FGL doubles up
Thursday, August 8, 2013
– Florida Georgia Line's record of weeks spent at number one by one song (Cruise
) was broken today when Cruise
stayed first for its 23rd week, Billboard reported today. The band broke its own mark, set last week. This was another fine week for FGL on the charts as the duo led the Country Albums chart with "Here's to the Good Times."
The top four sports on the songs chart remained the same with Hunter Hayes second with I Want Crazy, Randy Houser third with Running Outta Moonlight and Luke Bryan fourth with Crash My Party. Newcomer Brett Eldredge was fifth with Don't Ya. Tyler Farr broke into the top 10, at number nine, with Redneck Crazy. Keith Urban also went top 10 with Little Bit of Everything at 10, up two.
Jason Alden was up three to 14 with Night Train and Lee Brice up three to 17 with Parking Lot Party. Justin Moore was at 18, up three, with Point At You.
Tim McGraw jumped from 28 to 21 with Southern Girl. Lady Antebellum was up three to 24, with Goodbye Town.
On the albums chart, Blake Shelton was second with "Based on a True Story..." and Hayes third with his self-titled disc. Vince Gill & Paul Franklin's ode, "Bakersfield," debuted in fourth. Darius Rucker was fifth with "True Believers."
Carrie Underwood went from 18 to 14 with "Blown Away." The Oak Ridge Boys debuted at 38 with "40th Anniversary: 1973-2013: Celebrating Faith, Family & Freedom."
On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell were first with "Love Comes For You." Steep Canyon Rangers was second with "Nobody Knows You." Steven Curtis Chapman was third, Old Crow Medicine Show fourth with "Carry Me Back" and Steve Ivey fifth with "Best of Bluegrass; Collector's Edition."
On the overall top 200, FGL was 10th, Shelton 20th, Hayes 21st, Gill and Franklin 24th and Rucker 32nd.
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The title of Florida Georgia Line's second full length is accurate. For the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelly, that means girls, girls and more girls plus an ultra dose of partying.
That is evident from the refrain of the title track, which, of course, focuses on Friday night activities. "I brought the songs and you brought the party/
Only one way to do it up right/Everybody goes where eveybody knows/That anything goes on a Friday Night/Get your party right/It's a Friday night. »»»
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 »»»
Here's to the Good Times
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Editorial: Walking the talk
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Concert Review: Washburn, Fleck give reasons to be happy
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