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McGraw, Hayes top charts

Thursday, February 14, 2013 – Tim McGraw debuted as the second best selling CD in the U.S. for the week ending Feb. 23 with "Two Lanes of Freedom." Hunter Hayes was first with Wanted on the Hot Country Songs chart.

Hayes displaced The Band Perry's Better Dig Two, which slipped to second. McGraw was third with One of Those Nights, up four. Blake Shelton remained fourth with his new single Sure Be Cool If You Did. Former number one, Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain), by Gary Allan was fifth.

The biggest mover by far was Lady Antebellum's brand new single, Downtown, which skyrocketed from 34 to 6. McGraw's single with Taylor Swift, Highway Don't Care debuted at 13. Another big mover was Kenny Chesney, whose Pirate Flag jumped from 35 to 20.

On the Top Country Albums chart, Swift's "Red" stayed second." Last week's number one, "Set You Free" by Allan fell to third. Florida Georgia Line was fourth with "Here's to the Good Times." Hayes was fifth with his self-titled debut.

Holly Williams debuted at 18 with "The Highway," her first disc on her own label. The compilation disc "NOW That's What I Call Country: Volume 5" went from 36 to 19. Lady Antebellum jumped from 33 to 25 with "Own the Night." Dierks Bentley moved up 3 to 29 with "Home." Colt Ford stood at 31, up 4, with "Declaration of Independence." Jamey Johnson's "Living For A Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran" went from 38 to 32. Lionel Richie was at 36 with "Tuskegee," up 5.

On the bluegrass chart, The SteelDrivers debuted in first with "Hammer Down," with last week's chart topper, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out's "Timeless Hits From the Past: Bluegrassed," falling to second. Old Crow Medicine Show was third with "Carry Me Back." "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" by Yo-Yo Ma/Stuart Duncan/Edgar Meyer/Chris Thile was fourth with "Who's Feeling Young Now?" by Punch Brothers fifth.

On the overall top 200, McGraw was second to Josh Groban's "All That Echoes." Swift was 12th, Allan 16th, Florida Georgia Line 21st and Hayes 27th.

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Emotional Traffic CD review - Emotional Traffic
Tim McGraw is the ultimate country music Zelig. Match him with a great lyric, and he's like the voice of a prophet. But put him with fluff, and he's no better than a news reader anchorman on a slow news day. McGraw is at his best on Better Than I Used To Be, a song as spiritual as you want it to be. It could easily be applied to the New Testament exhortation to "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." It can also be taken as a self-help summation. »»»
Christmas All Over the World (single)
Tim McGraw brings an international flavor, at least lyrically, to his new holiday single, Christmas All Over the World When the bells start ringing, it suggests, "no matter where you are, it's going to warm your heart," according to McGraw. With its lyric, McGraw names numerous countries and cultures and says a little bit about how each celebrates the season. Sonically, the song features a big twang-y guitar part, which gives it a kind of wild-west-meets-U2 feel. »»»
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: Yes, Town Mountain is "really good" – Town Mountain exited the stage after concluding its regular set, and when the applause demanded the deserved encore, a fan yelled out "You guys are really good." That the mainly Asheville, N.C.-based bluegrass quintet demonstrated time and again. Town Mountain merged bluegrass and country sounds with enough alterations during the 81-minute... »»»
Concert Review: Philly Folk brings big tent approach – Each year, dozens of performers are booked to play the Philadelphia Folk Festival, but probably less than a quarter of them make it onto the main stage. Several smaller stages dot the grounds at which most performers (including the main stage headliners) can be found throughout the weekend doing workshops, "theme" sets with peers whose music... »»»
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