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LBT crushes it to the top

Thursday, April 30, 2015 – Little Big Town is crushing it all the way to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. "Girl Crush" knocked out Sam Hunt's "Take Your Time" for the week ending May 9. Reba McEntire led the Country Albums chart with "Love Somebody," her first disc in five years.

Florida Georgia Line was third on the songs chart with "Sippin' On Fire," one ahead of Zac Brown Band's "Homegrown." Dierks Bentley was fifth with "Say You Do."

A Thousand Horses broke into the top 10 with "Smoke" at 10, up 1. "Sangria," Blake Shelton's new single, jumped from 20 to 11. Kelsea Ballerini was up 3 to 16 with "Love Me Like You Mean It." Jason Aldean broke into the top 25 with "Tonight Looks Good On You" at 22, up 4. Brantley Gilbert closed out the top 25 with "One Hell of an Amen," up 2.

On the albums chart, Hunt placed second with "Montevallo." Little Big Town's "Pain Killer" climbed four to third. Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen debuted at four with "Hold My Beer, Vol. 1." Miranda Lambert jumped from 10 to 5 with "Platinum." Garth Brooks was at 15 with "Man Against Machine," up 5. William Clark Green debuted at 18 with "Ringling Road."

Robert Earl Keen led the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions." Punch Brothers held second with "The Phosphorescent Blues." Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow" was third. Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn's self-titled debut was fourth, after being first last week. Gangstagrass's "American Music" stood at five, up five.

On the overall top 200, Hunt was 9th, Little Big Town 12th, McEntire 13th, Florida Georgia Line 20th and Lambert 26th. The top 200 and country albums charts use different criteria.

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The Breaker CD review - The Breaker
Anyone who missed Little Big Town's remarkable 2012 Unplugged performance on CMT should seek it out online. When they sing their monster hit "Pontoon," four hypnotic voices combine to harmonic perfection with no studio tricks - pick from any of the microphones, and it works as the song's lead vocal. But now that the group has ascended to the upper rung of stardom, different challenges arise. How do you compete with yourself fresh from a Grammy for Best Country Song »»»
Pain Killer CD review - Pain Killer
For some, listening to Little Big Town will be an act of searching for something at least half as catchy as "Pontoon," yet without success. Whenever a group creates such a fantastically memorable single, the prospect of following it up successfully can be a bit of a handicap. With that said, though, "Pain Killer" is a pretty good pop-country album, as pop-country albums go. Although Little Big Town has never been known to be rockers, the rollicking "Save Your Sin" »»»
Tornado CD review - Tornado
When the chorus to Leavin' in Your Eyes kicks in with some lovely layered vocals, it's tempting to compare Little Big Town to Fleetwood Mac. After better sense kicks in, though, it's more reasonable to categorize LBT as Fleetwood Mac-lite, at best. All that '70s cocaine and infidelity made Fleetwood Mac so much darker than anything modern day Nashville could ever produce. To its credit, though, Fleetwood Mac could never produce anything nearly as catchy as Pontoon, easily the »»»
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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