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Bryan, Keith top charts

Thursday, January 26, 2012 – Luke Bryan reached the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Feb. 4 with I Don't Want This Night To End, displacing Drink In My Hand by Eric Church, which slipped to third. There was a new number one on the album chart as well. Toby Keith's "Clancy's Tavern" topped the chart," taking over from Lady Antebellum's "Own the Night," which was second.

Luke Bryan was third with "tailgates & tanlines." The Band Perry stayed fourth with its self-titled debut, while Jason Aldean kept the fifth spot with "My Kinda Party."

Taylor Swift jumped five to seventh with "Speak Now." Martina McBride debuted at 11 with "Hits And More," a greatest hits package with 3 new songs. "Icon: George Strait" was up 5 to 14. Laura Alaina climbed 6 to 17 with "Wildflower." George Strait was at 19, up 3, with "Here for a Good Time." "Life At Best" from Eli Young Band stood at 20th, up 4.

Rascal Flatts was 31st with "Nothing Like This," up 4. Texas artist Roger Creager debuted at 39 with "Surrender."

Chris Young was up one to second on the songs chart with You. All Your Life from The Band Perry was up two to fourth. Zac Brown Band was fifth with Keep Me In Mind. Dierks Bentley reached the top 10 with Home up 1 to 10.

Taylor Swift jumped 4 places to 13 with Ours. Miranda Lambert also was up 4, to 27, with Over You.

On the bluegrass album chart, the first four discs remained the same. Dailey & Vincent stayed first with "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent." "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" from Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile was second. Alison Krauss & Union Station was third with "Paper Airline." Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers were fourth with "Rare Bird Alert." The Issacs were up one to fifth with "Why Can't We."

On the overall top 200 album chart, Keith was 8th, up 14, Lady A 17th, Bryan, 18th, The Band Perry 22nd and Aldean 24th.

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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... »»»
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