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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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
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: Making perfect sense of Striking Matches, The Secret Sisters
The pairing of Striking Matches and The Secret Sisters on tour makes perfect sense. Both are duos, although the Matches are male/female and the Secrets truly are sisters (Rogers is the name, not Secret). Both emphasize keen vocal interplay. And perhaps most importantly, they shared a very famous producer, T Bone Burnett.
But when it came to the live... »»»
Concert Review: Whitehorse changes gears
Whitehorse, the Canadian husband-and-wife duo of Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet, has changed gears.
In years past, they were more on the roots side, but you would have scratched your head wondering where that went during their show at what is billed as a folk club.
Only Whitehorse couldn't be accused of being folk oriented either in a tour... »»»
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