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Rascal Flatts doesn't wait to claim top spot

Thursday, December 9, 2010 – Rascal Flatts went to the top of the Billboard Country Songs Chart for the week of Dec. 18 with Why Wait. The trio jumped from fourth to first with If I Die Young by the Band Perry dropping from first to third. On the album chart, Taylor Swift stayed first with "Speak Now."

On the album chart, Keith Urban was up one to second with "Get Closer," switching places with Rascal Flatts' "Nothing Like This." Jason Aldean was fourth with "My Kinda Party," changes places with Sugarland's "The Incredible Machine."

Tim McGraw debuted in sixth with "Number One Hits." Lady Antebellum held down the seven eight spots with "Need You Now" and "A Merry Little Christmas," the latter up three.

Jerrod Niemann's "Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury" was up 4 to 25, one of the biggest movers on the chart. Zac Brown Band was at 30, up 5 with "Pass the Jar: Live from the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta." Brooks & Dunn were at 39, up 3 with "#1s...And Then Some."

Zac Brown featuring Alan Jackson was second on the song chart with As She's Walking Away. Reba McEntire moved from sixth to fourth with Turn on the Radio. Aldean remained fifth with My Kinda Party.

Swift's latest single, Back to December, climbed from 22 to 19. Brad Paisley was the biggest mover with This is Country Music, the song he debuted at the Country Music Association awards last month. The song stood at 23, up 6. Aldean with Kelly Clarkson's Don't You Wanna Stay moved from 32 to 28.

On the bluegrass chart, there was little change. Dierks Bentley stayed first with "Up on the Ridge." The Isaacs' "Christmas" was second and Punch Brothers third with "Antifogmatic."

On the overall top 200, Swift was 2nd, Urban 15th, Rascal Flatts 16th, Aldean 20th and Sugarland 22nd. While not on the country chart, Kid Rock was 13th with "Kid Rock." Kid Rock has gained country airplay.

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It's the big things - and sometimes the little things - that make Rascal Flatts' Christmas album "The Greatest Gift of All" stand out. On the macro level, the country vocal trio put a little funk - well, as much funk as three Nashville guys can muster - into "Go Tell It on The Mountain." And then, the cool little bass line introducing "Let It Snow" helps differentiate this act's version from possibly millions of other versions. Much of "The »»»
Rewind CD review - Rewind
Don't worry. Just because Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox sings, "Try to talk to George Strait into givin' us an encore" on the hit single and title track doesn't mean that the traditional country giant is all of a sudden a cornerstone for the trio that has been front and center of the pop country sound. In fact, they make it quite clear from the second the play button is struck with the hard rocking "Payback" thanks to lots of electric guitar and rocking vocals from LeVox. »»»
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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