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Pardi scorches first chart topper

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 – Jon Pardi notched his first number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "California Sunrise," his second full-length release. Florida Georgia Line again tops the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "H.O.L.Y." for the week ending July 9.

Pardi was followed by Chris Stapleton's "Traveller." Keith Urban was third with "Ripcord." Blake Shelton, who had last week's chart topper with "If I'm Honest," fell to fourth. "NOW That's What I Call Country, Volume 9" was fifth.

Thomas Rhett jumped from 12 to 6 with "Tangled Up." Sam Hunt was ninth with "Montevallo," moving up six. Luke Bryan was at 12 with "Kill the Lights," up 4. Sturgill Simpson held 13th with "A Sailor's Guide to Earth," up 10. LoCash debuted at 14 with "Fighters."

Eric Church was at 17 with "Mr. Misunderstood," up 3. Kane Brown was at 21 with "Chapter 1," up 3. Elizabeth Cook debuted at 23 with "Exodus of Venus." Zac Brown Band closed out the top 25 with "Jekyll + Hyde," up 3.

On the songs chart, Bryan remained second with "Huntin', Fishin' & Lovin' Every Day." Carrie Underwood was third with Church Bells," one ahead of Jason Aldean's "Lights Come On." Tim McGraw was fifth with "Humble And Kind." Pardi's Head Over Boots" climbed three spots to sixth.

Brown was at 19 in his debut week with "Ain't No Stopping Us Now."

On the Americana/Folk Albums Chart, Mumford & Sons debuted in first with "Johannesburg," its EP with Baaba Maal, The Very Best and Beatenberg. Mumford & Sons pushed Stapleton's "Traveller" to second. "Case/Lang/Veirs" debuted in third. Paul Simon remained fourth with "Stranger to Stranger." The Lumineers were fifth with "Cleopatra."

Sara Jarosz debuted in first on the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Undercurrent." "Bright Star: A New Musical" from Steve Martin and Edie Brickell fell to second. Irene Kelley debuted in third with "These Hills." Sister Sadie entered in fourth with its self-titled debut. Martin and Brickell were fifth with "So Familiar."

On the overall top 200, Pardi was 11th, Stapleton 13th, Urban 15th, Shelton 17th and Rhett 18th. The top 200 and Country Albums chart use different criteria.


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CD review - Heartache Medication Jon Pardi may sing about heartache medication with this collection of songs, but his focus on arrangements filled with traditional musical elements (fiddle, steel guitar and twangy electric guitar) is joyfully medicinal for anyone sickened by so much mainstream country music that lacks many (if not all) of these essential country instruments. These songs read as well as they sound, though. For example, the drinking song "Me and Jack" begins with a thumping, Johnny Cash-inspired country groove. ...
CD review - California Sunrise Jon Pardi apparently isn't worried about chasing something new. He makes that clear on the opening "Out of Style" where he sings "The common way we work and play/Are still alive and well today/Don't' need to find a new way to say/We don't get out of style." He may not have penned the song, but Pardi continues mining a more traditional sound on his recordings (his live shows tend to rock far too much as if he's trying to figure just who he is musically). ...
CD review - Write You a Song Jon Pardi is an anomaly these days - you're not going to hear any rap or hip hop in the debut from this California native. Nor proclamations about how great farm life is. Yes, you'll hear rocking vocals and instrumentation at times, but the 11 songs are far more steeped in country than most anyone out there today. That means there's twang in the forceful vocals - a healthy dose of it - plus pedal steel and fiddle (both are prominent on the title track, which has a sort of Jerry Lee Lewis feel). ...


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