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Underwood stands alone in top 10

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 – Carrie Underwood will have the only country disc in the Billboard top 10 when it is released Thursday. "Blown Away" was up from eighth to fifth with 289,000 units sold, up 7 percent.

On the Digital Songs chart, Taylor Swift once again was first for the fourth straight week, and she also had the number two song. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, was first with 284,000 (up 12 percent). Swift's charity single, Ronan, debuted in second with 211,000 units. The song was released on Friday, Sept. 7 following her performance on the TV benefit special "Stand Up to Cancer."

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: Stapleton shows his traditional roots – Chris Stapleton's All-American Road show feels like a singular mission to rid the genre of the bro country scourge that has plagued it for years. He came out with a blazing one-two punch of "Second One To Know" and "Without Your Love" and packed a stadium sized onslaught into a 9,000-seat arena. He never once veered from his... »»»
Concert Review: Jinks wins over fans, especially new ones – Cody Jinks asked the crowd a bit into his show how many had never seen him before. It seemed like Jinks has made a lot of musical inroads into the public's consciousness because roughly three quarters of the audience raised their hands to show that this was their first time. That probably made Jinks feel pretty darn good about how life has been... »»»