Keith Urban‘s ninth studio LP, Graffiti U, roars in atop Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart (dated May 12), earning 145,000 equivalent album units in its first week, according to Nielsen Music, with 137,000 in traditional sales.
On the all-genre Billboard 200, the set starts at No. 2.
The album benefited from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer tied to Urban’s latest tour, which begins June 15.
“My audience, including those that have found my music more recently, has given me an amazing gift,” Urban tells Billboard. “They’ve connected with the music, come out and seen us live and given so much to the shows, and they’ve come with me on this ongoing journey. They’re the ones that have made Graffiti U No. 1 and, for that, I’m so grateful.”
Urban earns his sixth Top Country Albums No. 1, all of which have debuted at the summit. His new leader follows Ripcord (93,000 sold; 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).
The new set has produced two singles so far: “Female” peaked at No. 11 on Hot Country Songs and “Coming Home” (featuring Julia Michaels) hops 20-19 on Hot Country Songs and 17-15 on Country Airplay (14.8 million impressions, up 12 percent), both new peaks.
STILL ‘MEANT’ FOR NO. 1: Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line‘s “Meant to Be” tops Hot Country Songs for a 23rd week. The song is now a week from tying FGL’s debut hit “Cruise,” which ruled for 24 frames in 2012-13, as the second-longest-leading No. 1 in the chart’s 59-year history. Sam Hunt‘s “Body Like a Back Road” leads with 34 weeks at No. 1 in 2017.
“Meant” crowns both Country Streaming Songs (22.9 million U.S. streams, up 1 percent) and Country Digital Song Sales (32,000 downloads sold, down 14 percent) for a 19th week each. It holds at No. 3 on Country Airplay (35.2 million, down 5 percent) after topping the tally dated April 28.
‘EASY’ EXTENDS: Jason Aldean‘s “You Make It Easy” tops Country Airplay for a second week (45.5 million, down 1 percent). Aldean earns his first multi-week No. 1 since “Burnin’ It Down” (two weeks in November 2014).
WALLEN’S ‘UP’: Morgan Wallen earns his first Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay top 10 with “Up Down” (featuring Florida Georgia Line).
It lifts 12-10 on Hot Country Songs and 11-10 on Country Airplay (23.2 million in audience, up 9 percent).
FGL lands its 15th top 10 on each tally and, with “Meant to Be,” with Bebe Rexha, at No. 3 on Country Airplay, the twosome becomes the first duo or group with concurrent top 10s in the chart’s 28-year history. Among all acts, Tim McGraw last achieved such a double, thanks, in part, to FGL: on Jan. 21, 2017, the pair’s “May We All,” featuring McGraw, and his own “How I’ll Always Be” ranked at Nos. 5 and 6, respectively.