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Rascal Flats will lead country charts

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 – Rascal Flatts will lead the Billboard Country Album chart when it is released tomorrow with "Changed." The disc, third best selling in the U.S. overall, sold 130,000 units.

The disc s the trio's eighth top 10 on the Billboard 200 and seventh number one on the country chart.

Lionel Richie's country disc, "Tuskegee," fell two spots to fourth on the overall chart with 95,000 units sold, down 52 percent.

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