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Stapleton, Rexha/FGL top charts

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 – Chris Stapleton debuted atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "From A Room: Volume 2." Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line remain first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Dec. 23 with "Meant to Be."

On the albums chart, Garth Brooks was second with "The Anthology: Part 1, The First Five Years." Stapleton jumped from nine to three with "From A Room, Volume 1," which was released in May. He also was fourth with his debut disc "Traveller." Blake Shelton held fifth with "Texoma Shore."

Danielle Bradbery debuted at six with "I Don't Believe We've Met." Brooks and Trisha Yearwood were at 14 with "Christmas Together," up 13. Burl Ives was at 16 with "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," up 3. Elvis Presley's "The Classic Christmas Album" went from 24 to 18. Brenda Lee went from 32 to 28 with "Jingle Bell Rock." Brett Eldredge also moved up 4, to 29, with "Glow."

Brooks' "The Ultimate Hits" went from 37 to 34. Lady Antebellum's "On This Winter's Night" jumped from 42 to 35. "Elvis: Ultimate Christmas" was 41st, up 3. Martin McBride's "The Classic Christmas Album" moved up 6 to 43.

On the songs chart, LANCO is second with "Greatest Love Story," Kane Brown third with "What Ifs" with Lauren Alaina, Luke Bryan fourth with "Light It Up" and Sam Hunt fifth with "Body Like a Back Road."

Brett Young moved from nine to six with "Like I Loved You." Russell Dickerson broke into the top 10 with "Yours" in ninth, up 3. Old Dominion was at 15, up 3, with "Written in the Sand." Stapleton's "Broken Halos" stood at 16, up 6. Thomas Rhett had a big mover with "Marry Me" going from 26 to 18. Keith Urban's new song, "Female," was 20th, up 3.

Brown also was at 23 with "Heaven," up 5. Granger Smith's "Happens Like That" was 27th, up 3. Jordan Davis' "Singles You Up" moved up 4 spots to 28. Lee Brice also was up 4, to 29, with "Boy." Stapleton debuted at 30 with "Millionaire." Midland's "Make a Little" was up 3 to 31. "Take Back Home Girl" by Chris Lane featuring Tori Kelly, jumped 7 to 32. Taylor Swift was the biggest mover with "New Year's Day" from her new disc, "Reputation," jumping from 50 to 34.

Danielle Bradbery debuted at 39 with "Sway." Stapleton also was at 43 with "Midnight Train to Memphis" and 45 with "Tryin' To Untangle My Mind." Bradbery held the 49th spot with "Worth It" in its debut week. Jon Pardi closed out the top 50 with "She Ain't In It" in its debut week.

On the Folk/Americana Albums chart, Stapleton was first with "From A Room: Volume 2." He was also second and third with "Volume 2" and "Traveller." Van Morrison debuted at four with "Versatile" and Neil Young + Promise of the Real debuted in fifth with "The Visitor."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers were first with "The Long-Awaited Album." Bradley Walker was second with "Blessed: Hymns and Song of Faith." Balsam Range's "It's Christmas Time" EP debuted in third. Billy Strings debuted in fourth with "Turmoil & Tinfoil." Alison Krauss was fifth with "Windy City."

On the top 200, Stapleton was first with "Volume 1," Brooks 10th, Stapleton 28th with "Volume 1" and 33 with "Traveller" and Shelton 37th.

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From A Room: Volume 2 CD review - From A Room: Volume 2
There is no bigger artist in country music today, perhaps even in American music, than Chris Stapleton. His appeal reaches beyond just the commercial country fans for his gritty bluesy approach. 2015's "Traveller" set a high bar, which was met by this year's release of "From A Room: Volume 1," which won Album of the Year in the 51st CMA Awards. Stapleton also garnered the Male Vocalist of the Year for his second time. Now seven months after that release, "From »»»
Traveller CD review - Traveller
Chris Stapleton is one of those artists you've heard without ever realizing it. That's because of his acclaim as a songwriter with such hits as Luke Bryan's "Drink a Beer," Josh Turner's "Your Man," Darius Rucker's "Come Back Song" and Kenny Chesney's "Never Wanted Nothing More." He also had a successful stint as lead singer of the driving bluegrass band The SteelDrivers (Adele recorded one of their songs, which he co-wrote as »»»
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: No lead singer? No problem for The Earls of Leicester – The Earls of Leicester have been in a bind that could have caused other bands to cancel the show. The bluegrass band's lead singer Shawn Camp has suffered from laryngitis for 11 days. What to do? Put the vocals on the cords mainly of acoustic guitarist Jeff White and to a lesser extent Dobro player supreme Jerry Douglas.... »»»
Concert Review: At Newport Folk Festival, discovery rules – One of the enduring highlights of the Newport Folk Festival is the chance of discovery. This is not a festival filled with superstars. Far from it. Yes, there are veterans, who already have made a name for themselves (Brandi Carlile would fill the bill), and there are others who don't even know themselves how they landed in Newport.... »»»
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