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Taylor Swift stays first, Toby Keith makes it there

Thursday, February 26, 2009 – Despite a 32-percent drop in sales, Taylor Swift's "Fearless" is number 1 on the Billboard 200 for the 10th time since its release in November. Only eight other albums by solo female artists have earned at least 10 weeks at number one. "Fearless" sold 62,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Toby Keith took over the top of the song chart with God Love Her. He switched spots with Kenny Chesney's Down the Road, a song he did with Mac McAnally.

"Raising Sand" (Rounder) by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss fell from second to ninth on the overall chart with sales of 32,000, a 58-percent drop.

Darius Rucker was third, up three, on the country album chart with "Learn to Live," Swift fourth with her self-titled debut and Zac Brown Brown fifth with "The Foundation."

Willie Nelson And Asleep At The Wheel's "Willie & The Wheel" went from 19 to 13. Toby Keith's "35 Biggest Hits" went from 24 to 20. Keith Urban's "Greatest Hits" was up 7 to 22.

On the overall top 200, Rucker was 40, Swift, 31 and Zac Brown Band 42.

On the song chart, Urban stayed third Sweet Thing. Brooks & Dunn with Reba McEntire's Cowgirls Don't Cry was up one to fourth switching spots with Dierks Bentley's Feel That Fire.

Rucker was up two to sixth with It Won't Be Like This For Long. John Rich's new single, Shuttin' Detroit Down, as up 3 to 18. There was very little movement in the rest of the chart.

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Speak Now CD review - Speak Now
Taylor Swift has made the best CD of her young career with her fourth CD. The biggest difference is that Swift's singing, spotty on previous releases and live performances, is far far superior here. Swift wrote all 14 songs here, which like her other albums tend to deal with relationships that have gone south. Swift's songwriting always has been one of her strengths, and that continues to be the case here - both lyrically and musically. Put simply, Swift knows a lot about penning »»»
Fearless CD review - Fearless
Taylor Swift took the county world by storm with her huge selling debut and its five hit singles. With a huge marketing push and myspace, Swift was on her way. Kind of like an Avril Lavigne for the teen female country set. Sophomore slump? There's no indication of that. Swift once again writes her material - all 13 songs here with help sometimes from Liz Rose, Colbie Caillat and John Rich. Swift writes of what she knows about - relationships and teen love come and gone in songs speak to her fans. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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