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Lambert, Lady Antebellum lead charts

Thursday, June 10, 2010 – Miranda Lambert topped the Billboard Country Songs chart with The House That Built Me for the second straight week, and Lady Antebellum is first on the country album chart with "Need You Now" for the week ending June 19.

On the song chart, Jason Aldean moved from fourth to second with Crazy Town. Brad Paisley's Water was third, up three. Chris Young's former number one, The Man I Want to Be was fourth, down two from last week. Clay Walker jumped from eighth to fifth with She Won't Be Lonely Long.

I'm In from Keith Urban was up 4 to 12. Lee Brice also moved up 4 spots - to 14 - withLove Like Crazy. Zac Brown Band had a big mover with Free up 5 to 15. Uncle Kracker's Smile stood at 20, up 3. Dierks Bentley's bluegrass-framed Up on the Ridge was at 25, up 3. Bucky Covington made it to 27 with A Father's Love up 3.The biggest mover by far was Lady Antebellum's new single, Our Kind of Love up 9 to 29.

On the country album chart, Zac Brown Band is second with "The Foundation," Lambert third with "Revolution," Carrie Underwood fourth with "Play On" and Taylor Swift fifth with "Fearless." Lambert and Swift were both up three.

Luke Bryan's "Doin' My Thing" was at eight, up five. Paisley was at 14 with "American Saturday Night," up 4. Alan Jackson's "Freight Train" was 21, up 3. Urban was at 24, up 6 with "Defying Gravity." Rascal Flatts was at 25, up 6, with "Unstoppable." Dixie Chicks debuted at 27 with "Playlist: The Very Best of the Dixie Chicks." Justin Moore's self-titled debut was at 30, up 3.

Gretchen Wilson was a big mover with "I Got Your Country Right Here" at 31, up 14. Toby Keith was at 35, up 7, with "American Ride." George Strait's "Twang" was 39, up 4.

On the overall top 200, Lady Antebellum is 4th, Zac Brown Band 14th, Lambert 23rd, Underwood 24th and Swift 27th.

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