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"Meant to Be," Aldean again lead charts

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – The stranglehold of "Meant to Be" continues on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with the Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line song still number one. Jason Alden remained first with "Rearview Town" on the Top Country Albums chart for the week ending May 5.

On the albums chart, Brothers Osborne debuted in second with "Port Saint Joe." Kane Brown was third with his self-titled debut. Thomas Rhett was fourth with "Life Changes" and rapper Upchurch debuted in fifth with "Creeker."

Old Crow Medicine Show debuted at 14 with "Volunteer." Zac Brown Band was up 4 to 19 with "Greatest Hits So Far..." Ashley Monroe debuted at 21 with "Sparrow." Florida Georgia Line's "Here's to the Good Times" went from 33 to 30. Chris Young was at 33 with "Losing Sleep," up 6. Brothers Osborne's "Pawn Shop" jumped from 50 to 42.

On the songs chart, Brown stayed second with "Heaven," Aldean third with "You Make It Easy" and Luke Bryan fourth with "Most People Are Good." Dan + Shay were fifth with "Tequila."

Luke Combs moved from 11 to 7 with "One Number Away." Sugarland jumped 40 spots to eighth with "Babe," featuring Taylor Swift. Morgan Wallen's "Up Down" was up 4 to 12 with Florida Georgia Line helping out. Chris Janson's "Drunk Girl" went from 30 to 27. Lindsay Ell's "Criminal" continued its climb, going from 32 to 28. Brothers Osborne umped 12 to 29 with "Shoot Me Straight."

Thomas Rhett's "Life Changes" jumped from 42 to 31. LANCO's "Born to Love You" was up 3 to 37. Carly Pearce also moved up 3, to 41, with "Hide the Wine." Rhett also climbed 5 to 42 with "Leave Right Now." Keith Urban debuted at 43 with "Parallel Line." Old Dominion's "Hotel Key" debuted at 47 as did "Brown's "What's Mine Is Yours" at 48, Chase Rice at 49 with "Eyes on You" and Chris Stapleton at 50 with "Millionaire."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Old Crow was first with "Volunteer" and second with "Best of Old Crow Medicine Show." Alison Krauss held third with "Windy City," Steve Martin And the Steep Canyon Rangers fourth with "The Long-Awaited Album" and The Wailin' Jennys fifth with "Fifteen."

On the Americana/Folk Albums chart, Lord Huron debuted in first with "Vide Noir." Chris Stapleton was second with "Traveller" and third with "From a Room: Volume 1." Kacey Musgraves was fourth with "Golden Hour" and Neil Young debuted in fifth with "Roxy: Tonight's the Night Live."

On the overall top 200, Aldean was 5th, Lord Huron 9th, Brothers Osborne 15th, Brown 20th, Rhett 34th and Upchurch 35th.

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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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