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Lambert regains top spot

Thursday, September 11, 2014 – Jason Aldean again led the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Burnin' It Down" for the week ending Sept. 20. So did Miranda Lambert with "Platinum," but her released jumped from seventh to first. Lambert first led the charts when the disc came out in June.

Lambert displaced Brad Paisley's "Moonshine in the Trunk," which fell to second. Luke Bryan was third with "Crash My Party. Frank Foster debuted in fourth with "Rhythm and Whiskey." Chase Rice was fifth with "Ignite the Night."

Brooks was also 24th on the chart with his collection "Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences," which was up 9.

On the songs chart, Florida Georgia Line held second with "Dirt." Kenny Chesney and Lady Antebellum stayed second and third with "American Kids" and "Bartender" respectively. Bryan was up two to fifth with "Roller Coaster." Lambert and Carrie Underwood's "Somethin' Bad" broke into the top 10 - at 10 - up 1.

Blake Shelton stood at 13 with "Neon Light," up 4. Aldean also debuted at 17 with "Sweet Little Somethin'." Closing out the top 25 was Garth Brooks who released his first single, "People Loving People," from his upcoming disc last week.

Nickel Creek rests atop the Bluegrass Albums chart yet again with "A Dotted Line." The Roys debuted in second with "The View," one ahead of Alan Jackson's "The Bluegrass Album." Breaking Grass debuted in fourth with "Just As Strong." Jonathan Widger, Sarah Moore, Randy Nichols were fifth with "Timeless Treasures: Bluegrass Gospel."

The overall top 200, Lambert was 13th, Paisley 14th, Bryan 16th, Foster 21st and Rice 23rd.

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Revolution CD review - Revolution
Every once in a while an album comes along that restores your faith in mainstream country music. Miranda Lambert's "Revolution" is just such a recording. It's not revolutionary, as the title might suggest. Instead, this CD is chock full of topnotch songs that are both memorable and sincere and never sound slick or overproduced. (Come to think of it, such old school values as these may in fact be revolutionary around Nashville). Lambert vocalizes a bit like a little girl at »»»
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend CD review - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
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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: 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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