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Hayes, LBT lead charts for first time

Thursday, September 20, 2012 – Hunter Hayes scored his first number one on the Billboard Country Songs chart with Wanted, for the week ending Sept. 29, and Little Big Town debuted in first with "Tornado," its first chart topper.

Hayes took over the top of the songs chart from Little Big Town, whose Pontoon fell to fourth. Josh Turner was second on the songs chart with Time Is Love. Jason Aldean held onto third with Take a Little Ride. Janna Kramer held the fifth spot with Why Ya Wanna.

Taylor Swift was 17th with We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. Greg Bates is at 20 with Did It For the Girl, his first hit. Toby Keith was 23rd with I Like Girls That Drink Beer, 1 ahead of another beer song, Beer Money, from Kip Moore. Florida Georgia Line was 25th with Cruise.

On the albums chart, LBT took over the top from Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away," which fell to second. Luke Bryan was third with "tailgates & tanlines." Zac Brown Band was fourth with "Uncaged" and Eric Church fifth with "Chief." Kix Brooks debuted at 10 with "New To This Town."

Chris Knight debuted at 25 with "Little Victories." Bucky Covington's "Good Guys" debuted at 30. Florida Georgia Line moved from 36 to 32 with "It'z Just What We Do." Dirty River Boys debuted at 38 with "Science of Flight."

On the bluegrass chart, Old Crow Medicine Show remained first with "Carry Me Back." Kathy Mattea debuted in second with "Calling Me Home." Trampled By Turtles were third with "Stars And Satellites," followed by Allison Krauss & Union Station's "Paper Airplane" and Jerry Douglas' "Traveler."

On the overall top 200, LBT was 2nd, Underwood 24th, Bryan 26th, ZBB 29th and Church 31st.

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Storyline CD review - Storyline
A few things changed since Hunter Hayes debuted in 2011, but the bottom line remains the same - Hayes has a syrupy smooth and sweet voice, but there's not a tremendous amount of depth there to his feel good material. Hayes struck it rich the first time out on his major label debut garnering 3 top 10 songs including "I Want Crazy." The Louisiana native also was a one-man band playing and singing all parts. That's not the case this time as he ceded CO-directorial control to Dann Huff. »»»
Encore (deluxe) CD review - Encore (deluxe)
Hunter Hayes rereleased his debut self-titled album with a few additional tracks and three rerecorded ones. In any other genre of music, the new songs would have simply been released as an EP, but for some inexplicable reason, country music seems to be reluctant to embrace that form. The 800,000 fans who already own the original may find it irritating to pay full price for 5 new songs. People who have not warmed up to Hayes maple syrup smooth voice and decidedly pop version of country probably »»»
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: 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.... »»»
Concert Review: Not much really changes for LaFarge – Just one look at the stage made it clear that this was not going to be a typical night with Pokey LaFarge. There were only a few guitars to be seen, which meant that LaFarge was going it alone. "I've been touring for years with a band," LaFarge told perhaps a few hundred people before he had even played a note.... »»»
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