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Another week at the top for Rhett, Stapleton

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 – The Billboard domination by Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton continues at least through the Feb. 13 chart out today. Rhett again tops the Hot Country Songs chart with "Die a Happy Man," while Stapleton leads the Top Country Albums chart with "Traveller."

On the albums chart, Hank Williams Jr. remained second with "It's About Time." Blake Shelton was third with "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits." Sam Hunt's "Montevallo' was third and Brothers Osborne fell to fifth with "Pawn Shop" after debuting in third last week.

Eric Church was eighth with "Mr. Misunderstood," up three. Don Henley was at 13 with "Cass County," up 5. George Strait also was up 5, to 18, with "Cold Beer Conversation." Carrie Underwood was 22nd with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1," up 7. Brantley Gilbert' "Just As I Am" was moved up 3 to 23, one ahead of Maren Morris' self-titled EP, which had been 31st.

Hunt was again second on the songs chart with "Break Up in a Small Town." Luke Bryan remained third with "Home Alone Tonight" with Karen Fairchild and Brothers Osborne held fourth again with "Stay a Little Longer." Granger Smith was in fifth with "Backroad Song."

Cole Swindell was up five to seventh with "You Should Be Here." "Confession" from Florida Georgia Line moved up 3 to 12. Randy Houser's "We Went" placed 13th, up 5. Rascal Flatts' "I Like the Sound of That" was up 5 to 16. Morris' single, "My Church," jumped 10 to 17. Tim McGraw had the biggest moving song as "Humble And Kind" skyrocketed 26 to 19. "Dierks Bentley was at 20 with "Somewhere on a Beach, up 6. Chris Young's duet with Cassadee Pope, "Think of You" was a big gainer, going from 37 to 22.

The Bluegrass Albums chart again was led by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell with "So Familiar." The "Jackie & Ryan" soundtrack held second. The SteelDrivers' "The Muscle Shoals Recordings" was third. "Appalachian Bluegrass Collection: Power Picks 80 Classics" debuted in fourth one ahead of another compilation, "Bluegrass Gems."

On the overall top 200, Stapleton was 7th, Hunt 21st, Rhett 31st with "Tangled Up," Shelton 35th and Bryan 45th with "Kill the Lights." The top 200 and country albums charts use different criteria.

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Center Point Road CD review - Center Point Road
Thomas Rhett represents a dilemma for traditional country music fans. Namely, that he doesn't create much country music that appeals to traditional tastes. Although "Center Point Road" doesn't entirely reverse that trend, even during its most overtly pop moments, this new collection of songs is still a pretty good one. The best song is also a love song - to a truck - titled "That Old Truck." It's the kind of song that only makes sense within country music circles. »»»
Life Changes CD review - Life Changes
Thomas Rhett references mangoritas, Coldplay and verified Instagram accounts on his third album, and for some, that may be a deal-breaker. His ultra-contemporary style and pop culture smarts may be anathema for fans of traditional country. However, writing Rhett off by stamping a cowboy boot and hollering "That ain't country!" writes off some truly standout songs - created by combining the best elements of country and pop music. Take the sophisticated songwriting of country and the »»»
Tangled Up CD review - Tangled Up
Thomas Rhett picks up where he left off on his 2013 debut, "It Goes Like This," which netted three chart toppers. Rhett would be hard to categorize as country, although in the big tent philosophy of what passes these days, country serves more as a marketing niche. He's more soul, funk and hip hop than country. His catchy, bouncy "Crash and Burn," another number one song, is squarely soulful pop with a few small sonic tweaks (whistles, backing "uhs" near the end) »»»
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: Kiah heats up – Amythyst Kiah's music career has seemingly been a slow burn, but that well could be changing. She was part of the quartet that put out the very fine "Songs of Our Native Daughters" earlier this year and is about to launch a tour with CD-mates Rhiannon Giddens, Allison Russell of Birds of Chicago and Leyla McCalla to bring out songs about... »»»
Concert Review: Sweeney maintains her musical integrity – Sunny Sweeney has gone the big label route and even earned a hit with "From a Table Away," but truth be told, she's better off without the baggage of the bigs, especially given the consistent quality and musical vision that was so clearly and admirably on display on this evening. When the East Texas native started her career, she was... »»»
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