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Stapleton leads chart

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 – Chris Stapleton has the top country disc with "From a Room: Volume 1," while Sam Hunt continues atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending May 27 with "Body Like a Back Road."

On the songs chart, Brett Young stayed second with "In Case You Didn't Know" and Luke Combs third with "Hurricane." Dierks Bentley was fourth with "Black" and Keith Urban fifth with "The Fighter" featuring Carrie Underwood.

"God, Your Mama, and Me" from Florida Georgia Line featuring Backstreet Boys was up three to eighth. Thomas Rhett's "Craving You," featuring Maren Morris stood at 11, up 3. Blake Shelton jumped 5 to 13 with "Every Time I Hear That Song." Stapleton debuted at 18 with "Either Way." He also was 20 with with "Broken Halos," jumping 15.

Morris was 28th, up 6, with "I Could Use a Love Song." Scotty McCreedy debuted at 30 with "Five More Minutes." Zac Brown Band debuted at 39 with "Roots." Stapleton also debuted at 41 with "I Was Wrong," Lauren Duski at 43 with "Tell Me Why," Jon Pardi at 47 with "Heartache on the Dance Floor" and Brennley Brown at 49 with "Anyway."

On the albums chart, Stapleton also was second with "Traveller." Urban was third with "Ripcord," Young fourth with his self-titled debut and Florida Georgia Line fifth with "Dig Your Roots."

Last week's number one, Willie Nelson's "God's Problem Child," fell to sixth. Colt Ford debuted at seven with "Love Hope Faith." Morris jumped 10 to 11 with "Hero." Shelton was at 16 with "If I'm Honest," up 4. He also jumped 10 to 20 with "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits."

Upchurch debuted at 29 with "Son of the South." Ryan Upchurch's "Summer Love" EP debuted at 33.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Old Crow Medicine Show stayed first with "50 Years of Blonde on Blonde." Alison Krauss was second with "Windy City," Bradley Walker third with "Call Me Old-fashioned," "Best of Old Crow Medicine Show" fourth and Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives fifth with "Way Out West."

Stapleton also was first and second with "From a Room" and "Traveller" on the Folk/Americana chart. Mac DeMarco was third with the tribute disc "This Old Dog," "Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story" debuting in fourth and John Mayer's "The Search for Everything" fifth.

On the overall top 200, Stapleton's "From a View" was 2nd, "Traveller" 22nd, Urban 40th, Young 48th and Florida Georgia Line 55th.

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From A Room: Volume 2 CD review - From A Room: Volume 2
There is no bigger artist in country music today, perhaps even in American music, than Chris Stapleton. His appeal reaches beyond just the commercial country fans for his gritty bluesy approach. 2015's "Traveller" set a high bar, which was met by this year's release of "From A Room: Volume 1," which won Album of the Year in the 51st CMA Awards. Stapleton also garnered the Male Vocalist of the Year for his second time. Now seven months after that release, "From »»»
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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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