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McEntire, Swift yet again lead charts

Thursday, January 7, 2010 – Reba McEntire continued atop the Billboard country song chart for the third straight week for the week ending Jan. 16 with Consider Me Gone, while Taylor Swift was, of course, first again on the album chart with "Fearless."

Carrie Underwood was second on the album chart with "Play On," with Lady Antebellum third again with its self titled debut. Zac Brown was up one to fourth with "The Foundation," and Jason Aldean crept up two to fifth with "Wide Open."

Miranda Lambert moved from ninth to sixth with "Revolution." Keith Urban's "Defying Gravity" was up 5 to 11th. Luke Bryan jumped from 19 to 12 with "Doin' My Thing." Brad Paisley's "American Saturday Night" moved from 17 to 14. Kenny Chesney was at 17, up 3, with "Greatest Hits II." Chris Young jumped from 24 to 18 with "The Man I Want To Be." Rosanne Cash was at 21, up 4, with "The List." Justin Moore also was up 4 to 25 with his self-titled debut.

Alan Jackson shifted from 34 to 26 with "Songs of Love and Heartache." Dierks Bentley was up from 33 to 28 with "Feel That Fire." Kellie Pickler moved from 32 to 29 with her self-titled sophomore disc. Eric Church was up 6 to 32 with "Carolina ," Jake Owen up 6 to 33 with "Easy Does It" and Randy Houser also up 6 to 34 with "Anything Goes."

Other big movers were David Nail, up 13 to 38 with "I'm About to Come Alive," Joe Nichols at 39, up 10, with "Old Things New" and Bomshel's "Fight Like a Girl, up 19 to 40.

On the song chart, the first eight remained the same from the previous week with Lady Antebellum second with Need You Now, Bentley third with I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes, Tim McGraw fourth with Southern Voice and Luke Bryan fifth with Do I.

Paisley moved into 10th, up 2, with American Saturday Night. No one in the remainder of the top 30 was up more than two spots except Lady Antebellum's new single, American Honey, which jumped 8 spots to 30th in its 3rd week on the chart.

On the overall top 200, Swift was 5th, Underwood 17th, Lady Antebellum 20th, Zac Brown Band 25th, Swfit's "Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Holiday Collection" 29th and Aldean 31st.

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