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Another week at the top for Rhett, Stapleton

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 – The Billboard domination by Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton continues at least through the Feb. 13 chart out today. Rhett again tops the Hot Country Songs chart with "Die a Happy Man," while Stapleton leads the Top Country Albums chart with "Traveller."

On the albums chart, Hank Williams Jr. remained second with "It's About Time." Blake Shelton was third with "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits." Sam Hunt's "Montevallo' was third and Brothers Osborne fell to fifth with "Pawn Shop" after debuting in third last week.

Eric Church was eighth with "Mr. Misunderstood," up three. Don Henley was at 13 with "Cass County," up 5. George Strait also was up 5, to 18, with "Cold Beer Conversation." Carrie Underwood was 22nd with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1," up 7. Brantley Gilbert' "Just As I Am" was moved up 3 to 23, one ahead of Maren Morris' self-titled EP, which had been 31st.

Hunt was again second on the songs chart with "Break Up in a Small Town." Luke Bryan remained third with "Home Alone Tonight" with Karen Fairchild and Brothers Osborne held fourth again with "Stay a Little Longer." Granger Smith was in fifth with "Backroad Song."

Cole Swindell was up five to seventh with "You Should Be Here." "Confession" from Florida Georgia Line moved up 3 to 12. Randy Houser's "We Went" placed 13th, up 5. Rascal Flatts' "I Like the Sound of That" was up 5 to 16. Morris' single, "My Church," jumped 10 to 17. Tim McGraw had the biggest moving song as "Humble And Kind" skyrocketed 26 to 19. "Dierks Bentley was at 20 with "Somewhere on a Beach, up 6. Chris Young's duet with Cassadee Pope, "Think of You" was a big gainer, going from 37 to 22.

The Bluegrass Albums chart again was led by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell with "So Familiar." The "Jackie & Ryan" soundtrack held second. The SteelDrivers' "The Muscle Shoals Recordings" was third. "Appalachian Bluegrass Collection: Power Picks 80 Classics" debuted in fourth one ahead of another compilation, "Bluegrass Gems."

On the overall top 200, Stapleton was 7th, Hunt 21st, Rhett 31st with "Tangled Up," Shelton 35th and Bryan 45th with "Kill the Lights." The top 200 and country albums charts use different criteria.

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Life Changes CD review - Life Changes
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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) »»»
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: Lane, Ramsey, Barrett cover their bases – Covers played a far more prominent role than usual at a country show. And instead of what is typically the least course of resistance in recent years of country artists succumbing to their renditions of a rock hit, Chris Lane, Mason Ramsey and Gabby Barrett played songs that actually were country hits. Interestingly, the youngest of the bunch, Ramsey,... »»»
Concert Review: Mumford and Sons up to snuff, for the most part – Mumford and Sons have always played it smart when it has come to career moves. They have not overtoured by becoming regular fixtures on the touring circuit. Their M.O. is to tour just enough upon an album release and then disappear for a stretch. Ditto for releasing new music ("Delta" just came out last month, Mumford's first release... »»»
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