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Swift, Urban lead charts

Thursday, March 5, 2009 – Taylor Swift and Keith Swift are first on the Billboard overall top 200 album and country song chart for the week ending March 14 with "Fearless" and Sweet Thing respectively.

On the song chart, Urban moved from third to first, knocking out Toby Keith's God Love Her, which slipped to second. Darius Rucker was up three to third with It Won't Be Like This For Long. Kenny Chesney Chesney with Mac McAnally's Down the Road was down two to fourth. Brooks & Dunn's Cowgirls Don't Cry, featuring Reba McEntire was down one to fifth.

On the album chart, Swift, of course, was first. Jake Owen debuted in second with "Easy Does It." Robert Plant/Alison Krauss' "Raising Sand" was down one to third. Darius Rucker was down one to fourth to "Learn to Live." The Zac Brown Band's "The Foundation" again fifth. There was little movement in the rest of the chart. Tim McGraw broke back into the top 25 - at 24 - with "Greatest Hits: Limited Edition," up 4.

The rest of the top 25 had little shift in position, except for Sugarland's It Happens, up 6 to 23, and Montgomery Gentry's One in Every Crowd was up 3 to 24.

On the overall top 200 album chart, Owen was 13th, Plant/Krauss 16th, Rucker 30th and Zac Brown Band 37th.

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