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Swift regains top spot on chart, Lady A stays there

Thursday, December 3, 2009 – Taylor Swift regained the number one spot on the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending Dec. 21 as "Fearless" went from second to first, switching with Carrie Underwood's "Play On." Lady Antebellum remained first on the country song chart with the title track of their upcoming CD, Need You Now.

Lady Antebellum and Tim McGraw remained third and fourth on the album chart with a self-titled debut and "Southern Voice" respectively. Sugarland moved up one to fifth with their holiday disc, "Gold And Green." Swift's self-titled debut moved up from 10 to 7, switching with Darius Rucker's "Learn to Live."

Rascal Flatts was a big mover with "Unstoppable" jumping from 23 to 16. Rosanne Cash was up 3 to 21 with "The List." Gloriana also was a big gainer with their debut shooting up from 37 to 31. Jimmy Wayne debuted at 32 with "Sara Smile." Toby Keith was the biggest mover by far with "That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy" going from 63 to 33.

Luke Bryan stayed second on the song chart with Do I. Reba McEntire was up one to third with Consider Me Gone, switching spots with Underwood and Cowboy Casanova. Craig Morgan remained fifth with Bonfire.

Tim McGraw entered the top 10 with Southern Voice, up 1 to 10th.

Billy Currington moved up 3 spots to 18 with That's How Country Boys Roll. Brad Paisley climbed 3 as well to 21 with American Saturday Night. New artist Easton Corbin was at 23, up 3, with A Little More Country Than That. The biggest mover was Keith Urban. His 'Til Summer Comes Around jumped 5 spots to 27. New group Steel Magnolia was at 28, up 3, with Keep On Lovin' You.

On the overall top 200 album chart, Swift was 8, Underwood 9, Swift's "Sound of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection" 21 (the CD was not on the country chart), Lady Antebellum 27 and McGraw 28.

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