Johnny Cash, Brad Paisley continue at top of charts
Thursday, July 20, 2006
– Johnny Cash and Brad Paisley continued topping the Billboard country album and song chart for the week ending July 29. Cash's new album is "American V: A Hundred Highways," while "The World" is Paisley's latest hit.
On the album chart, Rascal Flatts' "Me And My Gang" was second, switching spots with the Dixie Chicks' "Taking the Long Way." Carrie Underwood's "Some Hearts" and Tim McGraw's "Greatest Hits Vol 2: Reflected" remained fourth and fifth. The biggest mover was "Precious Memories" by Alan Jackson, up 4 to 11th.
On the song chart, the first five songs remained the same: Kenny Chesney's "Summertime," Underwood's "Don't Forget to Remember Me," Toby Keith's "A Little Too Late" and Rodney Atkins' "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)."
The biggest movers in the top 25 were Faith Hill's "Sunshine And Summertime," up 3 to 16 an George Strait's "Give It Away," up 4 to 19.
On the overall top 200 album chart, Cash was 6th, Rascal Flatts 8th, Dixie Chicks 11th, Underwood 27th and McGraw 32nd.
Brad Paisley isn't content to keep doing the same old. In fact, this is probably the least traditional country outing in his career. Yet, a few things remain intact - great guitar playing and singing and a sense of humor without being too kitschy.
In fact, Paisley manages to combine the ultra serious with his typical sense of humor. The seriousness is never more apparent from Paisley than on the controversial Accidental Racist with LL Cool J, who helped write and perform it. »»»
Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul of Truth
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The 2-disc, 51-track collection, released in conjunction with ongoing celebrations of Cash's 80th birthday, gets off to a »»»
From Memphis To Hollywood
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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. »»»
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Foster, who has enjoyed a successful recording and perhaps more importantly songwriting career in the country realm, and... »»»
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