Chart Roundup – Week of June 22nd, 2013

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This week, the Billboard country charts have been more
static than usual. In fact, Hot Country Songs’ top 5 is exactly the same, highlighting the key players and their consistent
selling. As per usual Florida Georgia Line are at the top, ‘Cruise’ at #1 on
Hot Country Songs and #1 on Country Digital Songs. ‘Get Your Shine On’ is not
too far behind, at #9 on Hot Country Songs and Country Digital Songs, and their
third single ‘Round Here’ has begun its ascent on the Country Airplay top 30,
this week at #29. ‘Here’s To The Good Times’ has risen to #3 on Top Country
Albums once more.

Again, Blake Shelton’s ‘Boys Round Here’ (featuring Pistol
Annies and friends) is FGL’s strongest contender. At #2 on Hot Country Songs
and Country Airplay, and #3 on Country Digital Songs, the recent release of a
celebrity remix is bound to push the track to #1 next week. If that weren’t
enough, Blake’s latest album ‘Based On A True Story…’ holds onto the #1 spot on
Top Country Albums. Not too far behind him is Darius Rucker, whose album ‘True
Believers’ is at #2, while the big hit ‘Wagon Wheel’ remains at #3 on Hot
Country Songs, #6 on Country Airplay, and #4 on Country Digital Songs.

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LeAnn Rimes new album “Spitfire” coming June 4

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Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter LeAnn Rimes is releasing her new album, SPITFIRE, on June 4, 2013. Rimes, who co-wrote nine of the songs on her newest offering, says "This album is a peek into my world; who I am, what I've gone through, what my emotions are. It's an intimate conversation between me and whoever's listening. I hope I'm saying things that are hard for others to express. It certainly took me a lot of work to get to this point. And it's still easier to sing these thoughts than it is to say them out loud. The intimacy in my music is just beginning."

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Was LeAnn Rimes Drunk On The X Factor? The Drama Continues… (Vickye’s take on it)

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She’s been through the mill a bit the last few years, LeAnn
Rimes has. After her extra-marital affair, divorce, re-marriage, and battles
with her new husband’s ex-wife have been played out very publicly in the media
(including on the show the latter is a star of, The Real Housewives of Beverly
Hills), you’d think that no more drama would come to her and she’d fade from
the press a little. But perhaps her time in the negative spotlight hasn’t faded
just yet.

On Wednesday LeAnn performed on The X Factor USA with Carly
Rose, a 13-year-old contestant with a big voice. The performance was a sham
from start to finish, if I’m honest. LeAnn came on (a little wobbly), grinning,
and while Carly seemed to have done okay with the song before LeAnn arrived,
both were honestly shocking after her appearance. Vocals were out of key,
timing was over-played with, harmonies were horrible and nobody seemed to know
when they were coming in. Both were attempting to improvise and they didn’t
even seem to have met yet. It was generally a shambles and when I heard it I
wanted to turn it off because the singing (from both) was that bad, While you
could argue that Carly is only 13 and that exempts her, I would say why is she
in this competition? I think it’s ridiculous to allow children under the age of
16 to participate, they are not emotionally ready for such a hard career (cause
it’s hard graft you know), they need to finish school and it’s overall a bad
idea because they are children and we’ve all seen what happens to child stars!

You could argue that LeAnn being a child star hasn’t exactly
ensured a perfect upbringing, and she hasn’t been short of dramas in her life,
particularly as she had to book herself into rehab for stress recently. So that
brings me on to my next point. Many celebrities will have a shot of whiskey or
something to calm their nerves before a performance. It’s standard practise for
some and we only have to look at people like Hank Williams and George Jones to
know that many musicians are alcoholics. People like Eric Church are regularly
drunk on stage. But that’s possibly not so much the issue here. I think there
has been a big reaction because LeAnn is female. It seems more uncouth in today’s
society still for women to be drunk. I think there is also the issue of LeAnn
singing with the girl. It was not her performance, and you could say that she
isn’t setting a very good example for such a young girl if she is drunk on
stage.

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LeAnn Rimes responds to X Factor criticism

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LeAnn Rimes broke her silence earlier today after the rumor started going around last night and this morning that she may possibly have been a wee bit snockered at last night's "X Factor" finale when she dueted with 13-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar. 

The performance was definitely odd and it seemed that LeAnn might have forgotten the words and notes she was supposed to be singing at various times throughout the song.

Most of America probably just snickered a bit and then moved on to bigger and better things and would have forgotten about the whole story by now if it weren't for a pesky followup that's now popped up. 

TMZ allegedly spoke with LeAnn's rep this morning who told them that LeAnn was "NOT impaired and if there was any awkwardness it was only because she was trying to help this 13-year-old girl who was having some trouble with the song."

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Was LeAnn Rimes drunk during her X Factor performance last night?

Last night I had video of Little Big Town and LeAnn Rimes performing with contestants on day one of "The X Factor's" finale. Almost immediately people started coming to NashvilleGab searching for LeAnn Rimes drunk or other similar search terms. I thought that was a little odd. I had watched the video of LeAnn and had thought her performance was a little off and her voice didn't sound in tip top shape, but drunk?

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