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"Forever Country," Bryan lead Billboard

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 – "Forever Country," the song released by a bevy of singers in conjunction with the Country Music Association's golden anniversary, is first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Oct. 15. Luke Bryan led the Top Country Albums chart with "Farm Tour: Here's to the Farmer," an EP.

Kenny Chesney remained second with "Setting the World on Fire," which features Pink. Billy Currington was up two to third with "It Don't Hurt Like It Used To." Florida Georgia Line's megahit, "H.O.L.Y." was fourth. Keith Urban climbed from eighth to fifth with "Blue Ain't Your Color."

Bryan was ninth with "Move," up three. So was Old Dominion, whose "Song For Another Time" was at 16. Maren Morris' "80s Mercedes" was up 5 to 17. Brett Eldredge jumped 6 to 18 with "Wanna Be That Strong." Big & Rich moved from 26 to 19 with "Lovin' Lately," which features Tim McGraw. McGraw himself was one back with "How I'll Always Be," up 5.

Chris Stapleton was at 21 with "Parachute," up 6. Drake White's "Livin' the Dream" was 22nd, up 6. Carrie Underwood also was up 6, to 22 with "Dirty Laundry." Brothers Osborne closed out the top 15 with "21 Summer," up 5.

On the albums chart, Jason Aldean was second with "They Don't Know." Florida Georgia Line's "Dig Your Roots" remained third. Last week's chart topper, "Sinner" from Aaron Lewis, fell to fourth. Stapleton closed out the top 5 with "Traveller."

Dwight Yoakam debuted in sixth with his bluegrass disc, "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars..." Bradley Walker debuted in ninth with "Call Me Old-fashioned." Reckless Kelly debuted at 12 with "Sunset Motel."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Yoakam debuted in first. Walker was second with Greensky Bluegrass debuting in third with "Shouted, Written Down & Quoted." The Devil Makes Three fell from first to fourth with "Redemption & Ruin." Sarah Jarosz was fifth with "Undercurrent."

On the Americana/Folk Albums chart, Stapleton was first followed by Yoakam in second. Passenger was third with "Young as the Morning Old As the Sea." Dolly Parton held fourth with "Pure & Simple," one ahead of Kaleo's "A/B."

On the overall top 200, Bryan was 4th, Aldean 8th, FGL 11th, Stapleton 26th and Urban 40th. The top 200 and country albums charts use different criteria.

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Kill the Lights CD review - Kill the Lights
When Luke Bryan announces, "I've got that music for your ear" during the single "Kick the Dust Up," listeners should know right off this is not a collection of sounds for every ear. It's targeted toward the young and reckless set instead, where consequences don't seem to matter. There's no better example of this loose approach than the revenge sex expressed through a duet with Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild on "Home Alone Tonight," where »»»
Spring Break...Checkin Out CD review - Spring Break...Checkin Out
The funky keyboard line that introduces the song "Checkin' Out," with its Ray Charles soulful feel, fills the listener with false promise that "Spring Break...Checkin' Out," the latest and last in Luke Bryan's spring break EP series, might mark a more innovative direction in the bro country star's music. The song even includes a wonderful acoustic guitar solo that gives it a loose, freewheeling feel. Unfortunately, this singer is far too aware of which side »»»
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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