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Chris Young, Aldean hold top spots

Thursday, February 10, 2011 – Chris Young grabbed the top spot on the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Feb. 19 with Voices, while Jason Aldean claimed the album number 1 title with his latest CD, "My Kinda Party."

Aldean switched spots with Taylor Swift's "Speak Now." Lady Antebellum stayed third with "Need You Now," while Zac Brown Band was up one to fourth with "You Get What You Give." "Nothing Like This" from Rascal Flatts was at number five, up two.

The JaneDear girls debuted in 10th with their self-titled debut. Josh Turner was at 34, up 3, with "Haywire." Trace Adkins and Brantley Gilbert also were up 3 to 35 and 36 respectively with "Cowboy's Back in Town" and "Halfway to Heaven." "NOW That's What I Call Country," a compilation, was at 37, up 4. Brooks & Dunn's "#1s...And Then Some" jumped up 5 to 39. Uncle Kracker held the 40th spot, up 3, with "The South River Road Sessions."

Young took over for Kenny Chesney and Somewhere With You, which slipped to second. Luke Bryan was up one to third with Someone Else Calling You Baby. Blake Shelton also was up one to fourth with Who Are You When I'm Not Lookin'. Keith Urban was down three to fifth with Put You in a Song.

Brad Paisley climbed the charts as his latest, This is Country Music, inched up two spots to sixth. Aldean was in the top 10 on the song with Don't You Wanna Stay his song with Kelly Clarkson, at number 8, up 2.

New duo Thompson Square's Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not jumped 4 to 15. The Band Perry's latest single, You Lie, was up 4 to 26. Ronnie Dunn debuted in 30th with Bleed Red, his first single since splitting from Kix Brooks.

On the bluegrass album chart, The Grascals stayed first with "The Grascals & Friends: Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin." Dierks Bentley stayed second with "Up on the Ridge," while Abigail Washburn's "City of Refuge" was third.

On the overall top 200, Aldean was 7th, Swift 8th, Lady A 23rd, Zac Brown Band 30th and Rascal Flatts 32nd.

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Losing Sleep CD review - Losing Sleep
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Song selection can sometimes seem fairly inessential whenever chosen by a master singer. Such is the case with "It Must Be Christmas," Chris Young's new holiday collection. He sounds as perfectly comfortable with the jazzy "I'll Be Home for Christmas," where its supper club vibe takes a little of the edge off one seriously sad song, as he does with the Phil Spector rock nugget "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)." Young is also helped out by a few special guests. »»»
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Chris Young has enjoyed steady success from his previous four releases, and there's no reason to suggest that "I'm Comin' Over" won't do the same. But that doesn't mean that Young is doing anything all that different from what's au courant. Young's go to has always been his full-sounding, big-bodied voice, and that remains intact here throughout these 11 songs, 9 of which he had a hand in writing. His voice is front and center (that's apparent »»»
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: For Brooks and fans, a most unusual change of pace – To say that this was a change of pace for Garth Brooks - not to mention his fans - would be an understatement of the highest degree. Brooks all but begged during the show to be playing next door at Gillette Stadium where the New England Patriots play. But, alas, Brooks exuded joy and excitement at the chance to play before about 500 people at a club,... »»»
Concert Review: LBT proves more than capable – If you have seen Little Big Town in the last decade, it could have been anywhere from a B stage at a Rib Fest to a 20,000-seat amphitheater as the opener for some of country's top acts. Their current "Nightfall" tour rightfully proves they are more than capable and well deserved being billed as a top headlining act.... »»»
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