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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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
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. »»»
It's Just What We Do
Tragic abuse of proper spelling aside, Florida Georgia Line's debut EP, "It'z Just What We Do," can already be considered a success. The duo of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard was recently signed to Republic Nashville, and a listen to their songs makes it clear why. Considering the runaway success of the likes of Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and the like, Florida Georgia Line's brand of rockin' country - emphasis on the "rockin'" fits right in with mainstream radio trends. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
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Concert Review: With Staples, Newport Folk Festival overcomes
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And while there were a few dour-type performances (Conor Oberst most prominently), the joy and palpable energy exuded by Staples, the scion of... »»»
Concert Review: Variety rules day one of Newport Folk Festival
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Of course, the festival has changed gears a lot in recent years with the idea of a pure folk singer a rare sighting throughout the lovely setting with the water... »»»
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