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Lady A, Shelton lead Billboard charts

Thursday, March 18, 2010 – Blake Shelton scored a number 1 single with Hillbilly Bone on the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending March 27. Lady Antebellum was first on the album chart with Need You Now.

Shelton, who is aided by Trace Adkins on the song, took over for That's How Country Boys Roll by Billy Currington, which slipped to sixth. New artist Easton Corbin moved from fourth to second with A Little More Country Than That. Carrie Underwood was up two to third with Temporary Home. Josh Turner was down two to fourth with former number one Why Don't We Just Dance. Zac Brown Band's Highway 20 Ride was up two to fifth. Taylor Swift made it back into the top 10 with the title track of her latest disc, Fearless at 10th, up 2.

Nichols was at 13, up 3, with Gimmie That Girl. George Strait was up 5 to 15 with I Gotta Get to You. Reba McEntire was up 3 to 22 with I Keep on Loving You. Luke Bryan also was up 3, to 24, with Rain is a Good Thing.Crazy Town. Miranda Lambert's The House That Build Me was at 28, up 4.

Gary Allan debuted at second on the album chart with "Get Off on the Pain." Blake Shelton was third with his "Hillbilly Bone" six-song release, Danny Gokey fourth with "My Best Days" and Zac Brown Band fifth with "The Foundation"

The Oscars helped the "Crazy Heart" soundtrack, which won an Oscar for best song. The disc was up four to sixth.

There was little movement on the rest of the chart. Justin Moore was at 26, up 3, with his self-titled debut. Christian Kane's self-titled debuted at 28. Brad Paisley's "American Saturday Night" stood at 30, up 3. Nichols also was up 3, to 40, with his latest "Old Things New."

On the bluegrass chart, Carolina Chocolate Drops were first with "Genuine Negro Jig" with Daily & Vincent's "Daily & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers' second

On the overall top 200, Lady A slipped from first to third, Allan was fifth, Shelton 10, Gokey 16 and Zac Brown Band 17.

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Concert Review: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
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