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Swift, Reba lead charts

Thursday, December 23, 2010 – Reba McEntire and Taylor Swift lead the year-end Billboard country song and album chart for the week-ending Jan. 1, 2011. McEntire's Turn on the Radio reached the top, displacing Rascal Flatts' Why Wait, which slipped to fifth. Swift reclaimed the top spot on the overall top 200 chart with "Speak Now." Swift switched spots with Susan Boyle's "The Gift."

Jason Aldean was up one to second on the song chart with My Kinda Party. Tim McGraw climbed two to third with Felt Good on My Lips. Carrie Underwood stayed fourth with Mama's Song, while Kenny Chesney was up two to fifth with Somewhere With You. Keith Urban was a big mover with Put You in a Song moving four spots to seventh.

Swift was at 13, up 3, with her latest single, Back to December. Billy Currington's Let Me Down Easy stood at 15, up 3. A few acts notched their first top 20 song songs. Texan Sunny Sweeney was at 19, up 2 with From a Table Away. The JaneDear Girls were up 2 to 20th with Wildflower. Jerrod Niemann may have another hit on his hands. What Do You Want was up 3 to 21. Josh Kelley made it into the top 30 with George Clay at 29, up 2. Sara Evans' was back on the top 30 chart with her new single, A Little Bit Stronger, up 2 to 30th.

On the album chart, Rascal Flatts and Aldean remained two-three with "Nothing Like This" and "My Kinda Party." Sugarland was up one to fourth with "The Incredible Machine." Lady Antebellum also was up one - to fifth - with "Need You Now."

There was not much movement in the rest of the top 40. Lady Antebellum was up 3 to 27 with their self-titled debut. George Strait's "Twang" was at 29, up 3, while Brad Paisley's "American Saturday Night" rested at 30, up 4. Chris Young's "The Man I Want to Be" was at 40, up 5.

On the bluegrass chart, Dierks Bentley yet again was first with "Up on the Ridge," The Isaacs second with "Christmas" and Carolina Chocolate Drops third with "Genuine Negro Jig."

On the overall top 200 album chart, Rascal Flatts was 16th , Aldean 19th, Sugarland 25th and Lady Antebellum 26th.

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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: 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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