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FGL, Swift top charts

Thursday, January 10, 2013 – Florida Georgia Line rode Cruise all the way to the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Jan. 19. FGL switched spots with Taylor Swift whose We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together slipped to second. Swift was second on the overall CD sales chart with "Red." The CD dropped from first to third with "Les Miserable" soundtrack in first.

On the songs chart, Hunter Hayes remained third with Wanted as did The Band Perry in fourth with Better Dig Two. Gary Allan was up one to fifth with Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain). Zac Brown Band was sixth as Goodbye In Her Eyes was up from 10.

Kip Moore made into the top 10 with Beer Money climbing 2, to 10th. Little Big Town was 11th with Tornado up 2. Brad Paisley's Southern Comfort Zone went from 18 to 14. One of Those Nights from Tim McGraw stood at 14, up 6. Carrie Underwood's Two Black Cadillacs climbed 4 to 16. Dierks Bentley held the 22nd spot with Tip It On Back, up 3.

On the Country Albums chart, Swift was followed by Underwood's "Blown Away." FGL was third for "Here's to the Good Times." Jason Aldean's "Night Train" was fourth, while Luke Bryan was fifth with "tailgates & tanlines." The soundtrack "Nashville: The Music of Nashville" fell from 6 to 10.

Kenny Chesney was at 11, up 4, with "Welcome to the Fishbowl." Lady Antebellum's "Own the Night" jumped from 19 to 12. Toby Keith was 13 with "Hope on the Rocks," up 3. "Hard 2 Love" from Lee Brice went from 18 to 14. Moore was at 16, up 6, with "Up All Night." Miranda Lambert's "Four the Record" was up 3 to 18 and "The Road" from Aaron Lewis was at 19, up 4.

Justin Moore was 21st with "Outlaws Like Me," moving up 3. Jamey Johnson was a big mover with "Living For a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran" up 11 to 22. Dustin Lynch's self-titled debut was 23rd, up 4. "Icon" George Strait" was one behind, up six. "Hell On Heels" from Pistol Annies was up 3 to 25. Easton Corbin was 28th with "All Over the Road," up 6. Jana Kramer was up 11 with her self-titled debut, up 11. Dwight Yoakam's "3 Pears" stood at 32, up 3. Also was up three was Chris Young's "Neon" at 35.

The 2011 soundtrack to "Footloose" jumped from 48 to 37. "Live Across America" from Josh Turner was up 8 to 38. Chris Cagle's "Back in the Saddle" was up 5 to 39. " Gloriana's "A Thousand Miles Left Behind" went from 49 to 40.

On the bluegrass chart, Old Crow Medicine Show stayed first with "Carry Me Back." Trampled by Turtles was second with "Stars and Satellites." Punch Brothers were third with "Who's Feeling Young Now?" The Goat Rodeo Sessions" from Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer was fourth. Steve Ivey was fifth with "Best of Bluegrass."

On the overall top 200, Underwood was 22nd, FGL 25th, Aldean 26th and Bryan 27th

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