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ZBB, LBT again lead charts

Thursday, May 21, 2015 – Little Big Town and Zac Brown Band both retained the top spots on the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Albums chart for the week ending May 30.

LBT was first on the songs charts with "Girl Crush" Sam Hunt stayed second with "Take Your Time" and Florida Georgia Line third with "Sippin' On Fire." Blake Shelton was fourth with "Sangria," while "Smoke" from A Thousand Horses was fifth, the group's first hit.

Chris Young debuted in eighth with "I'm Coming Over." The rest of the top 25 had little change.

On the album chart, ZBB was first with "Jekyll + Hyde." Hunt was second with "Montevallo." "Nashville: The Music of Season 3: Volume 2" debuted in third. Chris Stapleton was fourth with "Traveller" and Reba McEntire fifth with "Love Somebody." Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell debuted in eighth with "The Traveling Kind."

The compilation disc, "NOW That's What I Call ACM Awards: 50 Years" debuted at 14. Cole Swindell was at 18 with his self-titled disc, up 3.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Dailey & Vincent stayed first with "Alive! In Concert." Della Mae jumped from 10 to 2 with its self-titled second disc. Steve 'N' Seagulls debuted at three with "Farm Machine." Rhonda Vincent was fourth with "Only Me." Robert Earl Keen was fifth with "Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions."

On the top 200, ZBB was 7th, Hunt 17th, Little Big Town 24th, "Nashville" 28th, and Florida Georgia Line 36th. The top 200 and country albums chart use different criteria.

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Fans looking for the Zac Brown Band of 2005 won't find it in "Jekyll + Hyde" - there's nothing but an aftertaste of the Georgia group's chicken-fried origins. That might be why the album's name is so appropriate. Fans have gotten to know the country-folk band, but a deviant creeps in on all 16 tracks of its fourth album. And, like the classic story, Hyde stands out as more interesting. It hits hard, too. The opener, "Beautiful Drug," has an electric-pop »»»
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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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