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The Band Perry, FGL lead carts.

Thursday, April 11, 2013 – The Band Perry has the top country album with its second disc, "Pioneer," which also was the second biggest selling CD in the U.S. The trio was behind Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience."

Florida Georgia Line notched a number 1 single as Cruise tops the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending April 20, leaping all the way from the eighth spot. The song previously had been at the top of the chart.

The Band Perry took over the top from Blake Shelton's "Based on a True Story," which fell to second. Florida George Line was third with "Here's To the Good Times," up 3. Alan Jackson was fourth with "Precious Memories: Volume II." Luke Bryan stood in fifth with "Spring Break...Here to Party."

Eric Church was seventh with "Chief," up three. The compilation disc "The Music Is You: A Tribute To John Denver" debuted at 12. Gretchen Wilson debuted at 24 with "Right on Time." Justin Moore made the charts, debuting with his EP "Point At You & Four More Hits" at 28. Jana Kramer was at 30, up 3 with her self-titled debut. Casey James re-entered the chart at 32 with his self-titled debut. Gloriana was 36th with "A Thousand Miles Left Behind," up 6. BJ Thomas debuted at 39 with "The Living Room Sessions."

FGL took over for Wagon Wheel, last week's chart topper, which fell to second, on the songs chart. Shelton was third with Sure Be Cool If You Did. Miranda Lambert was fourth with Mama's Broken Heart, one ahead of Lady Antebellum's Downtown. FGL also was sixth on the chart with Get Your Shine one.

Tim McGraw, with a little help from Taylor Swift, moved up four to seventh with Highway Don't Care. The biggest mover was The Band Perry with DONE. jumping from 25 to 10. Shelton was 12th with Boys 'Round Here, featuring Pistol Annies and Friends, up 3. Brad Paisley was up 6 to 18 with Beat This Summer, the second single from his new disc "Wheelhouse."

Jake Owen was at 23, up 3, with Anywhere With You.

On the bluegrass chart, Steven Curtis Chapman stayed first with "Deep Roots." Old Crow Medicine Show remained second with "Carry Me Back." Trampled by Turtles climbed four to seventh with "Stars And Satellites." "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent" went from eighth to fourth. Punch Brothers held the fifth spot with "Who's Feeling Young Now?"

On the overall top 200, Shelton was fourth, FGL 13th , Jackson 15th and Bryan 16th.

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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: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
Concert Review: Grammy nominations aside, Yola, Kiah are the real deal – Grammy nominations do not make the artist, but Yola and opener Amythyst Kiah underscored time and again on this night that the honors were well deserved. In fact, Yola and Kiah's other group, Our Native Daughters, are nominated in the same category - Best American Roots. Yola has three other nominations as well. The clear winners... »»»
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