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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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 »»»
Red River Blue
With the right set of songs, Blake Shelton can sound really great. "Red River Blue" just might be that right set of songs because Shelton has never sounded better. There are moments on this set where Shelton goes country-soul, a la James Otto, most notably with Ready To Roll and Drink On It, and also places where that The Voice guy voices a few power ballads, such as on I'm Sorry.
A big part of Shelton's appeal with viewers on The Voice is the way Shelton seems to think and »»»
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: Rhett parties on, but leaves you wondering
About half-way through his set as the opening act, tall Jon Pardi commented to the crowd, "We're going to do...a traditional country song. It's a thing of the past, but not for me."
With that the California launched into the mid-tempo "Happens All the Time" from his debut disc "Write You a Song.... »»»
Concert Review: The Avett Brothers make the leap
The Avett Brothers have been on an upward trajectory, from going the indie route and building a following through heavy touring clubs of their blend of country, bluegrass, rock and more to a major label and hitting arenas.
While hard to envision this kind of popularity of the band not too many years ago - that reflected the listening tastes of... »»»
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