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Swift is one-two on album chart, Jackson leads singles chart

Thursday, January 22, 2009 – Taylor Swift once again had the top selling CD in the U.S. with "Fearless" for the seventh week and also had the second best selling disc on the country chart with her debut 117 weeks after its release. On the country song chart for the week ending Jan. 31, Alan Jackson scored his third number one from "Gone Country" with Country Boy, jumping up from fifth. He edged out Start a Band," the Brad Paisley duet with Keith Urban, which fell to second

On the country album chart, Sugarland stayed third with "Love on the Inside." Zac Brown Band was up one to fourth with "The Foundation," switching places with Rascal Flatts' "Greatest Hits Volume 1." The rest of the top 25 had very little movement with most CDs being up or down a spot or two. Bigger movers were The Eagles, up 4 to 19 with "Long Road Out of Eden." Billy Currington was back in the top 25 - at 24 - with "Little Bit of Everything," up 3. Trace Adkins' "American Man: Greatest Hits Volume II," was up 4 to 25.

The song chart enjoyed a lot of movement. Blake Shelton skyrocketed from ninth to third with She Wouldn't Be Gone. Currington stayed fourth with Don't. Dierks Bentley jumped from eighth to fifth with Feel That Fire, the first single and title track from his upcoming CD. Toby Keith went from 10th to 6th with God Love Her. Kenny Chesney's Down the RoadI with Mac McAnally was also up four to seventh. Urban's new single, Sweet Thing was up four to eighth, while Brooks & Dunn's Cowgirls Don't Cry, featuring Reba McEntire, went from 13 to 9.

Pat Green's Let Me moved on up to 15 from 18. Lee Ann Womack was at 16, up 3, with Last Call. Jake Owen's Don't Think I Can't Love You, was up 3 to 17. Rodney Atkins enjoyed a big mover, It's America, which was up 6 spots to 18. Everything Is Fineby Josh Turner was at 22, up 3; Jimmy Wayne's I Will was at 23, up 3. Tim McGraw enjoyed a big mover as well with Nothin' To Die For at 24, up 7. Jason Aldean closed out the top 25 with She's Country up 4.

On the overall top 200, Swift's debut was 26th, Sugarland 35th, Zac Brown Band 37th and Rascal Flatts 42nd.

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Part Behind The Music style documentary and part concert film, Taylor Swift's new Blu-ray release offers an interesting hybrid approach to the typical live performance video - an approach that hits more than it misses. "Journey To Fearless" focuses on Swift's meteoric rise from aspiring grade-school singer/songwriter to award-winning country and pop megastar while sprinkling in live performances. Hardcore Swift fans will find a lot to love on this single-disc set (which is also »»»
Speak Now CD review - Speak Now
Taylor Swift has made the best CD of her young career with her fourth CD. The biggest difference is that Swift's singing, spotty on previous releases and live performances, is far far superior here. Swift wrote all 14 songs here, which like her other albums tend to deal with relationships that have gone south. Swift's songwriting always has been one of her strengths, and that continues to be the case here - both lyrically and musically. Put simply, Swift knows a lot about penning »»»
Fearless CD review - Fearless
Taylor Swift took the county world by storm with her huge selling debut and its five hit singles. With a huge marketing push and myspace, Swift was on her way. Kind of like an Avril Lavigne for the teen female country set. Sophomore slump? There's no indication of that. Swift once again writes her material - all 13 songs here with help sometimes from Liz Rose, Colbie Caillat and John Rich. Swift writes of what she knows about - relationships and teen love come and gone in songs speak to her fans. »»»
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: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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