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Sparks fly for Swift

Thursday, November 17, 2011 – Taylor Swift climbed to the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart with Sparks Fly. Miranda Lambert held onto the top of the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending Nov. 26 with "Four the Record."

On the song chart, Blake Shelton stayed second with God Gave Me You. Brantley Gilbert's Country Must Be Country Wide was third, while last week's number one, Crazy Girl from Eli Young Band, fell to fourth. Lady Antebellum was in fifth with We Owned the Night. The rest of the chart had very little movement.

On the album chart, Scotty McCreery stayed second with "Clear As Day," while Lady Antebellum was up one to third with "Own the Night" and Jason Aldean up one to fourth with "My Kinda Party." "Clancy's Tavern" from Toby Keith was down two to fifth.

The Bandy Perry was up four to seventh with the trio's self-titled debut. Eric Church and Shelton were both up five, to eight and nine respectively with "Chief" and "Red River Blue."

Swift was at 11th, up 4, with "Speak Now." Brad Paisley was at 12, up 7, with "This is Country Music." Zac Brown Band's "You Get What You Give" was up 4 to 13. Joe Nichols debuted at 19 with "It's All Good." Kenny Chesney jumped 7 to 22 with "Hemingway's Whiskey." Sara Evans moved up 6 to 30 with "Stronger."

Rascal Flatts debuted at 32 with "The Best of Rascal Flatts Live." Sugarland was a big mover with "The Incredible Machine" skyrocketing from 49 to 33. Thompson Square's self-titled debut was up 10 to 38. Josh Gracin debuted at 39 with "Redemption." "Icon 2: George Strait" debuted at 40.

On the bluegrass chart, Yo-Yo Ma/Stuart Duncan/Edgar Meyer/Chris Thile were first with "The Goat Rodeo Sessions." Alison Krauss & Union Station stayed second with "Paper Airplane" with The Isaacs up one to third with "Why Can't We." "Rare Bird Alert" from Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, was fourth with Mark O'Connor debuting in fifth with "An Appalachian Christmas."

On the Billboard Top 200, Lambert was 11th, McCreery 14th, Lady A 17th, Aldean 20th and Keith 24th.

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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: 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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