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Morris, FGL lead charts

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 – Maren Morris debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Hero" for the week ending June 25. Florida Georgia Line stays at number one with "H.O.L.Y." on the Hot Country Songs chart.

On the songs chart, Tim McGraw moved up three to second with "Humble And Kind." Luke Bryan's "Huntin', Fishin' & Lovin' Every Day" also was up three to third. Thomas Rhett was fourth with "T-Shirt," one ahead of Blake Shelton's "Came Here to Forget."

Dan + Shay were the big movers with "From the Ground Up" jumped from 16 to 9. Chris Lane was at 19 with "Fix,' up 3. Zac Brown Band was at 24 with "Castaway," up 4.

On the country albums chart, Dan + Shay debuted in second with "Obsessed." Shelton was third with "If I'm Honest." Last week's number one, Dierks Bentley's Black," was fourth. Chris Stapleton was at five with "Traveller."

Cassadee Pope's "Summer EP" debuted at 14. Craig Morgan entered the chart at 16 with "Whole Lot More to Me." Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen debuted at 21 with "Watch This."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, "Bright Star: A New Musical" from Steve Martin and Edie Brickell remained first. The Little Roy and Lizzy Show debuted in second with "Good Time Down Home." Bryan Sutton debuted in third with "The More I Learn." Steep Canyon Rangers were fourth with "Radio," while The Lonely Heartstring Band entered the chart at five with "Deep Waters."

On the Americana/Folk Albums chart, Paul Simon debuted in first with "Stranger to Stranger." Stapleton was second with "Traveller," The Lumineers third with "Cleopatra," Bob Dylan fourth with "Fallen Angels" and Mudcrutch, a band including Tom Petty and two members of his Heartbreakers, fifth.

On the overall top 200, Morris was 5th, Dan + Shay 8th, Shelton 9th, Bentley 12th and Stapleton 14th.

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GIRL CD review - GIRL
Maren Morris, who had a huge pop hit with "The Middle," is never going to be anybody's ideal traditional country singer. Although, thankfully, there isn't anything that mind-numbingly beat-driven on her "GIRL" album, this is a full-length that will likely appeal as much to Morris' pop fans, as her country followers. The first great song, "A Song For Everything," addresses that mysterious intersection between one's favorite songs and significant life events. »»»
Hero CD review - Hero
Maren Morris scored a hit out of the box with "My Church," the best of 11 songs on her major label full-length debut. The Texan infuses the song she wrote with uber producer busbee (he's worked with everyone from Keith Urban on "Ripcord" to 5 Seconds of Summer and Shakira and is one of three producers here including Morris) with mighty vocals powering a midtempo, soulful reading extolling the redemptive powers of playing music with the windows rolled down. »»»
Maren Morris CD review - Maren Morris
After going the indie route in her native Texas, Maren Morris releases a five-song EP to serve as an intro for the hoped for masses. Morris, who has penned songs for Tim McGraw and Kelly Clarkson, starts off with the edgier sounding "My Church." With an easy-going pace, Morris is elastic with her words, puts a bit of twang and gospel feel into her delivery and sings with authority when she asks "Can I get a hallelujah?/Can I get an amen?" But her salvation is FM radio - »»»