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Swift, Lady Antebellum lead Billboard charts

Thursday, December 10, 2009 – Lady Antebellum continued its stranglehold on the Billboard country song chart with Need You Now still in first for the third straight week. On the album chart, once again "Fearless" from Taylor Swift was first for the week ending Dec. 19.

Luke Bryan and Reba McEntire stayed second and third on the song chart with Do I and Consider Me Gone respectively. Craig Morgan was up one to fourth with Bonfire. Dierks Bentley was up a spot to fifth with I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes. Miranda Lambert broke into the top 10 with White Liar in 10th, up 1.

Brad Paisley was up 3 to 18 with American Saturday Night. Toby Keith moved up 2 to 20 with Cryin' For Me (Wayman's Song). Keith Urban's latest single, 'Til Summer Comes Around, stood at 24, up 3. Blake Shelton slid up 3 places to 27 with Hillbilly Bone, on which Trace Adkins helped.

Carrie Underwood remained second on the album chart. Sugarland's holiday disc, "Gold And Green," climbed two to third. Lady Antebellum's self-titled debut was down one to fourth, while Tim McGraw was up one to fifth with "Southern Voice."

Rosanne Cash jumped 5 places to 16 with "The List," her tribute disc to songs given her by her father. Sugarland's live set, "LIVE on the Inside," was up from 34 to 31. Kellie Pickler's self-titled soph disc was also up 3, to 32. Bentley's "Feel That Fire" was at 34, up 3. Randy Houser's "Anything Goes moved from 41 to 38, while Jake Owen was at 40, up 7, with "Easy Does It."

On the overall top 200, Swift was 3rd, Underwood 6th, Swift's "Sounds of the Season" CD 21st, Sugarland 24th, Lady A 25th and McGraw 33rd.

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