Rucker, Hunt top charts

Thursday, April 9, 2015 – Darius Rucker led the Billboard Top Country Albums with "Southern Style" for the week ending April 18. Sam Hunt continued dominating the Hot Country Songs chart with "Take Your Time."

On the albums chart, Rucker displaced last week's chart topper, "Spring Break...Checkin' Out," from Luke Bryan. Hunt was third with "Montevallo." The "NOW That's What I Call ACM Awards: 50 Years" debuted in fourth. Jason Aldean held fifth again with "Old Boots, New Dirt."

Tim McGraw was back on the chart with "Sundown Heaven Town" at 19 after being off the chart. Sturgill Simpson was 23rd, up 4, with "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music." Jon Wolfe debuted at 25 with "Natural Man."

Zac Brown Band stayed second on the songs chart with "Homegrown." Cole Swindell inched up one to third with "Ain't Worth the Whiskey" as did Chris Young, in fourth with "Lonely Eyes." "Girl Crush" from Little Big Town dipped two to fifth.

Keith Urban's "Raise 'Em Up," featuring Eric Church climbed 3 to 10. Kenny Chesney's song with Grace Potter, "Wild Child," was at 18, up 4. Church was 20th with "Like a Wrecking Ball," up 3. Kelsea Ballerini also was up 3, to 21, with her first top 25, "Love Me Like You Mean It." Easton Corbin made it into the top 25 with "Baby Be My Love Song," at 25.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Punch Brothers again led with "Phosphorescent Blues." Robert Earl Keen was second with "Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions," followed by Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn's self-titled released, "Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow" and the debut in fifth of Keith and Kristyn Getty's "The Greengrass Session."

On the overall top 200, Rucker was 7th, Hunt 22nd, Bryan 32nd, Florida Georgia Line 39th with "Anything Goes" and Carrie Underwood 42nd with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1." The country albums and Hot 200 chart use different methodologies.

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When Was the Last Time CD review - When Was the Last Time
Darius Rucker is so darn likeable, he likely gets away with creating subpar music more than most. However, "When Was the Last Time" is a consistently good album, which is as respectable as it is likeable. Rucker knows how to sing crowd pleasers, like the fun and funny "Count the Beers" and the all-star collaboration "Straight to Hell," which also features Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Charles Kelley. He shines brightest, though, on the more serious songs. »»»
Southern Style CD review - Southern Style
Although opener "Homegrown Honey" has a few hip-hip sonic elements fueling it, "Southern Style" is a fairly traditional - well, as traditional as Darius Rucker can get - album. "Homegrown Honey," along with the title cut and "Half Full Dixie Cup," make a play for Rucker's Southern credentials, and for the most part support these claims. Rucker is an easygoing vocalist, and this latest effort goes down smoothly. It's still taboo for country »»»
Home for the Holidays CD review - Home for the Holidays
When it came time for Darius Rucker to throw his hat into the holiday album ring, he was clearly aiming for the old school, traditional realm of such things. The heavy orchestration for these 12 songs hearkens back to the days when crooners like Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra tracked Christmas projects, rather than anything that might pass for country. With that said, though, Rucker represents himself quite well with this traditional album of (mostly) familiar Christmas songs. »»»