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"NOW That's What I Call Country" leads country chart

Wednesday, September 3, 2008 – Only two country discs will be in the top 20 of all music sold on Billboard's top200 chart when it is out Thursday. "NOW That's What I Call Country," a various artists package of recent hits, debuts at number 7 on the overall chart and first in country, while Sugarland's {Love on the Inside" was eighth and second respectively. Jimmy Wayne debuted at number 27 on the overall top 200 chart with "Do You Believe Me" selling 20,000 units.

Sugarland, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins, George Strait and Reba McEntire are among those on the set.

CD reviews for Various Artists

Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD review - Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Dolly Parton's soundtrack to the movie "Dumplin'" includes a whole lot of Dolly music, both old and new. This movie tells character Sillowdean "Dumplin'" Dickson's story of participating in a local beauty pageant. The catch to this adaptation of Julie Murphy's young adult book is that Dickson is a weight-challenged girl and not the usually slender pageant participant. Parton's music is essential to the film because Dolly is Dickson's musical idol. »»»
Appleseed's 21st Anniversary: Roots and Branches CD review - Appleseed's 21st Anniversary: Roots and Branches
For more than two decades, Appleseed Recordings have been releasing politically charged, contemporary and traditionally-rooted folk music. Using those three themes to organize each disc in this three-volume set - protest folk, singer-songwriter folk and traditional folk - Appleseed provides a engrossing cross-section of their 165 releases with a treasure of unreleased recordings intermingled. Connections to country music are largely transitory: the appearance of Steve Earle with Pete Seeger »»»
Come See About Me (A Benefit For The Ibma Trust Fund) CD review - Come See About Me (A Benefit For The Ibma Trust Fund)
This set benefitting the fine work of the International Bluegrass Music Association Trust Fund certainly has more positives going for it than negatives. With opening with lines honoring those who came before: "Their hands have made the music, wooden boxes and some strings, bringing life to the melodies our lonesome voices sing - guitar, banjo, fiddle, a mandolin and bass - they put their trust in us now, a lifetime leap of faith"- sang so smoothly by Sideline's Bailey Coe, there is »»»
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: Jinks wins over fans, especially new ones – Cody Jinks asked the crowd a bit into his show how many had never seen him before. It seemed like Jinks has made a lot of musical inroads into the public's consciousness because roughly three quarters of the audience raised their hands to show that this was their first time. That probably made Jinks feel pretty darn good about how life has been... »»»
Concert Review: Fogerty lives up to his past – Woodstock 50 may never have happened, but that original monumental event was certainly in the air at John Fogerty's My 50 Year Trip Tour before, during and after. The before and after was in the choice of songs that came over the speakers including everything from Jefferson Airplane's "Don't You Want Somebody to Love" to The... »»»
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