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"Meant to Be," Combs lead Billboard charts

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 – "Meant to Be" finished its 32nd week at number 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending July 21. The song from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line first topped the charts in December 2017. Luke Combs was first on the Top Country Albums chart with "This One's For You."

On the songs chart, Dan + Shay were second with "Tequila," Kenny Chesney third with "Get Along," Kane Brown fourth with "Heaven" and FGL fifth with it's new single "Simple."

FGL also debuted at 19 with "Talk You Out of It." Brown was at 23 with "Lose It," up 3. Lady Antebellum was up 3 to 26 with "Heart Break." "Born to Love You" from LANCO stood at 29, up 3. Lindsay Ell is moving back up the chart with "Criminal," which was up 3 to 30.

Russell Dickerson jumped 7 to 32 with "Blue Tacoma." Jimmie Allen was at 35 with "Best Shot,' up 3. Luke Combs was up 10 to 38 with "She Got the Best of Me." Kip Moore's "Last Shot" was 42nd, up 3. Chris Stapleton was 43rd with "Millionaire," up 3.

Eric Church debuted at 45 with his new single "Desperate Man." Combs also was at 46 with "Houston, We Got a Problem," up 3. Dierks Bentley debuted at 46 with "Burning Man," featuring Brothers Osborne. Travis Denning debuted at 48 with "David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs."

On the Top Country Albums chart, Dan + Shay were second with their self-titled disc, Jason Aldean third with "Rearview Town," Brown fourth with his self-titled debut and Thomas Rhett fifth with "Life Changes."

Keith Urban was ninth with "Graffiti U," up 4. Rhett also was at 13 with "Tangled Up," up 3. Old Dominion was 14th with "Happy Endings," up 3. "The Essential Alan Jackson" jumped from 47 to 20. Carrie Underwood was at 24 with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1," up 4. Urban also was at 25 with "Ripcord," up 4. Kacey Musgraves' "Golden Hour" went from 30 to 26. Taylor Swift was at 33 with "Red," up 10. Shania Twain's "Greatest Hits" was at 43, up 3.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Kittel & Co. remained first with "Whorls." Trampled By Turtles was second with "Life Is Good on the Open Road." Old Crow Medicine Show was third with "Volunteer," Steve Martin And the Steep Canyon Rangers fourth with "The Long-Awaited Album" and Alison Krauss fifth with "Windy City."

On the Americana/Folk Albums chart, Stapleton was first with "Traveller." He also was second with "From a Room: Volume 1." "Simon And Garfunkel's Greatest Hits" was third, Musgraves fourth and The Lumineers fifth with "Cleopatra."

On the overall Top 200, Combs was at 13; Dan + Shay 20th, Aldean 22nd, Brown 31st and Rhett's "Life Changes" 38th.

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The Prequel EP CD review - The Prequel EP
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This One's For You Too CD review - This One's For You Too
Luke Combs has gotten a lot of life out of his album "This One's for You," which includes his breakthrough hit "Hurricane," as well as the popular single "When It Rains It Pours." This deluxe edition includes five new tracks, many of which are just as strong as the original 12. "Houston, We Got a Problem" includes a smart lyric highlighting specific details about that big Texas city. Even though it has all these famous landmarks, it doesn't have »»»
This One's For You CD review - This One's For You
Five years ago, when beer-drinking, truck-driving-in-the-country country songs were en vogue, Luke Combs' full-length debut would have fit right in. In 2017, when pop music rules the country market and male singers are more likely to wear a stylish jacket instead of a flannel shirt, Combs is positively refreshing. "Hurricane," the first single and first top five hit of Combs' career, sounds like a typical Jason Aldean ballad at the onset, but then builds into something more »»»
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.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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