Rodney Atkins tops Billboard country chart with fourth song
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Rodney Atkins tops Billboard country chart with fourth song

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 – Number one is getting to be mighty comfortable for Rodney Atkins because once again that's where his latest single will be when the Billboard country song chart is officially released Thursday.

For the fourth consecutive time, an Atkins single - this time being "Cleaning This Gun (Come on in Boy)" - hit number one. The song jumped from third to first, taking over for "Letter to Me" from Brad Paisley.

Atkins' streak began in August 2006 with "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)" and followed with "Watching You" (January 2007) and "These Are My People" (August 2007).

The Grammys and Valentine's Day were good for sales in all genres.

On the album chart, Taylor Swift once again was number one. The Eagles were second with "Long Road Out of Eden and 16th on the overall chart with 38,000 units sold. Garth Brooks was third on the country chart and 19th on the top 200 with "The Ultimate Hits."

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' "Raising Sand" stood at 23rd with 33,000 units sold, up 160 percent.

Carrie Underwood's "Carnival Ride" was at 28th on the overall chart with sales of 30,000, up 43 percent, while "Some Hearts" was at 47th with 21,000 units sold, up 45 percent.

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CD review - Take a Back Road Rodney Atkins' breakthrough album, "If You're Going Through Hell," produced the top singles of both 2006 and 2007. His moment in the spotlight was brief, with his follow-up album,"It's America," being largely ignored except for the title track. From the get go on "Take a Back Road," Atkins comes across as a regular guy, not a detached superstar. There are songs about hanging out on back roads away from the hustle of daily life, getting fatherly ...
CD review - It's America When you've recorded Billboard's number 1 country song of 2006 (If You're Going Through Hell) and 2007 (Watching You), what do you do for an encore? Rodney Atkins is here to tell us: you don't mess with the recipe. As usual, the hook-seeking guitar licks lead the pop country charge, with the occasional appearance of fiddles and banjos for seasoning. Atkins tapped into the services of an army of writers for the 11 songs, including 3 he helped write. ...

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