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Niemann, Bryan lead charts

Thursday, July 22, 2010 – Jerrod Niemann debuted atop the Billboard country albums chart for the week ending July 31 with "Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury," ending the run of Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now," which slipped to second. Luke Bryan stayed first on the song chart with Rain is a Good Thing.

Carrie Underwood was second on the song chart, up one, with Undo It. Niemann moved four to third with his current hit single, Lover, Lover. Brad Paisley was down two to fourth with Water, and Zac Brown Band stood at fifth, up three with Free.

Keith Urban's I'm In was up three to sixth. Kenny Chesney debuted at 17 with his first single off his next disc, The Boys of Fall. Darius Rucker's Come Back Song was at 20, up 6. Toby Keith rounded out the top 30 with his new single, Trailerhood, at 30, up 4.

On the album chart, Zac Brown Band's "The Foundation" fell one to third, while Miranda Lambert's "Revolution" and Underwood's "Play On," were four-five, also down one. Clay Walker jumped from 17 to 12 with "She Won't Be Lonely Long." Colt Ford was at 19, up 3, with "Chicken & Biscuits." Gary Allan jumped 4 to 24 with "Get Off on the Pain." Rascal Flatts also headed up 4 spots to 29 with "Unstoppable." "Carolina" from Eric Church was at 35, climbing 3. The biggest mover was Johnny Cash's "American VI: Ain't No Grave," up 10 to 40.

Dierks Bentley was first on the bluegrass chart with "Up on the Ridge." Carolina Chocolate Drops remained second with "Genuine Negro Jig," while Chatham Country Line debuted in third with "Wildwood."

On the overall top 200, Niemann was 7, Lady A 11, Zac Brown Band 17, Lambert 28 and Underwood 35.

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This Ride CD review - This Ride
One thing you can never call Jerrod Niemann is boring. When he's at the top of his game, there are few singers in Nashville better suited to bridge the divide between pop and country. At the other side of the spectrum, something like "Donkey" may fail, but at least it fails spectacularly. "This Ride" continues to show off Niemann's ease at adapting pop sensibilities into country music, but his misses seem a bit more formulaic than past efforts. »»»
High Noon CD review - High Noon
Jerrod Niemann's new "High Noon" album is better than the annoying single, "Drink to That All Night," might lead you to believe. Fortunately, the album is not completely a Luke Bryan sound-alike. Even so, there are moments where Niemann sometimes sounds a little too much like his musical contemporaries. The rap-influenced "Donkey" has a bit of Big & Rich flavor running through it, while the resigned tone in Niemann's voice during "Lucky #7" »»»
Free The Music
Some artists dance to the beat of a different drummer and on his latest recording, "Free the Music," Jerrod Niemann does just that. Stepping away from more conventional Music Row sounds, Niemann performs a mash-up of genres, showcasing elements of pop, rock, Dixieland jazz and more while still managing to keep his feet squarely in country territory. The title track leads off, finding the artist seemingly channeling fellow artist, Big Kenny, as he throws it all into a pot and stirs, »»»
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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