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Rhett, Stapleton lead charts

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 – Thomas Rhett is staying happy because "Die a Happy Man" again tops the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Chris Stapleton took back the top spot on the Top Country Albums chart with "Traveller" for the week ending Dec. 26, switching spots with Carrie Underwood's "Storyteller," which fell to second.

Luke Bryan was third on the albums chart with "Kill the Lights," up three. Eric Church remained fourth with "Mr. Misunderstood." Blake Shelton held fifth with "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits."

LeAnn Rimes' "Today is Christmas" stood at nine, up eight. Elvis Presley "Elvis: Ultimate Christmas" moved up 3 spots to 11. Jessie James Decker is back with "This Christmas" as the EP debuted at 16. One spot back was "Nashville: The Music of Nashville, Season 4, Volume 1." Underwood closed out the top 25 with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1," up 3.

Sam Hunt remained second on the songs chart with "Break Up in a Small Town." Cam's hit, "Burning House," inched up a spot to third. Shelton was fourth with "Gonna," one ahead of Chris Young's "I'm Comin' Over."

Bryan vaulted from 14 to 8 with "Home Alone Tonight," a song he recorded with Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild. Jana Kramer broke into the top 10 with "I Got the Boy" at 10.

Randy Houser stood at 19 with "We Went," up 3. Keith Urban's "Break On Me." Was in 22nd, up 4. The Voice contestant Emily Ann Roberts debuted at 25 with "9 to 5."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell remained first with "So Familiar." Found Wandering was second with "On a Christmas Night." Punch Brothers were third with "The Wireless" EP and fourth with "The Phosphorescent Blues." Rhonda Vincent was fifth with "Christmas Time."

On the overall top 200, Stapleton was 9th, Underwood 20th, Bryan 23rd, Hunt 24th and Rhett 27th. The top 200 and country albums chart use different criteria.

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Thomas Rhett references mangoritas, Coldplay and verified Instagram accounts on his third album, and for some, that may be a deal-breaker. His ultra-contemporary style and pop culture smarts may be anathema for fans of traditional country. However, writing Rhett off by stamping a cowboy boot and hollering "That ain't country!" writes off some truly standout songs - created by combining the best elements of country and pop music. Take the sophisticated songwriting of country and the »»»
Tangled Up CD review - Tangled Up
Thomas Rhett picks up where he left off on his 2013 debut, "It Goes Like This," which netted three chart toppers. Rhett would be hard to categorize as country, although in the big tent philosophy of what passes these days, country serves more as a marketing niche. He's more soul, funk and hip hop than country. His catchy, bouncy "Crash and Burn," another number one song, is squarely soulful pop with a few small sonic tweaks (whistles, backing "uhs" near the end) »»»
It Goes Like This CD review - It Goes Like This
Thomas Rhett has enjoyed a strong pedigree as a hit songwriter at the tender age of 23. After all, he has helped pen Jason Aldean's 1994,Parking Lot Party by Lee Brice and Round Here by Florida Georgia Line. Not to mention having a father, Rhett Atkins, who has enjoyed both a career as a recording artist and a hit songwriter himself (he also helped write five of the dozen songs). So, it should come as no surprise that Rhett shares a lot of the same clichés as those he has written hits for. »»»
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: Cantrell continues to satisfy – Laura Cantrell may never be a country star. Not at this stage of her career when she's 50, touring here and there and releasing new music every few years or so. But five albums in, Cantrell continues as a warm, enjoyable and worthy purveyor of her brand of country. That would mean going towards a more traditional side, not rushing the songs... »»»
Concert Review: Not only is Turner traditional, he's popular – Every time Josh Turner reached for some of those wonderful subterranean low notes, which he often pulled out during his enjoyable night show, it was like a superhero applying a superpower. He didn't need this extra advantage to please his audience; he has so many quality songs stockpiled in his catalogue already doing the job.... »»»
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