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LBT, Gilbert crush it on Billboard

Thursday, May 28, 2015 – Little Big Town's crush on the top spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart continues for the week ending June 6 because "Girl Crush" again leads the pack. A deluxe version of Brantley Gilbert's "Just As I Am" was the top selling country disc.

Luke Bryan had an incredible jump, going from 49 to 2 with "Kick the Dust Up," the first single from his forthcoming release. Sam Hunt was third with "Take Your Time." "Sangria" from Blake Shelton remained fourth. Florida Georgia Line was fifth with "Sippin' On Fire."

Kelsea Ballerini's first hit, "Love Me Like You Mean It," climbed five to eighth. Kenny Chesney was ninth with "Wild Child," a song he does with Grace Potter. The single moved up three spots. Brantley Gilbert was at 14, up 4, with "One Hell of an Amen." Thomas Rhett stood at 18 with "Crash and Burn," up 5. Zac Brown band made the top 25 with "Loving You Easy" at 24, up 2. Chris Janson closed out the top 25 with "Buy Me a Boat," up 4.

On the Top Country Albums chart, Zac Brown Band fell to second with "Jekyll + Hyde." Hunt was third with "Montevallo." Ballerini debuted in fourth with "The First Time," one ahead of Reba McEntire's "Love Somebody."

Little Big Town was sixth with "Painkiller," up 4. "Spring Break...Checkin' Out" by Bryan was up three to eighth.

"Alive! In Concert" from Dailey & Vincent led the Bluegrass Albums chart. Punch Brothers stood in second with "The Phosphorescent Blues," up four. Robert Earl Keen was third with "Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions," up two. Della Mae was fourth with its self-titled sophomore release. Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn came in fourth, up four, with their self-titled debut together.

On the Billboard 200 chart, Gilbert was 7th, Zac Brown Band 13th, Hunt 20th, Little Big Town 30th and Ballerini 31st. The top 200 and country albums charts use different criteria.

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Fire & Brimstone CD review - Fire & Brimstone
It would be easy (and lazy journalism) to write about how much Brantley Gilbert's music is un-country. You need only isolate the drum parts for most of these latest songs to confirm this is primarily a rock recording (masked as country). However, there are some quality - if not exactly country - songs on this effort, which cry out for a different sort of evaluation. Gilbert saves his best for last with "Man That Hung The Moon," a song about fatherhood that will likely bring many dads to tears. »»»
The Devil Don't Sleep CD review - The Devil Don't Sleep
For those fans worrying over the potential demise of bro country, rest easy; Brantley Gilbert is here to keep that flag flying high. Comprised of a solid set of radio ready rockers alongside a few tamer numbers, Gilbert sets out to prove the establishment wrong, rolling his way through 16 tales of hard living and partying. Yet, while Gilbert holds strong to the "bro country" stance, he's also very much his own man, allowing his faith and values to pull front and center as well. »»»
Just As I Am: Platinum Edition CD review - Just As I Am: Platinum Edition
With the third version of Brantley Gilbert's "Just as I Am," he has almost doubled the average country album track listing. The definitive Platinum Edition contains 19 tracks that feature his trademark rock inflected country sound. The original 11 tracks are still intact, with the addition of the 3 songs from the original deluxe edition. Added on at the end are five new songs that largely fit well with the tone of the album. Those who originally purchased the regular edition »»»