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Stapleton dominates chart

Thursday, February 8, 2018 – Chris Stapleton jumped to the top of the Billboard Top Country Albums for the week ending Feb. 10 with "From a Room: Volume 2" after being seventh last week. Stapleton's Grammy wins no doubt helped put him at number one. Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line remained first on the Billboard Hot Country Songs with "Meant to Be."

Stapleton also was second with "Traveller" and third with "From a Room: Volume 1." Kane Brown's self-titled debut was fourth with Thomas Rhett fifth with "Life Changes.

Kenny Chesney jumped from 19 to 8 with "Live in No Shoes Nation." Last week's number one, "Hallelujah Nights" from LANCO, fell all the way to ninth. Alan Jackson was up to 13 with "Precious Memories Collection." Maren Morris, who received face time at the Grammys, saw her "Hero" disc go from 25 to 18. Rhett was 19th with "Tangled Up," up 3. Blake Shelton was at 22 with "Texoma Shore," up 4. Project X, Volume 1 debuted at 27 with "Upchurch X Bottleneck." Brantley Gilbert's "The Devil Don't Sleep" jumped from 46 to 28.

Jason Aldean debuted in second with "You Make It Easy" on the songs chart. Rhett was third with "Marry Me," Russell Dickinson fifth with "Yours" and Brown's "What Ifs" featuring Lauren Alaina fifth.

Stapleton was 10th with "Broken Halos," up 4. Luke Bryan jumped 7 to 15 with "Most People Are Good." Morgan Wallen moved up 5 to 21 with "Up Down," featuring Florida Georgia Line.

Canadian brother duo High Valley was 23rd with "She's With Me," up 5. Granger Smith stood at 24 with "Happens Like That," up 3. Dan + Shay were 25th with "Tequila," up 4. So was Chris Lane's "Take Back Home Girl," featuring Tori Kelly, at 26.

Luke Combs jumped 9 to 27 with "One Number Away," 1 ahead of Midland's "Make a Little," up 4. Darius Rucker was 30th with "For the First Time," up 3. Michael Ray was 34th with "Get to You," up 3. Jon Pardi's "She Ain't In It" was up 5 to 35. Little Big Town was up 6 to 37 with "When Someone Stops Loving You." Dylan Scott was 38th with "Hooked," up 3. LANCO was at 39 with "Born to Love You," up 9.

Lady Antebellum's "Heart Break" was up 6 to 40th. Chris Janson was at 42 with" Drunk Girl," up 5. Stapleton debuted at 43 with "Millionaire." Chase Rice was at 45 with "Three Chords & The Truth," up 5. Justin Moore was at 46 with "Kinda Don't Care,' up 3. Brown's "What Mine is Yours" was at 47, Blake Shelton's "I Lived It" at 48, Cole Swindell's "Stay Downtown" at 49 and Alaina's "Doin' Fine" at 50.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Steep Canyon Rangers debuted in first with "Out in the Open." Aussie Guitarist Tommy Emmanuel CGP fell to second with "Accomplice One." Alison Krauss was third with "Windy City," Steve Martin And the Steep Canyon Rangers fourth with "The Long-Awaited Album" and The Dead South fifth with "Illusion & Doubt."

Stapleton was one-two-three on the Americana/Folk Albums chart with "Volume 2," "Traveller" and "Volume 1." The Avett Brothers debuted in fourth with "True Sadness." Ed Sheeran was fifth with "Divide."

On the overall Top 200, "Volume 2" was at 18, up 37; "Traveller" 24th, up 21, "Volume 1" 28th, up 46; Brown 29th and Rhett 40th.

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From A Room: Volume 2 CD review - From A Room: Volume 2
There is no bigger artist in country music today, perhaps even in American music, than Chris Stapleton. His appeal reaches beyond just the commercial country fans for his gritty bluesy approach. 2015's "Traveller" set a high bar, which was met by this year's release of "From A Room: Volume 1," which won Album of the Year in the 51st CMA Awards. Stapleton also garnered the Male Vocalist of the Year for his second time. Now seven months after that release, "From »»»
Traveller CD review - Traveller
Chris Stapleton is one of those artists you've heard without ever realizing it. That's because of his acclaim as a songwriter with such hits as Luke Bryan's "Drink a Beer," Josh Turner's "Your Man," Darius Rucker's "Come Back Song" and Kenny Chesney's "Never Wanted Nothing More." He also had a successful stint as lead singer of the driving bluegrass band The SteelDrivers (Adele recorded one of their songs, which he co-wrote as »»»
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: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
Concert Review: Grammy nominations aside, Yola, Kiah are the real deal – Grammy nominations do not make the artist, but Yola and opener Amythyst Kiah underscored time and again on this night that the honors were well deserved. In fact, Yola and Kiah's other group, Our Native Daughters, are nominated in the same category - Best American Roots. Yola has three other nominations as well. The clear winners... »»»
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