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Shelton, Lady A lead Billboard charts

Thursday, February 24, 2011 – Blake Shelton reached the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending March 5 with Who Are You When I'm Not Looking. He took over from Luke Bryan's Someone Else Calling You Baby, which fell to fourth. Lady Antebellum jumped back to the top of the Country Albums chart with "Need You Now" after enjoying a big boost from their Grammy wins.

Lady A took over from Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party," which fell to third. Taylor Swift was sandwiched in between with "Speak Now" staying second. Zac Brown Band was up one to fourth with "You Get What You Give," while Miranda Lambert jumped four spots to fifth with "Revolution."

Hayes Carll, the Texas country/Americana singer, debuted in 12th with "KMAG YOGO (& Other American Stories)." Darius Rucker jumped from 21 to 13 with "Charleston, SC 1966," and Keith Urban's "Get Closer" was at 16, up 7. Brad Paisley was up 4 to 23 with "Hits Alive." George Jones debuted at 39 with "Hits," which includes a few new songs.

Jason Aldean jumped from six to two with Don't You Wanna Stay, with Kelly Clarkson helping out. Brad Paisley moved up two to third with This is Country Music. Swift's latest single, Back to December, was at five, up two. New duo Thompson Square had its first top 10 with Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not at 10, up 2.

Zac Brown Band's Colder Weather climbed 3 places to 11. Keith Urban was a big mover with With You jumping from 34 to 28, but Kenny Chesney was an even bigger mover. Live a Little skyrocketed from 38 to 29.

On the bluegrass album chart, The Grascals moved back to the top spot with "The Grascals & Friends: Country Classics With a Bluegrass Spin," switching spots with The Wailin' Jenny's "Bright Morning Stars."

On the overall top 200, Lady Antebellum jumped from 17 to 4. Swift was 15th, Aldean 16th, Zac Brown Band 21st and Lambert 26th, up 14.

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Lady Antebellum probably needed a change in direction after "Own the Night" dropped in 2011. The material was overly geared towards taking dead aim at the radio jugular and not the best material. That isn't the case this time out on the trio's fifth release because most of the songs veer away from being obviously radio fodder (except for the current singleDowntown with its soulful beginning and strong vocals from Hillary Scott), but that also doesn't man that this was the right change. »»»
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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