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Ford, Love And Theft lead charts

Thursday, August 16, 2012 – Love And Theft notched its first number one on the Billboard Country Songs chart with Angel Eyes. The duo took over the top from former number one Come Over by Kenny Chesney, which slipped to third on the chart for the week ending Aug. 25. Colt Ford also scored his first number one on the Country Albums chart with "Declaration of Independence."

Ford took over for Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged," which was second. Luke Bryan was third with "tailgates & tanlines," Carrie Underwood fourth with "Blown Away" and Chesney fifth with "Welcome to the Fishbowl."

Lee Brice was 12th with "Hard 2 Love," up 3. Rascal Flatts also moved up 3, to 16, with "Changed." The Band Perry's self-titled debut was up 4 to 21. "The Greatest: The Number Ones" from Johnny Cash debuted at 28. Janna Kramer's self-titled debut was up 4 to 30. "Clear As Day" from Scotty McCreery jumped 6 to 34. Thompson Square's self-titled debut was up 3 to 35. Another Cash-related disc, "We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash," a concert featuring various artists, debuted at 38.

On the song chart, Gloriana was second, up one, with (Kissed You) Good Night. Blake Shelton was fourth with Over, while Little Big Town stayed fifth with Pontoon. Hunter Hayes held down the 10th spot with Wanted, up 1.

Underwood was at 17, up 3, with Blown Away. The rest of the top 30 had little movement.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Old Crow Medicine Show stayed first with "Carry Me Back." Trampled By Turtles again was second with "Stars And Satellites" and Jerry Douglas third with "Traveler." "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent" was fourth with Alison Krauss & Union Station's "Paper Airplane" fifth.

On the overall top 200, Ford was 5th, Zac Brown Band 6th, Bryan 15th, Underwood 16th and Chesney 18th.

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