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Urban debuts in first, Strait tops singles chart

Thursday, April 9, 2009 – Keith Urban debuted in first as the best selling CD in the country with "Defying Gravity." He, of course, also was first on the country chart with last week's number one, Martina McBride's "Shine," down to seventh. George Strait topped the Billboard country song chart for the week ending April 18 with River of Love jumping from third to first and switching places with Darius Rucker and It Won't Be Like This For Long.

Jake Owen was second on the song chart with Don't Think I Can't Love You in second, up two. Rodney Atkins was fourth, up one, with It's America. Jason Aldean's She's Country was fifth, up one.

Rascal Flatts moved up two to sixth with Here Comes Goodbye, while Taylor Swift dropped from second to seventh with White Horse. Brad Paisley's new single, Then, was up 3 to 17, while Kenny Chesney's Out Last Night jumped from 25 to 19.

On the album chart, Swift stayed second with "Fearless." Atkins debuted in third with "It's America," and Zac Brown Band was fourth with "The Foundation." Carrie Underwood remained fifth with "Carnival Ride." Eric Church's "Carolina" slid from 4 to 16.

On the overall top 200, Swift was 10th, Atkins 15th, Zac Brown Band 29th and Underwood 34th.

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