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Lady A gets gold

Thursday, May 16, 2013 – Lady Antebellum had the top selling disc in the U.S. with "Golden" for the week ending May 25. Florida Georgia Line again led the Billboard Country Songs chart with Cruise.

Lady A took over the top of the Billboard Country Albums chart from Kenny Chesney's "Life on a Rock," which fell to third. Pistol Annies debuted in second with its sophomore disc "Annie Up." Blake Shelton was fourth with "Based on a True Story..." "Nashville: The Music of Nashville: Season 1: Volume 2" debuted in fifth.

"NOW That's What I Call a Country Part," a compilation disc, debuted in 10th. Tim McGraw was at 11, up 3, with "Two Lanes of Freedom." "Nashville: The Music of Nashville: Season 1: Volume 1" was up 5 to 23. Randy Rogers Band suffered a big drop with "Trouble." Debuting in third last week, the CD was 25th this week. Craig Campbell debuted at 28 with "Never Again."

Rapper Lenny Cooper debuted at 34 with "Mud Dynasty." Gloriana enjoyed a huge jump with "A Thousand Miles Left Behind" up 17 to 39. Dailey & Vincent debuted at 40 with "Brothers of the Highway."

On the songs chart, Darius Rucker and Shelton stayed second and third with Wagon Wheel and Boys 'Round Here respectively. The latter also features Pistol Annies. Tim McGraw was fourth with Highway Don't Care, which also includes Taylor Swift. Florida Georgia Line rounded out the top five with Get Your Shine On.

George Strait broke into the top 10 with Give It All We Got Tonight. The Band Perry moved up from 15 to 12 with DONE. Gloriana jumped 7 to 20 with Can't Shake You. Randy Houser was up 4 to 24 with Runnin' Outta Moonlight. Danielle Bradbery, a Texas teen who has been on The Voice, debuted at 25 with Maybe It Was Memphis.

Steve Martin & Edie Brickell continue leading the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Love Has Come For You." Dailey & Vincent debuted in second with "Brothers of the Highway." Steven Curtis Chapman was third with "Deep Roots." Old Crow Medicine Show stood in fourth with "Carry Me Back," one ahead of Trampled by Turtles' "Stars and Satellites."

On the overall top 200, Pistols Annies were 5th, Chesney 8th, Shelton 9th and "Nashville..." 13th.

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Lady Antebellum may cause you to throw out many of your country music principles. They don't sing and play traditional country music, for starters. They're not cool like more rocking Americana artists. In fact, they're huge mainstream country stars. So, why are some of us still suckers for their sound? And why does the new "Heart Break" sound so good on the ears? Well, it's simple, but complicated. Hillary Scott is simply a wonderfully sincere singer. »»»
747 CD review - 747
Six albums into its career, Lady Antebellum pretty much has the formula down pat. Either Hillary Scott or long and lanky Charles Kelley assumes lead vocals with Dave Haywood also providing vocals plus guitars and mandolin in a bunch of songs easy on the ears with a story often involving a lust for love. The typical song ("Lie With Me," for example) starts with Kelly or Scott taking a stanza, followed by the other with both then tackling the chorus together. This has worked quite well »»»
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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