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Shelton goes to the top, Swift stays there

Thursday, February 28, 2013 – Blake Shelton led the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending March 9 with his new number one hit Sure Be Cool If You Did. Taylor Swift held the number one spot on the Top Country Albums chart with "Red."

Shelton took over from Hunter Hayes' Wanted, which slipped to second. The Band Perry held onto the third spot again with Better Dig Two. Tim McGraw was fourth with One of Those Nights and Carrie Underwood fifth with Two Black Cadillacs. Lady Antebellum went from 12 to 9 with Downtown. Hunter Hayes was also in the top 10 - at 10 - with Somebody's Heartbreak.

Miranda Lambert was at 13, up 3, with Mama's Broken Heart. Kacey Musgraves, who helped write the Lambert hit, was 14 with Merry Go 'Round, also up 3. Florida Georgia Line jumped 5 to 15 with Get Your Shine On. Eric Church moved up 3 to 26 with Like Jesus Does. Brantley Gilbert also moved up 3 to 28 with More Than Miles.

On the albums chart, Tim McGraw was again second with "Two Lanes of Freedom." Florida Georgia Line jumped four to third with "Here's to the Good Times." Hayes was fourth with his self-titled debut and Little Big Town fifth with "Tornado."

Kip Moore stood at 18, up 3, with "Up All Night." Aaron Lewis climbed 6 to 20 with "The Road." Dierks Bentley jumped 4 to 21 with "Home."

Katie Armiger's "Fall Into Me" jumped 14 to 25, while Dustin Lynch's self-titled debut held the 26th spot, up 5. Jane Kramer also was fifth, at 29, with her self-titled debut.

Holly Williams had a huge jumped with "The Highway" at 31, up 15. Colt Ford's "Declaration of Independence" was 32nd, up 4. Easton Corbin was 37th with "All Over the Road," up 3. Love And Theft jumped 5 to 39 with the duo's self-titled disc.

"Timeless Hits From The Past: Bluegrassed" by Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out remained first on the Bluegrass Albums chart. The SteelDrivers were second with "Hammer Down." Old Crow Medicine Show was third with "Carry Me Back" with Yo-Yo Ma/Stuart Duncan/Edgar Meyer/Chris Thile's "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" fourth and Trampled by Turtles' "Stars and Satellites" fifth.

On the overall top 200, Swift was 10th, McGraw 13th, Florida Georgia Line 19th, Hayes 24th and LBT 27th. Mumford & Sons had the best selling disc, "Babel."

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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: 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... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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