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Florida Georgia Line, Shelton top Billboard

Thursday, July 24, 2014 – Florida Georgia Line remains first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Aug. 2 with "Dirt." Blake Shelton jumped from 12 to 1 with "Based on a True Story..."on the albums chart. The disc benefited from a deep discount on Amazon.

Kenny Chesney and Dierks Bentley remained two-three with "American Kids" and "Drunk on a Plane" on the songs chart. Lady Antebellum was fourth with "Bartender." Lee Brice was fifth with "I Don't Dance." Chris Young made into the top 10 with "Whom I Am With You," at 9, up 2.

Tim McGraw moved up 4 to 11 with "Meanwhile Back at Mama's," which features his wife, Faith Hill. Newcomer Sam Hunt was at 12 with "Leave the Night On," up 5. Dustin Lynch's "Where It's At (Yep, Yep)" was at 15, up 3. Cole Swindell also moved up 2 spots, to 18, with "Hope You Get Lonely Tonight." Luke Bryan was the biggest mover as "Roller Coaster" was up 8 to 19. Frankie Ballard stood at 22, up 3, with "Sunshine & Whiskey."

Little Big Town broke into the top 25 as "Day Drinking" hit 24. Eric Church closed out the top 25 with "Cold One," at 25, up 4.

On the albums chart, last week's number one, "Platinum" by Miranda Lambert, fell to second. Brantley Gilbert was third with "Just As I Am," Bryan fourth with "Crash My Party" and "Here's to the Good Times" by Florida Georgia Line 5th.

Jake Owen stood at 11 with "Days of Gold," up 4. Sturgill Simpson jumped from 28 to 17 with "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music." Dan + Shay closed out the top 25 with "Where It All Began" at 25, up 8.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Nickel Creek maintained its stranglehold on first with "A Dotted Line." Alan Jackson was second with "The Bluegrass Album." Jonathan Widger, Sarah Moore and Randy Nichols were third with "Timeless Treasures: Bluegrass Gospel." "The Living Years" from The Isaacs was fourth, up seven. Flatt Lonesome debuted in fifth with "Too." Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver debuted at 10 with "Open Carefully, Message Inside."

On the overall top 200, Shelton was 10th, Lambert 13th, Gilbert 15th, Bryan 28th and Florida Georgia Line 32nd.

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Dig Your Roots CD review - Dig Your Roots
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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
Perhaps a few fans didn't get enough of Florida Georgia Line's "Here's to the Good Times," which came out in December 2012. That release contained all five songs of the duo's second EP "It'z Just What We Do" from May 2012. Not to mention the super uber mega-hit Cruise and fellow number ones Get Your Shine On, Round Here and Stay. With "This is How We Roll," Tyler Hubbard (he's the one with the longer hair) and Brian Kelly follow the »»»
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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