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FGL, Shelton lead Billboard

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 – Florida Georgia Line continues atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "H.O.L.Y." for the week ending July 2. Blake Shelton stood atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "If I'm Honest."

On the songs chart, Luke Bryan was second with "Huntin', Fishin' & Lovin' Every Day," switching spots with Tim McGraw's "Humble And Kind," which was third. Thomas Rhett remained fourth with "T-Shirt." Carrie Underwood was fifth, up three, with "Church Bells."

Jason Aldean went from 10 to 6 with "Lights Come On." Keith Urban was one back with "Wasted Time," up four. Jon Pardi was ninth with "Head Over Boots," up three. Kelsea Ballerini also climbed 3, to 13, with "Peter Pan." Jake Owen's "American Country Love Song" stood at 15, up 3. Shelton closed out the top 25 with "She's Got a Way With Words," up 5.

On the albums chart, Chris Stapleton was second with "Traveller," up 3. "NOW That's What I Call Country, Volume 9," a compilation disc, debuted in third. Urban was fourth with "Ripcord." Dierks Bentley was fifth with "Black."

Last week's number one, Maren Morris' "Hero," fell to sixth. Brandy Clark debuted in eighth with "Big Day in a Small Town," one ahead of Frankie Ballard's "El Rio" in its debut week. Drew Baldridge debuted in 11th with "Dirt On Us." "Colvin & Earle," an album by Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle, entered the chart at 13. Kane Brown jumped from 36 to 24 with his EP, "Chapter 1."

"Bright Star: A New Musical" by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell remained first on the Bluegrass Albums chart. Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice debuted in second with "Poor Boy's Pleasure." Steep Canyon Rangers were third with "Radio," one ahead of Martin and Brickell's "So Familiar." Flatt Lonesome was fifth with "Runaway Train," up five.

Stapleton led the Americana/Folk Albums chart. Band of Horses debuted in second with "Why Are You OK," one ahead of the Kaleo debut "A/B." Paul Simon was fourth with "Stranger to Stranger." Clark entered in fifth.

On the overall top 200, Shelton was 9th, Stapleton 10th, Bentley 19th, Urban 24th, and Rhett 27th. The top 200 and Top Country Albums charts use different criteria.

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Anything Goes CD review - Anything Goes
The title of Florida Georgia Line's second full length is accurate. For the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelly, that means girls, girls and more girls plus an ultra dose of partying. That is evident from the refrain of the title track, which, of course, focuses on Friday night activities. "I brought the songs and you brought the party/ Only one way to do it up right/Everybody goes where eveybody knows/That anything goes on a Friday Night/Get your party right/It's a Friday night. »»»
Here's to the Good Times This is How We Roll CD review - Here's to the Good Times This is How We Roll
Perhaps a few fans didn't get enough of Florida Georgia Line's "Here's to the Good Times," which came out in December 2012. That release contained all five songs of the duo's second EP "It'z Just What We Do" from May 2012. Not to mention the super uber mega-hit Cruise and fellow number ones Get Your Shine On, Round Here and Stay. With "This is How We Roll," Tyler Hubbard (he's the one with the longer hair) and Brian Kelly follow 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: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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