Three country CDs make Billboard top 10
Sunday, May 15, 2016
– Three country discs are on the Billboard top 10 led by Keith Urban's "Ripcord."
Urban debuted in fourth with 106,000 units (93,000 in pure album sales). He did slightly better than 2013's "Fuse," which debuted at number 1 with 98,000 copies sold.
Cole Swindell's "You Should Be Here" debuted in sixth with 76,000 units and 65,000 copies sold. That surpassed his 2014 debut, which entered the charts at number 3 with 63,000 units sold.
Chris Stapleton closed out the top 10 with "Traveller," selling 31,000 units, down 2 percent.
Drake was first on the chart with "Views" moving 219,000 units in its second week out. Numbers include total track and sales equivalent albums.
The charts will be officially released on Tuesday.
Down Home Sessions III
Cole Swindell's third installment of the "Down Home Sessions" EP series is a relatable five-track thread that feels like bro country light; There's plenty of beer and bars, but only one truck song ("Chevrolet DJ"), and the narrative thread including failed pickup lines, first date jitters and jealousy can be interpreted as applicable to one girl and the early stages of a relationship rather than the gaggle. That being said, the overall texture is pop laden, »»»
Even though Keith Urban's single, "Wasted Time," borrows more than a little sonic sensibility from electronic music, there's still an upfront banjo solo. And this is how it's always been with Urban. He may play the part of the guitar hero at times, and even revealed his eclectic musical knowledge as a judge on American Idol, but Urban will always be a country boy at heart. And boyish good looks and talent have taken this country boy far, too.
The wonderfully titled »»»
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" »»»
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. »»»
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