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Urban, Chesney top charts

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 – Keith Urban has the number 1 song on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Blue Ain't Your Color" for the week ending Nov. 19. Kenny Chesney debuts in first on the albums chart with "Cosmic Hallelujah."

Brett Eldredge debuted in second on the albums chart with his holiday disc, "Glow." Urban was third with "Ripcord." Chris Stapleton, last week's chart topper, fell to fourth with "Traveller." Cole Swindell debuted in fifth with "Down Home Sessions III" EP.

Jimmy Buffett was sixth in his first week with his holiday disc "Tis the Season." Maren Morris jumped from 26 to 7 with "Hero," with her CMA win for Best New Artist likely contributing to her spike. Thomas Rhett was eighth with "Tangled Up," up 19. He also was victorious at the CMAs.

Kip Moore debuted at 12 with his EP "Underground." Texas artist debuted at 13 with "Good Country Music." Eric Church stood in 15 with "Mr. Misunderstood," 1 ahead of Kacey Musgraves' "A Very Kacey Christmas" in its debut week. Jennifer Nettles debuted at 17 with "To Celebrate Christmas." Dierks Bentley was 21st with "Black," up 10.

Urban took over the number one spot from Chesney's "Setting the World on Fire" with Pink, which fell to second. Florida Georgia Line remained third with "May We All," which features Tim McGraw. Swindell stayed fourth with "Middle of a Memory." Luke Bryan stayed fifth with "Move."

Little Big Town was a big mover with "Better Man" jumping from 20th to 6th. Old Dominion broke into the top 10 with "Song For Another Time" up 1 to 10th. Rhett was at 14 with "Star of the Show," up 3. Brad Paisley stood at 22nd with "Today," up 3. Blake Shelton was 23rd with "A Guy With a Girl," climbing 3. Brothers Osborne closed out the top 25 with "21 Summer," moving up from 30th.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Bradley Walker remained first with "Call Me Old-fashioned." Dwight Yoakam stayed second with "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars...," Nitty Gritty Dirt Band third with "Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years, Live at the Ryman Auditorium, TN" and Mandolin Orange staying fourth with "Blindfaller." Balsam Range debuted in fifth with "Mountain Voodoo."

On the Americana/Folk Albums chart, Stapleton was first, Leonard Cohen second with "You Want it Darker," Chuck Murphy third with "Peace Be With You," Bon Iver fourth with "22, A Million" and She & Him debuting in fifth with "Christmas Party."

On the overall Top 200, Chesney was 2nd, Urban 12th, Stapleton 17th, Rhett 23rd and Florida Georgia Line 26th. The overall top 200 and country albums chart use different criteria.

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Ripcord CD review - Ripcord
Even though Keith Urban's single, "Wasted Time," borrows more than a little sonic sensibility from electronic music, there's still an upfront banjo solo. And this is how it's always been with Urban. He may play the part of the guitar hero at times, and even revealed his eclectic musical knowledge as a judge on American Idol, but Urban will always be a country boy at heart. And boyish good looks and talent have taken this country boy far, too. The wonderfully titled »»»
Fuse CD review - Fuse
Keith Urban will keep his superstar status intact with the lengthy "Fuse." The upbeat, commercial- and fan-friendly music and singing from Urban will ensure that. This is pretty much vintage Urban. That means Urban's not very high on the country quotient. What sounds like a guitar on the rocking Good Thing and the somewhat swampy Red Camaro, for example, is Mike Elizondo's programming. Yes, there's gango (six-stringed banjo with guitar neck) sprinkled in many songs, but »»»
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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