CMA Songwriter series makes its first trip to Austin, Texas on September 11 (from the mailbag)

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The CMA Songwriters Series makes its debut in Texas Wednesday, Sept. 11 (8:00 PM/CT) at
Antone’s in Austin for a special night of storytelling and song. Celebrating its
ninth remarkable year, the CMA Songwriters Series will feature special guests
Lee Brice, Randy Houser, Jerrod Niemann, and
Bob DiPiero, who will also serve as the evening’s host. Tickets
go on sale tomorrow. 

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Chart Roundup – Week of July 27th, 2013

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As if it were a surprise to anyone, the force that is
Florida Georgia Line remains at #1 on Hot Country Songs yet again this week
with ‘Cruise’(remix featuring Nelly). In addition, it remains at #1 on Country
Digital Songs too, while their latest single ‘Round Here’ is at #6 on the same
chart, #16 on Country Airplay and #8 on Hot Country Songs. Their album ‘Here’s
To The Good Times’ stays at #1. Could it become a possibility that they end up
holding both the #1 and #2 spots on the sales charts? Quite easily, in a couple
of weeks’ time.

Blake Shelton also stands in the running for the soundtrack
of the summer, ‘Boys Round Here’ (featuring Pistol Annies and friends) at #2 on
Country Digital Songs, but falling to #4 on Hot Country Songs, while his latest
single ‘Mine Would Be You’ not yet charting on Country Airplay top 25. In
contrast, Hunter Hayes is still rising with ‘I Want Crazy’, taking the #2 spot on
Hot Country Songs this week while he holds onto #3 on Country Digital Songs. He
stays at #6 on Country Airplay, and #4 on Top Country Albums with the ‘Encore’
edition of his self-titled debut album, which still lags behind Blake Shelton’s
‘Based On A True Story…’, standing strong at #2.

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Chart Roundup – Week of July 20th, 2013

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I think most country fans are looking for the charts to get
more interesting now as most of them have come to a standstill this week.
Florida Georgia Line are still at #1 (does it even need to be said?) with their
‘Cruise’ remix on Hot Country Songs and Country Digital Songs, and ‘Here’s To
The Good Times’ remains at #1 on Top Country Albums. Meanwhile, their new
single ‘Round Here’ is climbing up in the wake of its predecessor’s success, at
#7 on Country Digital Songs, #19 on Country Airplay and #13 on Hot Country
Songs. It seems likely that before long it too will reach #1.

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Chart Roundup – Week of April 20th, 2013 (ACMs Special)

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Post-ACMs a number of
artists have had a bit of a sales boost
this week. Florida Georgia Line are back at #1 with ‘Cruise’ long after its
peak as a single on Hot Country Songs and Country Digital Songs, after they
performed it in Vegas last Sunday. Their latest single ‘Get Your Shine On’
drops down to #6 on Hot Country Songs, climbs to #8 on Country Airplay, but
drops to #9 on Country Digital Songs, and their album ‘Here’s To The Good
Times’ leaps three places to #3. Also
enjoying some success after their appearance on the ACMs
are Tim McGraw’s,
Taylor Swift’s and Keith Urban’s track ‘Highway Don’t Care’, which goes up four
places on Hot Country Songs to #7, as well as #4 on Country Digital Songs and
#14 on Country Airplay. The song is taken from Tim’s album ‘Two Lanes of
Freedom’, which unfortunately drops five places to #17 this week.

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