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Lambert doubles up

Thursday, July 3, 2014 – Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood enjoyed a huge jump as "Somethin' Bad" went from 18 to the top of the Hot Country Songs chart on Billboard for the week ending July 12. Lambert also led the Top Country Albums chart with "Platinum" again first four weeks after its release.

Jake Owen was second on the songs chart with "Beachin'," while last week's chart topping "Play It Again" fell to third. "This is How We Roll" by Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan fell to fourth. Dierks Bentley was fifth with "Drunk on a Plane."

Kenny Chesney jumped from 17 to 6 with his new single "American Kids." Tim McGraw's "Meanwhile Back at Mama's," which features Faith Hill went from 16 to 13. Eric Paslay was at 19 with "Song About a Girl," up 3. Newcomer Sam Hunt was at 24 with "Leave the Night On," up 2.

On the albums chart, Brantley Gilbert was second with "Just as I Am" and Bryan third with "Crash My Party." Last week's number one "Band of Brothers" from Willie Nelson fell to fourth. "NOW That's What I Call Country: Volume 7" was fifth.

Frankie Ballard jumped from 32 to 19 with "Sunshine & Whiskey." The Band Perry went from 26 to 22 with "Pioneer."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, "A Dotted Line" from Nickel Creek again was first. Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell were second with "Live." Martin and Brickell were third with "Love Has Come For You." Alan Jackson held fourth with "The Bluegrass Album." Jonathan Widger, Sarah Moore, Randy Nichols were fifth with "Timeless Treasures: Bluegrass Gospel."

On the overall top 200, Lambert was 8th, Gilbert 12th, Bryan 20th, Nelson 23rd and "NOW" 25th.

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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: Daniels wears out bows, but music endures – After each of the first few songs Charlie Daniels played, his 'fiddle tech (?)' exchanged his bow. Is this because he was playing particularly hard? Perhaps. Whatever the case, Daniels and his five-piece band clearly appeared to be giving it their all during the act's hour-and-a-half set. As it is the Christmas month, Daniels sang a... »»»
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