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Billboard makes Rhett a very happy man

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 – Thomas Rhett tops the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Die a Happy Man," while Chris Stapleton regains the number one spot on the albums chart with "Traveller."

Sam Hunt was second on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Break Up in a Small Town," one ahead of Chris Young's "I'm Comin' Over." Cam was fourth with "Burning House." Dan + Shay were fifth with "Nothin' Like You."

Luke Bryan's "Home Alone Tonight," which features Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town, was 16th, up 10. There was little movement throughout the rest of the top 25.

On the albums chart, Carrie Underwood was second with "Storyteller," one ahead of Church's "Mr. Misunderstood." Last week's number one, "I'm Comin' Over" from Young, fell to fourth. Hunt went from eight to five with "Montevallo."

Blake Shelton's "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits" moved up three to sixth. The biggest mover by far was Zac Brown Band's "Greatest Hits So Far...," which jumped from 36 to 10. The "NOW That's What I Call Country Christmas" compilation is 12th, up three. Maddie & Tae shot up 10 spots to 21 with "Start Here." LeAnn Rimes was at 23 with "Today is Christmas," up 15. Underwood closed out the top 25 with "Greatest Hits: Decade #1," up 3.

Punch Brothers topped the Bluegrass Albums chart with the debut of "The Wireless" EP, a five-song release. Rhonda Vincent was second with "Christmas Time." Steve Martin & Edie Brickell went from first to third with "So Familiar." Mipso debuted in fourth with "Old Time Reverie." A compilation, "Bluegrass Gems," debuted in fifth.

On the top 200 albums chart, Stapleton was 7th, Underwood 14th, Hunt 19th, Church 23rd and Young 26th.

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Center Point Road CD review - Center Point Road
Thomas Rhett represents a dilemma for traditional country music fans. Namely, that he doesn't create much country music that appeals to traditional tastes. Although "Center Point Road" doesn't entirely reverse that trend, even during its most overtly pop moments, this new collection of songs is still a pretty good one. The best song is also a love song - to a truck - titled "That Old Truck." It's the kind of song that only makes sense within country music circles. »»»
Life Changes CD review - Life Changes
Thomas Rhett references mangoritas, Coldplay and verified Instagram accounts on his third album, and for some, that may be a deal-breaker. His ultra-contemporary style and pop culture smarts may be anathema for fans of traditional country. However, writing Rhett off by stamping a cowboy boot and hollering "That ain't country!" writes off some truly standout songs - created by combining the best elements of country and pop music. Take the sophisticated songwriting of country and the »»»
Tangled Up CD review - Tangled Up
Thomas Rhett picks up where he left off on his 2013 debut, "It Goes Like This," which netted three chart toppers. Rhett would be hard to categorize as country, although in the big tent philosophy of what passes these days, country serves more as a marketing niche. He's more soul, funk and hip hop than country. His catchy, bouncy "Crash and Burn," another number one song, is squarely soulful pop with a few small sonic tweaks (whistles, backing "uhs" near the end) »»»
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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