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Swift registers chart double

Thursday, December 6, 2012 – The domination of Taylor Swift on the Billboard charts continued for the week ending Dec. 15. Swift held the number one spot on the Country Albums chart with "Red" and on the Country Songs chart with We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.

On the songs chart, Florida Georgia Line stayed second with Cruise. Hunter Hayes was third with former number one Wanted, which was up two. The Band Perry was fourth, up nine, with Better Dig Two. Carrie Underwood held the fifth spot with Blown Away. Zac Brown Band was up five to seventh with Goodbye In Her Eyes. Gary Allan made it to the top 10 with Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain), up 5.

Kip Moore has a hit on his hands with Beer Money, up 3. Eric Church's Creepin' went from 16 to 12. Randy House held the 14th spot with How Country Feels, up 3. Jason Aldean was 15th with The Only Way I Know, up 4. Luke Bryan and Eric Church helped out on the song.

On the albums chart, Lady Antebellum was second with "On This Winter's Night," up three. Blake Shelton's "Cheers, It's Christmas" was third followed by Scotty McCreery's "Christmas with Scotty McCreery" and Jason Aldean's "Train.

Little Big Town's "Tornado" was 10th, up 3. Hunter Hayes' self-titled debut was ninth, also up 3. Zac Brown Band was 11th with "Uncaged," up 3. Rascal Flatts' "Changed" was a big mover, going from 21 to 14. But Brantley Gilbert, Miranda Lambert and Justin Moore did even better. Gilbert's "Halfway to Heaven" was at 17, up 9. Lambert's "Four the Record" jumped 10 to 18 and Moore's "Outlaws Like Me" jumped 12 to 20.

Lee Brice was at 22, up 8, with "Hard 2 Love." Jamey Johnson's "Living For a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran" was up 7 to 24. "NOW That's What I Call Country" was at 25, up 10. Florida Georgia Line enjoyed a big uptick with "It'z Just What We Do." The Ep went from 40 to 26.

Willie Nelson skyrocketed from 46 to 27 with "Heroes." Pistol Annies was 28th with "Hell on Heels" up 9. Lady A's "Own the Night" went from 39 to 29. Nelson also charted with "The Classic Christmas Album" going from 56 to 31. McCreery's "Clear As Day" jumped from 44 to 32. Dustin Lynch's self-titled debut was at 33, up 9. "The Classic Christmas Album" from John Denver stood at 35, up 14.

Colt Ford was 37th with "Declaration of Independence," up 5. "Live Across America" from Josh Turner was 38th up 3.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Old Crow Medicine Show retained the top spot with "Carry Me Back." "Slidawg's Redneck Christmas" was second. Trampled by Turtles' "Stars And Satellites" was third, Yo-Yo Ma/Stuart Duncan/Edgar Meyer/Chris Thile fourth with "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" and Punch Brothers fifth with "Ahoy!," an EP.

On the overall top 200 chart, Swift was 2nd, Lady A, 9th, Shelton 9th, McCreery 12th and Aldean 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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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: Mandell counts for a lot – Eleni Mandell doesn't hit you over the head - for the most part - with her songs. The LA-based singer/songwriter is on the low-key side when it comes to the music as well as her vocal delivery. But her seemingly laidback style creeps up on you, making you want to listen. And in a nearly 75-minute mainly solo effort with an acoustic guitar... »»»
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