Turner's "Punching Bag" to lead chart
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
– Josh Turner's fifth studio album, "Punching Bag," will be the top country disc when the Billboard Country Albums chart is out on Thursday. The disc sold 45,000 copies. This marks the fourth time Turner has hit the top 10 on the overall Billboard chart and the 11th country disc to do so this year, 5 more than last year at the same point.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse were seventh with "Americana" with 37,000 units sold, down 15 percent. Alan Jackson was eighth with just under 37,000 units sold, down 50 percent.
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Live Across America
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While live releases seldom compare well to studio albums, Turner has a crack band that can match the abilities of the »»»
Josh's Turner's fifth album for MCA Nashville, "Punching Bag" can be interpreted quite literally. It starts off with a hokey Vince McMahon ring introduction, citing Turner's height, weight and a moniker, "The Tornado of Testosterone." It is fitting for one of music's most distinct baritones. He spent two years building a writer's cottage for inspiration. Ironically, the Top 15 single Time Is Love is 1 of the 12 tracks that he did not have a hand in writing. »»»
There are two versions of Josh Turner's fourth CD - standard and deluxe. The deluxe has the same 11 tracks as the standard, plus (among other goodies) live versions of previously released songs Long Black Train and Your Man .
But don't spend more money than you have to; if it's redundancy you're looking for, there's plenty to be had on the standard version. Turner has a compelling baritone, but the songs on here feel like they followed the standard 2010 country CD checklist. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
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Concert Review: New artists rock on
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