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Swindell, Stapleton lead charts

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 – Chris Stapleton and Cole Swindell lead the Billboard country charts for the week ending April 16. Stapleton's "Traveller" tops the Top Country Albums chart, while Swindell led the Hot Country Songs chart with "You Should Be Here."

Brett Eldredge stayed second on the songs chart with "Drunk On Your Love." Dierks Bentley climbed from sixth to third with "Somewhere on a Beach." Tim McGraw remained fourth with "Humble and Kind," one ahead of Thomas Rhett's "Die a Happy Man," Blake Shelton jumped from 11 to 6 with "Came Here to Forget."

Lee Brice was at 13, up 4, with "That Don't Sound Like You." Kenny Chesney was the big mover of the week with his new single "Noise" skyrocketing from 33 to 14.

Stapleton took over the top of the chart from "Hymns" by Joey + Rory, which fell to second. Sam Hunt went from seventh to fourth with "Montevallo." Rhett was fourth with "Tangled Up," up five. Loretta Lynn moved from eighth to fifth with "Full Circle." Carrie Underwood was up four to sixth with "Storyteller" and Luke Bryan up four to seventh with "Kill the Lights." Tim McGraw's "Damn Country Music" moved from 12th to 8th. Traditional country singer Margo Price debuted in 10th with "Midwest Farmer's Daughter."

Eric Church's "Mr. Misunderstood" was at 11, up 6. Chris Young's "I'm Comin' Over" stood at 15, up 4. Old Dominion was up 5 to 16 with "Meat And Candy." Kelsea Ballerini climbed 12 to 18 with "The First Time." Eldredge's "Illinois" was at 19, up 5.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell were first again with "So Familiar." The Willis Clan's "Chapter Two - Boots" was up 10 to second. Josh Williams debuted in third with "Modern Day Man." Sierra Hull's "Weighted Mind" was fourth. Finnish band Steve 'N' Seagulls debuted in fourth with "Farm Machine."

On the overall top 200, Stapleton was 8th, Joey + Rory 18th, Hunt 29th, Rhett 31st and Bryan 59th. The top 200 and country album charts use different criteria.

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All of It CD review - All of It
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Down Home Sessions EP CD review - Down Home Sessions EP
Upon first glance at the track list of Cole Swindell's fourth installment of the "Down Home Sessions" series, one may get the impression that it is a covers EP. It features several chart toppers from other artists, including Luke Bryan's "Roller Coaster" and Thomas Rhett's "Get Me Some Of That." Swindell has 10 number 1 singles as a songwriter to his name had a hand in penning both all five songs, so technically, it's original material. »»»
Down Home Sessions III CD review - Down Home Sessions III
Cole Swindell's third installment of the "Down Home Sessions" EP series is a relatable five-track thread that feels like bro country light; There's plenty of beer and bars, but only one truck song ("Chevrolet DJ"), and the narrative thread including failed pickup lines, first date jitters and jealousy can be interpreted as applicable to one girl and the early stages of a relationship rather than the gaggle. That being said, the overall texture is pop laden, »»»
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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