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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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Spring Break...Checkin Out CD review - Spring Break...Checkin Out
The funky keyboard line that introduces the song "Checkin' Out," with its Ray Charles soulful feel, fills the listener with false promise that "Spring Break...Checkin' Out," the latest and last in Luke Bryan's spring break EP series, might mark a more innovative direction in the bro country star's music. The song even includes a wonderful acoustic guitar solo that gives it a loose, freewheeling feel. Unfortunately, this singer is far too aware of which side »»»
Spring Break 6 - Like We Ain't Ever CD review - Spring Break 6 - Like We Ain't Ever
Luke Bryan mock introduces "The Sand I Brought to the Beach" as a "real sad story y'all." It's a breakup song and one where the character in it is forced to admit, "I guess she didn't like the spring break side of me." The same can be said of country audiences that may well have outgrown chasing girls on the beach between college semesters. Bryan claims EPs like this one are meant to give his fans new music between full, official releases, but we know better. »»»
Crash My Party CD review - 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. »»»
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: MerleFest Day 4: fest closes with everything from hymns to honky tonk – For the final day of MerleFest 2015, the programming ran from gospel music in the morning to the barroom honky-tonk of Dwight Yoakam's closing set. That wide range is what makes the festival such a success as it carries on the "traditional plus" design of the late Doc Watson. With the Avett Brothers in town for their Saturday night... »»»
Concert Review: MerleFest Day 3: it's homecoming day – A wet and overcast day did little to dampen the spirits of the artists or the audience at MerleFest on Saturday; typically the busiest day of the four-day long festival. With home-state heroes The Avett Brothers headlining the Watson Stage, it felt like a homecoming celebration all day long. Friday may have been the day for new talent to shine, but... »»»
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