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Lambert opens at number one; FGL regain top

Thursday, June 12, 2014 – Miranda Lambert debuted atop both the Billboard Top 200, and, of course, the Country Albums chart with "Platinum." Florida Georgia Line was back atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart "This is How We Roll," which features Luke Bryan," was first, for the week ending June 21.

Lambert displaced Gilbert's "Just As I Am," which fell to second. "NOW That's What I Call Country: Volume 7" debuted in third with Lucy Hale opening up in fourth with "Road Between." Bryan was fifth with "Crash My Party." Country hick hopper Big Smo debuted at nine with "Kuntry Livin'. Chase Rice closed out the top 25 with "Ready Set Roll." The EP climbed three spots.

On the songs chart, Bryan was number one last week with "Play It Again," which slipped to second. Jake Owen's "Beachin'" held third again, one ahead of "Automatic" from Miranda Lambert. Brantley Gilbert's "Bottoms Up" was fifth.

Dierks Bentley jumped eight to sixth with "Drunk on a Plane." Lady Antebellum was an even bigger mover as "Bartender" skyrocketed from 19 to 8. "Somethin' Bad," the duet from Carrie Underwood and Lambert, was at 12, up 13.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were at 20, up 7, with "Meanwhile Back at Mama's." Little Big Town debuted at 22 with "Day Drinking." George Strait closed out the top 25 with "I Got a Car," up 1.

The Bluegrass Albums chart saw Nickel Creek again first with "A Dotted Line," followed by Alan Jackson's "The Bluegrass Album" in second and "Timeless Treasurer; Bluegrass Gospel" with Jonathan Widger, Sarah Moore and Randy Nichols third.

On the overall top 200, Gilbert was third; NOW 11th, Hale 14th and Bryan 16th.

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Cynics might think that Miranda Lambert is presumptuous in entitling her fifth disc "Platinum" and, in effect, assuming she'll get her plaque for selling 1 million units. But Lambert says that isn't the case, but more a matter of style, looks and feel. Lambert also wrote and discovered a lot of excellent songs that fit her quite well in an album in which she exposes her inner self as she matures. That may never more apparent than in the country rocker Lambert wrote »»»
Revolution CD review - Revolution
Every once in a while an album comes along that restores your faith in mainstream country music. Miranda Lambert's "Revolution" is just such a recording. It's not revolutionary, as the title might suggest. Instead, this CD is chock full of topnotch songs that are both memorable and sincere and never sound slick or overproduced. (Come to think of it, such old school values as these may in fact be revolutionary around Nashville). Lambert vocalizes a bit like a little girl at »»»
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend CD review - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Even though it sounds like a cliche from the big book of country songwriting, the truth is that, when the timing's right, a loser can end up being the biggest winner of all. Today's object lesson comes from Miranda Lambert and her sophomore album, the follow-up to her 2005 near-platinum debut, "Kerosene." Imagine for a moment if the then-19-year-old had actually taken the crown in 2003's Nashville Star and then been forced into the studio within weeks to be primped and »»»
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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