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Shelton, Swift lead country music charts

Thursday, January 29, 2009 – Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift lead the Billboard country song and album charts respectively with Swift once again having the best selling CD in the country with "Fearless." Swift sold 63,000 units of the CD.

On the song chart, Shelton's She Wouldn't Be Gone jumped from third to first, switching places with Alan Jackson's Country Boy. Billy Currington's Don't moved from fourth to second. Dierks Bentley climbed a spot to fourth with Feel That Fire. Toby Keith also was up once to fifth with God Love Her.

George Strait moved into the top 10 - at 10 - with River of Love up a few places. All songs between 11 and 18 all moved up two spots except for Martina McBride's Ride, which was up 4 to 17. Tim McGraw jumped 4 to 20 with Nothin' To Die For. Gary Allan broke into the top 20, at 24, with She's So California up 3. Eli Young Band was at 25, up 1, with Always the Love Songs.

On the album chart, the first four CDs remained the same with Swift also second with her self-titled debut, Sugarland third with "Love On the Inside," and Zac Brown fourth with "The Foundation." Darius Rucker was up one to fifth with "Learn to Live." In fact, every disc in the top 12 was in the same spot except Rucker, who switched places with Rascal Flatts and their "Greatest Hits Volume 1" CD.

Joey + Rory were up 2 to 15 with "The Life of a Song." Toby Keith's "35 Biggest Hits" was at 18, up 3.

On the overall top 200 chart, Swift's debut was 32nd, Sugarland 33rd, Zac Brown Band 37th and Rucker 46th.

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