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Willie & The Hag top Billboard

Thursday, June 11, 2015 – Little Big Town's "Girl Crush" on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart is continuing because the song is number one again for the week ending June 20. Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard were first with their first album together in 30 years, "Django & Jimmie."

The rest of the top five stayed the same: "Take Your Time" by Sam Hunt second; "Sangria" by Blake Shelton third; "Kick the Dust Up" by Luke Bryan fourth and "Sippin' On Fire" by Florida Georgia Line fifth.

Eric Church was at 13 with "Like a Wrecking Ball," up 3. That was the case with Jason Aldean's "Tonight Looks Good On You" at 14 and Thomas Rhett's "Crash And Burn" at 15. Hunt also was at 22 with "House Party," which was up 3. Dustin Lynch closed out the top 25 with "Hell of a Night," moving up 3 spots.

On the albums chart, the Hag and Nelson replaced Zac Brown Band's "Jekyll + Hyde," which fell to second. Billy Currington debuted in third with "Summer Forever." Hunt was fourth with "Montevallo." Brantley Gilbert was fifth with "Just As I Am."

Gloriana debuted at 13 with "Three." Kane Brown debuted at 22 with "Closer," an EP.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Dailey & Vincent again held the top spot with "Alive! In Concert." Punch Brothers were second with The Phosphorescent Blues." The Hillbenders debuted in third with "Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry." Robert Earl Keen was fourth with "Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions" and The Willis Clan was fifth with "Chapter Two - Boots."

On the overall Billboard Top 200, Haggard and Nelson were 7th, ZBB 9th, Hunt 13th, Currington 15th and Little Big Town 27th with "Pain Killer." The Billboard top 200 and country charts use different criteria.

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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: Gayle, Orlando provide good old-fashioned entertainment – Although this pairing of country star Crystal Gayle and Tony Orlando may have - on the surface - appeared to be an odd one, tonight's audience demonstratively loved each performer equally. It was an evening of memorable songs, fun and funny stories and just good old-fashioned entertainment. Gayle opened the show with a strong set of country... »»»
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.... »»»
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