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Rexha/FGL, Brown remain first on Billboard

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 – It's yet another week at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line with "Meant to Be" for the week ending April 7. Kane Brown topped the albums chart with his self-titled debut.

On the songs chart, Kane Brown stayed second with "Heaven." Jason Aldean was third with "You Make It Easy," switching spots with Thomas Rhett's "Marry Me" in fourth. Luke Bryan stayed at fifth with "Most People Are Good."

Jake Owen's new single, "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)," was up 3 to 23. Keith Urban was a big mover as "Coming Home" hit 28th, up 11 with the song featuring Julia Michaels. Aldean debuted at 33 with "Getting' Warmed Up." Chase Rice went from 41 to 38 with "Three Chords & The Truth." Kacey Musgraves debuted at 39 with "High Horse." Brothers Osborne were 42nd with "Shoot Me Straight," up 3. Kelsea Ballerini's "I Hate Love Songs," debuted at 45.

On the albums chart, Chris Stapleton was second with "Traveller." Scotty McCreery fell out of the top spot with "Seasons Change" now in third. Rhett's "Life Changes" remained fourth and Bryan fifth again with "What Makes You Country." Jordan Davis debuted at six with "Home State."

Alan Jackson's "Precious Memories Collection" jumped from 28 to 15. Bryan's "Crash My Party" went from 22 to 19. Devin Dawson was at 24 with "Dark Horse," up 3. Maren Morris was at 31 with "Hero, up 5. So was Ballerini's "Unapologetically" at 32. Johnny Cash's "The Greatest: The Number Ones" went from 43 to 40. Taylor Swift was at 42 with "Fearless," up 3.

Miranda Lambert's "The Weight of These Wings" stood at 43, up 4. Darius Rucker was 44th with "When Was the Last Time," up 4. Rascal Flatts' "Greatest Hits Volume 1" went from 50 to 47.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Allison Krauss again led the chart with "Windy City." Steep Canyon Rangers were second with "Out in the Open." Steve Martin And the Steep Canyon Rangers were third with "The Long-Awaited Album." Bradley Walker's "Blessed: Hymns And Song of Faith" was fourth and Dom Flemons debuted at five with "Black Cowboys."

On the Americana/Folk chart, Stapleton was first and second with "Traveller" and "From a Room Volume 1." George Ezra debuted at three with "Staying at Tamara's." Stapleton was fourth with "From a Room Volume 2" and The Decemberists fifth with "I'll Be Your Girl."

On the top 200 chart, Brown was 19th, "Traveller" 28th, McCreery 37th, Rhett 42nd and Bryan 45th.

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Anything Goes CD review - Anything Goes
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 CD review - Here's to the Good Times This is How We Roll
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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: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
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