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McEntire debuts in first

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – Reba McEntire debuted in first on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with "Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope." Sam Hunt sits atop the Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Feb. 25 with "Body Like a Back Road." He took over from Little Big Town's "Better Man," which fell to second.

Jon Pardi is third on the songs chart with "Dirt On My Boots," switching spots with Keith Urban's "Blue Ain't Your Color." Dustin Lynch was fifth with "Seein' Red." Zac Brown Band skyrocketed from 49 to 10 with "My Old Man." Jason Aldean stood at 14 with "Any Ol' Barstool," up 4. Brett Young was at 17, up 3, with "In Case You Didn't Know."

Kenny Chesney was 25th with "Bar at the End of the World," up 5. Dan + Shay also were up 5, to 27, with "How Not To." "We Should Be Friends" from Miranda Lambert placed 32nd, up 5. Florida Georgia Line's new single, "God, Your Mama, And Me" featuring Backstreet Boys, was up 4 to 36. Kane Brown's new single, "What Ifs," featuring Lauren Alaina, also moved up 4, to 42nd. Keith Urban's new single with Carrie Underwood, "The Fighter," came in at 46. Little Big Town's "Happy People" debuted at 48.

On the albums chart, Brantley Gilbert fell to second with "The Devil Don't Sleep." Chris Stapleton was third with "Traveller," Urban fourth with "Ripcord" and Garth Brooks' "The Ultimate Collection" up four to fifth.

Maren Morris was up 5 to 11 with "Hero." Kelsea Ballerini's "The First Time" moved from 18 to 14. Zac Brown Band was at 18 with "Greatest Hits So Far...," up 3. Luke Bryan was at 21 with "Crash My Party," up 5. "The Legend of Johnny Cash" went from 32 to 28. Sturgill Simpson went up 6 to 34 with "A Sailor's Guide to Earth." Cash also was at 35 with "The Essential Johnny Cash." Zac Brown Band was 38th with "Jekyll + Hyde," up 7.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Bradley Walker was first with "Call Me Old-fashioned." Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau were second with their self-titled disc. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band held third with "Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years, Live at the Ryman Auditorium, TN." Dwight Yoakam was fourth with "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars..." and Sarah Jarosz fifth with "Undercurrent."

Stapleton's "Traveller" topped the Folk/Americana chart. The Lumineers were second with "Cleopatra," Kaleo third with "A/B," Beth Hart debuting in fourth with "Fire on the Floor" and Hozier fifth with his self-titled disc.

On the overall top 200, McEntire was 4th, Gilbert 12th, Stapleton 29th and Urban 39th. The top 200 and country charts use different criteria.


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CD review - Stronger Than the Truth The beauty of Reba McEntire's albums flows from her way with a phrase, knowing when to modulate to carry us deeper into sadness or joy and when to pull back when she wants us to listen quietly to the lessons of a tear falling. Her songs can also urge us to scamper across the dance floor to twin fiddles, celebrating the exhilarating freedom of the moment or the satisfaction of breakup from a messy relationship. This album follows the end of McEntire's marriage to her manager. ...
CD review - My Kind of Christmas (expanded version) Reba McEntire's "My Kind of Christmas," is essentially the same album, with the same title, she released a while back through Cracker Barrel. The project is mostly comprised of the country Wonder Woman's strong singing voice, backed by acoustic piano. The new wrinkle in this expanded edition, though, is a bevy of guest vocalists. These guest spots are so good, it's worth the extra bucks to get the full package. Reba is joined by the dynamic husband and wife team, Vince ...
CD review - Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope So, you say you don't have enough Reba McEntire spiritual music in your collection, eh? With "Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope," you can fill that catalogue hole right quick. At two discs full, this ambitious set will scratch that itch, assuming you have such an itch in need of scratching. This double album is broken down into two distinct sets. The first 10 songs are traditional ones. You almost cannot have a country gospel CD without "I'll Fly Away, " ...


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