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Carrie Underwood, Bucky Covington sit atop Billboard country music charts

Thursday, April 26, 2007 – For the third straight week, Carrie Underwood is atop the Billboard country song chart with "Wasted" for the week ending May 5. On the album chart, Bucky Covington entered at the top with the former American Idol contestant's debut disc. Former number one Tim McGraw's "Let It Go" slipped to third. Covington had the fourth highest selling disc in the U.S. with 61,000 units sold.

Elsewhere on the album chart, Martina McBride remained second with "Waking Up Laughing." Underwood stayed fourth with "Some Hearts," while Clay Walker debuted in fifth with "Fall," selling about 32,000 units, a record for him.

Four country albums made the overall top 200. McBride was 5th, McGraw was 8th, Underwood 9th and Walker 15th.

On the song chart, Rascal Flatts remained second with "Stand." Sugarland held to the third spot with "Settlin'." Billy Currington moved up from sixth to fourth with "Good Directions," while Toby Keith's "High Maintenance Woman" was fifth, up two. That is the first single from his disc out in June.

Brad Paisley moved into the top 10 with "Ticks," his first single from his next album, up three to eighth.

Canadian act Emerson Drive broke into the top 10 with "Moments," in 10th, up 3 spots, the first top 10 single for Midas Records.

A total of 11 consecutive songs, from the 12th to the 22nd spot, all moved up two places. Rodney Atkins may have a third hit single on his hands with "These Are My People," which jumped 5 spots to 23rd.

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