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Aldean, LBT lead charts

Thursday, October 4, 2012 – Jason Aldean stayed atop the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Oct. 13 with Take a Little Ride, while Little Big Town topped the albums side with "Tornado."

On the song chart, newcomers Dustin Lynch and Jana Kramer were two-three with Cowboys And Angels and Why Ya Wanna. Carrie Underwood was fourth with Blown Away. Hunter Hayes' Wanted was fifth. Lee Brice climbed from ninth to sixth with Hard To Love, and Jake Owen also was up three, to eighth, with The One That Got Away. Luke Bryan was at 10 with Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, up 3.

Eric Church was 13 with Creepin' and Greg Bates 14 with Did It For the Girl. Both moved up three spots. Justin Moore's Til My Last Day and Kip Moore's Beer Money were 15 and 16, both up 4. Florida Georgia Line continued its upward climb with I>Cruise at 19, up 3. Kenny Chesney was 20th, up 4, with El Cerrito Place.

Taylor Swift's latest country single is going back down the charts. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together slid from 21 to 15. Randy Houser's How Country Feels was up 4 to 22. Darius Rucker also jumped 4, to 28, with True Believers.

In a week with a lot of upward action, Dirks Bentley was 26, up 5, with Tip It On Back. Thomas Rhett was up 6 to 28 with Beer With Jesus. Newcomer Jon Pardi stood at 29 up 3, with Missin' You Crazy, and Kristen Kelly's Ex-Old Man closed out the top 30, up 3.

On the album chart, Jake Owen's "Endless Summer" EP debuted in second. Underwood was third with "Blown Away," up three. Bryan was fourth with "tailgates & tanlines." Hunter Hayes went from ninth to fifth with his self-titled debut. The late Waylon Jennings debuted at 14 with "Goin' Down Rockin': The Last Recordings."

Owen's "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" jumped from 29 to 21. Florida Georgia Line moved from 32 to 27 with "It'z Just What We Do." "Icon: George Strait" was at 34, up 8. Johnny Cash's "The Greatest The Number Ones" was up 4 to 38. "Carry Me Back" from Old Crow Medicine Show went from 44 to 39.

On the Bluegrass Albums chart, Old Crow Medicine Show again was first with "Carry Me Back." Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder debuted in second with "Music To My Ears." Trampled By Turtles was third with "Stars And Satellites and Jerry Douglas fourth with "Traveler." "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent" was fifth.

On the overall top 200, LBT was 9th, Owen 19th, Underwood 27th, Bryan 28th and Hayes 33rd.

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