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NOW, LBT lead Billboard charts

Thursday, June 18, 2015 – A "NOW" compilation album topped the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending June 27 with last week's chart topper, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard's "Django And Jimmie" now fifth. Little Big Town remains atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Girl Crush."

"NOW That's What I Call Country, Volume 8" was, of course, first on the country albums chart. Zac Brown Band was second with "Jekyll + Hyde." A Thousand Horses debuted in third with "Southernality." Sam Hunt was fourth with "Montevallo."

Montgomery Gentry debuted at 13 with "Folks Like Us." Carrie Underwood was up 4 to 17 with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1." Kenny Chesney was at 22 with "The Big Revival," up 3.

Hunt is second again on the songs chart with "Take Your Time." Luke Bryan is third with "Kick the Dust Up," switching spots with "Sangria" by Blake Shelton, which fell to fourth. Kelsea Ballerini is fifth with "Love Me Like You Mean It."

Eric Church was a big mover with "Like a Wrecking Ball" up five to eighth. Jason Aldean also was up five with "Tonight Looks Good On You" at nine. Thomas Rhett was at 12 with "Crash and Burn," up 3. Hunt also was at 16 with "House Party," up 6. Chris Janson's "Buy Me a Boat" checked in at 17, up 4.

Keith Urban had the biggest chart shaker by far with his new single "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" jumping from 47 to 24.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Dailey & Vincent held first with "Alive! In Concert." Robert Earl Keen was second with "Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions." Punch Brothers was third with "The Phosphorescent Blues." The Willis Clan was fourth with "Chapter Two - Boots." Ralph Stanley was fifth with "Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow."

On the overall top 200, Hunt was 7th, ZBB 12th, A Thousand Horses 20th, NOW 22nd and Little Big Town 28th with "Pain Killer." The country and top 200 charts use different criteria.

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The Breaker CD review - The Breaker
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Pain Killer CD review - Pain Killer
For some, listening to Little Big Town will be an act of searching for something at least half as catchy as "Pontoon," yet without success. Whenever a group creates such a fantastically memorable single, the prospect of following it up successfully can be a bit of a handicap. With that said, though, "Pain Killer" is a pretty good pop-country album, as pop-country albums go. Although Little Big Town has never been known to be rockers, the rollicking "Save Your Sin" »»»
Tornado CD review - Tornado
When the chorus to Leavin' in Your Eyes kicks in with some lovely layered vocals, it's tempting to compare Little Big Town to Fleetwood Mac. After better sense kicks in, though, it's more reasonable to categorize LBT as Fleetwood Mac-lite, at best. All that '70s cocaine and infidelity made Fleetwood Mac so much darker than anything modern day Nashville could ever produce. To its credit, though, Fleetwood Mac could never produce anything nearly as catchy as Pontoon, easily 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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