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Urban, Lady A remain first on charts

Thursday, March 1, 2012 – Keith Urban held onto the top spot for the second straight week of the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending March 10 with You Gonna Fly. Lady Antebellum continued atop the Country Albums chart with "Own the Night."

Kenny Chesney held onto the second spot with Reality, while Home by Dierks Bentley inched up one to third. Martin McBride moved from sixth to fourth with I'm Gonna Love You Through It. Jake Owen was a big mover as Alone With You is at five, up five. Taylor Swift moved from nine to six with Ours.

Eli Young Band made it into the top 30 - at 29 - with Even If It Breaks Your Heart, up 2. Carrie Underwood debuted with her new single Good Girl at 30 in its first week of release.

On the Country Albums chart, "tailgates & tanlines" from Luke Bryan was second, up two. Jason Aldean was third with "My Kinda Party," Bentley fourth with "Home" and The Band Perry fifth with its self-titled debut.

"Act of Valor: The Album" debuted in eighth. The disc is the soundtrack for a movie about the Navy SEALS. Chris Young was up 4 to 24 with "Neon." "NOW That's What I Call Country Ballads" was up 3 to 26. "Icon: Billy Currington" was up 6 to 27. Eli Young Band jumped from 35 to 30 with "Life At Best." Thompson Squared crept up 3 spots to 36 with its self-titled debut. "Icon: Patsy Cline" was up 5 to 38, while Hunter Hayes' self-titled debuted moved up 4 to 40.

"The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent" reclaimed the Bluegrass Albums number one slot, switching places with "Who's Feeling Young Now?" by the Punch Brothers. "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" from Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile was third. Alison Krauss & Union Station held fourth with "Paper Airplane." Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers were fifth with "Rare Bird Alert."

On the overall top 200 chart, Lady A was 19th , Bryan 21st, Aldean 23rd, Bentley 36th and The Band Perry 41st.

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Ripcord CD review - Ripcord
Even though Keith Urban's single, "Wasted Time," borrows more than a little sonic sensibility from electronic music, there's still an upfront banjo solo. And this is how it's always been with Urban. He may play the part of the guitar hero at times, and even revealed his eclectic musical knowledge as a judge on American Idol, but Urban will always be a country boy at heart. And boyish good looks and talent have taken this country boy far, too. The wonderfully titled »»»
Fuse CD review - Fuse
Keith Urban will keep his superstar status intact with the lengthy "Fuse." The upbeat, commercial- and fan-friendly music and singing from Urban will ensure that. This is pretty much vintage Urban. That means Urban's not very high on the country quotient. What sounds like a guitar on the rocking Good Thing and the somewhat swampy Red Camaro, for example, is Mike Elizondo's programming. Yes, there's gango (six-stringed banjo with guitar neck) sprinkled in many songs, but »»»
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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