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Hunt remains number one

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 – Sam Hunt's stranglehold on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart continued as "Body Like a Back Road" was first for the week ending Sept. 9. Luke Combs was again first on the Top Country Albums chart with "This One's For You."

On the songs chart, Dustin Lynch remained second with "Small Town Boy" and Kane Brown third with "What Ifs," featuring Lauren Alaina. Midland was fourth with "Drinkin' Problem" and Old Dominion fifth with "No Such Thing as a Broken Heart."

Luke Combs climbed four to eighth with "When It Rains It Pours." LANCO was up 3 to 20 with "Greatest Love Story." Luke Bryan debuted at 21 with "Light It Up" and Thomas Rhett at 23 with "Grave." Russell Dickerson stood at 30 with "Yours," up 3. Brett Young almost moved up 3, to 31, with "Like I Loved You." Florida Georgia Line was 32nd with "Smooth," up 3. Easton Corbin's "A Girl Like You," moved up 4 to 33. Annie LeBlanc jumped 8 to 34 with "Fly." Jana Kramer debuted at 35 with "I've Done Love." Devin Dawson jumped 12 to 36 with "All On Me." "California" from Big & Rich was at 38, up 8. Scotty McCreery's "Five More Minutes" was 41, up 3.

Newcomer Jordan Davis's "Singles You Up" was up 3 to 44. Lee Brice debuted at 49 with "Boy."

Chris Stapleton was second on the albums chart with "Traveller," his debut. Hunt was third with "Montevallo," Keith Urban fourth, up three, with "Ripcord," and Brett Young fifth, also up three, with his self-titled debut.

Brown and Jon Pardi were both up four, to six and seven respectively, with "Kane Brown" and "California Sunrise."

Lucas Hoge debuted at 15 with "Dirty South." Shania Twain jumped from 48 to 16 with "Greatest Hits." Bryan's "Crash My Party" was up 5 to 17. Cole Swindell jumped 9 to 21 with "You Should Be Here." Josh Abbott Band debuted at 22 with "Until My Voice Goes Out."

Tim McGraw was 29th with "35 Biggest Hits," up 3. So was Dierks Bentley's "Black" at 30. Eric Church was at 33, up 8, with "Chief." Taylor Swift stood at 34 with "Red," up 4. Bryan's "Tailgates & Tanlines" was up 4 to 38. Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer debuted at 39 with "Not Dark Yet." Ray Wylie Hubbard debuted at 43 with "Tell The Devil...I'm Getting' There as Fast as I Can."

Stapleton was first and second again on the Americana/Folk Albums chart with "Traveller" and "From a Room: Volume 1." The Lumineers were third with "Cleopatra," John Mayer fourth with "The Search for Everything" and Ed Sheeran fifth with "+."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Jerry Douglas Band debuted in first with "What If," forcing band mate Alison Krauss to second with "Windy City." Old Crow Medicine Show was third with "50 Years of Blonde on Blonde" and fourth with "Best of Old Crow Medicine Show." Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers debuted in fifth with "The Story We Tell."

On the overall Top 200, Combs was 32nd, Stapleton's "Traveller" 41st, Hunt 48th, Urban 51st and Young 54th.

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Sam Hunt is riding the country charts with "Leave the Night On," a rather surprising occurrence considering that the Georgia native has extremely little to do with what remotely constitutes country music on this four song EP. Hunt has gained some acclaim as a song writer, having penned Kenny Chesney's "Come Over," Keith Urban's "Cop Car" and Billy Currington's "We Are Tonight." Hunt fits in perhaps only because of the crossover sounds »»»
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: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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