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Rexha/Florida Georgia Line, Brown lead charts

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – "Meant to Be," the megahit for Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, continued dominating the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart as it was first for the week ending April 21. Kane Brown was first on the Top Country Albums chart with his self-titled debut.

On the songs chart, Brown stayed second with "Heaven" and Jason Aldean third with "You Make It Easy." Jordan Davis' "Singles You Up' was fourth with Thomas Rhett fifth with "Marry Me."

Kenny Chesney jumped from 37 to 11 with his new single "Get Along." Carrie Underwood debuted at 20 with "Cry Pretty." Aldean debuted at 32 with "I'll Wait for You."

Carly Pearce was at 38 with "Hide the Wine," up 3. Brothers Osborne climbed 5 to 39 with" Shoot Me Straight." Maren Morris' "Rich" was at 42, up 4. Jake Owen was at 43, debuting with "Made For You." Sir Roosevelt, which includes Zac Brown, was at 47, up 3, with "Something 'Bout You."

On the Top Country Albums chart, last week's number one, "Golden Hour" from Kacey Musgraves, fell to second. Blackberry Light debuted at three with "Find a Light." "Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin," debuted in third. Chris Stapleton's "Traveller" was fifth.

"Johnny Cash Forever Words" from various artists debuted at nine. Old Dominion was 22nd with "Happy Endings,' Up 3. Morris' "Hero" was at 28, up 3. David Lee Murphy debuted at 35 with "No Zip Code." George Strait was at 38 with "Icon 2: George Strait."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Mipso debuted in first with "Edges Run." The Wailin' Jennys were second with "Fifteen," Alison Krauss third with "Windy City," Steve Martin And the Steep Canyon Rangers fourth with "The Long-Awaited Album" and Rhonda Vincent and the late Daryle Singletary fifth with "American Grandstand."

Musgraves topped the Americana/Folk Albums chart with Blackberry Smoke second. "Traveller" was third, "Johnny Cash: Forever Words" fourth and Stapleton's "From a Room: Volume 1" fifth.

On the overall Top 200, Brown was 27th, Musgraves 29th, Blackberry Smoke 31st, "Restoration" 36th and "Traveller" 47th. The country and Top 200 charts use different criteria.

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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: Earle does it well all over again – Justin Townes Earle is back. Not that he had gone anywhere too far away. Less than four months ago, he performed a similarly styled solo acoustic show across the river in Boston at the City Winery. So, once again, this was the chance for Earle to showcase his bevy of very good material, leaning heavily towards a bluesy side, with his interest in... »»»
Concert Review: Stuart turns up the honky tonk – Late in the afternoon before heading up to Penn's Peak, news broke that the venue was nominated by The Academy of Country Music as one of the top five small venues for 2018. This foreshadowed a special vibe for Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives on this night, playing for about 1,000 fans. The band, together now for 16 years, bedecked in... »»»
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