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Nelson, Hunt lead Billboard

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 – Willie Nelson debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "God's Problem Child" for the week ending May 20. Sam Hunt continued atop the Hot Country Songs chart with "Body Like a Back Road."

Brett Young stayed second on the songs chart with "In Case You Didn't Know." Luke Combs held third with "Hurricane." "The Fighter" with Keith Urban and featuring Carrie Underwood was fourth, switching spots with Jon Pardi's "Dirt On My Boots."

Darius Rucker jumped from 15 to 8 with "If I Told You." Midland climbed from 24 to 19 with "Drinkin' Problem." Lauren Duski , who is a semi-finalist on "The Voice," debuted at 32 with "Somewhere In My Broken Heart." Chris Stapleton debuted at 37 with "Second One to Know" from his brand new disc. John Mayer made the country charts with "In the Blood" debuting at 39. Brennley Brown, also on "The Voice," debuted at 42 with "River," one ahead of Eric Church's "Round Here Buzz," which was at 43, up 5. Jon Langston debuted at 44 with "Right Girl Wrong Time."

On the albums chart, Keith Urban was second with "Ripcord" with Stapleton third with his "Traveller" debut. Last week's chart topper, Brad Paisley's "Love And War" fell to fourth. Young was fifth with his self-titled debut.

Little Big Town jumped from 22 to 9 with "The Breaker." Old Crow Medicine Show debuted at 14 with "50 Years of Blonde on Blonde," a Bob Dylan tribute. Kelsea Ballerini was at 18 with "The First Time," up 3. Church moved up 3 to 23 with "Mr. Misunderstood." Underwood stood at 28 with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1," moving up 3. Kenny Chesney's "Cosmic Hallelujah" jumped 5 to 31. Garth Brooks held 37th with "The Ultimate Hits," up 7.

Old Crow also was first on the Bluegrass Albums chart. Long-time chart topper Alison Krauss slipped to second with "Windy City." Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives were third with "Way Out West." Bradley Walker remained fourth with "Call Me Old-fashioned" and Dailey & Vincent fifth with "Patriots & Poets." Jim Avett and Family (that would be the Avett Brothers, in part) debuted in sixth with "For His Children And Ours").

On the Folk/Americana Albums chart, John Mellencamp debuted in first with "Sad Clowns & Hillbillies" with the disc featuring Carlene Carter. Stapleton was second, Mayer third with "The Search for Everything," Feist fourth in debuting with "Pleasure" and Old Crow fifth.

On the Billboard Top 200, Nelson was 10th, Mellencamp 11th, Urban 31st, Stapleton 35th, Paisley 43rd and Young 45th.

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God's Problem Child CD review - God's Problem Child
One thing is for certain, Willie Nelson is still not dead. In fact, he may be more alive than ever considering the amount of work he is churning out these days. "God's Problem Child" is Nelson's 12th release in the last 5 years, and thankfully, it does not appear that he will be slowing down any time soon. At 84 years old, Nelson has certainly put in his time for a much-deserved retirement, but to the benefit of country music and its fans, he continues to write, record and »»»
Summertime Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin CD review - Summertime Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin
Willie Nelson is arguably the greatest living interpreter of American standards. His 1978 album "Stardust," which may very well be his greatest studio recording, came out of nowhere and wowed fans and critics alike with its unique and respectful take on classic American tunes. Nelson proved the formula still worked with the 2009 album "American Classic," and his live performances for decades have been peppered with songs from the great American songbook. »»»
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: Cantrell continues to satisfy – Laura Cantrell may never be a country star. Not at this stage of her career when she's 50, touring here and there and releasing new music every few years or so. But five albums in, Cantrell continues as a warm, enjoyable and worthy purveyor of her brand of country. That would mean going towards a more traditional side, not rushing the songs... »»»
Concert Review: Not only is Turner traditional, he's popular – Every time Josh Turner reached for some of those wonderful subterranean low notes, which he often pulled out during his enjoyable night show, it was like a superhero applying a superpower. He didn't need this extra advantage to please his audience; he has so many quality songs stockpiled in his catalogue already doing the job.... »»»
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