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Florida Georgia Line, Swift lead charts

Thursday, December 27, 2012 – Florida Georgia Line and Taylor Swift continued their stranglehold on the top of the Billboard Country Songs and Country Albums chart respectively for the week ending Jan. 5, 2013. FGL led the songs chart with Cruise, while Swift's "Red" continued atop not only the Country Albums chart, but was the best selling disc in the U.S.

On the song chart, Swift was second again with We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, with Hunter Hayes again third with Wanted. The Band Perry was fourth with Better Dig Two. Gary Allan's new single Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain) was fifth, up four. Randy Houser broke into the top 10 with How Country Feels at eight, up three. Jason Aldean's The Only Way I Know with Luke Bryan and Eric Church was 10th, up 4.

Hayes also was 15th with Somebody's Heartbreak, up 5. Tim McGraw's One of Those Nights stood at 17, up 6. Swift also was at 19 with Begin Again, up 3. Cassadee Pope skyrocketed from 38 to 21 with Over You. Carrie Underwood's Two Black Cadillacs stood at 22, up 4.

On the country albums chart, Lady Antebellum was second with "On This Winter's Night." Little Big Town was third with "Tornado," Blake Shelton fourth with "Cheers, It's Christmas" and Aldean fifth with "Night Train." Luke Bryan was seventh, up three, with "tailgates & tanlines."

Scotty McCreery was 24th, up 3, with "Clear As Day." Dwight Yoakam went from 38 to 33 with "3 Pears." Josh Turner was 35th, up 5, with "Punching Bag." Easton Corbin stood at 37th, up 6, with "All Over the Road." Alan Jackson was at 38, up 4, with "Thirty Miles West." He also was at 40, up 7, with "Playlist: The Very Best of Alan Jackson."

Old Crow Medicine Show topped the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Carry Me Back." "Best of Bluegrass: Collector's Edition - Steve Ivey" was second. "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile was third. "Slidawg's Redneck Christmas" was fourth with "Stars and Satellites" from Trampled by Turtles fifth.

On the overall top 200 chart, Lady A was 11th, Little Big Town 15th, Shelton 16th and Aldean 18th.

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When Florida Georgia Line sing about how much they love their country with "I Love My Country," this lightning rod duo must certainly be aware that not everybody loves 'their' country. 'Their' country doesn't always match the country music of George Strait, after all, who is name-dropped in said song. Strait is just too stylistically straight, for instance, to ever work in the sort of hip-hop cadence that drives "Ain't Worried About It. »»»
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From the ribbits and Dobro on "Smooth," the lead-off song, one might think that Florida Georgia Line is eschewing its rap rock meets country past for something completely different. While at times that is true - "Smooth" has a swampy beat - Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard haven't veered so far from what brought them to the dance. That is evident with the title track where the thwack of drum programming from long-time producer Joey Moi meets the soulful, somewhat shiny vocals. »»»
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The title of Florida Georgia Line's second full length is accurate. For the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelly, that means girls, girls and more girls plus an ultra dose of partying. That is evident from the refrain of the title track, which, of course, focuses on Friday night activities. "I brought the songs and you brought the party/ Only one way to do it up right/Everybody goes where eveybody knows/That anything goes on a Friday Night/Get your party right/It's a Friday night. »»»