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Ballerini KOs FGL from top spot

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 – Kelsea Ballerini tops the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Sept. 24 with "Peter Pan." Ballerini replaces the long-running chart topper, "H.O.L.Y." from Florida Georgia Line, which fell to second. FGL stayed atop the Top Country Albums chart with "Dig Your Roots" for the second straight week.

Dierks Bentley was third on the songs chart with "Different for Girls," his song with Elle King. Kenny Chesney was fourth with "Setting the World on Fire," featuring Pink. Sam Hunt rounded out the top five with "Make You Miss Me."

Miranda Lambert was sixth, up three, with "Vice." Billy Currington was up three to ninth with "It Don't Hurt Like It Used To." Keith Urban's "Blue Ain't Your Color" climbed from 22 to 17. Brett Young stood at 18 with "Sleep Without You," up 3. Maren Morris broke into the top 25 with "80s Mercedes" at 24, up 2. Brett Eldredge closed out the top 25 with "Wanna Be That Song," up 2.

On the albums chart, Shelton was second with "If I'm Honest." Chris Stapleton's "Traveller" remained third. Dolly Parton was fourth with "Pure & Simple." Cole Swindell held fifth with "You Should Be Here," up three. Joey + Rory jumped from 14 to 6 with "Hymns." Ballerini jumped from 15 to 7 with "The First Time."

Jake Owen was a big mover with "American Love" going all the way from 20 to 11. "Mud Digger, Volume 7" debuted at 19. Jon Pardi's "California Sunrise" was at 21, up 4. Shelton also was at 23 with "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits," up 5. Sturgill Simpson's "A Sailors Guide to Earth" also moved up 5, to 24.

Chatham Country Line topped the Bluegrass Albums chart with "Autumn." Sarah Jarosz remained second with "Undercurrent." The Earls of Leicester were third with "Rattle & Roar," Steep Canyon Rangers fourth with "Radio" and O'Connor Band with Mark O'Connor sliding from first to fifth.

On the Folk/Americana Albums chart, Stapleton was first, Angel Olsen debuted in second with "My Woman," Parton third, All Sons & Daughters fourth with "Poets & Saints" and The Lumineers fifth with "Cleopatra."

On the Billboard 200, FGL was 5th, Shelton 18th, Stapleton 19th, Hunt 39th and Ballerini 41st. The top 200 and Country Albums chart use different criteria.

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Once unheard of, more than a few of today's country queens don't necessarily stick to their own genre. Kelsea Ballerini's most streamed track by far is her collaboration with The Chainsmokers, "This Feeling." That's not to say the rest of her catalog did poorly. Ballerini scored a top five country album out of the gate with her debut in 2015. "The First Time" had great flavors of R&B and sounded very assured for a come-out roll. Sophomore effort »»»
Unapologetically CD review - Unapologetically
It already seems like Kelsea Ballerini is a fixture on the scene, but America's barely had time to blink since her debut, "The First Time." Four major singles, a headlining tour and an armful of awards are just some of the harvest that followed. Some of that star power exceeds musical gifts - Ballerini has that insta-charm that makes her a ready TV guest or host. She's from Tennessee and smiles for miles. But she also gives off a wiser, worldlier vibe than many others of her »»»
The First Time CD review - The First Time
"Why do we need you? There's already a Taylor Swift." So said a Nashville record executive to a teenage Kelsea Ballerini. It undoubtedly stung at the time - but she was still in high school and had only travelled from Knoxville. Now that same executive is likely pricing a self-kicking machine. Ballerini's self-titled EP released last year scored big with a Top Ten Country single, "Love Me Like You Mean It." "The First Time," her full-sized debut, has now »»»
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.... »»»
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