Keith Urban Slips Past The Weeknd To Get #1 On Billboard 200
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.18.2013
It was a close race...
Keith Urban has earned a #1 debut on the Billboard 200, narrowly beating The Weeknd's album Kiss Land. Urban's Fuse sold 98,000 copies. This is less than 3,000 compared to Kiss Land, which sold 96,000. This is the closest margin between #1 and #2 since early January, when there were less than 2,000 copies between the Les Miserables soundtrack (92,000) and Mumford & Sons' Babel (91,000).
It was predicted that Urban would get #1, but it was also predicted to be a close race. Last Wednesday it was believed that Fuse would sell between 100,000 and 110,000, but that dropped to just 100,000 by Friday. The Weeknd's album went from a range of 90,000 to 100,000 to just 95,000. During the week, Urban performed on NBC's Today (September 10, the day of the album's release), ABC's The View (September 11) and CBS' Late Show with David Letterman (September 11). The Weeknd performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live on September 12 and toured through the week. He played two shows in California (Berkeley and Santa Barbara) and one in Seattle.
Urban's debut of 98,000 means that the #1 album sold less than 100,000 copies for the first time in six weeks. The last to do so was Selena Gomez's Stars Dance, with 97,000. This is Urban's fifth top ten album and second #1 after 2009's Defying Gravity debuted with 172,000 (which also narrowly beat Prince's Lotus Flow3r/MPLSOUND/Elix3r, which sold 168,000). Urban last appeared with 2010's Get Closer, which debuted and peaked at #7 with 162,000. This is Urban's lowest sales start since 2002's Golden Road hit #11 with 67,000.
Kiss Land is the Weeknd's first full-length studio album, but he charted in 2012 with Trilogy, a compilation of three mixtapes. It debuted at #4 with 86,000 on December 1, 2012. It has sold 385,000 so far.
Debuting at #3 this week is 2 Chainz's B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME with 63,000 copies. His last album, Based on a T.R.U. Story, debuted with 147,000 and started at #1. At the time, Chainz was also at #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with "No Lie". His new album's single, "Feds Watching", is sitting at #30. 2 Chainz is also currently #1 on the Rap Albums chart, his second.
Janelle Monae takes the next debut with The Electric Lady getting #5 with 47,000. This is her second full-length album. Her debut, The Archandroid: Suites II and III debuted in 2010 at #17 with 21,000.
Arctic Monkeys are at #6 with AM, which sold 42,000 copies. It beats 2007's Favourite Worst Nightmare, which sold 44,000 in its first week to get #7. The band's song "Do I Wanna Know" has climbed 40-39 on the Alternative airplay chart, their first hit since 2006. The only other Alternative hit was "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor," which peaked at #7 in 2006.
The final debut in the top ten is Sheryl Crow's first country album, Feels Like Home. It debuts at #7 with 36,000. It is #3 on the Top Country Albums chart behind Urban and Bryan. This is her ninth top ten album and all eight of her studio albums have hit the top ten. Her 2004 "best of" collection, The Very Best of Sheryl Crow, also reached the top ten.
1. Keith Urban - Fuse (98,000)
2. The Weeknd - Kiss Land (96,000)
3. 2 Chainz - B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME (63,000)
4. Luke Bryan - Crash My Party (53,000)
5. Janelle Monae - The Electric Lady (47,000)
6. Arctic Monkeys - AM (42,000)
7. Sheryl Crow - Feels Like Home (36,000)
8. Tamar Braxton - Love and War (35,000)
9. Ariana Grande - Yours Truly (31,000)
10. John Legend - Love in the Future (30,000)
Album sales this week totaled 4.5 million copies, down 10% compared to last week (5.06 million) and down 11% compared to last year (5.11 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 195.8 million, down 6% compared with the same total at this point last year (207.3 million).