "This One's For You." Thomas Rhett was fourth with "Life Changes" and Keith Urban fifth with "Graffiti U."

Old Dominion was at 16 with "Happy Endings," up 5. Kenny Chesney jumped 16 to 19 with "Live in No Shoes Nation." Bryan's "Crash My Party" went from 28 to 24. Maren Morris moved up 7 to 25 with "Hero." Dustin Lynch's "Current Mood" was at 30, up 3. Jordan Davis stood at 30 with "Home State,'" up 4. Taylor Swift was at 32 with "Red," up 4. Trent Harmon debuted at 34 with "You Got 'Em All." Swift was 38th with "Fearless," up 4. Rascal Flatts was at 40 with "Greatest Hits, Volume 1," up 6. Eric Church was 41st with "Mr. Misunderstood,'" up 3. "The Greatest: The Number One" from Johnny Cash was up 3 to 46.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Trampled by Turtles was again first with "Life is Good On the Road." Old Crow Medicine Show was second with "Volunteer," Alison Krauss third with "Windy City," Steve Martin And the Steep Canyon Rangers fourth with "The Long-Awaited Album" and Sideline debuting in fifth with "Front And Center."

On the Americana/Folk Albums chart, Courtney Barnett debuted in first with "Tell Me How You Really Feel." Ray LaMontange was second with "Part of the Light." Chris Stapleton was third with "Traveller," Lord Huron fourth with "Vide Noir" and Leon Bridges fifth with "Good Thing."

On the Top 200, Aldean was at 13, Brown 23rd, Combs 46th, Rhett 48th and Urban 53rd.

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Anything Goes CD review - Anything Goes
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. »»»
Here's to the Good Times This is How We Roll CD review - Here's to the Good Times This is How We Roll
Perhaps a few fans didn't get enough of Florida Georgia Line's "Here's to the Good Times," which came out in December 2012. That release contained all five songs of the duo's second EP "It'z Just What We Do" from May 2012. Not to mention the super uber mega-hit Cruise and fellow number ones Get Your Shine On, Round Here and Stay. With "This is How We Roll," Tyler Hubbard (he's the one with the longer hair) and Brian Kelly follow the »»»
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: Combs, Gill, Harris, Crow comprise one final musical platter – Vince Gill played host to an entertaining guitar pull, a show which also featured his longtime friend, Emmylou Harris, slightly newer friend Sheryl Crow and brand-new friend Luke Combs. Gill joked from the outset that this All for the Hall fundraising show needed Combs to sell tickets, and by the audience's response, it was clear many came only to see Combs.... »»»
Concert Review: Stapleton shows his traditional roots – Chris Stapleton's All-American Road show feels like a singular mission to rid the genre of the bro country scourge that has plagued it for years. He came out with a blazing one-two punch of "Second One To Know" and "Without Your Love" and packed a stadium sized onslaught into a 9,000-seat arena. He never once veered from his... »»»
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