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Church, Lady Antebellum lead charts

Thursday, January 19, 2012 – Eric Church topped the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending Jan. 28 with Drink In My Hand. Lady Antebellum remained first on the album chart with "Own the Night."

Church took over for David Nail's Let It Rain, which slid to fifth. Luke Bryan was up two to second with I Don't Want This Night to End. You from Chris Young was third, also moving up two. Zac Brown Band was fourth with Keep Me In Mind.

Martina McBride was in the top 10 with I'm Gonna Love You Through It, up 1. Taylor Swift jumped 4 to 17 with Ours. Lady Antebellum jumped 5 places to 22 with Dancin' Away With My Heart. Blake Shelton skyrocketed from 31 to 23 with Drink On It.

Bryan was second on the CD chart with "tailgates & tanlines," switching spots with Toby Keith's "Clancy's Tavern." The Band Perry was up two to fourth with its self-titled debut. Jason Aldean was fifth with "My Kinda Party," down one. The Little Willies, a group which includes Nora Jones, debuted in ninth with "For the Good Times."

Rodney Atkins was up 5 to 25 with "Take a Back Road." Alan Jackson stood at 40th, up 6, with "34 Number Ones."

On the bluegrass album chart, Dailey & Vincent debuted in first with "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent." Former number one, "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" from Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile was second. Alison Krauss & Union Station was third with "Paper Airline." Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers were fourth with "Rare Bird Alert" with Sarah Jarosz fifth with "Follow Me Down."

On the overall top 200, Lady A was 17th, Bryan 18th, Keith 22nd, The Band Perry 24th and Aldean 25th.

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