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Swift, Lady A still top charts

Thursday, December 17, 2009 – Lady Antebellum and Taylor Swift once again were at the top of the Billboard country song and album charts for the week ending Dec. 26 with Need You Now and "Fearless" respectively.

There was a lot of movement on the top 30 song chart. Reba McEntire moved up to second on the song chart with Consider Me Gone, switching spots with Luke Bryan andDo I. Dierks Bentley climbed one place to fourth with I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes, changing places with Craig Morgan's Bonfire.

Tim McGraw was at 6, up 2, with Southern Voice. Miranda Lambert moved from 10 to 8 with White Liar. Jason Aldean's The Truth was 9th, up 3. Darius Rucker made it into the top 10 - at 10 - with History in the Making up 1.

Jake Owen's latest single, Eight Second Ride, was at 11, up 2. One of the big movers was Brad Paisley's American Saturday Night, jumping from 18 to 12. Josh Turner's Why Don't We Just Dance moved from 16 to 13, while That's How Country Boys Roll by Billy Currington stood at 14, up 5. George Strait's Twang was up 2 to 15. Toby Keith's Cryin' For Me (Wayman's Song), moved from 20 to 16. Also up 4 was Jason Michael Carroll's Hurry Home at 17. Keith Urban was up 6 to 18 with 'Til Summer Comes Around.

New artist Easton Corbin stood at 19, up 4 with A Little More Country Than That. Hillbilly Bone, by Blake Shelton and featuring Trace Adkins, skyrocketed from 27 to 20.

Every song between 21 and 30 moved up at least 4 spots. Gary Allan's Today was 21, up 4; Josh Thompson's Beer on the Table at 22, up 4, Kellie Pickler's Didn't You Know How Much I Love You was at 23, up 5; Steel Magnolia's Keep on Lovin' You was at 24, up 6; Sarah Buxton's Outside My Window was 25, up 4; Carrie Underwood's Temporary Home was at 26, up 10; Justin Moore's Backwoods was at 27, up 5; Eric Church's Hell on the Heart was 28, up 5; Zac Brown's Highway 20 Ride was 29, up 6; and Joe Nichols' Gimmie That Girl was 30, up 4.

On the album chart, Underwood was second with "Play On." Lady Antebellum was up one to fourth with their self-titled debut. Tim McGraw was up one to fifth with "Southern Voice." Sugarland's holiday disc, "Gold and Green," was down two to fifth.

Rascal Flatts was a big mover with "Unstoppable," at 13, up 8. Paisley's "American Saturday Night" was up 6 to 19.

On the overall top 200, Swift was 4th, Underwood 5th, Lady Antebellum 25, Swift's "Sounds of the Season" 27 and McGraw's "Southern Voice" 32nd.

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