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Urban takes over country chart

Thursday, November 14, 2013 – Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert took over the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending Nov. 23 with We Were Us, while the Robertson Family stayed number one on the albums chart with "Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas."

Urban dislodged Luke Bryan's That's My Kind of Night, which fell to third. Blake Shelton was second with Mine Would Be You. Taylor Swift jumped 10 spots to fourth with Red. Tim McGraw down the fifth spot with Southern Girl.

Eric Church was a big mover by far with The Outsiders skyrocketing from 26 to eighth in its fourth week out. Lady Antebellum was an even bigger chart shaker with Compass jumping from 31 to 12. Bryan debuted at 20 with Drink a Beer, his new single.

Bryan was second on the albums chart with "Crash My Party." Florida Georgia Line was third "Here's to the Good Times." Shelton was fourth, up four, with "Based on a True Story..." Kacey Musgraves jumped from 30 to fifth with "Same Trailer Different Park." Musgraves uptick presumably resulted from her winning a Country Music Association award last week for best new artist. Swift was ninth with "Red," up 10.

Little Big Town was 14th with "Tornado," up from 35. George Strait was at 21, up eight, with "Love Is Everything." Lambert was 27th with "Four the Record," up seven. McGraw was 20th with "Two Lanes of Freedom," up nine. An album by various artists, "Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War," debuted at 32. "Merry Christmas...Love, Elvis" by Elvis Presley was at 33, up six.

Brett Eldredge stood at 36 with "Bring You Back," up seven. "Caught in the Act: Live" by Eric Church was up five to 37. Brad Paisley's "Wheelhouse" went from 54 to 38.

On the bluegrass chart, Alan Jackson was again first with "The Bluegrass Album." The Devil Makes Three was second with "I'm a Stranger Here." Steve Martin & Edie Brickell stood in third with "Love Has Come For You." Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby held fourth with "Cluck Ol' Hen: Live." The Isaacs were fifth with "The Living Years."

On the overall top 200 chart, "Duck the Halls" was third, Bryan was 11th, Florida Georgia Line was 13th, Shelton 14th and Musgraves 22nd.

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