Shelton, Bryan remain atop Billboard charts
Thursday, March 21, 2013
– Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan both held onto the top spots of the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Albums charts respectively for the week ending March 30. Shelton reigns with Sure Be Cool If You Did,
while Bryan led with "Spring Break...Here to Party."
Lady Antebellum's new single, Downtown, was second, up one, switching spots with Miranda Lambert's Mama's Broken Heart. Carrie Underwood held the fourth spot with Two Black Cadillacs. Darius Rucker jumped from 11 to 5 with Wagon Wheel. Lee Brice moved from nine to six with I Drive Your Truck. Kenny Chesney broke into the top 10 - at 10 - with Pirate Flag.
I Can Take It From There by Chris Young stood at 18 up 3. Tim McGraw's new single, Highway Don't Care, with Taylor Swift, jumped 7 to 19. The Band Perry debuted at 23 with DONE. Jason Aldean's 1994 was at 27, up 4.
Florida Georgia Line was second on the Country Albums chart with "Here's to the Good Times." Swift was third with "Red," Little Big Town fourth with "Tornado" and Tim McGraw fifth with "Two Lanes of Freedom." Eric Church went from 13 to 10 with "Chief."
Brice was 14th with "Hard 2 Love," up 3. Kip Moore was 16th with "Up All Night," moving up 4. Shooter Jennings debuted at 19 with "The Other Life." Jake Owen's "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" was 25, up 5. Scotty McCreery was at 36 with "Clear As Day," jumping 5. Blackberry Smoke went from 48 to 39 with "The Whippoorwill," while Love And Theft's self-titled disc was at 40, up 4.
On the bluegrass albums chart, Christian artist Steven Curtis Chapman debuted in first with "Deep Roots." Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out" were second with "Timeless Hits From the Past: Bluegrassed." Old Crow Medicine Show were third with "Carry Me Back." Old Man Markley fell from first to fourth with "Down Side Up." The SteelDrivers were fifth with "Hammer Down."
On the overall top 200, Bryan was third after being first last week. Florida Georgia Line was 14th, Swift 22nd, Little Big Town 36th and McGraw 37th.
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Crash My Party
They say if you steal from one person, it's plagiarism. But the great ones steal from everybody. And so it goes with Luke Bryan - a voice lifted from Ronnie Milsap, with the polite Georgia manners of Josh Kelly, the earnestness of Lee Brice and the drinking habits of Eric Church. You'd have to go to a polka party in October to hear more songs devoted to drinking beer. But, here's the crazy part: it all works.
It was only in 2010 that Bryan won the ACM for Best New Artist. »»»
Spring Break 4: Suntan City - EP
Luke Bryan's annual spring break EPs are innocuous distractions in a fairly decent discography. The Leesburg, Ga. Native's fourth and latest, is no exception. The songwriting is an exercise in vapidity with clichéd themes like partying and teenage breakups. The timing couldn't be more ironic.
This four-song bubble gum pop tribute to the young and overserved was put out shortly after his latest full length release, "tailgates & tanlines," garnered some critical »»»
tailgates & tanlines
By now Luke Bryan has established his defining sound, and he chooses comfort over exploration on his third CD, "tailgates & tanlines." The only major change is his songwriting contributions. Bryan co-wrote most of the songs on his first two albums, but stepped back here with his name on 8 or the 13 songs. To be fair, this doesn't really have any effect on the overall sound.
The disc starts off with what may have been the worst song of 2011, Country Girl (Shake It for Me). »»»
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. »»»
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Foster, who has enjoyed a successful recording and perhaps more importantly songwriting career in the country realm, and... »»»
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