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Nail, Lady A lead charts

Thursday, January 12, 2012 – David Nail scored his first number one with Let It Rain on the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Jan. 21. The song, featuring Sarah Buxton, took over for Zac Brown Band's Keep Me in Mind, which fell to second. Lady Antebellum held onto the top of the Country Albums chart with "Own the Night."

Toby Keith jumped from five to two on the albums chart with "Clancy's Tavern." Luke Bryan was up one to third with "tailgates & tanlines," while Jason Aldean was down two to fourth with "My Kinda Party." Scotty McCreery was fifth, down two, with "Clear As Day."

Eric Church stood at seventh with "Chief," up three. Tim McGraw was a big mover as "Number One Hits" jumped from 19 to 11. "Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton" was up even more, 11 spots, to 13th. "Icon: George Strait' moved up 11 to 18. He also was at 21, up 4, with "Here For a Good Time." Eli Young Band was at 23, up 9, with "Life At Best." The "Country Strong" soundtrack was up 6 to 29 63 weeks after its release.

Nail's new disc, "The Sound of a Million Dreams," moved up 3 to 34. "Icon: Patsy Cline" was up 4 to 38. "Country Strong: More Music From the Motion Picture" was up 14 to 39.

Church's Drink in My Hand stayed third on the song chart. Bryan was up two to fourth with I Don't Want This Night to End. Chris Young also was up two, to fifth, with You. Keith Urban made into the top 10 as You Gonna Fly inched up one spot to 10th.

Strait moved up 3 to 14 with Love's Gonna Make It Alright. Justin Moore's Bait a Hook was up 3 to 17 as was Alone With You by Jake Owen at 18. Lady Antebellum was up 3 to 27 with Dancin' Away With My Heart. Also up 3 was Better Than I Used to Be, the new Tim McGraw single, which was 28th. Kip Moore broke into the top 30 with Somethin' 'Bout a Truck up 2 to 30.

The four top spots on the bluegrass album chart remained the same: "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile first; "Paper Airplane" by Alison Krauss & Union Station second; Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers' "Rare Bird Alert" fourth and "Why Can't We" by The Isaacs fifth.

On the overall top 200, Lady A was 12th, Keith 14th, Bryan 19th, Aldean 21st and McCreery 25th.

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