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Musgraves, Bryan lead charts

Thursday, February 6, 2014 – Luke Bryan's "Drink a Beer" and Kacey Musgraves' "Same Trailer Different Park" top the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Albums chart respectively for the week ending Feb. 15.

David Nail was second on the songs chart with "Whatever She's Got." Cole Swindell stayed third with "Chillin' It." Hunter Hayes benefitted from a Grammys appearance as "Invisible" shot from 23 to four in its second week. Jason Aldean was fifth with "When She Says Baby." Musgraves also was aided by Grammy wins and an appearance. "Follow Your Arrow" skyrocketed from 26 to 10.

Dierks Bentley went from 16 to 13 with "I Hold On." Scott McCreery reappeared on the charts with "See You Tonight" at 14 after being off the charts last week. The song has been on the charts for 33 weeks. Frankie Ballard was at 15 with "Helluva Life," up three. "Cop Car," Keith Urban's new single, jumped from 27 to 16.

Randy Houser was at 19 with "Goodnight Kiss," up three. Eric Church debuted at 24 with "A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young."

For Musgraves, her CD went from fifth to first in its 46th week on the charts. Last week's number one, "That Girl" by Jennifer Nettles, slipped to second. Bryan stayed third with "Crash My Party." Florida Georgia Line was fourth with "Here's to the Good Times." Taylor Swift was fifth with "Red." Vince Gill and Paul Franklin were off the charts last week, but are 18 this week with "Bakersfield," their 17th week on the charts.

Tim McGraw went from 38 to 22 with "Two Lanes of Freedom." "To All the Girls..." from Willie Nelson was up three to 23.

Rhonda Vincent led the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Only Me," the first time since September that Alan Jackson's "The Bluegrass Album" did not lead the charts. Jackson is now second. Steve Martin and Edie Brickell are third with "Love Has Come For You." The Devil Makes Three is third with "I'm a Stranger Here." "Best of Bluegrass: Collector's Edition" by Steve Ivey is fifth. The Farewell Drifters debuted at seven with "Tomorrow Forever."

On the Top 200 chart, Musgraves was 12th, Nettles 20th, Bryan 25th, FGL 26th and Swift 42nd.

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Pageant Material CD review - Pageant Material
Kacey Musgraves is a welcome throwback in these bro and modern country times. That means you're going to hear sharp lyrics with more than a touch of humor, story songs and even instrumentation that recalls traditional country, like pedal steel, mandolin and a Johnny Cash drumbeat. Musgraves' tour de force is her uncanny ability to turn a phrase. She does employ fellow producers Luke Laird and Shane McAnally plus Brandy Clark and Josh Osborne, among others, for lyrical help. »»»
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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.... »»»
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