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Swift scores chart triple

Thursday, November 8, 2012 – Taylor Swift once again topped the Billboard Top 200 chart with "Red" the best selling disc in the U.S., which meant she also leads the Country Album chart. She also led the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Nov. 17 with We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.

Florida Georgia Line was second on the songs chart with Cruise, up one, Carrie Underwood's Blown Away third, down one. Hunter Hayes' Wanted moved up from sixth to fourth. Lee Brice was fifth, up one, with Hard to Love. The Band Perry debuted in ninth with Better Dig Two.

Zac Brown Band was a big mover with Goodbye in Her Eyes, jumping from 19 to 13. Swift was the biggest mover by far with Begin Again skyrocketing from 40 to 16. Brad Paisley went from 22 to 17 with Southern Comfort Zone.

Kelly Clarkson rounded out the top 25 with Don't Rush, featuring Vince Gill, debuting at 25.

On the album chart, Aldean stayed second with "Night Train." Toby Keith debuted in third with "Hope on the Rocks." Little Big Town was fourth again with "Tornado." Luke Bryan was fifth with "tailgates & tanlines." Eric Church went from 10 to 7 with "Church."

Miranda Lambert was a big mover going from 27 to 14 with "Four the Record." Husband Blake Shelton was 1 behind, at 15, with "Red River Blue," up 11. "Clear As Day/Christmas with Scotty McCreery" debuted at 20. Lady Antebellum went from 29 to 21 with "Own the Night." Pistol Annies also climbed 8, to 22, with "Hell on Heels." Dierks Bentley's "Home" jumped from 40 to 30. Brad Paisley's last CD "This is Country Music," went from 60 to 37. "Amazing Grace" from Kenny Rogers skyrocketed 30 to 38.

On the Bluegrass Albums Chart, Old Crow Medicine Show remained first with "Carry Me Back Home." "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" from Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile was second. "Stars And Satellites" from Trampled by Turtles was third. The Punch Brothers stood in fourth with "Who's Punching Who Now?" "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent was fifth.

On the overall Top 200, Aldean was 4th, Keith 6th, Little Big Town 10th, Bryan 11th and Underwood 12th.

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Part Behind The Music style documentary and part concert film, Taylor Swift's new Blu-ray release offers an interesting hybrid approach to the typical live performance video - an approach that hits more than it misses. "Journey To Fearless" focuses on Swift's meteoric rise from aspiring grade-school singer/songwriter to award-winning country and pop megastar while sprinkling in live performances. Hardcore Swift fans will find a lot to love on this single-disc set (which is also »»»
Speak Now CD review - Speak Now
Taylor Swift has made the best CD of her young career with her fourth CD. The biggest difference is that Swift's singing, spotty on previous releases and live performances, is far far superior here. Swift wrote all 14 songs here, which like her other albums tend to deal with relationships that have gone south. Swift's songwriting always has been one of her strengths, and that continues to be the case here - both lyrically and musically. Put simply, Swift knows a lot about penning »»»
Fearless CD review - Fearless
Taylor Swift took the county world by storm with her huge selling debut and its five hit singles. With a huge marketing push and myspace, Swift was on her way. Kind of like an Avril Lavigne for the teen female country set. Sophomore slump? There's no indication of that. Swift once again writes her material - all 13 songs here with help sometimes from Liz Rose, Colbie Caillat and John Rich. Swift writes of what she knows about - relationships and teen love come and gone in songs speak to her fans. »»»
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 joke, The Wacos return – The Clash may have ended their run decades ago, but one couldn't blame Joe Strummer - if able to listen from the grave - that his band is alive and well. Only now he'd have to think they were reincarnated as The Waco Brothers. And Strummer needn't worry about whether the long running Chicago band is up to snuff either.... »»»
Concert Review: Jewel survives life's ups and downs – Jewel did not give a straightforward, traditional concert. If you were looking for the lovely voiced singer to hop on stage with acoustic guitar in hand and play career-spanning songs, that wasn't going to happen. But what the sold-out crowd did receive was a most open window into the life of a singer who has experienced life's ups and... »»»
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