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Aldean, Chesney lead Billboard charts

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 – Jason Aldean's "They Don't Know" topped the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending Oct. 29. Kenny Chesney was first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Setting the World on Fire," featuring Pink.

Chris Stapleton was second on the albums chart with "Traveller." Florida Georgia Line was third with "Dig Your Roots." Keith Urban placed fourth with "Ripcord" and Dolly Parton fifth with "Pure & Simple."

Blake Shelton moved from ninth to sixth with "If I'm Honest." Mo Pitney debuted in 10th with his debut "Behind This Guitar." Tucker Beathard debuted at 14 with his "Fight Like Hell" EP. Brett Cobb's "Shine on Rainy Day" entered the chart at 17. Newcomer Buddy Brown was 22nd on his first week on the chart with "I Call BS On That" EP.

Urban was second on the songs chart with "Blue Ain't Your Color." Cole Swindell was third with "Middle of a Memory." LoCash went from seventh to fourth with "I Know Somebody." Billy Currington came in fifth with "It Don't Hurt Like It Used To."

Alden was ninth with "A Little More Summertime," up 3. Brett Young also climbed 3, to 11 with "Sleep Without You." Brad Paisley's "Today" was the biggest mover, jumping from 49th to 12th. Carrie Underwood was at 18, up 5, with "Dirty Laundry."

Drake White stood at 21 with "Livin' The Dream," up 3. Eric Church was at 23 with "Kill a Word," up 5. The song features Rhiannon Giddens. Lauren Alaina is in the top 25 - at 25 - with "Road Less Traveled," up 2.

On the Bluegrass Albums Chart, Dwight Yoakam was first with "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars..." Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, first last week, was second with "Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years, Live at the Ryman Auditorium, TN." Bradley Walker was third with "Call Me Old-fashioned." Mandolin Orange held fifth with "Blindfaller." The Devil Makes Three was fifth with "Redemption & Ruin." Nothin' Fancy debuted in sixth with "Where I Came From."

On the Americana/Folk Albums chart, Bon Iver was again first with "22, A Million." Van Morrison was second with "Keep Me Singing," Stapleton third with "Traveller," Shovels & Rope fourth with "Little Seeds" and Bob Weird fifth with "Blue Mountain."

On the overall top 200, Florida Georgia Line was 21st, Aldean 25th, Stapleton 28th, Urban 38th and Sam Hunt 75 with "Montevallo." The top 200 and country charts use different criteria.

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Arguing whether or not Jason Aldean's kinda (country) party is, in fact, anything remotely related to true country music is pointless. Aldean is so entrenched in the mainstream country marketplace now, we just need to accept him as he is, the same way we reluctantly accept Taylor Swift as "country." It's mighty tempting to subtitle a review of Aldean's new "Old Boots, New Dirt" release as 'Pickup Trucks & Pickup Lines,' as Aldean spends a little time »»»
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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: Three years late(r), wait for Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon was worth it – The album, "Solstice," coming out this Friday from Luther Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon, took "only" three years to be released by New West. The recording sessions were an outgrowth of a few friends getting together and recording music. Those friends would be folks like Birds of Chicago and Amy Helm (on the album,... »»»
Concert Review: Guthrie brings welcome vibe of sweetness – Before launching into "This Land is Your Land," Arlo Guthrie recalled how his father taught him this song when he was just eight or nine. His father, however, wasn't just any father, but the father of protest folk music, Woody Guthrie. Then when Arlo's daughter, Sarah Lee Guthrie, took the stage midway through the first half of the... »»»
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