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Rodney Atkins tops Billboard country chart with fourth song

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 – Number one is getting to be mighty comfortable for Rodney Atkins because once again that's where his latest single will be when the Billboard country song chart is officially released Thursday.

For the fourth consecutive time, an Atkins single - this time being "Cleaning This Gun (Come on in Boy)" - hit number one. The song jumped from third to first, taking over for "Letter to Me" from Brad Paisley.

Atkins' streak began in August 2006 with "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)" and followed with "Watching You" (January 2007) and "These Are My People" (August 2007).

The Grammys and Valentine's Day were good for sales in all genres.

On the album chart, Taylor Swift once again was number one. The Eagles were second with "Long Road Out of Eden and 16th on the overall chart with 38,000 units sold. Garth Brooks was third on the country chart and 19th on the top 200 with "The Ultimate Hits."

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' "Raising Sand" stood at 23rd with 33,000 units sold, up 160 percent.

Carrie Underwood's "Carnival Ride" was at 28th on the overall chart with sales of 30,000, up 43 percent, while "Some Hearts" was at 47th with 21,000 units sold, up 45 percent.

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Take a Back Road CD review - Take a Back Road
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It's America CD review - It's America
When you've recorded Billboard's number 1 country song of 2006 (If You're Going Through Hell) and 2007 (Watching You), what do you do for an encore? Rodney Atkins is here to tell us: you don't mess with the recipe. As usual, the hook-seeking guitar licks lead the pop country charge, with the occasional appearance of fiddles and banjos for seasoning. Atkins tapped into the services of an army of writers for the 11 songs, including 3 he helped write. »»»
If You're Going Through Hell CD review - If You're Going Through Hell
You know, kids, believe it or not, back in the day, country singers didn't have to sing about how country they were. When they opened their mouths and sang - even if they were singing about being chairman of General Motors and living in the big city - you knew it was a country song. But nowadays when country and pop rock are all but indistinguishable, artists have to waste a lot of valuable time establishing their country credibility. Take Rodney Atkins for instance. »»»
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: Daniels wears out bows, but music endures – After each of the first few songs Charlie Daniels played, his 'fiddle tech (?)' exchanged his bow. Is this because he was playing particularly hard? Perhaps. Whatever the case, Daniels and his five-piece band clearly appeared to be giving it their all during the act's hour-and-a-half set. As it is the Christmas month, Daniels sang a... »»»
Concert Review: Rawlings easily moves out of the shadow – Every once in awhile David Rawlings moves out of the shadow of musical mate Gillian Welch to launch his own tour. While Welch, for whom Rawlings plays guitar, has the more prominent career, nights like this ably confirm that there is a reason does his own thing as well. Rawlings, who released the very fine "Poor David's Almanack" in... »»»
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