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McGraw, Swift continue at the top

Thursday, January 6, 2011 – Tim McGraw and Taylor remained first on the Billboard Country Songs and Top 200 charts for the week ending Jan. 15. McGraw was number one with Felt Good On My Lips, while Swift was first with "Speak Now."

The song chart showed extremely little movement during the holiday period. The first four spots remained the same: Jason Aldean second with My Kinda Party, Carrie Underwood third with Mama's Song and Kenny Chesney fourth with Somewhere With You. Keith Urban inched up one to fifth with Put You in a Song. George Strait climbed two spots to eighth with The Breath You Take. There were no new songs in the top 30.

On the album chart, Aldean was again second with "My Kinda Party." Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum were up one apiece to third and fourth with "Nothing Like This" and "Need You Now" respectively. Sugarland was down two to fifth with "The Incredible Machine." The Band Perry broke into the top 10 - at 9 - with its self-titled debut.

Lady A also was up 7 at 13 with "A Merry Little Christmas" (EP). "Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton" was up 5 to 17, while Billy Currington's "Enjoy Yourself" was 18, up 3. Jerrod Niemann's "Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury" stood at 25, up 5. The soundtrack to "Country Strong" was a big mover, up 11 to 26. Luke Bryan moved up 7 to 27 with "Doin' My Thing." Easton Corbin's self-titled disc was up 5 to 28. Shelton's EP, "All About Tonight" was at 29, up 3. "Country Christmas" by various artists debuted at 30th.

Chris Young jumped 9 to 32 with "The Man I Want to Be." Brantley Gilbert's "Halfway to Heaven" was at 37, way up from 48.

On the bluegrass chart, Dierks Bentley held onto his stranglehold with "Up on the Ridge" first. Trampled by Turtles was second with "Palomino," while Carolina Chocolate Drops' "Genuine Negro Jig" stayed third.

On the overall top 200, Aldean was at 13, up 5. Rascal Flatts was 39, Lady Antebellum 30, the Swift "Holiday Collection" 33rd and Sugarland 36th.

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