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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CD reviews for Florida Georgia Line
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
This record can be summed up with five words: "Def Leppard with a banjo." Replace the leather pants and motorcycle boots with scuffed up Romeos and roughed up jeans and you've transformed England's most successful arena rockers into America's new favorite arena twangers. Switch the Flying V's with mandolins, cover British accents with country twang and replace the girls with big hair with girls with big... and you've got yourself a formula for hit records and sold out concerts. »»»
It's Just What We Do
Tragic abuse of proper spelling aside, Florida Georgia Line's debut EP, "It'z Just What We Do," can already be considered a success. The duo of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard was recently signed to Republic Nashville, and a listen to their songs makes it clear why. Considering the runaway success of the likes of Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and the like, Florida Georgia Line's brand of rockin' country - emphasis on the "rockin'" fits right in with mainstream radio trends. »»»
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 wonder life is good for Shovels & Rope
Things are go swimmingly - pun intended - for Shovels & Rope, the South Carolina-based duo comprised of husband-and-wife Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent.
For starters, their new disc, "Swimmin' Time," debuted at 21 on the Billboard Top 200 in its first week just a few shot weeks ago. On the local front, the band was playing two... »»»
Concert Review: Americana fest moves beyond borders
It's the final night of the 2014 Americana Festival and Conference, and the final event of a spectacular five-day run. Lucinda Williams is about to begin a last minute invitation-only performance at the newly opened City Winery in Nashville, but first, Americana Music Association Executive Director Jed Hilly walks to the microphone.... »»»
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