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Shelton leads chart

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 – Blake Shelton will have the top selling country disc again with "Based on a True Story..." when Billboard released its charts on Thursday. Shelton also has the fourth best selling disc in the U.S. with 36,000 units sold, down 13 percent.

Rock band Queens of the Stone Age has the top selling disc with "...Like Clockwork," which sold 91,000 units in its first week.

Darius Rucker is fifth overall on the overall sales chart with "True Believers," at 33,000 units, down 18 percent.

Florida Georgia Line was eighth with "Here's to the Good Times," at 28,000 units, up 26 percent. The duo benefited from winning two CMT Music Awards last week and performing on the show.

FGL's hit single Cruise was second on the Digital Songs chart with 225,000 downloads sold, up 15 percent, its second best week yet. Nine weeks ago, the song sold 248,000 downloads thanks to a pop-based mix with Nelly. The song has sold more than 4 million downloads, the fifth country song to sell at least 4 million. Lady Antebellum's Need You Now is first at 6.1 million.

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Live EP CD review - Live EP
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If I'm Honest CD review - If I'm Honest
Blake Shelton makes it abundantly clear that this is not going to be a light-hearted listen, despite his public demeanor. "I have never recorded a more personal or reflective album in my career," Shelton wrote on the cover insert. He said the 15-song release "touches both the highs and low of past year of my life." And that would first and foremost include his very public split with Miranda Lambert, which happened quickly and suddenly. Shelton forlornly looks back at a »»»
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 »»»
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: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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