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Combs, Dan + Shay top charts

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 – Dan + Shay stayed first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Speechless" for the week ending Dec. 15. Luke Combs topped the Top Country Albums chart with "This One's For You" for the 20th week.

On the albums chart, Elvis Presley's "It's Christmas Time" was second, Gene Autry's "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and Other Christmas Classics" third, up three. Kane Brown was fourth with "Experiment" and Burl Ives fifth with "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

Brenda Lee went from 11 to 8 with "The Best Of Brenda Lee: 20th Century Masters The Christmas Collection." Brett Eldredge's "Glow" jumped from 17 to 11. The soundtrack to "Dumplin'," featuring Dolly Parton's songs debuted at 16. Wheeler Walker Jr.'s "WW III" entered at 20. Lady Antebellum was up 4 to 21 with "On This Winter's Night."

Granger Smith's "They Were There" A Hero's Documentary" debuted at 23. Chris Stapleton was at 25, up 5, with "From a Room: Volume 2." Alan Jackson jumped from 35 to 28 with "Let It Be Christmas." Presley's "The Classic Christmas Album" went from 32 to 29. "Once Upon a Christmas" from Kenny Rogers and Parton was up 10 to 34. Presley debuted at 38 with "Elvis: '68 Comeback Special: 50th Anniversary Edition."

On the songs chart, Combs was second with "She Got the Best of Me" and Dan + Shay third with "Tequila." Kane Brown was fourth with "Lose It." "Meant to Be" from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line was fifth.

Combs also was 16th with "Beautiful Crazy," up 3. Old Dominion climbed 4 to 23 with "Make It Sweet." Brett Young was at 24, up 5, with "Here Tonight." Carrie Underwood was 1 back at 25 with "Love Wins," up 3. Lee Brice moved up 4 to 30 with "Rumor." Chase Rice was 38th with "Eyes on You," up 4. Brett Eldredge's "Love Someone" was up 3 to 41.

Kirk Jay of The Voice competition debuted at 44 with "Tomorrow." Garth Brooks' "Stronger Than Me" debuted at 48.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Daily & Vincent were first for the eighth week with "The Sounds of Christmas." The Gibson Brothers' "Mockingbird" was second, Tommy Emmanuel CGP's "Accomplice One" third, Steve Martin And the Steep Canyon Rangers' "The Long-Awaited Album" fourth and The Devil Makes Three's "Chains Are Broken" fifth.

Mumford & Sons led the Americana/Folk Albums chart with "Delta" for the third week. Behind them were Chris Stapleton's "Traveller" in second, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco third with "Warm" in its debut week, Dolly Parton and the "Dumplin " soundtrack fourth and Stapleton's "From a Room : Volume 1" fifth.

On the Billboard Top 200, Combs was at 28, Presley's "It's Christmas Time" 45th, Autry 49th, Brown 51st and Ives 53rd.

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Dan + Shay CD review - Dan + Shay
The track list on Dan +Shay's self-titled third album has a song crediting Kelly Clarkson as a featured vocalist. Upon a full listen, you will think they forgot about a few others. The disc features the duo's contemporary sound that mirrors many artists in the genre. The lead-off track, "Alone Together," evokes Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox and is half of the only seven minutes on the tidy 35-minute collection that represent anything near up-tempo. The duo puts the ballads on »»»
Obssessed CD review - Obssessed
Dan Myers and James Shay Mooney came from different parts of the country (Allegheny County, Pa. and Arkansas, respectively) and met in Nashville where each was tracking the well-worn path to country music success. They began writing songs together a little over three years ago, already have a hit album ("Where It All Began") and now have another tiger by the tail. Dan + Shay know a hook, can write songs and have identified a sweet spot in the formula of country music success. »»»
Where It All Began CD review - Where It All Began
Dan + Shay debut with a likable disc, if your bent is the Rascal Flatts world of country. In fact, Dan Smyers of Pittsburgh and Shay Mooney of Arkansas come mighty close to mimicking the longstanding country stars with the biggest difference that they're a duo and Rascal Flatts is a trio. Perhaps the similarities ought come as no surprise because the duo started writing the day after they met in Nashville in December 2012. Guess who placed their first song on hold? Rascal Flatts. »»»
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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