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Swift, LBT lead charts

Thursday, October 18, 2012 – Taylor Swift held onto the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Oct. 27 with We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. Little Big Town stayed first on the albums chart with "Tornado."

Carrie Underwood was second on the song chart with Blown Away. Florida Georgia Line moved up three to third with Cruise. Hunter Hayes' Wanted stayed fourth. Lee Brice's Hard to Love moved from ninth to fifth. Jake Owen was 10th, up 2, with The One That Got Away.

Miranda Lambert stood at 13, up 3, with Fastest Girl in Town. Kip Moore was 15th with Beer Money, up 4.

On the album chart, Underwood was second with "Blown Away," Luke Bryan third with "tailgates & tanlines," Eric Church fourth with "Chief" and Hayes fifth with his self-titled debut. Brantley Gilbert moved from 13 to 8 with "Halfway to Heaven." Texas singer Aaron Watson debuted in ninth with "Real Good Time."

Kenny Chesney held the 11th spot, up 3, with "Welcome to the Fishbowl." Brice's "Hard 2 Love" was up 5 to 15. Moore's "Up All Night" also was up 5, to 17. Florida Georgia Line was 19, up 5, with "It'z Just What We Do." Lady Antebellum's "Own the Night" moved up 4 to 24. Eli Young Band closed out the top 40, up 7, to 40 with "Life At Best."

On the bluegrass albums chart, Old Crow Medicine Show stayed first with "Carry Me Back" and Trampled by Turtles second with "Stars And Satellites." Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott debuted in third with "Live: We're Usually a Lot Better. "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent" was fourth with Punch Brothers fifth with "Who's Feeling Young Now?"

On the overall top 200, LBT was 14th, Underwood 32nd, Bryan 33rd, Church 41st, and Hayes 43rd.

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