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Johnny Cash, Brad Paisley continue at top of charts

Thursday, July 20, 2006 – Johnny Cash and Brad Paisley continued topping the Billboard country album and song chart for the week ending July 29. Cash's new album is "American V: A Hundred Highways," while "The World" is Paisley's latest hit.

On the album chart, Rascal Flatts' "Me And My Gang" was second, switching spots with the Dixie Chicks' "Taking the Long Way." Carrie Underwood's "Some Hearts" and Tim McGraw's "Greatest Hits Vol 2: Reflected" remained fourth and fifth. The biggest mover was "Precious Memories" by Alan Jackson, up 4 to 11th.

On the song chart, the first five songs remained the same: Kenny Chesney's "Summertime," Underwood's "Don't Forget to Remember Me," Toby Keith's "A Little Too Late" and Rodney Atkins' "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)."

The biggest movers in the top 25 were Faith Hill's "Sunshine And Summertime," up 3 to 16 an George Strait's "Give It Away," up 4 to 19.

On the overall top 200 album chart, Cash was 6th, Rascal Flatts 8th, Dixie Chicks 11th, Underwood 27th and McGraw 32nd.

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