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Little Big Town, Shelton lead country charts

Thursday, September 2, 2010 – Little Big Town debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending Sept. 11 with "The Reason Why." The quartet took over from Trace Adkins' "Cowboy's Back in Town," which slipped to third. Blake Shelton held the top position on the song chart with All About Tonight.

Randy Rogers Band debuted in second with "Burning the Day" on the album chart. Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" stood at fourth, down two. Zac Brown Band remained fifth with "The Foundation."

Josh Turner was up from 23 to 20 with "Haywire." Lady A had a big decline with its "iTunes Session (EP)" down from 3 to 21. Eric Church was at 24, up 3 with "Carolina." The Bandy Perry's self-titled EP moved from 35 to 32. Rodney Atkins' "It's America" moved up 5 to 39.

On the bluegrass chart, Dierks Bentley once again was first with "Up on the Ridge." "Palomino" from Trampled by Turtles" was second with "Genuine Negro Jig" from Carolina Chocolate Drops" remaining third.

On the country song chart, Billy Currington's Pretty Good At Drinkin' Beer was up one to third, switching sports with Keith Urban's I'm In. Lady Antebellum inched up one to fourth with Our Kind of Love, changing spots with Lee Brice and Love Like Crazy.

Little Big Town broke into the top 10 - at 10 - with Little White Church.

Taylor Swift looks ready to enter the top 10 next week as Mine was up 3 to 11 on its fourth week on the chart. Zac Brown Band featuring Alan Jackson was a big mover with As She's Walking Away going from 25 to 21.

The bottom end of the chart showed action. With Miranda Lambert having a huge week thanks to the CMA nominations, her Only Prettier single moved from 29 to 26. Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party also climbed 3 to 27. The biggest mover was Chris Young, whose Voices jumped from 36 to 29. Steel Magnolia has another single moving up as Just By Being You (Halo And Wings) was at 30, up 4.

On the overall top 200 chart, LBT was 5th, Randy Rogers Band 8th, Adkins 11th, Lady A 12th and Zac Brown Band 26th.

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The Breaker CD review - The Breaker
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Pain Killer CD review - Pain Killer
For some, listening to Little Big Town will be an act of searching for something at least half as catchy as "Pontoon," yet without success. Whenever a group creates such a fantastically memorable single, the prospect of following it up successfully can be a bit of a handicap. With that said, though, "Pain Killer" is a pretty good pop-country album, as pop-country albums go. Although Little Big Town has never been known to be rockers, the rollicking "Save Your Sin" »»»
Tornado CD review - Tornado
When the chorus to Leavin' in Your Eyes kicks in with some lovely layered vocals, it's tempting to compare Little Big Town to Fleetwood Mac. After better sense kicks in, though, it's more reasonable to categorize LBT as Fleetwood Mac-lite, at best. All that '70s cocaine and infidelity made Fleetwood Mac so much darker than anything modern day Nashville could ever produce. To its credit, though, Fleetwood Mac could never produce anything nearly as catchy as Pontoon, easily the »»»
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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