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Stapleton, FGL lead Billboard again

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 – Florida Georgia Line remains atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Aug. 13 with "H.O.L.Y." Chris Stapleton regained the top of the Country Albums chart with "Traveller."

Eric Church was second on the songs chart with "Record Year," up three. Dan + Shay held third again with "From the Ground Up," one ahead of Jon Pardi's "Head Over Boots." Sam Hunt moved from ninth to fifth with "Make You Miss Me."

Billy Currington is at 16, up 6, with "It Don't Hurt Like It Used To." Brantley Gilbert debuted at 21 with "The Weekend."

On the albums chart, Blake Shelton was second with "If I'm Honest." Steven Tyler, last week's chart topper, fell to third with his debut solo disc "We're All Somebody From Somewhere." Hunt was fourth with "Montevallo," up four. Keith Urban closed out the top five with "Ripcord."

Cole Swindell climbed from 11th to 6th with "You Should Be Here." Joey + Rory also moved up five, to ninth, with "Hymns." Rapper Big Smo debuted at 13 with "We the People." Sturgill Simpson held 21st, up 4, with "A Sailor's Guide to Earth."

The Earls of Leicester stayed first on the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Rattle & Roar." Sarah Jarosz was second with "Undercurrent." "Bright Star: A New Musical" from Steve Martin and Edie Brickell held third. Sam Bush's "Storyman" was fourth and "Burden Bearer: Bluegrass Gospel And Favorite A Capella Favorites" from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver fifth.

Stapleton led the Americana/Folk Albums chart as well. The Lumineers were second with "Cleopatra," Icelandic band Kaleo third with "A/B," Paul Simon fourth with "Stranger to Stranger" and The Avett Brothers fifth with "True Sadness."

On the overall top 200, Stapleton was 14th, Stapleton 24th, Hunt 27th, Thomas Rhett 32nd with "Tangled Up" and Dierks Bentley 41st with "Black." The top 200 and Country Albums charts use different criteria.

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Anything Goes CD review - Anything Goes
The title of Florida Georgia Line's second full length is accurate. For the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelly, that means girls, girls and more girls plus an ultra dose of partying. That is evident from the refrain of the title track, which, of course, focuses on Friday night activities. "I brought the songs and you brought the party/ Only one way to do it up right/Everybody goes where eveybody knows/That anything goes on a Friday Night/Get your party right/It's a Friday night. »»»
Here's to the Good Times This is How We Roll CD review - Here's to the Good Times This is How We Roll
Perhaps a few fans didn't get enough of Florida Georgia Line's "Here's to the Good Times," which came out in December 2012. That release contained all five songs of the duo's second EP "It'z Just What We Do" from May 2012. Not to mention the super uber mega-hit Cruise and fellow number ones Get Your Shine On, Round Here and Stay. With "This is How We Roll," Tyler Hubbard (he's the one with the longer hair) and Brian Kelly follow 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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