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Owen scores career high

Sunday, August 7, 2016 – Jake Owen leads a total of three country albums on the Billboard top 10 in a preliminary chart released on Sunday. Owen's "American Love" was the fourth best selling disc in the U.S. this week with 35,000 units.

Of that total, 29,000 were in traditional album sales. Owen's previous high was in 2011 when "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" was sixth with 55,000 units sold in its first week.

Blake Shelton's "If I'm Honest" jumped from 24 to 9 with 28,000 units, up 88 percent. The huge jump was mainly due to a 99-cent sale in the Google Play store.

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott led Hillary Scott & The Scott Family's "Love Remains" to seventh on the chart with 31,000 units (28,000 in traditional album sales). Scott was second on the Top Country Albums and first on the Top Christian Albums charts.

DJ Khaled led the charts with "Major Key," selling 95,000 units.

Billboard releases the full charts on Tuesday.

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American Love CD review - American Love
Most everyone has made up their mind on bro-country music. Maybe you love the breezy images of the beach dippin' and sippin' lifestyle, or you write it off as empty headed and repetitive. Either way, Florida native Jake Owen was a torchbearer for the genre, and it's rewarded him well - four albums and five Number One singles (remember "Beachin"?). His career has been on a more-or-less upward arc, with higher-profile tours and bigger hits each time out. »»»
Days of Gold CD review - Days of Gold
Jake Owen aims to satisfy all comers (that is, if the current country is your thing), but the individual pieces don't quite add up. The songs may stand up on their own well enough, but when all is said and done, Owen remains an artist without much of an identity or sound. Take, for example, Beachin', one of countless country songs about the good life. Like many of his counterparts these days, there's a spoken, neo hip hop rap part to it. The song is breezy, on the catchy side, but »»»
Endless Summer EP
Jake Owen has been described by some as an artist who has evaded the prototypical country music playbook. And while that may be true, on his "Endless Summer" EP, coaxing a bit more life out of his summer tour with Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney, the artist openly embraces the classic summer music formula, offering up airy, catchy jams that will remind you of cool breezes and warm waters. Owen chooses to bookend his taste of summer EP with two classic road songs, the first of which being »»»
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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