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Strait, FGL lead charts

Thursday, May 23, 2013 – George Strait topped the Country Albums chart for the week ending June 1 with "Love Is Everything." Florida Georgia Line yet again led the Hot Country Songs chart with Cruise.

Strait displaced Lady Antebellum's "Golden," which fell to second. "Annie Up" from Pistol Annies was third. Blake Shelton was fourth with "Based on a True Story..." and Kenny Chesney fifth with "Life on a Rock."

Trace Adkins debuted in sixth with "Love Will..." Jason Boland and the Stragglers debuted at 25 with "Dark & Dirty Mile." Katie Armiger jumped from 54 to 38 with "Fall Into Me."

On the songs chart, Shelton was second with Boys 'Round Here, switching spots with Darius Rucker's Wagon Wheel. Tim McGraw remained fourth with Highway Don't Care with Taylor Swift and Florida Georgia Line still fifth with Get Your Shine On. Strait was seventh, up three, with Give It All We Got Tonight.

Jake Owen moved up 4 to 13 with Anywhere With You. Randy Houser jumped 6 to 18 with Runnin' Outta Moonlight. Zac Brown Band went from 26 to 23 with Jump Right In. Keith Urban debuted at 24 with Little Bit of Everything. Easton Corbin closed out the top 25 with All Over the Road, climbing 2 spots.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell continued in first with "Love Has Come For You." Steven Curtis Chapman was second with "Deep Roots," Dailey & Vincent third with "Brothers of the Highway," Old Crow Medicine Show fourth with "Carry Me Back" and Trampled by Turtles fifth with "Stars and Satellites."

On the overall top 200, Strait was second to Vampire Weekend's "Modern Vampires of the City." Lady Antebellum was fifth, Pistol Annies 9th, Shelton 10th and Chesney 13th.

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recording front. This surprise release shows an artist now in his early 60s completely capable of being the leading voice for his brand of country music, which is increasingly rare these days. Strait always has enjoyed a voice that resonates and is dexterous depending on the style. And the Texan sticks with the types of styles that brought him to the top - traditional country ("Let It Go," "Goin' Goin' Gone"), Texas swing ("It Takes All Kinds") and Zydeco »»»
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George Strait has been one of the most dependable country music stars for three decades. In this day and age, the Texan is a certifiable throwback. He's low key, not a self-promoter. All's he has done is churn out hit after hit for decade after decade. He has not been the kind of artist who put his finger up in the air either or trading his cowboy hat for a baseball cap. When looking up the definition of traditional country, George Strait sits at the top. Strait tackles 20 songs on »»»
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: The Head and the Heart go beyond the nah nahs – "Nah nah," "la la" and "Wee oh" populated a number of songs from The Head and the Heart. Yes, the Seattle-based band does pen a good amount of sing-along songs that were clearly designed that way. And while that style can certainly engage and energize a crowd, there was more to that from the sextet.... »»»
Concert Review: Underwood leads a night of women in country – Carrie Underwood may have been off the road for three years, during which time she had two boys and did not release an album until "Cry Pretty" 13 months ago, but the most successful American Idol contestant has lost none of her vocal luster to say the least in her Cry Pretty 360 Tour. First and foremost, Underwood remains one tremendous... »»»
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