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Hunt leads chart, Underwood stays atop another

Thursday, January 22, 2015 – Carrie Underwood likes whatever is in the water because she remains first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Jan. 31 with "Something in the Water." Sam Hunt was first on the albums chart with "Montevallo."

Luke Bryan is second on the songs chart with "I See You," one ahead of Eric Church's "Talladega." The biggest mover by far is "Homegrown" from Zac Brown Band, which shot up from 41 to 4. Florida Georgia Line remains fifth with "Sun Daze."

Dierks Bentley was up 3 to 22 with "Say You Do." Lady Antebellum's "Freestyle" reached 24, up 3. Little Big Town closed out the top 25 with "Girl Crush," up 5.

Hunt took over from Garth Brooks "Man Against Machine," which slipped to second, on the albums chart. Jason Aldean was third with "Old Boots, New Dirt." Underwood held fourth with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1." Florida Georgia Line was fifth with "Anything Goes."

RaeLynn debuted in seventh with her EP "Me." Chase Rice jumped eight to eighth with "Ignite the Night. Code Canada and the Departed debuted in ninth with "Hippielovepunk." The rest of the op 25 did not show much movement.

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn were back in first on the Bluegrass Albums chart with their self-titled disc. They switched spots with "Nickel Creek's "A Dotted Line," which fell to second. The Earls of Leicester were third with their self-titled release. The Devil Makes Three were fourth with "I'm a Stranger Here." The Isaac's "The Living Years" were fifth.

On the overall top 200, Montevallo was 13th, Underwood 18th, Aldean 21st, Bryan 26th and Florida Georgia Line 27th.

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Sam Hunt is riding the country charts with "Leave the Night On," a rather surprising occurrence considering that the Georgia native has extremely little to do with what remotely constitutes country music on this four song EP. Hunt has gained some acclaim as a song writer, having penned Kenny Chesney's "Come Over," Keith Urban's "Cop Car" and Billy Currington's "We Are Tonight." Hunt fits in perhaps only because of the crossover sounds »»»
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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