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Brooks, FGL top Billboard charts

Thursday, December 12, 2013 – Garth Brooks has the number one CD in the country as his massive six CD, two-DVD box set, "Blame All On My Roots" moved up to the top of the Billboard top 200 chart for the week ending Dec. Florida Georgia Line's Stay stayed right where it was last week - number one on the Billboard Country Songs chart.

On the song chart, Luke Bryan climbed five to second with Drink a Beer. Sticking to the drinking theme, Eli Young Band was up two to third with Drunk Last Night. We Were Us from Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert was fourth, one ahead of Carolina by Parmalee. David Nail was up three to sixth with Whatever She's Got. Cassadee Pope broke into the top 10 - at seven - with Wasting All These Years, up four.

Newcomer Eric Paslay was at 13, up four, with Friday Night. Jason Aldean jumped seven to 17 with When She Says Baby. Jon Pardi was at 18 with Up All Night, up five. Frankie Ballard stood at 22, moving up four, with Helluva Life. Scotty McCreery was at 24 with See You Tonight, up three. Dierks Bentley closed out the top 25 with his new single I Hold On, climbing three.

On the albums chart, Brooks over the top from The Robertsons' "Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas," which is second. Brooks' set is four CDs of covers, two of a greatest hits package and a two-set DVD of his Las Vegas show. Bryan was third with "Crash My Party." Jake Owen debuted in fourth with "Days of Gold," one ahead of "Here's to the Good Times" from Florida Georgia Line.

Aldean's "Night Train' went from 15 to 12. Elvis Presley stood at 13, up nine, with "Merry Christmas...Love, Elvis." Trace Adkins went from 27 to 15 with "The King's Gift: A Celtic Christmas Collection." Elvis also was 19th on the chart with "The Classic Christmas Album," up seven.

Alan Jackson stayed atop the Bluegrass Albums chart with "The Bluegrass Album." The Devil Makes Three was second with "I'm a Stranger Here," Steve Martin and Edie Brickell third with "Love Has Come For You," Trampled by Turtles fourth with "Live at First Avenue" and Michael Martin Murphey fifth with "Red River Drifter."

On the overall top 200 chart, the Robertsons were fifth, Bryan 14th, Owen 15th and Florida Georgia Line 16th. "The Sound of Music: Music from the NBC Television Event" starring Carrie Underwood debuted at 17.

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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... »»»
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