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Bryan goes to number one again

Thursday, January 16, 2014 – Luke Bryan notched his sixth number one on the Billboard Country Songs chart with "Drink a Beer," ending Florida Georgia Line's six-week domination with "Stay" for the week ending Jan. 25. FGL was first on the Top Country Albums chart with "Here's to the Good Times," which sold 17,000 units, displacing Bryan's "Crash My Party," which fell to second.

On the song chart, FGL was second with "Stay." David Nail remained third with "Whatever She's Got." Cole Swindell was number four with "Chillin' It," one ahead of fellow Georgian Jason Aldean, who was up three with "When She Says Baby." Zac Brown Band was sixth, up three, with "Sweet Annie."

The Band Perry moved into the top 10 with "Don't Let Me Be Lonely" at nine, up two. Eric Paslay scored his first top 10 with "Friday Night" up two to 10. Brantley Gilbert climbed five to 16 with "Bottoms Up." Duo Dan + Shay were at 18, up five, with "19 You + Me."

Actress/singer Lucy Hale ("Pretty Little Liars," "A Cinderella Story") debuted at 21 with "You Sound Good To Me." Thomas Rhett broke into the top 25 with "Get Me Some of That" at 24, up two. Eric Church was the biggest mover with "Give Me Back My Hometown" jumping 15 to 25 in its second week out.

On the albums chart, Garth Brooks was third with "Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences." Blake Shelton was fourth with "Based on a True Story..." Aldean's "Night Train" was fifth. Rhett was a big mover with "It Goes Like This" moving from 16 to eight.

Justin Moore was at 13 with "Off the Beaten Path," up four. Keith Urban's "Fuse" was up four to 14. Parmalee's debut "Feels Like Carolina" was up five to 16. Tyler Farr was at 23 with "Redneck Crazy," up three. "Ready Set Roll," an EP from Chase Rice, was up six to 24.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Alan Jackson remained first with "The Bluegrass Album." The Devil Makes Three was second with "I'm a Stranger Here," Steve Martin and Edie Brickell third with "Love Has Come For You," Trampled by Turtles fourth with "Live at First Avenue" and Old Crow Medicine Show fifth with "Carry Me Back."

On the overall top 200, FGL was 12th, Bryan 13th, Brooks 18th, Shelton 38th and Aldean 41st.

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What Makes You Country CD review - What Makes You Country
Luke Bryan aims to please often, and that rarely goes unpunished. The Georgia native has a strong voice, some songwriting skill and even legitimate farming cred. But Bryan still gets pegged as the face of corporate country - that pandering beast packaging artists for mass consumption. The label can be unfair, but not wholly undeserved - Bryan has a long track record, for instance, of records about chasing girls and Bud Lights. In truth, he married his college sweetheart and they share a quiet, »»»
Farm Tour...Here's to the Farmer CD review - Farm Tour...Here's to the Farmer
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 »»»
Kill the Lights CD review - Kill the Lights
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: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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