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Swift, Paisley lead Billboard charts

Friday, November 14, 2008 – Taylor Swift has another number one on the Billboard country song chart with Love Story, the first single from her just released "Relentless" disc for the week ending Nov. 22. The song took over from Carrie Underwood's Just a Dream, which fell to fourth. On the album chart, Brad Paisley debuted in first with his mainly instrumental disc, Play. Paisley took over from Toby Keith's "That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy," which fell to third.

The Zac Brown Band moved up one to second with Chicken Fried on the song chart, while Tim McGraw also up one to third with Let It Go. Montgomery Gentry climbed up a spot to fifth with Roll With Me. Rascal Flatts was up two to seventh with Here, while Brad Paisley's duet with Keith Urban, Start a Band was up two to eighth. Dierks Bentley's new single, Feel That Fire, was up 2 to 14th. Brooks & Dunn was up 2 to 21 with Cowgirls Don't Cry. Keith was a big mover with his second single, God Love Her, jumping 5 spots to 24th.

On the album chart, Rascal Flatts stayed second with "Greatest Hits Volume 1." Kenny Chesney was down one to fourth with "Lucky Old Sun." Faith Hill was up one to fifth with "Joy to the World." A big mover was Elvis Presley's "Christmas Duets," up from 17 to 11. Former Alabama front man Randy Owen debuted in 14th with "One On One." George Strait jumped 3 spots to 15th with "Troubadour." Alan Jackson also moved up 3 spots to 18 with "Good Time." The biggest mover was Julianne Hough's "NBC Sounds Of The Season: The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection (EP)," up from 44 to 25.

On the overall top 200 chart, Paisley was 9th, Rascal Flatts 10th, Keith 13th, Chesney 15th and Hill 22nd.

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