Swift, Florida Georgia Line top charts again
Thursday, January 17, 2013
– Taylor Swift was first on the Country Albums chart with "Red" for the week ending Jan. 26, while Florida George Line held onto first with their hit single Cruise
on the Country Songs chart.
Elsewhere on the song chart, Hunter Hayes was second with Wanted, The Band Perry third with Better Dig Two, Gary Allan fourth with Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain) and Swift fifth with We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.
Blake Shelton was the biggest mover by far with Sure Be Cool If You Did, skyrocketing from 45th to 6th. Brad Paisley was at 10, up 4, with Southern Comfort Zone.
Tim McGraw's One of Those Nights was at 11, up 4. Swift debuted at 16 with The Moment I Knew. She also was 20th with Begin Again. Thompson Square broke into the top 25, at 25, with If I Didn't Have You, up 2.
Florida Georgia Line was second on the albums chart with "Here's To the Good Times." Luke Bryan followed in third with "tailgates & tanlines," with the "Nashville: The Music of Nashville" soundtrack fourth and "Tornado" from Little Big Town fifth.
Brantley Gilbert held 14th with "Halfway to Heaven" up 3. Miranda Lambert also moved up 3, to 15, with "Four the Record." Lambert's Pistol Annies trio was at 22nd, up 3, with "Hell on Heels." The "NOW That's What I Call Country" compilation was also up 3 to 23. Jake Owen was 24th, up 5, with "Barefoot Blue Mean Night." Dwight Yoakam jumped 7 to 25 with "3 Pears." Chris Young also climbed 7, to 28, with "Neon." Colt Ford's "Declaration of Independence" stood at 21, up 2. Eli Young Band hit a lucky 7 in going from 41 to 34 with "Life at Best." Chris Cagle's "Back in the Saddle" moved up 4 to 35.
"Playlist: The Very Best of Alan Jackson" was at 36, up 6. Blackberry Smoke's "The Whippoorwill" moved 5 to 38.
On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out debuted in first with "Timeless Hits from the Past," displacing Old Crow Medicine Show's "Carry Me Back" which was second. Trampled by Turtles were third with "Stars and Satellites." The Punch Brothers were fourth with "Who's Feeling Young Now?' "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" from Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile was fifth.
On the overall top 200 album chart, Swift was 4th, Florida Georgia Line 21st, Bryan 25th, "Nashville" 26th and LBT 27th.
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Here's to the Good Times
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It's Just What We Do
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Editorial: Walking the talk
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Concert Review: Steve Earle doesn't rest (on laurels)
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