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Old Dominion debuts in first, Hunt stays there

Thursday, September 7, 2017 – Old Dominion debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Sept. 16, while Sam Hunt stayed first on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Body Like a Back Road."

On the songs chart, Dustin Lynch remained second with "Small Town Boy" and Kane Brown third with "What Ifs," featuring Lauren Alaina. Brett Young was fifth with "In Case You Didn't Know."

Thomas Rhett was up four to eighth with "Unforgettable." Kenny Chesney's "All the Pretty Girls" was 10th, up 3. Luke Bryan's new single, "Light It Up," jumped 10 to 11. Jason Aldean held the 13th spot with "They Don't Know," up 3. Eric Church was also up 3 with "Round Here Buzz" at 21. LOCASH's "Ring on Every Finger" was 22nd, up 4. Garth Brooks also was up 4, to 23, with "Ask Me How I Know." Walker Hayes was 25th with "You Broke Up With Me," up 3. Russell Dickerson's single "Yours," was at 26, up 4. "Smooth" from Florida Georgia Line stood at 27, up 5. Devin Dawson's "All On Me" jumped 6 to 30.

Old Dominion skyrocketed 11 to 32 with "Written in the Sand." Aaron Watson's "Outta Style" moved up 6 to 33. Big & Rich were at 35, up 3, with "California." Chris Stapleton's "Broken Halos" moved 6 spots to 36. Scotty McCreery was one behind with "Five More Minutes," up four.

Jordan Davis's "Singles You Up" was up 6 to 38. Canadian duo High Valley's "She's With Me" climbed 6 places to 42. Lynch was up 7 to 43 with "Love Me Or Leave Me Alone." Lee Brice's "Boy" was at 44, up 5. Brett Eldredge debuted at 45 with "The Long Way," Zac Brown Band 47th with "Roots." Brantley Gilbert 49 with "Ones That Like Me" and Walker McGuire at 50 with "Til Tomorrow."

Old Dominion took over the top of the albums chart from Luke Combs' "This One's For You," which was second. Stapleton was third with his debut "Traveller." Brown was sixth with his self-titled disc. Hunt was fifth with "Montevallo."

Taylor Swift jumped 21 to 13 with "Red." The Cadillac Three debuted at 14 with "Legacy." Aldean was at 16, up 3, with "They Don't Know." Maren Morris held 20th with "Hero," up 3. Blake Shelton's "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits" was up 5 to 21. Carrie Underwood was at 33 with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1," up 3. So was Zac Brown Band's "Welcome Home" at 33. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real debuted at 35 with its self-titled disc. Chesney jumped 11 to 36 with "Cosmic Hallelujah." Gilbert was up 7 to 39 with "The Devil Don't Sleep." "The Legend of Johnny Cash" went from 44 to 41.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Allison Krauss regained the top spot with "Windy City." Old Crow Medicine Show as second with "50 Years of Blonde on Blonde." Sarah Jarosz jumped eight to third with "Undercurrent." "Best of Old Crow Medicine Show" stayed fourth. Jerry Douglas Band, first last week with "What If," fell to fifth.

On the Americana/Folk Albums chart, Iron And Wine debuted in first with "Beast Epic." Stapleton was second with "Traveller' and third with "From a Room: Volume 1." The Lumineers were fourth with "Cleopatra" and John Mayer fifth with "The Search for Everything."

On the top 200, Old Dominion was 7th, Swift 39th with "1989," Combs 39th, Stapleton 45th with "Traveller" and Brown 62nd. The country and top 200 charts use different criteria.

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Old Dominion has gained a following on the heels of two albums of lively material. Their self-titled third release stays the course and delivers a dozen radio-friendly songs. The hyper positive lead single "Make it Sweet" sets the stage with an ode to the brighter side of everything. Most tracks are upbeat but, ironically, there is not an official party anthem or even a drinking song. The closest they get is "American Style," which is laden with standard innocent imagery »»»
Happy Endings CD review - Happy Endings
Right off the bat, the title of Old Dominion's album "Happy Endings" is far better than "Meat and Candy," its prior effort. ("Meat" in an album title? Really?) But also on an artistic level, OD's follow-up shows signs of growth. With that said, though, there's nothing on this new release as immediately catchy as "Snapback." Nevertheless, the vocal-only harmonies introducing "Not Everything's About You," are a beautiful thing. »»»
Meat and Candy CD review - Meat and Candy
Old Dominion may be releasing its full-length debut, but this quintet is not filled with newbies. Lead singer Matthew Ramsey co-wrote "Chainsaw" for The Band Perry and with band mate Trevor Rosen penned Craig Morgan's "Wake Up Lovin' You" and Dierks Bentley's "Say You Do." Rosen also co-wrote Chris Young's "Neon," Blake Shelton's "Sangria" and The Band Perry's "Better Dig Two," while Brad Tursi wrote Tyler »»»
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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