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Aldean, Swift lead charts

Thursday, October 25, 2012 – Jason Aldean rode "Night Train" all the way to the top of the Billboard charts for the week ending Nov. 3. The disc was the top selling release in the U.S., and, of course, topped the Country Albums chart. Taylor Swift remained first on the Billboard Country Songs chart with We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.

On the album chart, Aldean took over the number one spot from Little Big Town's "Tornado," which fell to fourth. "Christmas With Scotty McCreery" debuted in second, while Jamey Johnson's "Living For a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran" debuted in third. Carrie Underwood was fifth with "Blown Away."

Blake Shelton made it to the top 10 with "Cheers, It's Christmas" in 10th, up 3. He also climbed 5 to 24 with "Red River Blue." His wife, Miranda Lambert, moved up 5 as well, to 27 with "Four the Record." Jake Owen stood at 28, up 3, with "Barefoot Blue Jean Night." Hunter Hayes debuted at 33 with his "Live" EP.

This is likely to be Aldean's last week at the top - for now anyway - because Swift released "Red" this week. The disc is poised to sell more than 1 million units.

The second through fifth spots on the country songs chart remained the same: Underwood second with Blown Away, Florida Georgia Line third with Cruise, Hayes fourth with Wanted and Lee Brice fifth with Hard to Love.

Lambert climbed from 13 to 9 with Fastest Girl in Town. Easton Corbin made it to the 10th spot with Lovin' You Is Fun up 1.

Eric Church went from 18 to 14 with Creepin'. Justin Moore also was up 4, to 15, with Til My Last Day. Randy House was up 3 to 20th with How Country Feels.

Swift also was 16th and 17th with Red and Begin Again respectively.

On the bluegrass album chart, Rhonda Vincent jumped from 12th to 1st with "Sunday Mornin' Singin': Live." Vincent took over from Old Crow Medicine Show's "Carry Me Back," which was second. Sleepy Man Banjo Boys debuted in third with "The Farthest Horizon." Trampled By Turtles were fourth with "Stars And Satellites" and Punch Brothers fifth with "Who's Feeling Young Now?"

On the overall top 200, McCreery was 4th, Johnson 5th, Little Big Town 8th and Underwood 25th.

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