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Urban/Miranda again lead Billboard Country Song chart

Thursday, November 21, 2013 – Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert remain atop the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Nov. 30 with We Were Us. "Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas" from The Robertsons remained first.

Luke Bryan was second on the songs chart with That's My Kind of Night. Blake Shelton stayed third with Mine Would Be You. Florida Georgia Line climbed three with Stay. Taylor Swift's Red was fifth. Joe Nichols went from 10 to six with Sunny and 75. Eli Young Band climbed four to ninth with Drunk Last Night, one ahead of Carolina by Parmalee, which was up five.

David Nail was a big mover with Whatever She's Got, up six to 12th. Zac Brown Band was at 16, up three, with Sweet Annie. Cole Swindell stood at 18, up four, with Chillin' It. Darius Rucker was 20th with Radio, up three. Hunter Hayes closed out the top 25 with Everybody's Got Somebody But Me, up 1.

On the album chart, Bryan stayed second with "Crash My Party" and Florida Georgia Line third with "Here's to the Good Times." Kellie Pickler debuted at fourth with "The Woman I Am." Shelton was fifth with "Based on a True Story..."

Lady Antebellum jumped 20 spots to sixth with "Golden." Jason Aldean closed out the top 10 with "Night Train," up three. Justin Moore moved up fourth to 15 with "Off the Beaten Path," while Rucker also climbed four to 16 with "True Believers."

"Merry Christmas...Love, Elvis" was at 25, up eight. Alan Jackson was 34th with "Precious Memories: Volume II," up five. Presley's "The Classic Christmas Album" was up 14 to 35. Martina McBride's disc of the same name was 37th, up 18. Mountain Man debuted at 39 with "Slower Than Christmas." The Statler Brothers' "Best From the Farewell Concert" was 40th, up 27.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Jackson was first again with "The Bluegrass Album." Trampled By Turtles debuted in second with "Live At First Avenue." Michael Martin Murphey was third with "Red River Drifter," one ahead of The Devil Makes Three's "I'm a Stranger Here." Steve Martin & Edie Brickell were fifth with "Love Has Come For You."

On the overall top 200, The Robertsons were fourth, Bryan 12th, FGL 14th, Pickler 19th and Shelton 24th.

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Ripcord CD review - Ripcord
Even though Keith Urban's single, "Wasted Time," borrows more than a little sonic sensibility from electronic music, there's still an upfront banjo solo. And this is how it's always been with Urban. He may play the part of the guitar hero at times, and even revealed his eclectic musical knowledge as a judge on American Idol, but Urban will always be a country boy at heart. And boyish good looks and talent have taken this country boy far, too. The wonderfully titled »»»
Fuse CD review - Fuse
Keith Urban will keep his superstar status intact with the lengthy "Fuse." The upbeat, commercial- and fan-friendly music and singing from Urban will ensure that. This is pretty much vintage Urban. That means Urban's not very high on the country quotient. What sounds like a guitar on the rocking Good Thing and the somewhat swampy Red Camaro, for example, is Mike Elizondo's programming. Yes, there's gango (six-stringed banjo with guitar neck) sprinkled in many songs, but »»»
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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