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Underwood stands alone in top 10

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 – Carrie Underwood will have the only country disc in the Billboard top 10 when it is released Thursday. "Blown Away" was up from eighth to fifth with 289,000 units sold, up 7 percent.

On the Digital Songs chart, Taylor Swift once again was first for the fourth straight week, and she also had the number two song. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, was first with 284,000 (up 12 percent). Swift's charity single, Ronan, debuted in second with 211,000 units. The song was released on Friday, Sept. 7 following her performance on the TV benefit special "Stand Up to Cancer."

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: Henry comes out the other end a better man – Joe Henry mentioned at the outset that this show was not only the record release celebration, but also the anniversary - to the day - of when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Although the songs from this fine new album do not address his illness directly, they many times touch upon the big issues of human existence (life, death and the meaning of it all).... »»»
Concert Review: What's in a name? Strings lives up to it – Billy Strings may not be his real name, but the bluegrass performer more than lives up to his adopted moniker. Bluegrass may not be the first style of music when one thinks of William Apostol's (yup, that's Billy's real name) home state of Michigan, but with more miles on the bus and shows like this outstanding, lengthy, lyrical night... »»»
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