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Bryan, FGL lead Billboard charts

Thursday, February 13, 2014 – Luke Bryan stayed first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Feb. 22 with "Drink a Beer." On the Country Albums chart, Florida Georgia Line reclaimed the top spot with "Here's to the Good Times" from Kacey Musgraves "Same Trailer Different Park," which fell to fifth.

On the songs chart, David Nail and Cole Swindell remained two-three with "Whatever She's Got" and "Chillin' It." Jason Aldean was fourth with "When She Says Baby." Brantley Gilbert went from ninth to fifth with "Bottoms Up." Eric Church moved up four to seventh with "Give Me Back My Hometown." Blake Shelton was ninth, up three, with "Doin' What She Likes." Dierks Bentley was 10th, up three, with "I Hold On."

Frankie Ballard climbed four to 11th with "Helluva Life." Jerrod Niemann stood at 13, up three, with "Drink to That All Night." New duo Dan + Shay were at 15, up five, with "19 You + Me." Thompson Square's "Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About" was up four to 19. Danielle Bradbery was at 21 with "The Heart of Dixie," up four.

Brett Eldredge was 24th with "Beat of the Music," up five. Florida Georgia Line closed out the top 25 with "This How We Roll," up six. The song features Bryan.

On the Country Albums chart, Bryan was second with "Crash My Party," Jennifer Nettles third with "That Girl," and Eric Paslay debuted in fourth with his self-titled debut.

Vince Gill & Paul Franklin's "Bakersfield" jumped from 18 to seven. Whiskey Myers debuted in 10th with "Early Morning Shakes." Tim McGraw debuted at 19 with "Love Story," a compilation disc of love songs. Moonshine Bandits debuted at 22 with "Calicocountry."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Rhonda Vincent was at the top with "Only Me," a double disc of bluegrass and country. Alan Jackson stayed second with "The Bluegrass Album." The Devil Makes Three held third with "I'm a Stranger Here." "The Broken Circle Breakdown" soundtrack, from a foreign film nominated for an Oscar, debuted in fourth. Blue Highway's "The Game" was fifth.

On the overall top 200, Florida Georgia Line was 19th, Bryan 20th, Nettles 23rd, Paslay 31st and Musgraves 36th.

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What Makes You Country CD review - What Makes You Country
Luke Bryan aims to please often, and that rarely goes unpunished. The Georgia native has a strong voice, some songwriting skill and even legitimate farming cred. But Bryan still gets pegged as the face of corporate country - that pandering beast packaging artists for mass consumption. The label can be unfair, but not wholly undeserved - Bryan has a long track record, for instance, of records about chasing girls and Bud Lights. In truth, he married his college sweetheart and they share a quiet, »»»
Farm Tour...Here's to the Farmer CD review - Farm Tour...Here's to the Farmer
Luke Bryan has been in that "hardware" phase of his career for the last few years. There have been several armloads of awards, many on the strength of the high-caliber singles from 2013's "Crash My Party." It might present a challenge to stay grounded. But Bryan has kept himself busy with work for charities (he's embarking on a traditional tour of farms to benefit his scholarship fund), and the use of the EP - this marks his eighth. Many artists use the EP format »»»
Kill the Lights CD review - Kill the Lights
When Luke Bryan announces, "I've got that music for your ear" during the single "Kick the Dust Up," listeners should know right off this is not a collection of sounds for every ear. It's targeted toward the young and reckless set instead, where consequences don't seem to matter. There's no better example of this loose approach than the revenge sex expressed through a duet with Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild on "Home Alone Tonight," where »»»
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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