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Rexha/Florida Georgia Line, Brown lead charts

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – "Meant to Be," the megahit for Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, continued dominating the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart as it was first for the week ending April 21. Kane Brown was first on the Top Country Albums chart with his self-titled debut.

On the songs chart, Brown stayed second with "Heaven" and Jason Aldean third with "You Make It Easy." Jordan Davis' "Singles You Up' was fourth with Thomas Rhett fifth with "Marry Me."

Kenny Chesney jumped from 37 to 11 with his new single "Get Along." Carrie Underwood debuted at 20 with "Cry Pretty." Aldean debuted at 32 with "I'll Wait for You."

Carly Pearce was at 38 with "Hide the Wine," up 3. Brothers Osborne climbed 5 to 39 with" Shoot Me Straight." Maren Morris' "Rich" was at 42, up 4. Jake Owen was at 43, debuting with "Made For You." Sir Roosevelt, which includes Zac Brown, was at 47, up 3, with "Something 'Bout You."

On the Top Country Albums chart, last week's number one, "Golden Hour" from Kacey Musgraves, fell to second. Blackberry Light debuted at three with "Find a Light." "Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin," debuted in third. Chris Stapleton's "Traveller" was fifth.

"Johnny Cash Forever Words" from various artists debuted at nine. Old Dominion was 22nd with "Happy Endings,' Up 3. Morris' "Hero" was at 28, up 3. David Lee Murphy debuted at 35 with "No Zip Code." George Strait was at 38 with "Icon 2: George Strait."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Mipso debuted in first with "Edges Run." The Wailin' Jennys were second with "Fifteen," Alison Krauss third with "Windy City," Steve Martin And the Steep Canyon Rangers fourth with "The Long-Awaited Album" and Rhonda Vincent and the late Daryle Singletary fifth with "American Grandstand."

Musgraves topped the Americana/Folk Albums chart with Blackberry Smoke second. "Traveller" was third, "Johnny Cash: Forever Words" fourth and Stapleton's "From a Room: Volume 1" fifth.

On the overall Top 200, Brown was 27th, Musgraves 29th, Blackberry Smoke 31st, "Restoration" 36th and "Traveller" 47th. The country and Top 200 charts use different criteria.

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First look at the cover for Kane Brown's full-length debut album, and you may experience a "Homeboy" moment. The young man appears like the tattooed model for Eric Church's song of the same name. Although Brown is categorized as bro-country in some quarters, the actual music he makes is much better than you might expect. This is one case where you shouldn't judge the book by its cover. Although the album includes a lustful song like "Pull It Off," which is a »»»
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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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