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Lady Antebellum Sails Onto Top Country Albums; Keith Urban, Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber Add Top 10s

Lady Antebellum's Ocean debuts at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (dated Nov. 30).

Lady Antebellum‘s Ocean debuts at No. 2 on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart (dated Nov. 30) with 29,000 equivalent album units earned, including 21,000 in album sales, in its first week, ending Nov. 21, according to Nielsen Music.

Released on Nov. 15 and produced by Dann Huff, Ocean is the trio’s first album for BMLG Records, which is part of the Big Machine Label Group.

Ocean album is Lady A’s 10th top 10 on Top Country Albums, with all 10 having debuted in the tier. The act boasts five No. 1s on the tally, with Ocean following the group’s Heart Break, which debuted at No. 1 in July 2017 (53,000 equivalent albums; 47,000 sold).


Lady A, comprised of Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, first crowned Top Country Albums with its debut self-titled set, which opened at the apex with 43,000 copies sold in May 2008. Need You Now followed in 2010 with 481,000 sold in its first frame, marking Lady A’s biggest sales week to date. The set ruled Top Country Albums for 31 weeks, the 10th-longest command in the chart’s history and second-best among groups after Dixie Chicks’ Fly, which dominated for 36 frames starting in 1999.

Lady A led Top Country Albums again with Own the Night (2011) and Golden (2013). The holiday-themed On This Winter’s Night peaked at No. 2 in 2012 and 2014’s 747 took off at its No. 2 high.

Meanwhile, Ocean‘s lead single “What If I Never Get Over You” pushes 8-6 on Country Airplay, up 6% to 25.7 million audience impressions in the week ending Nov. 24. On the airplay-, streaming- and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart, the track holds at its No. 7 high, also totaling 5.5 million U.S. streams (up 30%) and 7,000 sold.

The group performed the song with pop singer-songwriter Halsey at the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards on Nov. 13 in a medley with the latter’s current single “Graveyard.”

URBAN RENEWAL Keith Urban earns his 39th Hot Country Songs top 10, as “We Were” lifts 12-10, marking his first top 10 since “Blue Ain’t Your Color” led the tally for 12 weeks, becoming his 16th and longest-leading No. 1, starting in November 2016. (In between the two tracks, he charted five entries that peaked between Nos. 11 and 38.)

“We” reaches the region with 4 million streams (up 32%) in the week ending Nov. 21, after Urban performed it at the CMA Awards on Nov. 13; it also rises 5-4 on Country Airplay, up 2% to 28.2 million in radio reach.

Urban rattled off 38 consecutive top 10s on Hot Country Songs through “Blue” (counting titles in lead roles officially promoted to country radio, excluding holiday fare), a streak that started with his second entry and first top 10, “Your Everything,” which peaked at No. 4 in 2000.

TOP 10(000) Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber‘s “10,000 Hours” enters the Country Airplay top 10 (12-10), gaining by 12% to 21.5 million impressions.

The collaboration is Dan + Shay’s seventh Country Airplay top 10, a total that includes six No. 1s, starting with “Nothin’ Like You,” which led the list for a week in December 2015. The pair’s most recent leader, “All to Myself,” topped the Aug. 24 chart.

Pop superstar Bieber collects his first Country Airplay top 10 in his first visit. (The ballad also bullets at No. 12 on Adult Pop Songs, No. 15 on Pop Songs and No. 16 on Adult Contemporary.)

The track tops Hot Country Songs for a seventh week, as it likewise controls Country Streaming Songs for a seventh frame (15.8 million U.S. streams) and places at No. 2 on Country Digital Song Sales (10,000 sold), which it led for two weeks.