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Parton debuts atop Billboard

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 – Dolly Parton debuted atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with her new release "Pure & Simple" for the week ending Sept. 10. Florida Georgia Line stayed atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with"H.O.L.Y."

Kelsea Ballerini stayed second on the chart with "Peter Pan." Sam Hunt was third with "Make You Miss Me," exchanging places with Dan + Shay's "From the Ground Up." "Different for Girls" by Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King was again fifth.

Blake Shelton was up from 11 to 8 with "She's Got a Way With Words." Cole Swindell was at nine, up six, with "Middle of a Memory." Tucker Beathard's "Rock On" went from 18 to 13. William Michael Morgan jumped from 21 to 15 with "I Met a Girl." Luke Bryan also moved up 6 to 16 with "Move" and LoCash from 25 to 19 with "I Know Somebody." Brett Young went from 24 to 20 with "Sleep Without You." Brett Eldredge was a big mover with "Wanna Be That Song" at 23, up 7. Old Dominion is at 24 with "Song For Another Time," up 2. Maren Morris closed out the top 25 with her new single "80s Mercedes."

On the albums chart, Chris Stapleton was second with "Traveller." Texas artist debuted in third with "All Night Party," one ahead of Drake White's debut with "Spark." Last week's number one, Justin Moore, was fifth with "Kinda Don't Care."

Swindell was 10th with "You Should Be Here," up 4. Ballerini jumped from 19 to 12 with "The First Time." Carrie Underwood was up 9 to 14 with "Storyteller." Steven Tyler was at 17, up 8, with "We're All Somebody From Somewhere." Old Dominion stood at 21 with "Meat And Candy," up 5. Zac Brown Band's "Jekyll + Hyde" was up 6 to 23.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, The Stray Birds debuted in first with "Magic Fire." The Earls of Leicester were second with "Rattle & Roar." O'Connor Band with Mark O'Connor was third with "Coming Home," one ahead of last week's number one, "Undercurrent" from Sarah Jarosz. The compilation "Essential Bluegrass: 25 Classics" debuted in fifth.

On the Americana/Folk Albums chart, Parton was first, Stapleton second, Amos Lee third with "Spirit," ex-The Civil Wars member John Paul White fourth with "Beulah" and The Lumineers fifth with "Cleopatra."

On the overall top 200, Parton was 11th, Stapleton 14th, Shelton 22nd, Moore 29th and White 34th. The top 200 and country charts use different criteria.

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Pure & Simple CD review - Pure & Simple
Dolly Parton is no stranger to flash. Even before our modern country era, where many of the most successful artists rival contemporary pop stars for high profile image manipulation, Parton had the city girl look down pat (alas, without ever denying her Appalachian roots). However, this master songwriter has simply given us an album about as close to purity as one can get. The incredibly bright Parton is far from simple, however, so the "simple" in this album's title solely refers »»»
Blue Smoke CD review - Blue Smoke
Of all the songs you never expected Dolly Parton to cover, Bon Jovi's "Lay Your Hands on Me" has got to be near the top of the list. Although by the time Miley Cyrus's godmother gets through personalizing the song there's not enough of the original left to call it a cover - just a word or two here and there and the chorus, which for those of you who have forgotten this masterpiece of 80's hair metal is just the title of the song repeated almost enough times to make a »»»
Better Day CD review - Better Day
If Dolly Parton were to host a summer replacement daytime TV show, her new record album could very well be the soundtrack. It is so totally Dolly - an hour's worth of can-do, I'm-country-gol'-dang-it-but-don't-forget-I'm-Hollywood, yet never abandoning the singer-songwriter that's been her overriding trademark. It gets a little silly, which you expect from Dolly. In fact, the song she co-wrote with Mac Davis, Country Is as Country Does - gets a lot silly. »»»
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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