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Swift continues leading charts

Thursday, November 15, 2012 – Taylor Swift continued her stranglehold on the Billboard charts. "Red" continues to be the leading CD seller in the U.S. for the third straight week. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together remains first on the song chart for the week ending Nov. 24.

Florida Georgia Line and Carrie Underwood remained second and third on the song chart with Cruise and Blown Away respectively. Luke Bryan was fourth, up two, with Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye. Hunter Hayes was fifth with Wanted.

Rascal Flatts made into the top 10 with Come Wake Me Up in ninth, up two. Justin Moore jumped from 15 to 10 with Til My Last Day. Gary Allan also climbed 5, to 14, with Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain). Jason Aldean's new single with Bryan and Eric Church, The Only Way I Know went from 28 to 25.

Swift, of course, was first on the Country Albums chart. Aldean was second with "Night Train." Lady Antebellum jumped from eighth to third with "On This Winter's Night." Little Big Town stayed fourth with "Tornado." Blake Shelton was fifth, up six, with "Cheers, It's Christmas." Scotty McCreery went from nine to six with "Christmas With Scotty McCreery."

Brantley Gilbert was at 13, up 3, with "Halfway to Heaven." Kip Moore moved 3 to 20 with "Up All Night." Justin Moore also was up 3, to 21, with "Outlaws Like Me." Rascal Flatts went from 27 to 22 with "Changed." Florida Georgia Line's EP, "It'z Just What We Do," moved from 28 to 23. "NOW That's What I Call Country: Volume 5" was at 24, up 5. Colt Ford's "Declaration of Independence" was up 6 to 25. Elvis Presley was the biggest mover with "The Classic Christmas Album" jumping from 56 to 26.

Eli Young Band's "Life At Best" was 37th, up 3. Alan Jackson was 39th with "Thirty Miles West," up 3. McCreery closed out the top 40 with "Clear As Day" up 5.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Old Crow Medicine Show was first with "Carry Me Back." Trampled By Turtles was second with "Stars and Satellites," switching spots with "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" from Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile. Punch Brothers remained fourth with "Who's Feeling Young Now?" while "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent" held fifth.

On the overall top 200, Aldean was 6th, Lady A 11th, Little Big Town 12th and Shelton 14th.

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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 »»»
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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: The Cadillac Three, Sellers do it their own way – The way The Cadillac Three lead singer Jaren Johnston told it, the band could have had their choice of opening tours this year for the likes of Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley and Jake Owen. No go though because the long-haired singer fronting the rough-and-most-definitely ready trio said the band wanted to do it their own way. Based on this most... »»»
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