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Rhett, Stapleton stay first on Billboard

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 – Chris Stapleton and Thomas Rhett once again topped the Billboard Country Albums and Hot Country Songs chart with "Traveller" and "Die a Happy Man" respectively for the week ending Jan. 9, 2016.

Carrie Underwood was second on the albums chart with "Storyteller," one ahead of Luke Bryan's "Kill the Lights." Sam Hunt was fourth with "Montevallo." Blake Shelton was in fifth with "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits."

Underwood jumped from 23 to 9 with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1." George Strait was up 3 to 10 with "Cold Beer Conversation." Little Big Town also was up 3, to 12, with "Pain Killer."

Brantley Gilbert was at 24 with "Just As I Am," up 4. Kelsea Ballerini closed out the top 25 with "The First Time," up 7.

On the songs chart, Rhett was followed by Hunt's "Break Up in a Small Town," who switched spots with Cam's "Burning House." Bryan was fourth with "Home Alone Tonight," featuring Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town, up three. Chris Young was fifth with "I'm Comin' Over." Chris Janson was 18th with "Buy Me a Boat," up 4.

Jana Kramer broke into the top 10 with "I Got the Boy" in eighth, up three. Eric Church was at 17 with "Mr. Misunderstood," up 5. Stapleton was 20th with "Tennessee Whiskey," which moved up 3. Florida Georgia Line stood in 22nd with "Confession," up 4. Underwood also was up 4, to 23, with "Heartbeat."

Steve Martin & Edie Brickell remained atop the Bluegrass Albums chart with "So Familiar." Punch Brothers were second with "The Phosphorescent Blues" and third with "The Wireless" EP. The "Bluegrass Gems" compilation was fourth, up four. Rhonda Vincent's "Christmas Time" was fifth.

On the overall top 200, Stapleton was 7th, Bryan 17th, Underwood 18th, Hunt 19th and Rhett 23rd. The country and top 200 reviews use different criteria.

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Life Changes CD review - Life Changes
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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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