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Another week at the top for Stapleton, Rhett

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 – Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton yet again led the Billboard country songs and albums chart, for the week ending Jan. 23, with "Die a Happy Man" and "Traveller" respectively.

Sam Hunt was second on the songs chart with "Break Up in a Small Town." Luke Bryan's "Home Alone Tonight" featuring Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town was third. Cam's hit, "Burning House," was fourth with Jason Aldean fifth with "Gonna Know We Were Here."

Granger Smith scored his first top 10 song with "Backroad Song," in 10th, up 4. Keith Urban's new hit, "Break On Me," climbed 5 to 13. Carrie Underwood was up 7 to 15 with "Heartbeat."

On the albums chart, Bryan was second with "Kill the Lights," Hunt third with "Montevallo," Underwood fourth with "Storyteller" and Rhett fifth with "Tangled Up."

George Strait went from 20 to 17 with "Cold Beer Conversation." Kelsea Ballerini stood in 19th with "The First Time," up 3. Jana Kramer moved from 27 to 21 with "Thirty One." Jason Isbell was up 4 to 24 with "Something More Than Free."

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell were again leading the Bluegrass Albums chart with "So Familiar." The "Jackie & Ryan" soundtrack was second. Punch Brothers were third with "The Phosphorescent Blues." "Bluegrass Gems," a compilation disc, went from seven to four. The SteelDrivers were in fifth with "The Muscle Shoals Recordings."

On the overall top 200 chart, Stapleton was 7th, Hunt 16th, Bryan 22nd, Rhett 28th and Underwood 38th.The country and top 200 charts use different criteria.

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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) »»»
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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: Three years late(r), wait for Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon was worth it – The album, "Solstice," coming out this Friday from Luther Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon, took "only" three years to be released by New West. The recording sessions were an outgrowth of a few friends getting together and recording music. Those friends would be folks like Birds of Chicago and Amy Helm (on the album,... »»»
Concert Review: Guthrie brings welcome vibe of sweetness – Before launching into "This Land is Your Land," Arlo Guthrie recalled how his father taught him this song when he was just eight or nine. His father, however, wasn't just any father, but the father of protest folk music, Woody Guthrie. Then when Arlo's daughter, Sarah Lee Guthrie, took the stage midway through the first half of the... »»»
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