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Keith Urban 'Speeds' in at No. 1 on Top Country Albums Chart

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Keith Urban photographed on Aug. 9, 2019.

He adds his seventh leader on the list.

Keith Urban's The Speed of Now, Part 1 blasts in as his seventh No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.

It opens atop the list dated Oct. 3 with 40,000 equivalent album units, including 27,000 in album sales, in its first week, ending Sept. 24, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

On the all-genre Billboard 200, Speed starts at No. 7, awarding Urban with his eighth top 10.

All seven of Urban's Top Country Albums No. 1s have debuted in the penthouse. His last LP, Graffiti U, began atop the survey in May 2018 with 145,000 units (137,000 in album sales). His prior leaders and their first-week sales: Ripcord (93,000, 2016); Fuse (98,000, 2013); Defying Gravity (172,000, 2009); Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing (270,000, 2006); and Be Here (148,000, 2004).

Urban's new set has produced three singles so far: "We Were" reached No. 4 on Country Airplay in November 2019 and No. 7 on the airplay-, streaming- and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart the following month, while "God Whispered Your Name" hit No. 8 on Country Airplay earlier this month after it reached No. 13 on Hot Country Songs in July.

Latest single "One Too Many," with P!nk, which the pair premiered Sept. 16 on the Academy of Country Music Awards (hosted by Urban), flies 41-14 in its second week on Hot Country Songs. It drew 5.2 million U.S. streams and sold 15,000 downloads in its first full tracking week. On Country Digital Song Sales, it ascends 2-1, marking Urban's fourth No. 1 and P!nk's second.

The track also debuts at No. 47 on Country Airplay, with 1.3 million audience impressions.

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