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Swift tops charts, Rucker remains there

Thursday, November 4, 2010 – The news was all Taylor Swift this week as she had the biggest selling release in the country by far with Speak Now, which sold almost 1.05 million units, for the week ending Nov. 13 on the Billboard charts. On the country song chart, Darius Rucker stayed first with Come Back Song./I>

But Swift is right behind Rucker on the song chart with Mine at five, up two. Sugarland remained third with Stuck Like Glue, and Zac Brown Band featuring Alan Jackson was fourth, down two with As She's Walking Away. Brad Paisley climbed two spots to fifth with Anything Like Me. Reba McEntire made it into the top 10, at 10, with Turn on the Radio.

The biggest mover by far was Kenny Chesney with Somewhere With You, up 12 to 23 in its second week on the chart.

On the album chart, Swift moved past Sugarland's "The Incredible Machine," which fell to second. Rucker was third with "Charleston, SC 1966." The Band Perry was fourth with its self-titled debut. Chesney stood at fifth with "Hemingway's Whiskey."

The soundtrack to "Country Strong," the movie with Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw, debuted in 17th. "The Essential Dixie Chicks," which has no new songs, debuted in 40th.

On the bluegrass chart, Dierks Bentley once again was first with "Up on the Ridge." The Isaacs were second with "Christmas."

On the overall top 200, Sugarland was 2nd, Rucker 9th, The Band Perry 11th, Chesney 12th and Zac Brown Band 13th.

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Journey to Fearless DVD
Part Behind The Music style documentary and part concert film, Taylor Swift's new Blu-ray release offers an interesting hybrid approach to the typical live performance video - an approach that hits more than it misses. "Journey To Fearless" focuses on Swift's meteoric rise from aspiring grade-school singer/songwriter to award-winning country and pop megastar while sprinkling in live performances. Hardcore Swift fans will find a lot to love on this single-disc set (which is also »»»
Speak Now CD review - Speak Now
Taylor Swift has made the best CD of her young career with her fourth CD. The biggest difference is that Swift's singing, spotty on previous releases and live performances, is far far superior here. Swift wrote all 14 songs here, which like her other albums tend to deal with relationships that have gone south. Swift's songwriting always has been one of her strengths, and that continues to be the case here - both lyrically and musically. Put simply, Swift knows a lot about penning »»»
Fearless CD review - Fearless
Taylor Swift took the county world by storm with her huge selling debut and its five hit singles. With a huge marketing push and myspace, Swift was on her way. Kind of like an Avril Lavigne for the teen female country set. Sophomore slump? There's no indication of that. Swift once again writes her material - all 13 songs here with help sometimes from Liz Rose, Colbie Caillat and John Rich. Swift writes of what she knows about - relationships and teen love come and gone in songs speak to her fans. »»»
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: Womack planned a good night – Lee Ann Womack pretty much summed up where she's at these days in concluding her show with Don Williams "Lord I Hope This Day Is Good." The ever-strong voiced country traditionalist sang, "I don't need fortune and I don't need fame" with the concluding line of the stanza asking the Man upstairs to "plan a good day for me.... »»»
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... »»»
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