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Rascal Flatts, Swift lead charts

Thursday, December 16, 2010 – The top of the Billboard Country Songs and Album charts remains the same - Rascal Flatts' Why Wait is first on the song chart and Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" on the album chart - for the week ending Dec. 25.

This is the second straight week for Rascal Flatts in the top spot. Reba McEntire was second, up two, withTurn on the Radio. Jason Aldean also was up two to third withMy Kinda Party. Carrie Underwood went from seven to four with Mama's Song, while Felt Good on My Lips by Tim McGraw climbed from eight to five. Kenny Chesney's Somewhere With You moved from 11 to 7. Chris Young broke into the top 10 with Voices at 10, up 3.

Blake Shelton continues his excellent year with Who Are You When I'm Not Looking going from 18 to 14. Swift's new single, Back to December was at 15 up 3. Brad Paisley's This is Country Music went from 23 to 19. Aldean's new single Don't You Wanna Stay with Kelly Clarkson moved up from 28 to 25. Darius Rucker jumped 5 places to 26 with This. Sugarland was a big mover with Little Miss, going from 36 to 30.

On the album chart, Rascal Flatts was second with "Nothing Like This" and Aldean third with "My Kinda Party." Keith Urban was fourth with "Get Closer" and Sugarland fifth with "The Incredible Machine."

Christian Kane debuted at 25 with "The House Rules." Easton Corbin's self-titled debut jumped from 37 to 31, probably benefitting from wins at the American Country Awards last week in Las Vegas. Josh Turner's "Haywire" jumped from 44 to 38.

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

On the overall top 200 chart, Swift was second to Susan Boyle's "The Gift." Rascal Flatts was 13th Aldean 20th, Urban 22nd and Sugarland 23rd.

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The Greatest Gift of All CD review - The Greatest Gift of All
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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