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Underwood, Lady Antebellum go number one

Thursday, November 19, 2009 – Country albums experienced a big jump in sales thanks to the Country Music Association Awards last week. Carrie Understood stayed first on the Billboard country album chart for the week ending Nov. 28 with "Play On." She sold 128,000 units, down 60 percent from her debut week, the previous week. On the song chart, Lady Antebellum made it to number one with Need You Now, the title track of their second disc. They took over for Underwood's Cowboy Casanova, which slipped to second.

On the album chart, Taylor Swift remained second with "Fearless," selling 91,000, up 60 percent in part no doubt to her big wins oat the CMAs. Lady Antebellum rode their biggest sales week ever to move from fifth to third with their self-titled debut. Tim McGraw was down one to fourth with "Southern Voice." Zac Brown Band's "The Foundation" was down one to fifth.

Darius Rucker was a big beneficiary of the CMAs with "Learn to Live" up from 11 to 6. Sugarland's holiday disc, "Gold And Green" was at 10, moving up 4 spots. The biggest mover was Jamey Johnson's "That Lonesome Song," shooting from 32 to 12. Johnson won two awards last week. Sugarland's "Love on the Inside" was at 13, up 10.

Keith Urban moved from 18 to 15 with "Defying Gravity." Brad Paisley, who co-hosted the CMAs was up 6 to 19 with "American Saturday Night." The compilation disc, "NOW That's What I Call A Country" stood at 22, up 6. Sugarland's third album on the chart, "LIVE on the Inside," climbed 6 to 28. Dolly Parton debuted at 36 with "Live From London."

On the song chart, Luke Bryan stayed third with Do I. Reba McEntire was up one to fourth with Consider Me Gone, switching places with Toes by Zac Brown Band. Craig Morgan was a big mover, up four to sixth with Bonfire. Dierks Bentley made it into the top 10 - at 9 - with I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes up 2. David Nail is at 10, up 2, with Red Light.

McGraw's title track of his new album, Southern Voice was up 2 to 11. Rucker climbed three spots with History in the Making at 12. Miranda Lambert similarly moved up 3 to 13 with White Liar. Jason Aldean's The Truth stood at 15, up 2. Jake Owen had a big change with Eight Second Ride, moving to 16, up 5. George Strait's Twang was at 17, up 3. Josh Turner was at 20, moving 3 places, with Why Don't We Just Dance. Newcomer Easton Corbin jumped 4 spots to 25 with A Little More Country Than That. Paisley skyrocketed from 41 to 30 with American Saturday Night.

On the overall top 200 album chart, Underwood fell from first to third. Swift was 5th, Lady Antebellum 11th, up 13, McGraw 14 and Zac Brown Band 15.

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