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McBride, Rucker lead Billboard country charts

Thursday, April 2, 2009 – Martina McBride has the top country album, debuting in first with "Shine" on the Billboard country album chart for the week ending April 11. She takes over the top from Taylor Swift's "Fearless." Darius Rucker was atop the song chart with It Won't Be Like This For Long.

Swift was second on the song chart with White Horse, while George Strait remained fourth with River of Love," Jake Owen fourth with Don't Think I Can't Love You and Rodney Atkins fifth with It's America.

Keith Urban was up 5 to 15 with Kiss a Girl, his new single from "Defying Gravity." Dierks Bentley also was up 5, to 17, with Sideways, the second single from his new disc. Brad Paisley jumped six spots to 20 with Then,/I> a song from his upcoming CD. Kenny Chesney debuted in 25th with Out Last Night.

On the album chart, John Rich debuted in third with "Son of a Preacher Man," while Eric Church debuted a spot behind with "Carolina." Carrie Underwood's "Carnival Ride" slipped from second to fifth. Dolly Parton re-entered the chart, at ninth, with "Backwoods Barbie," which was re-released with several new tracks.

Every album from 10th to 25th was lower in the chart compared to last week. The biggest drop was Randy Travis' " I Told You So: The Ultimate Hits Of Randy Travis," from 3rd to 12th. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' "Raising Sand," was down 8 to 16.

On the overall top 200, McBride was 10th, Swift 12th, Rich 16th, Church 17th and Underwood 31st.

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