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Rhett, Stapleton again top charts

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 – Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton once again are leading the Billboard country songs and albums charts. Rhett is first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Die a Happy Man" and Stapleton number one on the Top Country Albums chart with "Traveller" for the week ending Jan. 2, 2016

Cam debuted in second on the albums chart with "Untamed." Carrie Underwood was a spot back with "Storyteller." Luke Bryan's "Kill the Lights" was fourth. Sam Hunt held fifth with "Montevallo."

Zac Brown Band was up 3 to 16 with "Jekyll + Hyde." The compilation "NOW That's What I Call Country, Vol. 8" was up 5 to 21. Jon Langston debuted at 25 with a self-titled EP.

Cam was also second on the songs chart with "Burning House." Hunt switched spots with Cam was third this week with "Break Up in a Small Town." The Voice contestant Emily Ann Roberts was fourth with Cam's "Burning House." Brothers Osborne held fifth with "Stay a Little Longer."

Cole Swindell debuted in 10th with "You Should Be Here," which was just released. Roberts was also at 19 on the chart with "Islands in the Stream" with Black Shelton, a judge on The Voice, helping out.

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell continued dominating the Bluegrass Albums chart with "So Familiar." Rhonda Vincent was up three to second with "Christmas Time." Punch Brothers' EP "The Wireless" stayed third, and the group also was fourth with "The Phosphorescent Blues." Steep Canyon Rangers were fifth with "Radio," up four.

On the overall Hot 200, Stapleton was 6th, Cam 12th, Hunt 19th, Underwood 21st and Bryan 22nd. The top 200 and country albums charts utilized different methods.

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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: 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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