Bentley ends Swift's chart reign, scores chart double
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
– The reign of Taylor Swift on the Billboard country chart is over for now at least thanks to Dierks Bentley's new album, "Feel That Fire." Bentley had the top country album and number 3 in the U.S. selling 71,000 units. Bentley also is number one on the song chart with the title track.
This was Bentley's fourth consecutive top 10 CD on the Billboard 200 and third chart-topper on Country Albums. His last studio set, 2006's "Long Trip Alone," started at number 5 and 1 on the charts respectively, with 82,000. Swift's "Fearless" album was number 1 for 12 straight weeks.
Swift was fourth on the overall charts and second on the country chart.
The title track is Bentley's sixth number one single. He takes over from Blake Shelton's She Wouldn't Be Gone.
Darius Rucker claims his second top 10 single as It Won't Be Like This for Long goes up three to eighth." He had a chart topper with Don't Think I Don't Think About It last October.
The charts will be officially out Thursday.
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