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Rucker, FGL lead charts

Thursday, May 30, 2013 – Darius Rucker enjoyed life at the top as he had the best selling country album in the U.S. with "True Believers." He took over for George Strait whose "Love is Everything" fell to second. Florida Georgia Line is on a roll with Cruise because the song yet again held the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending June 8.

On the songs chart, Rucker was up one to second with Wagon Wheel, a song penned by Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show. Blake Shelton held onto third with Boys 'Round Here with Pistol Annies & Friends. Tim McGraw stayed fourth with Highway Don't Care with Taylor Swift helping out. Florida Georgia Line again was fifth with Get Your Shine On.

Hunter Hayes climbed from 10 to 7 with I Want Crazy. The Band Perry made into the top 10 - at 9 - DONE. Jake Owen was 10th, up 3, with Anywhere With You. Randy Houser held onto the 15th spot with Runnin' Outta Moonlight, up 3. Jump Right In from Zac Brown Band was 20th, up 3. Easton Corbin's All Over the Road was at 22, up 3. Danielle Bradbery debuted at 23 with Heads Carolina, Tails California, once a hit for Jo Dee Messina. Brett Eldredge was 25th with Don't Ya, up 1.

Lady Antebellum was third on the Top Country Albums chart with "Golden," one ahead of Shelton's "Based on a True Story..." Florida Georgia Line was fifth with "Here's to the Good Times." Carrie Underwood was up 3 to 19 with "Blown Away." Houser's "How Country Feels" was at 29, up 3.

Steve Martin & Edie Brickell held the first spot on the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Love Has Come For You." Steven Curtis Chapman remained second with "Deep Roots." Old Crow Medicine Show was third with "Carry Me Back." "Brothers of the Highway" from Dailey & Vincent was fourth followed by Steve Ivey's "Best Of Bluegrass: Collector's Edition."

On the overall top 200, Rucker was 2nd, Strait 8th, Lady A 10th, Shelton 16th and Florida Georgia Line 18th.

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When Was the Last Time CD review - When Was the Last Time
Darius Rucker is so darn likeable, he likely gets away with creating subpar music more than most. However, "When Was the Last Time" is a consistently good album, which is as respectable as it is likeable. Rucker knows how to sing crowd pleasers, like the fun and funny "Count the Beers" and the all-star collaboration "Straight to Hell," which also features Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Charles Kelley. He shines brightest, though, on the more serious songs. »»»
Southern Style CD review - Southern Style
Although opener "Homegrown Honey" has a few hip-hip sonic elements fueling it, "Southern Style" is a fairly traditional - well, as traditional as Darius Rucker can get - album. "Homegrown Honey," along with the title cut and "Half Full Dixie Cup," make a play for Rucker's Southern credentials, and for the most part support these claims. Rucker is an easygoing vocalist, and this latest effort goes down smoothly. It's still taboo for country »»»
Home for the Holidays CD review - Home for the Holidays
When it came time for Darius Rucker to throw his hat into the holiday album ring, he was clearly aiming for the old school, traditional realm of such things. The heavy orchestration for these 12 songs hearkens back to the days when crooners like Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra tracked Christmas projects, rather than anything that might pass for country. With that said, though, Rucker represents himself quite well with this traditional album of (mostly) familiar Christmas songs. »»»