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U2 knocks out Taylor Swift from top of chart

Thursday, March 12, 2009 – Not even Taylor Swift could stop the U2 onslaught. The rockers took over the number 1 spot as the best selling CD in the country with "No Line on the Horizon." That left Swift's "Fearless" in second with sales of 52,000 units, down 29 percent. U2 sold 484,000 units.

Keith Urban held down the number 1 spot on the Billboard country song chart again for the week ending March 21 with Sweet Thing for the second straight week.

On the song chart, Darius Rucker was up one to second with It Won't Be Like This For Long. Brooks & Dunn's Cowgirls Don't Cry featuring Reba McEntire was up two to third. Toby Keith was down two to fourth with God Love Her. George Strait was up one to fifth with River of Love. Rodney Atkins broke into the top 10 - at 9 - with It's America. John Rich was up 3 to 14 with Shuttin' Detroit Down.

Sugarland's It Happens was up 4 to 19. Jason Michael Carroll was at 24, up 2, with Where I'm From. Lady Antebellum was 25th, up 3, with their third single from their debut, I Run to You.

On the country album chart, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss were up one to second with "Raising Sand." Rucker was up one to third with "Learn to Live." The Zac Brown Band's "The Foundation" was fourth, up one. Swift's self-titled debut was fifth, up one. Carrie Underwood jumped three spots to seventh with "Carnival Ride." Jake Owen's sophomore album, "Easy Does It," dropped from second to 10th.

On the overall top 200, Plant/Krauss were 26th, Rucker 28th, Zac Brown Band 30th and Swift 35th.

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