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Bryan, Keith top charts

Thursday, January 26, 2012 – Luke Bryan reached the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Feb. 4 with I Don't Want This Night To End, displacing Drink In My Hand by Eric Church, which slipped to third. There was a new number one on the album chart as well. Toby Keith's "Clancy's Tavern" topped the chart," taking over from Lady Antebellum's "Own the Night," which was second.

Luke Bryan was third with "tailgates & tanlines." The Band Perry stayed fourth with its self-titled debut, while Jason Aldean kept the fifth spot with "My Kinda Party."

Taylor Swift jumped five to seventh with "Speak Now." Martina McBride debuted at 11 with "Hits And More," a greatest hits package with 3 new songs. "Icon: George Strait" was up 5 to 14. Laura Alaina climbed 6 to 17 with "Wildflower." George Strait was at 19, up 3, with "Here for a Good Time." "Life At Best" from Eli Young Band stood at 20th, up 4.

Rascal Flatts was 31st with "Nothing Like This," up 4. Texas artist Roger Creager debuted at 39 with "Surrender."

Chris Young was up one to second on the songs chart with You. All Your Life from The Band Perry was up two to fourth. Zac Brown Band was fifth with Keep Me In Mind. Dierks Bentley reached the top 10 with Home up 1 to 10.

Taylor Swift jumped 4 places to 13 with Ours. Miranda Lambert also was up 4, to 27, with Over You.

On the bluegrass album chart, the first four discs remained the same. Dailey & Vincent stayed first with "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent." "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" from Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile was second. Alison Krauss & Union Station was third with "Paper Airline." Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers were fourth with "Rare Bird Alert." The Issacs were up one to fifth with "Why Can't We."

On the overall top 200 album chart, Keith was 8th, up 14, Lady A 17th, Bryan, 18th, The Band Perry 22nd and Aldean 24th.

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Luke Bryan has been in that "hardware" phase of his career for the last few years. There have been several armloads of awards, many on the strength of the high-caliber singles from 2013's "Crash My Party." It might present a challenge to stay grounded. But Bryan has kept himself busy with work for charities (he's embarking on a traditional tour of farms to benefit his scholarship fund), and the use of the EP - this marks his eighth. Many artists use the EP format »»»
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When Luke Bryan announces, "I've got that music for your ear" during the single "Kick the Dust Up," listeners should know right off this is not a collection of sounds for every ear. It's targeted toward the young and reckless set instead, where consequences don't seem to matter. There's no better example of this loose approach than the revenge sex expressed through a duet with Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild on "Home Alone Tonight," where »»»
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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