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Chesney, Lady A lead charts

Thursday, March 8, 2012 – Kenny Chesney climbed to the top spot of the Billboard Country Songs chart with Reality for the week ending March 17. Chesney assumed the spot from Keith Urban's You Gonna Fly, which slipped to fourth. Lady Antebellum held onto the number one spot on the albums chart with "Own the Night."

Dierks Bentley inched up one to second with Home, the title track of his new CD. Alone With You from Jake Owen moved up two to third. Taylor Swift made it into the top five with Ours at five, up one.

George Strait was sixth up three, with Love's Gonna Make It Alright. Blake Shelton jumped four to seven with Drink On It. Lady Antebellum closed out the top 10 with Dancin' Away with My Heart, up 2.

Lee Brice's new single, A Woman Like You, went from 14 to 11. Tim McGraw held the 15th spot with Better Than I Used to Be, up 3. Fly Over States from Jason Aldean jumped 5 to 16.

The biggest mover was the new Carrie Underwood single, Good Girl, at 19, up 11 in its second week. Eric Church claimed the 23rd spot with Springsteen, up 3. Even If It Breaks Your Heart from Eli Young Band was up 4 to 25. Gloria made it back into the top 30 with (Kissed You) Good Night at 28, up 4. Rodney Atkins was at 29 up 2, with He's Mine, while newcomer Jana Kramer rounded out the top 30 with Why Ya Wanna, up 4.

Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean remained second and third with "tailgates & tanlines" and "My Kinda Party" respectively. The Band Perry was up one to fourth its self-titled debut. Craig Morgan debuted in fifth with "This Ole Boy."

Miranda Lambert jumped six to sixth with "Four the Record." Lyle Lovett debuted in ninth with "Release Me." Atkins' new "Take a Back Road" jumped 4 to 27. The biggest mover by far was "Icon 2: George Strait," skyrocketing from 75 to 35.

On the bluegrass chart, Carolina Chocolate Drops debuted in first with "Leaving Eden." Former number one, "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent" was second. Punch Brothers were third with "Who's Feeling Young Now. "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" from Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile was fourth. "Paper Airplane" by Alison Krauss & Union Station was fifth.

On the overall top 200, Lady A was 16th Bryan 18th, Aldean 25th, The Band Perry 30th and Morgan 41st.

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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... »»»
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