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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 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 CD review - 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: Trampled by Turtles leads stellar night – The animals ruled, for the most part, led by Trampled by Turtles, in a superb trifecta of music long on musicianship and quality songs. Trampled by Turtles, who headlined the sterling bill that also included Elephant Revival and Hurray for the Riff Raff (not animalistic unless the "riff raff" act that way), are going through some major sonic changes.... »»»
Concert Review: Goodnight, Texas gets on the map – Goodnight, Texas is a town with a small population - 28 according to the band's web site. So, if anything is going to put the unincorporated dot on the map, it may be the bi-coastal country band that stole the name. Avi Vinocur, who dwells in San Francisco, and Patrick Dyer Wolf, of North Carolina, are the mainstays of the band with them... »»»
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