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Lambert debuts in first

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 – Miranda Lambert debuted in first with "The Weight of These Wings' on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the week ending Dec. 10, good for third on the overall chart. Keith Urban continued atop the Hot Country Songs chart with "Blue Ain't Your Color."

Lambert took over the top from Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood's "Christmas Together," which fell to second. George Strait debuted in third with "Strait Out of the Box: Part 2," his follow up 20 years later to the first part. Chris Stapleton held fourth with "Traveller." Florida Georgia Line climbed three spots to fifth with "Dig Your Roots."

Jimmy Buffett moved from 14 to 9 with his "Tis the Season" holiday set. Kacey Musgraves jumped from 27 to 11 with "A Very Kacey Christmas." Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood debuted at 14 with "Christmas Together" "and "Gunslinger" in a package.

Jennifer Nettles was up 6 to 15 with "To Celebrate Christmas." Blake Shelton jumped 11 to 19 with "If I'm Honest." Faith Hill debuted at 22 with "Deep Tracks."

Cole Swindell was 28th with "You Should Be Here," up 5. Robert Earl Keen debuted at 29 with "Live Dinner Reunion." Dierks Bentley was 26th, up 4, with "Black." Canadian duo High Valley debuted at 37 with "Dear Life." Travis Marvin's "Simple" EP landed him at 40, up 5. Travis Tritt debuted at 44 with "A Man And His Guitar; Live from the Franklin Theatre."

"May We All," the Florida Georgia Line song featuring Tim McGraw, remained second. Brett Young held third again with "Sleep Without You." Brett Eldredge jumped four to fourth with "Wanna Be That Song." Cole Swindell held fifth with "Middle of a Memory."

Michael Ray was at 29 with "Think a Little Less," up 3. Sundance Head debuted at 32 with "No One." Lambert debuted at 44 with "Tin Man." Jana Kramer was 47 in her first week on the chart with "Circles.," while Chris Lane entered at 49 with "For Her."

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Bradley Walker was first with "Call Me Old-fashioned." Dwight Yoakam was second with "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars..." Rhonda Vincent And the Rage fell to third from first with "All the Rage: Rhonda Vincent And The rage in Concert, Volume One." Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years, Live at the Ryman Auditorium, TN" was fourth followed by Balsam Range's "Mountain Voodoo."

Stapleton led the Folk/Americana chart with "Traveller." The late Leonard Cohen was second with "You Want It Darker." Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats debuted in third with "A Little Something More From Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats." The Lumineers were fourth with "Cleopatra," while dodie debuted in fifth with "Intertwined," an EP.

On the overall top 200, Yearwood and Yearwood were 7th, Strait 20th, Florida Georgia Line 22nd, Stapleton 23rd and Urban 33rd> The top 200 and country charts use different criteria.

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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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