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Swift, Florida Georgia Line lead charts

Thursday, December 20, 2012 – Taylor Swift and Florida Georgia Line have much in common this week at least - both stayed atop the Billboard charts for the week ending Dec. 29. Swift had the best selling disc in the U.S. with "Red." FGL's Cruise topped the Billboard Country Songs chart.

On the song chart, Swift was second again with We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. Hunter Hayes remained third with Wanted. Stupid Boy from The Voice winner Cassadee Pope debuted in fourth. The Band Perry was fifth with Better Dig Two. Eric Church made it to the top 10 with Creepin' at 10, up 1.

Little Big Town was 15, up 4, with Tornado. Newcomer Kerry Musgraves rounded out the top 25 with Merry Go 'Round.

On the Country Albums chart, "Red" was followed by Blake Shelton's "Cheers, It's Christmas," Lady Antebellum's "On This Winter's Night," the debut of the "Nashville: the Music of Nashville: Season 1" (the television show soundtrack), which debuted in fourth, and Little Big town's "Tornado."

Lady A was 21st on the chart with "Own the Night," up 4. "Icon: George Strait" was up 5 to 29. Jake Owen's "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" climbed 4 to 34.

The bluegrass chart remained exactly the same as last week. Old Crow Medicine Show was again first with "Carry Me Back." Slidawg's "Slidawg's Redneck Christmas" was second. "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" from Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile was third. Punch Brothers held fourth with "Who's Feeling Young Now?" Trampled by Turtles was fifth with "Stars And Satellites."

On the overall top 200, Shelton was 8th, Lady A 10th, Nashville 14th and LBT 16th.

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Here's to the Good Times This is How We Roll CD review - Here's to the Good Times This is How We Roll
Perhaps a few fans didn't get enough of Florida Georgia Line's "Here's to the Good Times," which came out in December 2012. That release contained all five songs of the duo's second EP "It'z Just What We Do" from May 2012. Not to mention the super uber mega-hit Cruise and fellow number ones Get Your Shine On, Round Here and Stay. With "This is How We Roll," Tyler Hubbard (he's the one with the longer hair) and Brian Kelly follow the »»»
Here's to the Good Times
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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 Doug Seegers, no pinching needed – Doug Seegers probably should be pinching himself these days. He's not some country music cover boy or hunk wearing a baseball hat or highlighting a bunch of tattoos. If looking for opposites of what passes for a country musician these days, Seegers would probably just about be the top pick. Yes, he lives in Nashville, but he just retired after... »»»
Concert Review: Cynics be damned, Carter girl endures – Cynical naysayers without a clue would aim their vitriol at Carlene Carter. Yes, she is one of the progeny of the Carter family, the first family of country music. And she is quite proud of it. So much so that after watching Maybelle Carter perform with her sisters and being the daughter of June Carter Cash (not to mention Johnny Cash's... »»»
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