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Rucker scores third number one single

Thursday, August 6, 2009 – Darius Rucker has another number one single. Alright topped the Billboard country songs chart for the week ending Aug.15, taking over for People Are Crazy by Billy Currington, which slipped to second. Taylor Swift was first on the album chart again with "Fearless."

Rucker now has three number one singles from his country debut, including Don't Think I Don't Think About It and It Won't Be Like This for Long. He became the first singer since Wynonna to have their first three singles reach the top.

Swift's You Belong With Mewas third again on the song chart. Rascal Flatts was up two to fourth with Summer Nights. Randy Houser moved from seventh to fifth with Boots On. Jason Aldean was up three to sixth with Big Green Tractor. The lone newcomer to the top 10 was Blake Shelton's I'll Just Hold On, at 10th.

A big mover was Toby Keith whose jumped from 10 to 14. Brad Paisley also was up 5 thanks to Welcome to the Future being at 15th. Eric Church was up 3 to 17 with Love Your Love the Most. Zac Brown Band owned the biggest mover with Toes at 28, up 7.

Looking ahead, Kenny Chesney's song with Dave Matthews, I'm Alive, was at 41 as a re-entry on its second week on the chart.

On the album chart, Zac Brown Band and "Hannah Montana: The Movie" stayed two-three. Jason Aldean was up one to fourth with "Wide Open." Rucker was down one to fifth with "Learn to Live."

There was little movement on the rest of the chart with "Shine by Martina McBride" at 22, up 6. Joey + Rory's "The Life of a Song" was at 28, up 9. Trailer Choir's "Off the Hillbilly Hook" (EP) was at 36, up 6.

On the top 200, Swift was 9th Zac Brown Band 11th, "Hannah Montana" 14th, Aldean 15th and Rucker 17th.

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