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Adkins leads country song chart

Thursday, August 26, 2010 – Trace Adkins topped the Billboard Country Album chart for the week ending Sept. 4. He took over the top with Cowboy's Back in Town from Lady Antebellum's Need You Now by selling 50,000 units, also good for the fifth best selling CD in the U.S. Blake Shelton held down the number one spot on the Billboard Country Songs chart with All About Tonight.

On the album chart, Lady A was second with "Need You Now" and debuted in third with an "iTunes Session" EP. Shelton was fourth with his "All About Tonight" EP which was first last week. Zac Brown Band's "The Foundation" was fifth.

Teen actress Jennette McCurdy debuted at 32 with her "Not That Far Away" EP.

On the song chart, Keith Urban stayed second with I'm In. Billy Currington was up one to third with Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer, with Lee Brice also climbing one to fourth with Love Like Crazy. Lady A was at five, up one, with Our Kind of Love. Josh Turner made the top 10 because All Over Me was up 3 to 9. Easton Corbin was at 10, up 1, with Roll With It.

Taylor Swift's new single, Mine, continued its climb. This week, the song was at 14, up 3, in its third week out. George Strait was also up 3 to 18 with The Breath You Take. Others up 3 were Josh Thompson with Way Out Here at 19 and The Band Perry with If I Die Young.

Toby Keith's new single, Trailerhood, was at 21, moving up 4. Reba McEntire and Justin Moore both were up 5 - at 22 and 23 respectively - with Turn on the Radio and How I Got to Be This Way. The biggest mover was Brad Paisley whose Anything Like Me, jumped from 35 to 24. Zac Brown Band may have another hit single on its hand. As She's Walking Away, which features Alan Jackson, rose 7 to 25. James Otto's new single, Groovy Little Summer Song, stood at 26, up 3. Adkins was one behind with This Ain't No Love Song, up three. Steve Azar moved 3 to 28 with Sunshine (Everybody Needs a Little). Finishing out the week of much movement, Miranda Lambert was at 29, up 5, with Only Prettier, and Jason Aldean's new song, My Kinda Party was up 6 to 30.

On the bluegrass chart, Dierks Bentley once again was first with "Up on the Ridge." Punch Brothers were second with "Antifogmatic," Carolina Chocolate Drops third with "Genuine Negro Jig" and Trampled by Turtles fourth with "Palomino."

On the overall top 200, Adkins was 5th, Lady A 6th and 17th, Shelton 18th and Zac Brown Band 20th. John Mellencamp's rootsy "No Better Than This" debuted at 10th.

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Something's Going On CD review - Something's Going On
Trace Adkins' wonderful low singing voice can be a little deceptive because he could easily sing utter crap and still somehow sound great. It's why the critical ear must pay close attention to specifically what he's saying in his songs whenever evaluating his work. Adkins doesn't write his own songs, so he's entirely dependent upon stellar writers. Thankfully, "Something's Going On" is a better than average collection of songs, especially good for Adkins, as »»»
Live Country DVD CD review - Live Country DVD
"Live Country" is a concert film featuring Trace Adkins performing his biggest hits at The Paramount in Huntington, N.Y. Anticipation was high for this one because Adkins, along with Josh Turner, is one of our very best low-voiced singers. Perhaps poor audio quality is to blame, but Adkins' singing isn't nearly as powerful in this live setting as it is on CD. From the cheesy stage props to the casually dressed backing singers (one even has a headband that leaves her looking »»»
The King's Gift CD review - The King's Gift
Trace Adkins, with that wonderfully deep voice of his, is always a pleasure. He's like an actor (well he has acted actually) that never gives a bad performance, even in a poor movie. When it comes to evaluating Adkins' albums, it's all about the music he surrounds himself with and the songs he's given to sing. And with "The King's Gift," Adkins is placed in a nearly can't miss situation; he's singing mostly familiar Christmas carols, with a mainly »»»
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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