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Jackson, Church lead charts

Thursday, June 14, 2012 – Alan Jackson debuted atop the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending June 23 with "Thirty Miles West," his debut with after spending his career on Arista. He displaced Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away," which slipped to second. Underwood also lost the top spot of the Country Songs chart with "Good Girl" slipping to fourth. Eric Church held the top spot with Springsteen.

Luke Bryan was third on the albums chart with "tailgates & tanlines." Lionel Richie was fourth with "Tuskegee." Newcomer Jana Kramer debuted in fifth with her first disc. Pistol Annies jumped from 28 to 18 with "Hell on Heels," following their TV appearance on the CMT awards show last week. Hunter Hayes moved from 22 to 19 with his self-titled debut. "KIN: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell" debuted at 32nd. "Act of Valor: The Album" jumped from 42 to 35.

On the songs chart, Bryan was second with Drunk On You, up three. Brantley Gilbert jumped from seven to three with You Don't Know Her Like I Do. Eli Young Band was fifth with Even If It Breaks Your Heart, up three. Dierks Bentley broke into the top 10 as 5-1-5-0 was up 1 to 10th.

Blake Shelton's Over" was 19, up 4. Zac Brown Band debuted at 27 with The Wind.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Trampled by Turtles remained first again with "Stars And Satellites." "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile" was second, "The Gospel Side of Dailey Vincent' third; "Rare Bird Alert" from Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers fourth and "Who's Feeling Young Now?" from Punch Brothers fifth.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Trampled by Turtles remained first again with "Stars And Satellites." "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile" was second, "The Gospel Side of Dailey Vincent' third; "Rare Bird Alert" from Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers fourth and "Who's Feeling Young Now?" from Punch Brothers fifth.

On the overall top 200 albums chart, Jackson was 2nd, Underwood 9th, Bryan 11th, Richie 16th and Kramer 19th.

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Concert Review: Turner pleases the traditionalists – Josh Turner is a hard-working citizen, a man of faith and a loyal father and husband. He also happens to be one of the youngest members inducted to the Grand Ole Opry. In short, he is the embodiment of country music's champion of the everyman. This night was special for him. He was celebrating an anniversary with his wife and his 18th with his label MCA.... »»»
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