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Strait, Owen lead charts

Thursday, September 15, 2011 – George Strait debuted atop the Billboard Albums chart for the week ending Sept. 24 with "Here for a Good time." Jake Owen remained first with "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" on the Billboard Country Songs chart.

Strait took over the top from Owen's "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," which slipped to third. Aldean was second with "My Kinda Party." Luke Bryan was fourth with "tailgates & tanlines," followed by Eric Church's "Chief."

Brad Paisley was at 8 up 4, with "This is Country Music." Lady A was 12th on the chart with "Need You Now," up 5. Hank Williams III debuted at 14 with "Ghost to a Ghost, Gutter Town." Zac Brown was up 3 to 17 with "The Foundation." Blake Shelton's "Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton" jumped from 26 to 20.

Trace Adkins' "Proud to Be Here" was up to 22. "Stronger" from Sara Hughes" was at 27. Kenny Chesney's "Charleston, SC 1966" was at 32, up 4.

On the song chart Rodney Atkins was second, up one, with Take a Back Road. Toby Keith was up two to third with Made in America. Kenny Chesney stayed fourth with You And Tequila, done with Grace Potter. Keith Urban's Long Hot Summer was up two to sixth.

Eli Young Band made it into the top 10 - at 10 - with Crazy Girl. Rascal Flatts' Easy, featuring Natasha Bedingfield was at 17, up 3. Lady Antebellum was at 18, up 3, with We Owned the Night. David Nail's Let it Rain"Icon: Josh Turner" was up 3 to 37. Alan Jackson's "34 Number Ones" stayed even at 40.

Jason Aldean climbed 5 spots to 24 with Tattoos on This Town. Jackson made it into the top 30 - at 29 - with his new single Long Way to Go.

On the overall top 200, Strait debuted in third, Aldean 11th, Owen 13th, Bryan 14th and Church 23rd.


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