FGL, Swift top charts
Thursday, January 10, 2013
– Florida Georgia Line rode Cruise
all the way to the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Jan. 19. FGL switched spots with Taylor Swift whose We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
slipped to second. Swift was second on the overall CD sales chart with "Red." The CD dropped from first to third with "Les Miserable" soundtrack in first.
On the songs chart, Hunter Hayes remained third with Wanted as did The Band Perry in fourth with Better Dig Two. Gary Allan was up one to fifth with Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain). Zac Brown Band was sixth as Goodbye In Her Eyes was up from 10.
Kip Moore made into the top 10 with Beer Money climbing 2, to 10th. Little Big Town was 11th with Tornado up 2. Brad Paisley's Southern Comfort Zone went from 18 to 14. One of Those Nights from Tim McGraw stood at 14, up 6. Carrie Underwood's Two Black Cadillacs climbed 4 to 16. Dierks Bentley held the 22nd spot with Tip It On Back, up 3.
On the Country Albums chart, Swift was followed by Underwood's "Blown Away." FGL was third for "Here's to the Good Times." Jason Aldean's "Night Train" was fourth, while Luke Bryan was fifth with "tailgates & tanlines." The soundtrack "Nashville: The Music of Nashville" fell from 6 to 10.
Kenny Chesney was at 11, up 4, with "Welcome to the Fishbowl." Lady Antebellum's "Own the Night" jumped from 19 to 12. Toby Keith was 13 with "Hope on the Rocks," up 3. "Hard 2 Love" from Lee Brice went from 18 to 14. Moore was at 16, up 6, with "Up All Night." Miranda Lambert's "Four the Record" was up 3 to 18 and "The Road" from Aaron Lewis was at 19, up 4.
Justin Moore was 21st with "Outlaws Like Me," moving up 3. Jamey Johnson was a big mover with "Living For a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran" up 11 to 22. Dustin Lynch's self-titled debut was 23rd, up 4. "Icon" George Strait" was one behind, up six. "Hell On Heels" from Pistol Annies was up 3 to 25. Easton Corbin was 28th with "All Over the Road," up 6. Jana Kramer was up 11 with her self-titled debut, up 11. Dwight Yoakam's "3 Pears" stood at 32, up 3. Also was up three was Chris Young's "Neon" at 35.
The 2011 soundtrack to "Footloose" jumped from 48 to 37. "Live Across America" from Josh Turner was up 8 to 38. Chris Cagle's "Back in the Saddle" was up 5 to 39. " Gloriana's "A Thousand Miles Left Behind" went from 49 to 40.
On the bluegrass chart, Old Crow Medicine Show stayed first with "Carry Me Back." Trampled by Turtles was second with "Stars and Satellites." Punch Brothers were third with "Who's Feeling Young Now?" The Goat Rodeo Sessions" from Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer was fourth. Steve Ivey was fifth with "Best of Bluegrass."
On the overall top 200, Underwood was 22nd, FGL 25th, Aldean 26th and Bryan 27th
Dig Your Roots
From the ribbits and Dobro on "Smooth," the lead-off song, one might think that Florida Georgia Line is eschewing its rap rock meets country past for something completely different. While at times that is true - "Smooth" has a swampy beat - Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard haven't veered so far from what brought them to the dance.
That is evident with the title track where the thwack of drum programming from long-time producer Joey Moi meets the soulful, somewhat shiny vocals. »»»
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
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 »»»
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: Drive-By Truckers finds little to celebrate
While introducing "Guns of Umpqua," off the new "American Band" album, Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood wondered out loud - in a profanity-laced observation - why he can never seem to see a flag not at half-mast anymore. "We can do better, people!" he admonished the crowd. In an election year with two of the most... »»»
Concert Review: Simpson rides the night out in style
Sturgill Simpson came to Beantown with a deserved music reputation after three albums and a well-received, albeit quite adventurous release earlier this year, "A Sailor's Guide to Earth." He doesn't have hits per se or much of a commercial presence. His rep has been built on quality.
While the Kentuckian's first two discs... »»»
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