Chart Roundup – Week of June 8th, 2013

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Florida Georgia Line continue their record-breaking ways, achieving
their 13th week at #1 on Hot Country Songs with ‘Cruise’ (featuring
Nelly). The hit track is also #1 on Country Digital Songs, while the duo’s
second single ‘Get Your Shine On’ drops to #5 on Country Airplay. However,
their 2012 album ‘Here’s To The Good Times’ moves up two places to #5. Darius
Rucker has held onto his #1 spot on Country Airplay for another week with ‘Wagon
Wheel’, moving up to #2 on Hot Country Songs and sticking to #3 on Country
Digital Songs. What’s more, his brand new album ‘True Believers’ comes into Top
Country Albums at a shiny #1, making this a very good week for the Grand Ole
Opry member.

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Chart Roundup – Week of June 1st, 2013

It’s been another good week for Florida Georgia Line as their mega-hit ‘Cruise’ (helped by the recent remix featuring Nelly), is at #1 on Hot Country Songs and Country Digital…

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Chart Roundup – Week of May 25th, 2013

Not a lot has changed at the top since last week, as Florida Georgia Line seem to have a pretty stable monopoly at #1 across Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay…

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Chart Roundup – Week of May 18th, 2013

Hey guys, my chart roundup is back after a month out! I hope you missed me. Hot Country Songs remains oddly static at the top, with Florida Georgia Line continuing…

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Eric Church’s first live album, CAUGHT IN THE ACT: LIVE, now available (from the mailbag)

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Purchase "Caught In The Act: Live" now from Amazon

Multi Award-winning superstar Eric Church is not only celebrating winning the coveted Album of The Year award (CHIEF) and Vocal Event Of The Year award ("The Only Way I Know," J. Aldean, L. Bryan, E. Church) during Sunday night's 48th Annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards show, but also the release of his first live album to stores nationwide and digital retailers today. Caught In The Act: Live, a 17-track live concert recorded over the course of two nights at Chattanooga's Tivoli Theatre in October 2012 features songs from Sinners Like Me, Carolina and his award-winning 2011 release, CHIEF. A double gatefold vinyl version of the record will be made available on National Record Store Day, Saturday, April 20. The package will include four additional tracks and a special whiskey-infused 7-inch.

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Chart Roundup – Week of March 16th, 2013

This week Hot Country Songs has remained pretty static at the top, with Blake Shelton’s ‘Sure Be Cool If You Did’ holding onto the top spot, both there and on…

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Eric Church ‘Like Jesus Does’ Single & Video Review

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The fifth (and I’m guessing final) single from Eric Church’s
award-winning (and chart staying – still #10 this week) 2011 release ‘Chief’ is
‘Like Jesus Does’. I was surprised to hear this as it’s not the most commercial
song in the world, being a quiet ballad that doesn’t try to intrude upon your
life if you don’t want it too. It’s easily ignored.

But that’s almost the beauty of it. Previously, the other
singles from ‘Chief’ have been fairly upbeat and rock-infused, for example
‘Drink In My Hand’, ‘Creepin’’ and ‘Homeboy’. ‘Springsteen’ is perhaps an
exception at times but the chorus sells it on a mass scale. ‘Like Jesus Does’
however, waits for you to come to it – it doesn’t shout you down and demand
attention. In this way it intrigues me more, because its understated nature is
perfect for the deep and thoughtful lyrics. It is a song of thanks,
essentially; of how the narrator’s wife/partner loves him so unconditionally it
is almost akin to the love Jesus has for him. That’s a powerful metaphor for
love if ever I saw it. It doesn’t get bigger than that.

As I watched the new video for it on YouTube, I read the
usually juvenile comments that actually raised an interesting point. People
were pointing out their religious beliefs in reference to the song, for example
atheists saying that they still loved the song despite not believing in Jesus.
And I think that’s a valid point. From the title one would assume that it is a
spiritual song, but it rather is a commentary on true love, and even if someone
does not believe in Jesus, they can appreciate the sentiment with just a casual
knowledge of the basics of Christianity. It is universal songs like this that
are often the most successful.

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Eric Church to release first-ever live record on April 9, 2013 (from the mailbag)

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EMI Records' Eric Church will release a 17-track live album, Caught In The Act: Live, on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 featuring songs from Sinners Like Me, Carolina, and his CMA Award-winning 2011 release, CHIEF. Act will be available for purchase on iTunes and in stores nationwide. The album was recorded at Chattanooga's Tivoli Theatre in October 2012 and is Church's first live recording. A double gatefold vinyl version of the record will also be made available on National Record Store Day, Saturday, April 20. The package will include four additional tracks and a special whiskey-infused 7-inch.

Caught In The Act: Live features raw, electric performances of songs like "Pledge Allegiance To The Hag," "Smoke A Little Smoke," "How 'Bout You," "Creepin'" and more. American Songwriter noted of the live taping, "[The] rendition of the soulful hit 'Springsteen' is one of his best, slipping into the first verse of Springsteen's 'Born to Run' towards to end." The writer adds, "[Church] sang and played just differently enough to create variety from his studio versions and his performance confirmed that his voice is easily just as good as how it sounds on a produced record."

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