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Florida Georgia Line, Swift lead charts

Thursday, December 27, 2012 – Florida Georgia Line and Taylor Swift continued their stranglehold on the top of the Billboard Country Songs and Country Albums chart respectively for the week ending Jan. 5, 2013. FGL led the songs chart with Cruise, while Swift's "Red" continued atop not only the Country Albums chart, but was the best selling disc in the U.S.

On the song chart, Swift was second again with We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, with Hunter Hayes again third with Wanted. The Band Perry was fourth with Better Dig Two. Gary Allan's new single Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain) was fifth, up four. Randy Houser broke into the top 10 with How Country Feels at eight, up three. Jason Aldean's The Only Way I Know with Luke Bryan and Eric Church was 10th, up 4.

Hayes also was 15th with Somebody's Heartbreak, up 5. Tim McGraw's One of Those Nights stood at 17, up 6. Swift also was at 19 with Begin Again, up 3. Cassadee Pope skyrocketed from 38 to 21 with Over You. Carrie Underwood's Two Black Cadillacs stood at 22, up 4.

On the country albums chart, Lady Antebellum was second with "On This Winter's Night." Little Big Town was third with "Tornado," Blake Shelton fourth with "Cheers, It's Christmas" and Aldean fifth with "Night Train." Luke Bryan was seventh, up three, with "tailgates & tanlines."

Scotty McCreery was 24th, up 3, with "Clear As Day." Dwight Yoakam went from 38 to 33 with "3 Pears." Josh Turner was 35th, up 5, with "Punching Bag." Easton Corbin stood at 37th, up 6, with "All Over the Road." Alan Jackson was at 38, up 4, with "Thirty Miles West." He also was at 40, up 7, with "Playlist: The Very Best of Alan Jackson."

Old Crow Medicine Show topped the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Carry Me Back." "Best of Bluegrass: Collector's Edition - Steve Ivey" was second. "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile was third. "Slidawg's Redneck Christmas" was fourth with "Stars and Satellites" from Trampled by Turtles fifth.

On the overall top 200 chart, Lady A was 11th, Little Big Town 15th, Shelton 16th and Aldean 18th.

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Anything Goes CD review - Anything Goes
The title of Florida Georgia Line's second full length is accurate. For the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelly, that means girls, girls and more girls plus an ultra dose of partying. That is evident from the refrain of the title track, which, of course, focuses on Friday night activities. "I brought the songs and you brought the party/ Only one way to do it up right/Everybody goes where eveybody knows/That anything goes on a Friday Night/Get your party right/It's a Friday night. »»»
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
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. »»»
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: MerleFest showcases diversity on day two – Although primarily thought of as a "roots music" festival, the artists at MerleFest can and do come from a variety of genres and locales. On the first full day of this year's festival, that point was underscored with performances from not just bluegrass and string bands, but also rock 'n' roll, soul and international acts... »»»
Concert Review: MerleFest opening night showcases new and familiar Artists – Long running North Carolina roots music festival MerleFest is a family friendly affair that has proven to have appeal to different generations. The lineup for Thursday's opening night, then, could be seen as a mirror to that audience as it contained artists ranging from multiple-year veterans of the festival down to first-year rookies.... »»»
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