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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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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: Church works it from the outside – Eric Church starts his excellent new release, "The Outsiders," with the spoken words "They're the in-crowd, we're the other ones." And that's true in more ways than one for Church's new tour, which also features much praised, up-and-coming songwriter Brandy Clark and veteran honky tonker Dwight Yoakam.... »»»
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... »»»
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