Sign up for newsletter
 

Shelton goes to the top, Swift stays there

Thursday, February 28, 2013 – Blake Shelton led the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending March 9 with his new number one hit Sure Be Cool If You Did. Taylor Swift held the number one spot on the Top Country Albums chart with "Red."

Shelton took over from Hunter Hayes' Wanted, which slipped to second. The Band Perry held onto the third spot again with Better Dig Two. Tim McGraw was fourth with One of Those Nights and Carrie Underwood fifth with Two Black Cadillacs. Lady Antebellum went from 12 to 9 with Downtown. Hunter Hayes was also in the top 10 - at 10 - with Somebody's Heartbreak.

Miranda Lambert was at 13, up 3, with Mama's Broken Heart. Kacey Musgraves, who helped write the Lambert hit, was 14 with Merry Go 'Round, also up 3. Florida Georgia Line jumped 5 to 15 with Get Your Shine On. Eric Church moved up 3 to 26 with Like Jesus Does. Brantley Gilbert also moved up 3 to 28 with More Than Miles.

On the albums chart, Tim McGraw was again second with "Two Lanes of Freedom." Florida Georgia Line jumped four to third with "Here's to the Good Times." Hayes was fourth with his self-titled debut and Little Big Town fifth with "Tornado."

Kip Moore stood at 18, up 3, with "Up All Night." Aaron Lewis climbed 6 to 20 with "The Road." Dierks Bentley jumped 4 to 21 with "Home."

Katie Armiger's "Fall Into Me" jumped 14 to 25, while Dustin Lynch's self-titled debut held the 26th spot, up 5. Jane Kramer also was fifth, at 29, with her self-titled debut.

Holly Williams had a huge jumped with "The Highway" at 31, up 15. Colt Ford's "Declaration of Independence" was 32nd, up 4. Easton Corbin was 37th with "All Over the Road," up 3. Love And Theft jumped 5 to 39 with the duo's self-titled disc.

"Timeless Hits From The Past: Bluegrassed" by Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out remained first on the Bluegrass Albums chart. The SteelDrivers were second with "Hammer Down." Old Crow Medicine Show was third with "Carry Me Back" with Yo-Yo Ma/Stuart Duncan/Edgar Meyer/Chris Thile's "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" fourth and Trampled by Turtles' "Stars and Satellites" fifth.

On the overall top 200, Swift was 10th, McGraw 13th, Florida Georgia Line 19th, Hayes 24th and LBT 27th. Mumford & Sons had the best selling disc, "Babel."

More news for Blake Shelton

CD reviews for Blake Shelton

Bringing Back the Sunshine CD review - Bringing Back the Sunshine
It's impossible to get away from the fact that one's perception of Blake Shelton's music has changed significantly since he began his role as a judge on The Voice. His music hasn't been altered all that much after he became a TV star, but we now know him as the affable, yet extremely competitive, judge on the popular NBC singing show. His likeability simply makes us more likely to enjoy his music a little more, and with "Bringing Back the Sunshine," Shelton has »»»
Based on a True Story CD review - Based on a True Story
After Blake Shelton won his first CMA for Best Male Vocalist, he finally began to think he was one of the artists that would influence the direction of country music. If his latest release "Based on a True Story" is any indication, the genre is headed toward records featuring super catchy songs with homogenous themes. Every number has an infectious melody with lead single potential. The trade-off for the sonic pleasantry is a 12-song collection that is short on meaningful material, but long on fun. »»»
Cheers, It's Christmas
For his first Christmas album, Blake Shelton goes for the traditional approach. For a guy that can be a real loose cannon when appearing on The Voice, Blake sure comes off conservative throughout this 14-song collection. Most of these tracks feature full orchestrations, and it sure doesn't sound like any down home holiday celebration. Shelton is at his best, and country-ist, when joined by fellow Okie Reba during the western swinging Oklahoma Christmas. In fact, that classy red head even »»»
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: Yet again, Hurray for the Riff Raff feels no absence – Hurray for the Riff Raff could never be accused of living up to the adage "absence makes the heart grow fonder." In fact, this was their fourth appearance in the greater Boston area (that is if you count last year's Newport Folk Festival for being in the general areas) in 12 months. Like other shows, Hurray, which is really Alynda... »»»
Concert Review: Diversity rules at MerleFest – The answer to "What kind of music do they play at MerleFest?" is the Doc Watson-coined "Traditional plus" that denotes the long-running North Carolina festival's dedication to roots music as well as its willingness to embrace all sizes, flavors and colors of that broad category. On the opening day of this year's... »»»
Subscribe to Country News Digest Country News Digest      Follow Country Standard Time on twitter CST      Visit Country Standard Time on Facebook CST

Elsewhere in the news

Currently at the CST blogs

Pug turns writer's block into "Windfall" In his life and career, Joe Pug has never done anything halfway. So when Pug experienced a crippling lack of creative inspiration after his punishing road schedule to promote 2012's "The Great Despiser," he didn't consider the possibility of taking a short break. Joe Pug was on the verge of throwing in the towel.... »»»
Giddens takes her turn A great deal has transpired in the 10 years between Rhiannon Giddens, Dom Flemons and Justin Robinson connecting at North Carolina's Black Banjo Gathering and the release of Giddens' brilliant debut solo album, "Tomorrow is My Turn." Giddens and Flemons formed the very successful Sankofa Springs. Robinson met and was mentored by black string band legend Joe Thompson, and ultimately, Giddens, Flemons and Robinson formed the bluegrass/folk/blues powerhouse, the Carolina Chocolate Drops. ... »»»
The perfect world of Ray Wylie Hubbard A couple of years ago, while discussing various musical poet-heroes, singer-songwriter Hayes Carll mused that "in a perfect world, Ray Wylie Hubbard would be winning Grammys." With the release of his latest offering, "The Ruffian's Misfortune," a follow-up to 2012's critically acclaimed, "The Grifter's Hymnal," now might just be the time that Carll was talking about.... »»»
Second Hand Heart CD review - Second Hand Heart
Dwight Yoakam appears to be a many of mystery on the cover. With two side-by-side images of himself, the Kentucky honky tonker dons a trademark cowboy hat, jeans jacket and jacket and plucking his electric, legs spread and head pointed down. But there really is no mystery about Yoakam, who has been making music longer than some of the contemporary country acts have been alive. »»»
Love Somebody CD review - Love Somebody
It's been five years since her last album - 2010's "All the Women That I Am" - but the Queen of Country Music's crown hasn't lost its luster. On her 27th album, Oklahoma native McEntire adds another jewel to her tiara with her new album that covers familiar territory: strong women, the heartbreak of breakup, the determination of a broken lover starting over and the destructive and healing power of love. »»»
Something in the Water CD review - Something in the Water

Whether Pokey LaFarge's seventh album, "Something in the Water," could be called more than "retro" is a stretch. The St. Louis musician's 21st century talent shows through his performance, compositions and writing, but some things work against him in his fight to make the album timeless. »»»

Southern Gravity CD review - Southern Gravity
With a tragic stage collapse prior to a Sugarland show and a failed marriage in his rearview mirror, one might expect Kristian Bush's solo debut to be peppered with tales of regret and heartbreak. Yet "Southern Gravity" is surprisingly anything but for the other half of Sugarland, offering up a solid dose of positive vibes, heartfelt love and strong mainstream country appeal. »»»
Somewhere Down the Road CD review - Somewhere Down the Road
If anyone's waiting for Billy Bob Thornton to grow out of his music phase, some pertinent facts are in order, namely, a) he's done four solo albums to date, b) the Boxmasters, his band since 2007, are now on their fourth album, "Somewhere Down the Road," but with three double discs, it's actually seven, »»»
Small Town Dreams CD review - Small Town Dreams
Much like Springsteen and Mellencamp, Will Hoge recognizes that even the most sweeping epics are essentially borne from an individual's ordeals. Indeed, the title tells it all; "Small Town Dreams" is essentially a look at a rapidly fading pastiche, that of life in middle America, where for all the touting of an economic recovery, the struggle for survival still persists.  »»»