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Keith Urban’s ‘Fuse’ Ignites On Country Charts

Keith Urban debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums with "Fuse," which arrives with 98,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's his fourth top start on the country tally and…

Keith Urban debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums with “Fuse,” which arrives with 98,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s his fourth top start on the country tally and his second on the Billboard 200. He’d most recently led both lists with “Defying Gravity” in 2009.

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As previously reported, Urban’s feat on the Billboard 200 was a close call, with just 3,000 copies separating “Fuse” and the also-debuting “Kiss Land” by the Weeknd at No. 2. That’s the tightest margin between the top two titles since January, when fewer than 2,000 copies separated the “Les Miserables” soundtrack (92,000) and Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” (91,000). During release week, Urban performed on NBC’s “Today” (Sept. 10, the day of the album’s release), ABC’s “The View” and CBS’ “The Late Show With David Letterman” (both on Sept. 11).

On Hot Country Songs, Urban’s duet with Miranda Lambert “We Were Us” snares the Hot Shot Debut at No. 24, a career-high debut for Lambert; Urban has debuted at or above No. 24 twice previously. The duet pings Country Digital Songs at No. 8 with 32,000 downloads sold. On the Nielsen BDS-driven Country Airplay ranking, it surges 49-29 in its second week (10 million audience impressions, up 498%), with airplay at 113 of the 142 stations monitored for the chart.

AS THE CROW FLIES: Sheryl Crow’s first country album “Feels Like Home” becomes the second top-three start this year by a solo female artist with no prior history on Top Country Albums, as it starts  at No. 3 with 36,000 sold. The only other first-time woman to debut in that region of the country tally this year is Kacey Musgraves, who bowed at No. 1 with “Same Trailer, Different Park” (44,000) in April.

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In the past five years, the only other such artist to open that high was 2011 “American Idol” runner-up Lauren Alaina, whose first full-length studio album “Wildflower” debuted at No. 2 two years ago.

The lead single from Crow’s new album, “Easy,” re-enters Hot Country Songs and sets a new peak at No. 21. On the Billboard 200, “Feels Like Home” starts at No. 7, marking her ninth top 10. She tallied her first eight (with pop/rock releases) in 1995-2010.

GOOD ‘POINT’: Justin Moore claims his first Hot Country Songs top 10 in more than two years, as “Point At You” flies 15-10. His most recent appearance in the upper tier was with his second No. 1, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” which topped the July 23, 2011 chart. He first led in 2009 with “Small Town USA.”

‘ROUND,’ IT GOES: After the pair joined Brooks & Dunn as the only duo or groups to score three consecutive career-opening No. 1s in the 23-year history of the Country Airplay tally, Florida Georgia Line’s second week atop the chart with “Round Here” matches the erstwhile duo’s previously unequalled feat, among all artists, of holding three career-starting singles at No. 1 for multiple weeks. “Here” leads the list for a second frame.

FGL is one multi-week leader from matching Brooks & Ronnie Dunn’s early momentum, as the latter act scored four straight such No. 1s from the start in 1991-92: “Brand New Man” (two weeks); “My Next Broken Heart” (two); “Neon Moon” (two) and “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” (four). Florida Georgia Line logged three weeks at the summit with “Cruise” last December, while “Get Your Shine On” reigned for two in May.

Florida Georgia Line also opens at No. 57 on Country Airplay with “Stay,” based on unsolicited play from the duo’s album “Here’s to the Good Times,” which has sold 1.1 million copies to date. The pair additionally appears as a featured act on Jake Owen’s “Summer Jam,” which bullets at its No. 51.

TOP NOTCH: Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” holds at No. 1 for a fifth week on both Hot Country Songs and Country Digital Songs. The track sold 99,000 downloads during the tracking week, according to SoundScan. It’s sold 607,000 to date.