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Swift dominates charts

Thursday, November 1, 2012 – Taylor Swift owned the charts this week. "Red" was the top selling disc in the U.S. for the week ending Nov. 10 with more than 1.2 million units sold. Swift also held onto the top spot on the Billboard Songs Chart with We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.

On the songs chart, Carrie Underwood remained second with Blown Away. Florida Georgia Line stayed third with Cruise. Lee Brice was in fourth with Hard to Love, up one. Luke Bryan's Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye inched up one to fifth. Jason Aldean broke into the top 10 with Take a Little Ride at 10.

Swift also held the 13th spot with I Almost Do, the download version from "Red." She also debuted at 17 with All Too Well and 24th with Stay Stay Stay. Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen debuted in 25th with Fade Into You.

Gary Allan was 18th, up 4 with Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain). Zac Brown Band was a big mover with Goodbye in Her Eyes. jumping 6 to 19th.

Swift displaced Aldean's "Night Train," which fell to second, on the album chart. Lady Antebellum debuted in third with "On This Winter's Night." Little Big Town held onto fourth with "Tornado." Scotty McCreery was fifth with "Christmas with Scotty McCreery."

The rest of the Top 40 had little movement. Josh Turner was 34th with "Punching Bag," up 4. Kasey Chambers and husband Shane Nicholson debuted at 35 with "Wreck And Ruin." Billy Ray Cyrus debuted at 38 with "Change My Mind."

On the bluegrass chart, Old Crow Medicine Show as first again with "Carry Me Back." Trampled By Turtles were second with "Stars and Satellites," Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile third with "The Goat Rodeo Stations," "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent" fourth and Punch Brothers fifth with "Who's Feeling Young Now?"

On the overall top 200, Aldean was 3rd, Lady Antebellum 9th, LBT 11th, McCreery 15th and Underwood 20th.

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Play On CD review - Play On
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Carnival Ride CD review - Carnival Ride
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
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