Shelton, Richie again lead charts
Thursday, April 26, 2012
– Lionel Richie and Blake Shelton both continue atop the Billboard charts for the week ending May 5. Richie, once again, has the best selling disc in the U.S. with "Tuskegee," while Shelton's Drink On It
leads the country song chart.
Lady Antebellum inched up one to second on the song chart with Dancin' Away With My Heart. Rascal Flatts was third, up two, with Banjo. Miranda Lambert stayed fourth with Over You.Lee Brice's former number one, A Woman Like You, was fifth, down three. Kip Moore broke into the top 10 for the first time with his single, Somethin' 'Bout a Truck, at 9. Springsteen, by Eric Church, was just behind at 10, up 2.
THE FARM's single, Home Sweet Home, rose 3 to 24. So did Love And Theft's Angel Eyes, situated at 26. Thompson Square jumped 5 to 28 with Glass. Dierks Bentley rounded out the top 30 with the biggest jumper - 5-1-5-0 - going from 37 to 30.
On the album chart, Bryan was second with "tailgates & tanlines," changing places with Rascal Flatts' "Changed" in third. Church stayed fourth with "Chief" as did Jason Aldean in fifth with "My Kinda Party."
Hank Williams III debuted at 16 with "Long Gone Daddy." Rodney Atkins was up 6 to 21 with "Take a Back Road." Hunter Hayes' self-titled debut was 23rd. Thompson Square was up 6 to 35 with their self-titled debut. Alan Jackson debuted at 38 with "The Essential Alan Jackson."
On the bluegrass album chart, Trampled By Turtles stayed first with "Stars And Satellites." Punch Brothers stood in second with "Who's Feeling Young Now?," switching spots with Carolina Chocolate Drops' "Leaving Eden." Alison Krauss & Union Station were fourth with "Paper Airplane," one ahead of "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile.
On the overall top 200 chart, Bryan was 10th, Rascal Flatts 13th and Church 18.
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Based on a True Story
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Cheers, It's Christmas
For his first Christmas album, Blake Shelton goes for the traditional approach. For a guy that can be a real loose cannon when appearing on The Voice, Blake sure comes off conservative throughout this 14-song collection. Most of these tracks feature full orchestrations, and it sure doesn't sound like any down home holiday celebration.
Shelton is at his best, and country-ist, when joined by fellow Okie Reba during the western swinging Oklahoma Christmas. In fact, that classy red head even »»»
Red River Blue
With the right set of songs, Blake Shelton can sound really great. "Red River Blue" just might be that right set of songs because Shelton has never sounded better. There are moments on this set where Shelton goes country-soul, a la James Otto, most notably with Ready To Roll and Drink On It, and also places where that The Voice guy voices a few power ballads, such as on I'm Sorry.
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Editorial: Walking the talk
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