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Stapleton, Rhett hold steady, and they're happy

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 – Chart toppers Chris Stapleton and Thomas Rhett stayed right where they were once again on the Billboard charts. Rhett's "Die a Happy Man" leads the Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Feb. 6, while Stapleton's "Traveller" CD tops the Top Country Albums chart.

Sam Hunt stayed second on the songs chart with "Break Up in a Small Town," with Luke Bryan's "Home Alone Tonight" featuring Karen Fairchild again third and Brother Osborne's "Stay a Little Longer" fourth. LoCash was fifth with "I Love This Life."

Granger Smith went from 10th to 6th with his first hit "Backroad Song." Carrie Underwood also was up four, to eighth, with "Heartbeat." Keith Urban's "Break On Me." was 10th, up 3. Brett Eldredge was a big mover as "Drunk On Your Love" jumped from 20 to 11.

Cole Swindell was 12th with "You Should Be Here," moving up 3 spots. Stapleton was at 16 with "Nobody to Blame," climbing 5. Rascal Flatts stood at 21 with "I Like the Sound of That," up 3. Stapleton also was at 22nd on the chart with "Tennessee Whiskey," which moved up 4 spots. Old Dominion's second hit, "Snapback," up 5 to 23rd. Lee Brice was at 24 with "That Don't Sound Like You," up 3, while Chase Bryant closed out the top 25 with "Little of You," a jump of 4 places.

On the albums chart, Hank Williams Jr. debuted in second with "It's About Time." Brothers Osborne debuted in third with "Pawn Shop," the duo's debut. Blake Shelton was fourth with "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits," up three. Randy Rogers Band debuted in fifth with "Nothing Shines Like Neon."

Texas artist Frank Foster debuted in seventh with "Boots on the Ground." Russell Dickerson debuted at 14 with "Yours, EP."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell were first with "So Familiar." The "Jackie & Ryan" soundtrack was third. Punch Brothers were third with "The Phosphorescent Blues," one ahead of The SteelDrivers' "The Muscle Shoals Recordings." The "Bluegrass Gems" compilation disc was fifth.

On the top 200 chart, Stapleton was 8th, Williams 15th, Brothers Osborne 17th, Hunt 25th, and Shelton 26th. The Top 200 and country albums chart use different criteria.

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Life Changes CD review - Life Changes
Thomas Rhett references mangoritas, Coldplay and verified Instagram accounts on his third album, and for some, that may be a deal-breaker. His ultra-contemporary style and pop culture smarts may be anathema for fans of traditional country. However, writing Rhett off by stamping a cowboy boot and hollering "That ain't country!" writes off some truly standout songs - created by combining the best elements of country and pop music. Take the sophisticated songwriting of country and the »»»
Tangled Up CD review - Tangled Up
Thomas Rhett picks up where he left off on his 2013 debut, "It Goes Like This," which netted three chart toppers. Rhett would be hard to categorize as country, although in the big tent philosophy of what passes these days, country serves more as a marketing niche. He's more soul, funk and hip hop than country. His catchy, bouncy "Crash and Burn," another number one song, is squarely soulful pop with a few small sonic tweaks (whistles, backing "uhs" near the end) »»»
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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