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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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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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