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Dan + Shay, Combs lead Billboard

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 – Dan + Shay jumped to the top of the Hot Country Songs for the week ending Dec. 1 with "Speechless." Luke Combs was first on the Top Country Albums chart with "This One's For You."

On the albums chart, Kane Brown fell to second with "Experiment." Dan + Shay held third with their self-titled release, while Chris Stapleton was fourth with "Traveller." Brown also was fifth with his self-titled debut.

"The Classic Christmas Album" from Elvis Presley went from 16 to 9. Kacey Musgraves' "Golden Hour" was up 4 to 13. The late Burl Ives' Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" jumped from 27 to 14. Cowboy singer and actor Gene Autry shot up from 42 to 16 with "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer And Other Christmas Classics." Stapleton also was at 19 with "From a Room: Volume 2," up 3. Kip Moore debuted at 20 with "Room to Spare: The Acoustic Sessions." Keith Urban jumped from 45 to 28 with "Graffiti U." Kenny Chesney occupied the 30th spot with "Songs for the Saints," up 7. Kelsea Ballerini jumped 14 to 32 with "Unapologetically." Garth Brooks debuted at 40 with "The Anthology: Part III: Live."

On the songs chart, Combs was second with "She Got the Best of Me," Dan+ Shay third with its monster hit "Tequila," Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line fourth with "Meant to Be" and last week's chart topper, "Lost It," from Brown fifth.

Riley Green was 26th, up 4, with "There Was This Girl." Carrie Underwood also moved up 4, to 17, with "Love Wins." Brett Young's "Here Tonight" climbed from 33 to 29. Kelsea Ballerini's "Miss Me More" jumped 8 to 30. Jon Pardi was at 31 with "Night Shift," up 4. Urban was 32nd with "Never Comin Down" after being 36 last week.

"Make It Sweet" from Old Dominion stood at 34, up 3. Lee Brice climbed 8 to 35 with "Rumor." Chesney was at 36 with "Better Boat," featuring Mindy Smith, up 3. Florida Georgia Line was at 37 with "Talk You Out of It," up 4. Michael Ray held the 38th spot with "One That Got Away," up 6. Chris Lane jumped 10 to 39 with "I Don't Know About You."

Morgan Wallen was at 40 with "Whiskey Glasses," up 7. "The Difference" from Tyler Rich was at 41, up 5. Eli Young Band held the 42nd spot with "Love Ain't." Zac Brown Band debuted at 43 with "From Now On." Rodney Atkins was at 47 with "Caught Up in the Country" featuring the Fisk Jubilee Singers, up 3. Granger Smith closed out the top 50 with his debut of "You're In It."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Dailey & Vincent were first for the sixth week with "The Sounds of Christmas." The Infamous Stringdusters debuted in second with "Live From Telluride." Steep Canyon Rangers were third with "Out in the Open." Steve Martin And the Steep Canyon Rangers were fourth with "The Long-Awaited Album" and "Hot Rize: 4th Anniversary Bash" fifth.

Mumford & Sons led the Americana/Folk Albums chart with "Delta." Mark Knopfler debuted in second with "Down the Road Wherever." Stapleton was third and fourth with 'Traveller" and "From a Room: Volume 1." Musgraves was fifth with "Golden Hour."

On the overall top 200, Combs was 22nd," Experiment" from Brown 26th, Dan + Shay 51st, Stapleton's "Traveller" 55th and "Kane Brown" 69th.

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The track list on Dan +Shay's self-titled third album has a song crediting Kelly Clarkson as a featured vocalist. Upon a full listen, you will think they forgot about a few others. The disc features the duo's contemporary sound that mirrors many artists in the genre. The lead-off track, "Alone Together," evokes Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox and is half of the only seven minutes on the tidy 35-minute collection that represent anything near up-tempo. The duo puts the ballads on »»»
Obssessed CD review - Obssessed
Dan Myers and James Shay Mooney came from different parts of the country (Allegheny County, Pa. and Arkansas, respectively) and met in Nashville where each was tracking the well-worn path to country music success. They began writing songs together a little over three years ago, already have a hit album ("Where It All Began") and now have another tiger by the tail. Dan + Shay know a hook, can write songs and have identified a sweet spot in the formula of country music success. »»»
Where It All Began CD review - Where It All Began
Dan + Shay debut with a likable disc, if your bent is the Rascal Flatts world of country. In fact, Dan Smyers of Pittsburgh and Shay Mooney of Arkansas come mighty close to mimicking the longstanding country stars with the biggest difference that they're a duo and Rascal Flatts is a trio. Perhaps the similarities ought come as no surprise because the duo started writing the day after they met in Nashville in December 2012. Guess who placed their first song on hold? Rascal Flatts. »»»
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: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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