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Urban, Stapleton hold top spots

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 – Keith Urban stayed atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Blue Ain't Your Color" for the week ending Jan. 21. Chris Stapleton regained the top spot with "Traveller," which had been third.

Florida Georgia Line held second on the songs chart with "May We All," which features Tim McGraw. Little Big Town was third with "Better Man," one ahead of Brett Eldredge's "Wanna Be That Strong." Carrie Underwood was fifth with "Dirty Laundry."

Maren Morris climbed from 16 to 12 with "*80s Mercedes." Darius Rucker was 32nd with "If I Told You," up 3. Garth Brooks also moved up 3, to 34, with "Baby, Let's Lay Down and Dance." Runaway June moved from 49 to 44 with "Lipstick." Brantley Gilbert debuted at 45 with "Outlaw in Me." Seth Ennis hit the charts at 48 with "Woke Up in Nashville."

Miranda Lambert remained second on the album chart with "The Weight Of These Wings." Urban was third with "Ripcord." Blake Shelton's "If I'm Honest' jumped from 12 to 4. Jason Aldean was fifth with "They Don't Know."

Morris was a big mover as "Hero" went from 20th to 6th. Cole Swindell also saw his position skyrocket as "You Should Be Here' was 25th last week and 8th this week. Underwood was 10th with "Storyteller," up 3. Thomas Rhett's "Tangled Up" went from 16 to 12. Luke Bryan was 14rth with "Kill the Lights," up 3. Jon Pardi's second full length, "California Sunrise" was 15th, up 13. Eric Church was 16th with "Mr. Misunderstood," up 3. Kelsea Ballerini was one back with "The First Time," up 9.

Last week's chart topper, "The Ultimate Collection" from Brooks fell all the way to 18th.

Sturgill Simpson's "A Sailor's Guide to Earth" climbed from 33 to 19. Dierks Bentley's "Black was 22nd, up 5. Joey + Rory stood at 24th with "Hymns," up 8. Shelton was at 25 with "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits," up 10. Aaron Lewis also moved up 10, to 26, with "Sinner." Hillary Scott & the Scott Family were at 28, up 3, with "Love Remains." "Tattooed Heart" from Ronnie Dunn was 29th, up 11.

"NOW That's What I Call Country, Volume 9" was 30th, up 7. Eldredge's "Illinois" went from 39 to 31. Old Dominion moved up 10 to 32 with "Meat And Candy." McGraw was at 34 with "Damn Country Music," up 4. Chris Young's "I'm Comin' Over" was up 11 to 35.

Justin Moore was 36th with "Kinda Don't Care," up 8. Alan Jackson's "Precious Memories Collection" was up 6 to 37. The "CMA Awards 50 Zinepak" from various artists was at 38, up 3.

Church was at 41 with "Mr. Misunderstood: On the Rocks Live and (Mostly) Unplugged" EP, which was up 4. Blackberry Smoke was 47th with "Like An Arrow," up 3. On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Bradley Walker again was first with "Call Me old-fashioned." Dwight Yoakam was second with "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars..." Nitty Gritty Dirt Band held third with "Circlin; Back: Celebrating 50 Years, Live at the Ryman Auditorium, Tn." The Native Howl were fourth with "Thrash Grass" EP. The Devil Makes Three were fifth with "Redemption & Ruin."

Stapleton again topped the Americana/Folk Albums chart. The Lumineers were second with "Cleopatra." The late Leonard Cohen was third with "You Want It Darker." Bon Iver held fourth with "22, A Million" and Kaleo fifth with "A/B."

On the overall top 200, Stapleton was 22nd, Urban 33rd, Shelton 42nd, Rhett 50th and Florida Georgia Line's "Dig Your Roots" 52nd. The country and top 100 charts use different criteria.

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Even though Keith Urban's single, "Wasted Time," borrows more than a little sonic sensibility from electronic music, there's still an upfront banjo solo. And this is how it's always been with Urban. He may play the part of the guitar hero at times, and even revealed his eclectic musical knowledge as a judge on American Idol, but Urban will always be a country boy at heart. And boyish good looks and talent have taken this country boy far, too. The wonderfully titled »»»
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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. »»»
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