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Jul
1

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Luke Bryan ‘Roller Coaster’ – Single Review

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Luke Bryan’s most successful album project era is slowly coming to a close. With the release of fifth single ‘Roller Coaster’, not only do stats indicate it’s time to move on after this, but the song itself in many ways sounds like it’s bowing out with grace. Lyrically it muses on a summer love, in a somewhat soppy manner that drifts thematically from the party anthems and overly-sexualized nature of its predecessors. In fact, Luke dips into some of his older material and pulls out a story song on this one, albeit not perfect by any means, and definitely with a careful helping of cheese in places, but it’s huge progess from the “like OMG”s and “jacked up truck”s of previous offerings. Yes, he does name-check Bacardi, but there’s no ice cold beer, and that’s a nice surprise if anything.

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Jun
5

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Billboard Chart Roundup – Week of June 14th, 2014

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This week I thought I’d do something a little different with my Billboard chart roundup. Instead of writing the latest chart positions in a narrative style, I thought I would put them in a table by artist and song across the five charts (now including Country Streaming Songs), to enable fans of certain artist to see exactly where their favorites were charting in each aspect. I’m going to see how readers react to this style, and decide whether to keep it or not. Please vote in the poll at the end of the article to tell me how you like your chart roundups! The numbers in parenthesis are last week’s chart positions, and we will now cover all the songs and artists featured across the charts, not just the main ones.

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May
31

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CMT Music Awards 2014: Jason’s Winner Picks

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There are just not enough awards shows in country music. If the Music Row-politicized CMA Awards or the spring-edition, brought to you by the Academy of Country Music, aren’t your speed, you have one of a billion fan-voted ones to quench your appetite (and make your fingers bleed). For this year’s CMT Music Awards, set to go live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on June 4, every A-lister will be there, from newcomers like Cassadee Pope (up for her first two awards ever) to current hit-makers Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton (who have a slew of awards ready for their taking).

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May
22

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Billboard Chart Roundup – Week of May 31st, 2014

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Welp. Luke Bryan’s ‘Play It Again’ is now dominating four country charts (including Country Streaming Songs which we don’t cover). Remaining at #1 on Hot Country Songs and Country Digital Songs, the track has now risen to #1 on Country Airplay too. I mean yeah, ‘Crash My Party’ has dropped to #4 on Top Country Albums, but Luke is also involved in the insipid ‘This Is How We Roll’ by Florida Georgia Line, which is currently at #2 across the three singles charts, so really there’s no win here. Meanwhile, with the debut of Rascal Flatts’ latest album ‘Rewind’ at #1, the single of the same name has moved up to #3 on Country Airplay, #4 on Hot Country Songs and #11 on Country Digital Songs. Also new to the Top Country Albums chart is Dolly Parton’s ‘Blue Smoke’ at #2, although because of ageism and sexism her single hasn’t managed to make it onto any of the singles charts.

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May
13

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Why Men Should Be Offended By The Sexism In Bro-Country Too

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Much of my prior commentary on the movement of “bro-country” (find out more about it here) has focused on the poor depiction of women involved; voiceless, sexual objects with painted on jeans, tan skin and daisy dukes, they exist purely to drive a man crazy with their sex appeal, hand him a beer, perform sexual acts on him when they park by the lake, or if they’re at a bar go home with him. In videos they are scantily clad, model-like, with a tendency to represent the kind of woman that the general media pushes as “normal”, and “acceptable”. They drape themselves over cars and drink beer seductively, implying to all the women who watch them that that’s how they should be also. That’s how they’ll make the sexy men with the guitars want them.

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