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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

Bloodshot Records' 13 Days of Xmas CD review - Bloodshot Records' 13 Days of Xmas
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A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg CD review - A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg
Tribute albums can be a tricky proposition. There's always the obvious intent of staying true to the artist in question's original compositions, even though there's often a desire to also insert an individual approach to the songs and the presentation. In many cases, that's a no win proposition. If the contributors veer too far from the original template, it's liable to evoke the ire of faithful fans and open the entire effort up to criticism. On the other hand, if the »»»
The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson: All Star Concert Celebration CD review - The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson: All Star Concert Celebration
A tribute record to an artist who is still active, alive and with us can be a scary proposition in any number of ways. For starters, it insinuates that his or her best days are behind them. Even worse, it hints that their days may be numbered and that the intent to honor the artist is being done to avoid it becoming a final requiem. In this case, those scenarios could be coming close. Kris Kristofferson's been rumored to have health issues, and at age 81, there's only so much time for »»»
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: Carlile warms hearts with empathetic thoughts – Brandi Carlile, dressed festively with a Santa hat, began her mid-week concert set with Joni Mitchell's "River" and closed with the carol "O Holy Night." In between, she sang about an equal measure of old and new songs. And on this first night of a short acoustic tour, Carlile was both in fine spirits and voice.... »»»
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... »»»
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