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Young, Lady A lead Billboard charts

Thursday, May 13, 2010 – Chris Young is atop the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending May 22 with The Man I Want to Be with Lady Antebellum number 1 on the album chart with "Need You Now."

The Court Yard Hounds, the duo featuring Dixie Chicks Emily Robison and Martie Maguire, debuted in the top 10 overall, but did not chart on the country album chart.

Young assumed the top spot from Joe Nichols' Gimmie That Girl. Kenny Chesney remained third with Ain't Back Yet, as did Lady Antebellum at four with American Honey. Miranda Lambert was up two to fifth with The House That Built Me."

Eric Church broke into the top 10 - at 10 - with Hell on the Heart. Jerrod Niemann made it into the top 20 - at 19 - with Lover, Lover.

Carrie Underwood had the biggest mover with Undo It jumping from 29 to 23. Gary Allan made it to 30, up 1 with Get Off on the Pain. There was very little chart movement otherwise with many songs up one spot.

On the album chart, Zac Brown Band debuted in second with "Pass the Jar: Live from the Fabulous Fox Theatre In Atlanta." ZBB also was third with "The Foundation." Lambert was fourth with "Revolution, while Underwood was fifth with "Play On." Lady A's self-titled debut was up four to seven. Alan Jackson moved up three places to ninth with "Freight Train."

Josh Turner was up 3 to 16 with Haywire." Reba McEntire jumped 7 to 17 with "Keep on Loving You." Tim McGraw's "Southern Voice" was up 6 to 22. Danny Gokey's "My Best Days" stood at 24, up 3. Rascal Flatts also was up 3, to 27, with "Unstoppable."

Chely Wright debuted at 32 with "Lifted Off the Ground." Toby Keith's "American Ride" was up 3 to 33. George Twang moved up 3 to 37 with "Twang."

On the Billboard 200 overall chart, Lady A was second, the Courtyard Hounds 7th, Zac Brown 17 and 21, Lambert 23 and Underwood 30.

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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. »»»
Concert Review: Church grows with time – It's heartening to see the continual rise of Eric Church's career, as he is one of the best songwriters in contemporary mainstream country music. Church mentioned from the stage how he performed for - in his estimation - only six loyal fans at The Whiskey for his first tour trip through Las Angeles a decade ago. His headlining stop last time... »»»
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