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Aldean reclaims top

Thursday, January 8, 2015 – Jason Aldean reclaimed the top of the Billboard Country Albums chart with "Old Boots, New Dirt" for the week ending Jan. 17. On the Hot Country Songs chart, Carrie Underwood held onto first with "Something in the Water."

Aldean assumed the top of the albums chart from Garth Brooks "Man Against Machine," which slipped to fifth. Luke Bryan went from fifth to second with "Crash My Party." Carrie Underwood was in third with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1." Sam Hunt was up three to fourth with "Montevallo.

Eric Church jumped from 15 to 7 with "The Outsiders," the best selling country disc in the U.S. last year. Brantley Gilbert was 10th, up 3, with "Just As I Am."

Sturgill Simpson climbed from 22 to 15 with "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music." Cole Swindell's self-titled debut was at 18, up 3. Dustin Lynch stood at 21 with "Where It's At," up 5. Brett Eldredge also moved up 5, to 22, with "Bring You Back."

Tim McGraw was second on the songs chart with "Shotgun Rider," one ahead of Church's "Talladega." Florida Georgia Line held onto fourth again with "Sun Daze," while Bryan's "I See You" stayed fifth.

Blake Shelton moved from 12 to 7 with "Lonely Tonight," a song featuring Ashley Monroe. Aldean was ninth on the songs chart with "Just Getting' Started," up 4.

Kenny Chesney jumped from 17 to 11 with "Til It's Gone." Parmalee's "Close Your Eyes" was up 5 to 15. Eldredge was one behind with "Mean To Me," up three. Jake Owen was at 23 with "What We Ain't Got " up 3. Chase Bryant closed out the top 25 with "Take It On Back," up 3.

On the bluegrass chart, Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck were again first with their self titled debut. Nickel Creek held onto second with "A Dotted Line." The Earls of Leicester were third with its self-titled release. Greensky Bluegrass jumped from ninth to fourth with "If Sorrows Swim." Alan Jackson closed out the top five with "The Bluegrass Album."

On the overall top 200 chart, Bryan was 13th, Underwood 15th, Aldean 17th (this chart and the country albums chart are calculated differently), Hunt 19th and Florida Georgia Line 23rd.

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Old Boots, New Dirt CD review - Old Boots, New Dirt
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Night Train CD review - Night Train
Jason Aldean is getting used to the view from the top. His last album "My Kinda Party" spawned 5 Top 10 singles and has charted for almost 2 years. Driven by rocking country coupled with rap and a power ballad, that album seemed to rise to the top of the charts organically. With his fifth release, "Night Train," he seems to be taking dead aim at the summit. Aldean is at his best as a studly outlaw, but the majority of the material on "Night Train" is clichéd »»»
My Kinda Party CD review - My Kinda Party
Jason Aldean covers plenty of familiar ground in his latest offering, moving with ease from tanned-leg Georgia dreams to square cornfields to a fairly even mix of church pews and bar stools. If anything, the album is a bit too seamless, one song melding into the next, the words on many evaporating into thin air. But it all adds up to a very good time - exactly what you'd hope for with an album with "party" in its title. Don't Wanna Stay , a duet with Kelly Clarkson (of all »»»
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: 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... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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