Paisley, Florida Georgia Line top charts
Thursday, April 18, 2013
– Brad Paisley debuted in second on the Billboard Top 200 chart with "Wheelhouse," while, of course, leading the Country Albums chart for the week ending April 27. Florida Georgia Line again was first on the Hot Country Songs chart with Cruise.
Luke Bryan skyrocketed from 35 to 2 on the songs chart with Crash My Party in its second week out. Miranda Lambert was third with Mama's Broken Heart. Darius Rucker was fourth with Wagon Wheel, one ahead of Highway Don't Care from Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift.
Blake Shelton stood at eighth with Boys 'Round Here from his new disc, featuring Pistol Annies & Friends. Hunter Hayes also was a huge mover as I Want Crazy, his new single, jumped from 36 to 10.
Paisley debuted at 23 with Accidental Racist, his controversial song with LL Cool J.
On the albums chart, Shelton was second with "Based on a True Story." Eric Church debuted in third with "Caught in the Act: Live." The Band Perry had been first with "Pioneer" last week, but fell to fourth. Florida Georgia Line was fifth with "Here's to the Good Times." Little Big Town was ninth with "Tornado," up five.
Carrie Underwood held the 11th spot with "Blown Away," up 5. Lambert was 15th, up 4, with "Four the Fertilizer."
Chuck Wicks debuted at 21 with an EP, "Rough," his first after a few albums on RCA. Jake Owen stood at 28 with "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," up 3. "Welcome to the Fishbowl" by Kenny Chesney was at 33, up 4. Dierks Bentley's "Home" went from 47 to 39.
Steven Curtis Chapman remained first on the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Deep Roots." Old Crow Medicine Show again was second with "Carry Me Back." "The Gospel Side Of Dailey & Vincent" was third, "Stars and Satellites" by Trampled by Turtles fourth and "Hammer Down" by The SteelDrivers fifth, up four.
On the overall top 200, Shelton was 4th, Church 5th, The Band Perry 6th and Florida Georgia Line 13th.
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 »»»
Brad Paisley isn't content to keep doing the same old. In fact, this is probably the least traditional country outing in his career. Yet, a few things remain intact - great guitar playing and singing and a sense of humor without being too kitschy.
In fact, Paisley manages to combine the ultra serious with his typical sense of humor. The seriousness is never more apparent from Paisley than on the controversial Accidental Racist with LL Cool J, who helped write and perform it. »»»
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: Trampled by Turtles leads stellar night
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Goodnight, Texas is a town with a small population - 28 according to the band's web site. So, if anything is going to put the unincorporated dot on the map, it may be the bi-coastal country band that stole the name.
Avi Vinocur, who dwells in San Francisco, and Patrick Dyer Wolf, of North Carolina, are the mainstays of the band with them... »»»
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