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Bentley, TBP lead charts

Thursday, February 16, 2012 – Dierks Bentley debuted atop the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending Feb. 25 with "Home" taking over for Tim McGraw's "Emotional Traffic," which fell to fifth. The Band Perry remained first on the Billboard Country Songs chart with All Your Life.

Bentley assumed the top from Jason Aldean, who was second with "My Kinda Party." Lady Antebellum was third with "Own the Night" and Luke Bryan fourth with "tailgates & tanlines."

Blake Shelton's "Red River Blue" climbed from 14 to 10. "Icon: George Strait" jumped from 25 to 18, while "Icon: Josh Turner" had an even better week. What had been 29 is now 20. A tribute to Waylon Jennings, "The Music Inside: A Collaboration Dedicated to Waylon Jennings, Vol. II," debuted at 34.

On the song chart, Keith Urban was second with You Gotta Fly, switching spots with You by Chris Young, now third. Kenny Chesney was fourth with Reality, up one, changing places with Bryan and I Don't Want This Night to End. Jake Owen made it into the top 10 with Alone With You, up 2 to ninth.

Montgomery Gentry was at 13 with Where I Come From, up 3, while Rascal Flatts' Banjo jumped 4 to 15. Miranda Lambert was 16 with Over You, moving up from 21. The Trouble With Girls by Scotty McCreery went from 22 to 19. McGraw's new single, Better Than I Used to Be, was up 3 to 20.

Newcomer Kip Moore's Somethin' 'Bout a Truck climbed 4 to 21. Brantley Gilbert's You Don't Know Her Like I Do jumped 5 to 22, while Craig Morgan's This Ole Boy was up 3 to 23.

The movement up the charts continued for Zac Brown Band, at 24, with No Hurry, up 6, and Aldean with Fly Over States, jumping from 33 to 25.

On the bluegrass chart, the top three stayed the same: "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent" first, "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile second and "Paper Airplane" from Alison Krauss & Union Station third. "The Goad Rodeo Sessions: (Live from the House of Blues)" debuted in fourth with "Rare Bird Alert" from Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers fifth.

On the overall top 200, Bentley debuted in 7th, Aldean 16th, Lady Antebellum 17th, Bryan 19th and McGraw 20th.

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Image-wise, the siblings of The Band Perry are aiming squarely at the youth market. Sister and lead singer Kimberly has a Taylor Swift thing going on, with big curly blonde hair, while brothers Neil and Reid could be Jonases as easily as Perrys. Their musical style trends young, as well. There's an element of bluegrass in the music, but it's often more of a grace note on top of the pop-rock guitars and drums that remain the focus of the album. Lyrically, the songs also offer a »»»
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The Band Perry gets its name from the fact that all three of its members are siblings. There's Kimberly Perry, who sings lead, in addition to playing piano and guitar. Her brother Reid Perry is the bassist, while Neil Perry plays drums, mandolin and accordion. The centerpiece song of this five-track EP is the single If I Die Young, which is made all the more striking by the fact that it's also sung by a young lady. Being young is usually no time to contemplate death - leave that to the old folks. »»»
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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