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LBT, ZBB lead Billboard charts

Thursday, June 25, 2015 – Little Big Town's stranglehold on the number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart continues for the week ending July 4 with "Girl Crush." "Jekyll + Hyde" by Zac Brown Band regained the top spot on the Top Country Albums chart.

Sam Hunt was second on the songs chart with "Take Your Time." In fact, the top six spots remained the same as last week with Luke Bryan third with "Kick the Dust Up," Blake Shelton fourth with "Sangria" and Kelsea Ballerini fifth with "Love Me Like You Mean It." Carrie Underwood held the sixth spot with "Little Toy Guns."

Hunt enjoyed a second single in the top 10 as well with "House Party" in eight, up eight. New artist Canaan Smith broke into the top 10 - at 10 - with "Love You Like That," up 1. Tim McGraw was at 11 with "Diamond Rings And Old Barstools," up 4. Zac Brown Band stood at 16 with "Loving You Easy," up 3.

On the albums chart, last week's leader, "NOW That's What I Call Country, Volume 8" slipped from first to second. Hunt was third with "Montevallo." Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard were fourth with "Django And Jimmie," Little Big Town was fifth with "Pain Killer," up three.

McGraw debuted in eighth with " 35 Biggest Hits." Rapper Big Smo debuted at 12 with "Bringin It Home," an EP. Hank Williams Jr. debuted at 16 with "35 Biggest Hits."

The SteelDrivers debuted in first on the Bluegrass Albums chart with "The Muscle Shoals Recordings." Last week's number one, "Alive! In Concert" fell to second. Yonder Mountain String Band debuted in third with "Black Sheep." The Lonesome Trio's self-titled debut was fourth with The Willis Clan fifth with "Chapter Two - Boots."

On the top 200 chart, Hunt was 6th, Zac Brown Band 11th, Little Big Town 21st, NOW 24th and Eric Church 33rd with "The Outsiders." The Top 200 and Top Country Albums chart utilize different criteria.

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Pain Killer CD review - Pain Killer
For some, listening to Little Big Town will be an act of searching for something at least half as catchy as "Pontoon," yet without success. Whenever a group creates such a fantastically memorable single, the prospect of following it up successfully can be a bit of a handicap. With that said, though, "Pain Killer" is a pretty good pop-country album, as pop-country albums go. Although Little Big Town has never been known to be rockers, the rollicking "Save Your Sin" »»»
Tornado CD review - Tornado
When the chorus to Leavin' in Your Eyes kicks in with some lovely layered vocals, it's tempting to compare Little Big Town to Fleetwood Mac. After better sense kicks in, though, it's more reasonable to categorize LBT as Fleetwood Mac-lite, at best. All that '70s cocaine and infidelity made Fleetwood Mac so much darker than anything modern day Nashville could ever produce. To its credit, though, Fleetwood Mac could never produce anything nearly as catchy as Pontoon, easily the »»»
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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