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Rice leads country chart

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 – Chase Rice will have the top selling country disc on the Billboard charts when they are released on Thursday with "Ignite the Night" in a record setting week.

The disc is third on the overall chart with 44,000 units sold, meaning it is first on the Top Country Albums chart as well. Rice, who gained notice as a writer of the Florida Georgia Line "Cruise," has a hit single with "Ready Set Roll," now 12th on the Hot Country Songs chart.

A Motley Crue tribute, "Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue," was fifth on the overall chart with 31,000 units sold. Brantley Gilbert, The Mavericks, Cassadee Pope and Justin Moore are among those on the disc.

Wiz Khalifa has the number one disc with "Blacc Hollywood."

As for the record, it wasn't exactly good news. Total sales for albums was 3.97 million units, the smallest weekly figure since SoundScan started tracking in 1991. This marked the first time that weekly sales fell below 4 million units, according to Billboard.

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Lambs & Lions CD review - Lambs & Lions
As counterintuitive as it might seem, Chase Rice and the late George Michael have a lot in common. Both were their respective label's golden boy, and when each artist tried to do something different, they fell out of favor. In Rice's case, he sensed the demise of bro country and wanted to shift gears. Columbia Nashville preferred to have him stay the course. Rice said, "I was fed up with trying, whether that was trying to be something I'm not, trying to make music that people »»»
Ignite the Night CD review - Ignite the Night
Chase Rice lets listeners know exactly what to expect on his debut right from the opening sounds of first single and opener, the hit "Ready Set Roll." Electronic beats and a robotic voice start off a bro country track with plenty of hip hop flourishes and simplistic lyrics like "ready set let's ride, get your little fine ass on the step, shimmy up inside." Rice was a co-writer on Florida Georgia Line's smash hit "Cruise," which is also a fine indicator of »»»
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: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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