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Urban, FGL lead Billboard charts

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 – Keith Urban debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Ripcord." Florida Georgia Line stayed atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending May 28 with "H.O.L.Y."

On the albums chart, Cole Swindell debuted in second with "You Should Be Here." Chris Stapleton's "Traveller," which was first last week, fell to third. Cyndi Lauper debuted in fourth with her country disc, "Detour." Joey + Rory held fifth with "Hymns."

Mary Chapin Carpenter debuted in eighth with "The Things That We Are Made Of." Carrie Underwood was at 21, up 3, with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1."

On the songs chart, Dierks Bentley was second again with "Somewhere on a Beach" with Tim McGraw third with "Humble and Kind." Blake Shelton went from eighth to fourth with "Came Here to Forget.' Thomas Rhett held fifth with "T-Shirt." Keith Urban was at 12 with "Wasted Time," up 4.

Shelton also debuted on the chart at 13 with "Go Ahead And Break My Heart," his song with girlfriend Gwen Stefani. Kelsea Ballerini was at 19 with "Peter Pan," up 4. Sam Hunt debuted at 21 with "Make You Miss Me." Urban closed out the top 25 with "The Fighter," his new song with Underwood.

On the Bluegrass Albums Chart, the Original Broadway Cast Recording of "Bright Star: A New Musical" from Steve Martin was first, one ahead of Mountain Heart's "Blue Skies" in its debut week. Punch Brothers were third with "The Phosphorescent Blues." The Del McCoury Band's "Del And Woody" was fourth, up six. Martin and Edie Brickell were in fifth with "So Familiar."

On the overall top 200, Urban was 4th, Swindell 6th, Stapleton 10th, Rhett 28th and Lauper 29th. The Country Albums and Top 200 charts use different criteria.

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Ripcord CD review - Ripcord
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 »»»
Anything Goes CD review - Anything Goes
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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... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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