Florida Georgia Line cruises on
Thursday, August 15, 2013
– The streak continues for Florida Georgia Line. Once again, the duo is atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with Cruise.
This marks the 24th week for FGL, a record. FGL also was first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Aug. 24 with "Here's to the Good Times." The top selling disc in the U.S. was The Civil Wars' self-titled disc, but that was not on the country chart.
On the songs chart, Hunter Hayes is again second with I Want Crazy. Luke Bryan was third with Crash My Party. Randy Houser stood in fourth with Runnin' Outta Moonlight, one ahead of Brett Eldredge's Don't Ya.
Jason Aldean was at 11, up 3, with Night Train. Blake Shelton jumped from 28 to 21 with Mine Would Be You.
On the album chart, Eldredge debuted in second with "Bring You Back." Shelton was third with "Based on a True Story..." Hayes was fourth with his self-titled debut. Bryan was at five with "tailgates & tanlines," up 5. His new disc will likely lead the country chart next week.
Bryan's "Spring Break...Here to Party" was up six to 13. Clint Black debuted at 30 with "When I Said I Do," mainly containing his greatest hits. "NOW That's What I Call Country: Volume 5" jumped from 56 to 40.
On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell hold down the top spot with "Love Has Come For You." Michael Martin Murphey was second with "Red River Drifter," one ahead of "Best of Bluegrass: Collector's Edition" from Steve Ivey. Old Crow Medicine Show was fourth with "Carry Me Back" and Steven Curtis Chapman fifth with "Deep Roots."
On the overall top 200 chart, FGL was10th , Eldredge 11th, Shelton 19th, Hayes 27th and Bryan 33rd.
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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
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. »»»
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. »»»
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Friday may have been the day for new talent to shine, but... »»»
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