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Bryan, Lady A lead charts

Thursday, August 18, 2011 – Luke Bryan was first on the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending Aug. 27 with "tailgates & tanlines." Lady Antebellum stayed first on the Billboard Country Songs chart with Just a Kiss.

On the album chart, Bryan took over for Eric Church's "Chief," which slipped to second. Jason Aldean was third again with "My Kinda Party," and Blake stayed fourth with "Red River Blue." Zac Brown Band was fifth, up three, with "You Get What You Give."

Zac Brown Band also was at 13 with "The Foundation," up 4. Kevin Fowler debuted at 19 with "Chippin' Away." Thompson Square was at 28, up 4, with their self-titled debut. Zac Brown made a third appearance on the albums chart with "Pass the Jar: Live From Fabulous Fox" at 30, up 6. Micky & The Motorcars debuted at 36 with "Raise My Glass."

On the songs chart, Dierks Bentley was up one to second with Am I the Only One, flipping spots with Knee Deep from Zac Brown Band featuring Jimmy Buffett. Brad Paisley's duet with Carrie Underwood Remind Me, climbed one spot to fifth. Bryan was fifth, down one with Country Girl (Shake It For Me). Rodney Atkins took a big leap forward with Take a Back road, at 8, up 5. Toby Keith moved from 11 to 9 with Made in America, while Keith Urban's Long Hot Summer stood at 10th, up 4.

George Strait was at 12, up 4 with Here for a Good Time. The next 11 songs were all up 4: Billy Currington - Love Done Gone 13; Eli Young Band - Crazy Girl 15; Scotty McCreery - I Love You This Big 15; Shelton - God Gave Me You 16; Thompson Square - I Got You 17; Brantley Gilbert - Country Must Be Country Wide 18; Taylor Swift - Sparks Fly 19; Jerrod Niemann - One More Drinkin' Song 20; Steve Holy - Love Don't Run 21; Darius Rucker - I Got Nothin 22, Ronnie Dunn - Cost of Livin 23. Miranda Lambert was at 24, up 9, with her new single Baggage Claim. Rascal Flatts' Easy featuring Natasha Bedingfield was up 4 to 25. David Nail was at 26, up 4, with Let It Rain. Joe Nichols' Take It Off was up 4 to 28. Alan Jackson jumped from 36 to 29 with Long Way to Go. Kellie Pickler rounded out the top 30, up 5, with Tough.

On the bluegrass chart, "Paper Airplane" from Alison Krauss & Union Station stayed first. Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers were second with "Rare Bird Alert." Sarah Jarosz was third with "Follow Me Down." Bentley moved up one to fourth with "Up on the Ridge." Trampled by Turtles was fifth with "Palomino."

On the overall top 200, Bryan was 2nd, Church 5th , Aldean 6th, Shelton 14th and Zac Brown Band 19th.

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