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Lambert, Urban stay first

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 – Miranda Lambert continued atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Dec. 17 with "The Weight of These Wings." Keith Urban remained first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Blue Ain't Your Color."

Florida Georgia Line stayed second on the songs chart with "May We All," featuring Tim McGraw. Brett Eldredge held third with "Wanna Be That Strong," switching spots with Brett Young's "Sleep Without You." Old Dominion was fifth with "Song For Another Time."

Thomas Rhett broke into the top 10 with "Star of the Show" at 10, up 2. Jon Pardi moved up 3 to 16 with "Dirt On My Boots." Granger Smith was at 20 with "If the Boot Fits," up 3. "Me And Jesus" from Sundance Head debuted at 21.

Chris Young was at 22, up 4, with "Sober Saturday Night," featuring Vince Gill. Laura Alaina was 23rd, up 4, with "Road Less Traveled." Billy Gilman debuted at 29 with "Anyway." Dierks Bentley jumped 6 to 34 with "Black." Pentatonix debuted at 40 with "Jolene," featuring Dolly Parton. Eldredge debuted at 42 with the holiday song "Baby, It's Cold Outside," featuring Meghan Trainor. Cody Johnson debuted at 46 with "With You I Am."

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood were second on the albums chart with "Christmas Together." They were also third with "Christmas Together" and Brooks' new CD "Gunslinger" packaged together. The release had been 14th. On its own, "Gunslinger" debuted in fourth. Eldredge was fifth with "Glow," his holiday crooner's disc, up 3.

Chris Young held ninth with "It Must Be Christmas," up 4. Blake Shelton was at 15 with "If I'm Honest," up 4. Hillary Scott & the Scott Family jumped from 33 to 20 with "Love Remains." Cole Swindell climbed 6 to 22 with "You Should Be Here." Kelsea Ballerini was 24th, up 3, with "The First Time."

Joey + Rory were at 27 with "Hymns," up 4. Loretta Lynn's "Christmas Time Blue" went from 39 to 28. Dolly Parton was 29th with "Pure & Simple," up 5. Gillian welch debuted at 30 with "Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg." McGraw was 39th with "Damn Country Music," up 3.

"NOW That's What I Call Country, Volume 9" was up from 45 to 40. Young went from 50 to 44 with "I'm Comin' Over." Shelton's "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits" was at 45, up 3.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Bradley Walker stayed first with "Call Me Old-fashioned." Dwight Yoakam was second with "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars..." Nitty Gritty Dirt Band held third with "Circlin' Back: 50 Years, Live at the Ryman Auditorium, TN." The Devil Makes Three was third with "Redemption & Ruin." Sarah Jarosz was fifth with "Undercurrent."

Chris Stapleton stayed first on the Folk/Americana Albums chart with "Traveller." Leonard Cohen was second with "You Want It Darker," The Lumineers third with "Cleopatra," Parton fourth with "Pure & Simple" and Welch fifth with "Bootlegs..."

On the overall top 200, Lambert was 9th, "Christmas Together" 14th, "Christmas Together/Gunslinger" 21st, Florida Georgia Line's "Dig Your Roots" 23rd and Stapleton 24th.

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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: Combs, Gill, Harris, Crow comprise one final musical platter – Vince Gill played host to an entertaining guitar pull, a show which also featured his longtime friend, Emmylou Harris, slightly newer friend Sheryl Crow and brand-new friend Luke Combs. Gill joked from the outset that this All for the Hall fundraising show needed Combs to sell tickets, and by the audience's response, it was clear many came only to see Combs.... »»»
Concert Review: Stapleton shows his traditional roots – Chris Stapleton's All-American Road show feels like a singular mission to rid the genre of the bro country scourge that has plagued it for years. He came out with a blazing one-two punch of "Second One To Know" and "Without Your Love" and packed a stadium sized onslaught into a 9,000-seat arena. He never once veered from his... »»»
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