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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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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: For McCoury, Grisman, music still matters – One condenser microphone, a music stand, a mandolin, rhythm guitar and more than 100 years of bluegrass experience: that's all David Grisman and Del McCoury need to put on a show. It's quite a show, too. The artists' backstories are well known: McCoury was a logger in Lancaster County, Pa., who came to New York City to see Bill... »»»
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