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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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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: Ex-Brooklyn girl MIchaela Anne makes good – Brooklyn may not exactly have been enough of a hotbed of country music for Michaela Anne. Thus, about 1- years ago, she packed up her belongings with her husband (and drummer) Aaron Shafer-Haiss and headed for Nashville. Except, they headed to East Nashville more precisely where the rep is that the cooler country cats are hanging.... »»»
Concert Review: Hard Working Americans more than live up to moniker – Hard Working Americans is a generic enough sounding term, conveying that you're part of the lunch bucket crowd. Part of a faceless pack instead of an individual. In reality, it's something of a misnomer for the sextet of the same name heretofore considered a side project. That's because they or in most cases, their other... »»»
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