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Alan Jackson, Taylor Swift place first on country music charts

Thursday, March 27, 2008 – Alan Jackson stayed number 1 on the Billboard country song chart for the week ending April 5 with "Small Town Southern Man," while Taylor Swift reclaimed the top spot on the album chart with her self-titled debut. Swift took over from Jackson's "Good Thing," which slipped to second.

On the song chart, Trace Adkins was up one to second with "You're Gonna Miss This." Chris Cable was up three to third with "What Kinda Gone," and George Strait was up three to fourth with "I Saw God Today." Carrie Underwood's former number one, "All-American Girl," fell from second to fifth.

There was a lot of movement on the chart. James Otto moved from ninth to sixth with "Just Got Started Lovin' You." Phil Vassar was up 3 as well from 10th to 7th with "Love is a Beautiful Thing," the first single from his upcoming CD. Bucky Covington's "It Good To Be Us" was up 3 to 11th; Rascal Flatts was at 12, up 4 with "Every Day." Brad Paisley was a huge mover, up 6 to 13 with "I'm Still a Guy." Dierks Bentley moved up 4 to 17 with "Trying to Stop Your Leaving." Jake Owen climbed 3 to 19 with "Somethin' About a Woman." Montgomery Gentry jumped from 25th to 20th with "Back When I Knew It All."

On the album chart, Underwood stayed third with "Carnival Ride." Rascal Flatts was fourth, up four with "Still Feels Good." Garth Brooks was down one to fifth with "The Ultimate Hits." Underwood also was up three to seventh with "Some Hearts."

The biggest mover by far was Kellie Pickler with "Small Town Girl" going from 40th to 22nd.

On the overall top 200, Swift was 8th, Jackson 14th, Underwood 15th, Rascal Flatts 22nd and Brooks 44th.

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