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Lady A, Turner lead Billboard charts

Thursday, February 25, 2010 – Josh Turner and Lady Antebellum stayed number one on the Billboard song (Why Don't We Just Dance) and album ("Need You Now") charts respectively for the week ending March 6.

On the CD chart, Turner remained second with "Haywire." Taylor Swift stayed third with "Fearless," while Zac Brown Band's "The Foundation" and Carrie Underwood's "Play On" stayed fourth and fifth.

The "Crazy Heart" soundtrack moved up from eighth to sixth. Rascal Flatts climbed from 24 to 20 with "Unstoppable." Justin Moore's self-titled debut also was up 4 to 24.

Josh Abbott Band, a Texas artist, debuted at 28th with "She's Like Texas." Colt Ford moved from 36 to 29 with "Ride Through The Country."

On the song chart, Bread Paisley remained second with American Saturday Night. Darius Rucker was up one to third with History in the Making,. Switching places with Jason Alden's The Truth. Billy Currington kept his fifth spot with That's How Country Boys Roll.

Kenny Chesney was a huge mover as Ain't Back Yet jumped from 23 to 15. Another big mover was George Strait, whose I Gotta Get to You jumped from 29 to 24. Martina McBride was up 5 to 27 with Wrong Baby Wrong.

On the overall top 200 album chart, Lady Antebellum was 2nd, Turner 9th, Swift 10th, Zac Brown Band 17th and Underwood 20th.

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