Keith Urban Lights Up Fourth 'Fuse' No. 1 on Country Airplay Chart
The star scores four No. 1s from an album for the first time.
Keith Urban tallies his fourth No. 1 from his latest album, Fuse, on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated May 23) as "Raise 'Em Up," featuring Eric Church, rises 2-1. Urban notches his 18th career No. 1, and Church, his sixth.
All charts will refresh Thursday (May 14) on Billboard.com.
Urban previously reigned on Country Airplay with Fuse hits "Little Bit of Everything" (two weeks, September 2013); "We Were Us" with Miranda Lambert (one week, December 2013); and "Somewhere in My Car" (two weeks, December 2014). (Between "Us" and "Somewhere," third single "Cop Car" hit the brakes at a No. 8 peak.)
Fuse is Urban's first album to generate a quartet of leaders, after three of his releases yielded three No. 1s each: Golden Road (2002), Be Here (2004) and Get Closer (2010). (Technically, four songs from Golden Road led the chart, including "You Look Good in My Shirt," but that song didn't hit the top until it was rerecorded and released as a single in 2008 from Urban's Greatest Hits.)
Now up to 18 Country Airplay No. 1s, Urban ties Garth Brooks for ninth place among acts with the most leaders dating to the chart's Jan. 20, 1990, inception. Tim McGraw leads with 27, followed by Alan Jackson, George Strait (26 each), Kenny Chesney (24), Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith (20 each), Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton (19 each).
Urban's new No. 1 comes as Fox TV announces that American Idol, where Urban has been a judge since 2013, will end its run after the 2016 season (the show's 15th). Urban is set to perform on tonight's (May 12) episode, a night before this season wraps and the competition's 14th champion is crowned.
Also performing on the star-studded two-part finale: former Idol judge, and Aerosmith frontman, Steven Tyler, who recently signed with Big Machine Label Group and is planning his first country album. His first country single, "Love Is Your Name," arrives tomorrow (May 13).