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At Billboard, results remain the same for Hunt, Stapleton

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 – Another week, another number one for Sam Hunt. The singer kept his stranglehold on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Beauty Like a Back Road" at the top. Chris Stapleton led the Top Country Albums chart with "From a Room: Volume 1."

On the songs chart, Brett Young remained second with "In Case You Didn't Know." Thomas Rhett's "Craving You" with Maren Morris held third. Dylan Scott remained fourth with "My Girl." Luke Combs rounded out the top five with "Hurricane."

Dustin Lynch climbed three spots to seventh with "Small Town Boy." Billy Currington also moved up three, to eighth, with "Do I Make You Wanna." Old Dominion was at 11, up 3, with "No Such Thing as a Broken Heart. Old Dominion also debuted at 31 with "Written in the Sand." Devin Dawson was at 47 with "All On Me," up 3.

Stapleton also held second on the albums chart with his debut, "Traveller." Combs was third with "This One's For You," Keith Urban fourth with "Ripcord" and Hunt fifth with "Montevallo."

Kane Brown was 12th, up 3, with his self-titled debut. Jason Aldean moved up 4 to 17 with "They Don't Know." Blake Shelton's "Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits" was a big mover, at 18, up 14. Cole Swindell was at 19, up 3, with "You Should Be Here." Miranda Lambert's "The Weight of These Wings" was up 6 to 20. Luke Bryan held 22nd with "Kill the Lights," up 3. Taylor Swift was at 35 with "Red," up 3. Scott was 37th, up 5. Midland's self-titled EP was up 9 to 40. Kenny Chesney was at 41 with "Cosmic Hallelujah," up 7. Rhonda Vincent & Daryle Singletary debuted at 45 with their "American Grandstand" collaboration. Zac Brown Band's Jekyll + Hyde" was at 47, up 3.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Vincent and Singletary led the way, knocking out "Windy City" from Alison Krauss, which fell to second. Bradley Walker was third with "Call Me Old-fashioned." Old Crow Medicine Show was fourth with "50 Years of Blonde on Blonde." Nitty Gritty Dirt Band rounded out the top five with "Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years, Live at the Ryman Auditorium, TN."

Stapleton also led the Americana/Folk Albums chart with "From a Room" and "Traveller." The Lumineers were third with "Cleopatra," Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit fourth with "The Nashville Sound" and Ed Sheeran fifth with "(Division)."

On the overall top 200, Stapleton's "Traveller" was 30th "Traveller" 33rd, Combs 38th, Urban 39th and Hunt 42nd.

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Southside CD review - Southside
There are some interesting moments on Sam Hunt's "Southside" album, but interesting doesn't always equal good. The single "Hard To Forget" samples Webb Pierce's "There Stands The Glass," one of country music's best and most enduring drinking songs. It's ironic, though, how Hunt needed to sample an old country song in order to incorporate any hint of actual country music into his album. Interesting, yes, but it may make you reach back for a »»»
Montevallo CD review - Montevallo
It's no secret that the genre of country music has been growing and expanding in definition over the past several years, from the bombastic arena rocking fury of early Garth Brooks to more recent days and acts like Florida Georgia Line, further blurring the lines of country and other genres. Finding traditional country themes and vibes to merge along the rivers of hip-hop, R&B and pop, the picking is ripe for rising artists like Sam Hunt and his debut recording, "Montevallo. »»»
X2C CD review - X2C
Sam Hunt is riding the country charts with "Leave the Night On," a rather surprising occurrence considering that the Georgia native has extremely little to do with what remotely constitutes country music on this four song EP. Hunt has gained some acclaim as a song writer, having penned Kenny Chesney's "Come Over," Keith Urban's "Cop Car" and Billy Currington's "We Are Tonight." Hunt fits in perhaps only because of the crossover sounds »»»
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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