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Atkins hits number one

Thursday, April 23, 2009 – Rodney Atkins took over the number 1 spot on the Billboard country song chart for the week ending May 2 with It's America. The song jumped from fourth to first with former number one, Here Comes Goodbye, from Rascal Flatts slipping to second. Atkins is on a big roll as he had four number ones from his last album.

Rascal Flatts stayed first on the album chart with "Unstoppable" and third on the overall top 200 chart, dropping from the top there. "Hannah Montana: The Movie" was first.

There was a lot of movement on the song chart with many songs up three spots. Jason Aldean stayed third on the song chart with She's Country. Carrie Underwood was up one to fifth with I Told You So, which features the man who first had a hit with it, Randy Travis. Tim McGraw's Nothin' to Die For, was up one to fifth.

Last week's number two song, Jake Owen's Don't Think I Can't Love You, dropped to seventh. Keith Urban moved into the top 10 with Kiss a Girl at 9, while Brad Paisley's Then jumped from 15 to 10.

Kenny Chesney was up from 16 to 12 with Out Last Night. Dierks Bentley jumped 5 to 13 with Sideways. Eli Young Band's Always the Love Songs was up 5 to 14. Alan Jackson moved 4 to 17 with Sissy's Song, while Zac Brown Band's Whatever It Is, moved up 5 to 18. Lady Antebellum was at 19 with I Run to You, up 3. Also up 3 was Jason Michael Carroll Where I'm From at 21 and The Lost Trailers' How 'Bout You Don't at 22. Toby Keith was up 3 to 23 with Lost You Anyway. Kellie Pickler's Best Days of Your Life moved to 24, up 3, and Randy Houser's Boots On sat at 25, up 4.

On the album chart, the first five spots stayed the same. Aldean was second with "Wide Open," Taylor Swift third with "Fearless," Keith Urban fourth with "Defying Gravity" and Underwood fifth with "Carnival Ride." Darius Rucker was a big mover with "Learn to Live" up four to sixth.

Alan Jackson was up 4 to 14 with "Good Time." Chesney's "Lucky Old Sun" was at 17, up 3. Bentley was at 19, up 6, with "Feel That Fire." Eric Church's "Carolina" climbed 3 places to 20th. Billy Ray Cyrus' "Back to Tennessee" was down 8 to 21. George Strait was down 5 to 24 with "Troubadour."

On the overall top 200 chart, Aldean was 9th, Swift 10th, Urban 12 and Underwood 18.

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Take a Back Road CD review - Take a Back Road
Rodney Atkins' breakthrough album, "If You're Going Through Hell," produced the top singles of both 2006 and 2007. His moment in the spotlight was brief, with his follow-up album,"It's America," being largely ignored except for the title track. From the get go on "Take a Back Road," Atkins comes across as a regular guy, not a detached superstar. There are songs about hanging out on back roads away from the hustle of daily life, getting fatherly »»»
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: Cantrell continues to satisfy – Laura Cantrell may never be a country star. Not at this stage of her career when she's 50, touring here and there and releasing new music every few years or so. But five albums in, Cantrell continues as a warm, enjoyable and worthy purveyor of her brand of country. That would mean going towards a more traditional side, not rushing the songs... »»»
Concert Review: Not only is Turner traditional, he's popular – Every time Josh Turner reached for some of those wonderful subterranean low notes, which he often pulled out during his enjoyable night show, it was like a superhero applying a superpower. He didn't need this extra advantage to please his audience; he has so many quality songs stockpiled in his catalogue already doing the job.... »»»
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