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Bryan, Eldredge top charts

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 – Luke Bryan ended the reign of Sam Hunt atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. "Strip It Down" is first for the week ending Oct. 3 with Hunt's "House Party" dropping to fourth. Brett Eldredge topped the Country Albums chart with "Illinois," his second disc.

Bryan was second on the albums chart with "Kill the Lights." Hunt was third with "Montevallo," Zac Brown Band fourth with "Jekyll + Hyde" and Eric Church fifth with "The Outsiders." Kacey Musgraves moved up 4 to 13 with "Pageant Material." Kelsea Ballerini was at 20, up 4, with "The First Time."

Old Dominion broke into the top 10 with "Break Up With Him" at 10, up 2. Blake Shelton was at 18 with "Gonna," up 3. Tim McGraw also was up third - at 22 - with "Top of the World." Ballerini closed out the top 25 with her new single "Dibs," up 1.

Steep Canyon Rangers was first on the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Radio." Dailey & Vincent were second with "Alive! In Concert." The SteelDrivers held third with "The Muscle Shoals Recordings," Punch Brother fourth with "The Phosphorescent Blues" and Ralph Stanley fifth with "Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow."

On the overall top 200, Eldredge was 3rd, Bryan 6th, Hunt 15th, Zac Brown Band 37th and Florida Georgia Line 40th. The top 200 and country albums charts use different criteria.

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Kill the Lights CD review - Kill the Lights
When Luke Bryan announces, "I've got that music for your ear" during the single "Kick the Dust Up," listeners should know right off this is not a collection of sounds for every ear. It's targeted toward the young and reckless set instead, where consequences don't seem to matter. There's no better example of this loose approach than the revenge sex expressed through a duet with Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild on "Home Alone Tonight," where »»»
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: Lambert refuses to rest on laurels – Watching this stop on Miranda Lambert's "Livin' Like Hippies Tour," one is struck by just how many great songs the country singer/songwriter already has in her repertoire. With most artists, it's relatively easy to guess which song a performer will choose to close a show. But Lambert has so many winners to pick from, many... »»»
Concert Review: DBT rocks on – Drive-By Truckers still sometimes get miscategorized as alt.-country, but who's kidding whom? With three electric guitarists upfront exchanging hard rock licks all night, this is a blistering Southern rock band. Hitting the stage just before 10, the band played a satisfying 2-hour-plus set. At 11:40, Patterson Hood announced the band would be... »»»
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