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Swift, Montgomery Gentry are number one

Thursday, December 11, 2008 – Taylor Swift is number 1 on the Billboard country album chart again for the week ending Dec. 20 with "Fearless," while Montgomery Gentry holds down the same post on the song chart with Roll With Me, displacing the Zac Brown Band's Chicken Fried, which fell to second.

Faith Hill stayed second on the album chart with "Joy to the World," her holiday disc, in a good week for Christmas music. Elvis Presley's "Christmas Duets" was up one to third. Rascal Flatts climbed two slots to fourth with "Greatest Hits Volume 1." Swift also has the fifth best selling disc with her self-titled debut. Julianne Hough moved up five to eighth with "Julianne Hough NBC Sounds Of The Season: The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection," an EP. George Strait's "Classic Christmas" was up 7 to 16.

On the song chart, Tim McGraw dropped a spot to third with Let It Go. Sugarland was up one to fourth with Already Gone. Rascal Flatts was down one to fifth with Here. Alan Jackson was up three to seventh with Country Boy. Dierks Bentley broke into the top 10 with Feel That Fire at eighth, up three. Jamey Johnson scored his first top 10 hit with In Color at number 10, up 2. Kenny Chesney with Mac McAnally's Down The Road was up 4 to 14. Strait's River of Love moved up 3 to 18. Lee Ann Womack's Last Call jumped 4 spots to 20th. Jack Ingram broke into the top 25 - at 24 - with That's a Man. Josh Turner was at 25, up 2, with Everything Is Fine.

On the overall top 200 album chart, Swift is 2nd, Hill 13th, Presley 17th, Rascal Flatts 26th and Swift 32nd.

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