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Paisley, Shelton lead charts

Thursday, June 16, 2011 – Blake Shelton scaled the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending June 25 with Honey Bee, while Ronnie Dunn was first on the Country Albums chart with his self-titled debut. He took over the top from Brad Paisley and "This is Country Music."

Shelton's quick rising single took over from Keith Urban's Without You, which slipped to third. Taylor Swift was at two with Mean, up two. The Band Perry's hit single You Lie inched up one to fourth. Justin Moore placed fifth with If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away, up two.

Just a Kiss from Lady Antebellum was up two to ninth, while Knee Deep by Zac Brown Band featuring Jimmy Buffett was up 4 to 10th. Dierks Bentley also was up 4 - to 11 - with Am I the Only One. Jake Owen's new single Barefoot Blue Jean Night was up 3 to 17.

Paisley's new single, Remind Me, with Carrie Underwood jumped 5 to 21. American Idol winner Scotty McCreery I Love You This Big was at 25, up 3. Thompson Square was at 27, up 3, with I Got You. George Strait debuted at 29 with Here For a Good Time.

On the album chart, Jason Aldean remained second with "My Kinda Party." Randy Travis debuted in fourth with "Anniversary Celebration: 25." Zac Brown Band was fifth with "You Get What You Give."

Nick 13 debuted at 22 with his self-titled disc. Urban was up 3 to 26 with "Get Closer." Shelton was 39th on the chart with "All About Tonight" (EP), up 3.

On the bluegrass chart, Alison Krauss & Union Station was first with "Paper Airplane." Sarah Jarosz was second, up one, with "Follow Me Down," switching spots with Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers with "Rare Bird Alert." Dierks Bentley remained fourth with "Up on the Ridge." The Grascals debuted in fifth with "Dance Til Your Stockings Are Hot and Ravelin."

On the Billboard 200 chart, Dunn was 5th, Aldean 7th, Paisley 8th, Travis is 19th and Zac Brown Band 20th.

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