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Eric Church, whose Chief topped the Billboard 200 album chart last week and is joined in the top 10 this week by three other country albums. John Peets/Courtesy of Capitol Records hide caption

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Country's New Guard Gets Back To Basics

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Kanye West and Jay-Z perform onstage at The Cosmopolitan Grand Opening and New Year's Eve Celebration on December 31, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kevin Mazur/Getty hide caption

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Wrestling With 'Watch The Throne'

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