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Swindell, Stapleton lead charts

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 – Chris Stapleton and Cole Swindell lead the Billboard country charts for the week ending April 16. Stapleton's "Traveller" tops the Top Country Albums chart, while Swindell led the Hot Country Songs chart with "You Should Be Here."

Brett Eldredge stayed second on the songs chart with "Drunk On Your Love." Dierks Bentley climbed from sixth to third with "Somewhere on a Beach." Tim McGraw remained fourth with "Humble and Kind," one ahead of Thomas Rhett's "Die a Happy Man," Blake Shelton jumped from 11 to 6 with "Came Here to Forget."

Lee Brice was at 13, up 4, with "That Don't Sound Like You." Kenny Chesney was the big mover of the week with his new single "Noise" skyrocketing from 33 to 14.

Stapleton took over the top of the chart from "Hymns" by Joey + Rory, which fell to second. Sam Hunt went from seventh to fourth with "Montevallo." Rhett was fourth with "Tangled Up," up five. Loretta Lynn moved from eighth to fifth with "Full Circle." Carrie Underwood was up four to sixth with "Storyteller" and Luke Bryan up four to seventh with "Kill the Lights." Tim McGraw's "Damn Country Music" moved from 12th to 8th. Traditional country singer Margo Price debuted in 10th with "Midwest Farmer's Daughter."

Eric Church's "Mr. Misunderstood" was at 11, up 6. Chris Young's "I'm Comin' Over" stood at 15, up 4. Old Dominion was up 5 to 16 with "Meat And Candy." Kelsea Ballerini climbed 12 to 18 with "The First Time." Eldredge's "Illinois" was at 19, up 5.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell were first again with "So Familiar." The Willis Clan's "Chapter Two - Boots" was up 10 to second. Josh Williams debuted in third with "Modern Day Man." Sierra Hull's "Weighted Mind" was fourth. Finnish band Steve 'N' Seagulls debuted in fourth with "Farm Machine."

On the overall top 200, Stapleton was 8th, Joey + Rory 18th, Hunt 29th, Rhett 31st and Bryan 59th. The top 200 and country album charts use different criteria.

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You Should Be Here CD review - You Should Be Here
Good ole Georgia boy Cole Swindell, whose debut yielded three chart toppers, doesn't suffer from the soph slump here, but that's mainly because Swindell doesn't stray all that far from the formula that yielded "Hey Y'all" and "Chillin' It" and "Hope You Get Lonely Tonight." If looking for Swindell to go deep, don't. Not with songs like "Party Wasn't Over" or the opener with Dierks Bentley aboard on "Flatliner" »»»
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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... »»»
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