Three country CDs make Billboard top 10
Sunday, May 15, 2016
– Three country discs are on the Billboard top 10 led by Keith Urban's "Ripcord."
Urban debuted in fourth with 106,000 units (93,000 in pure album sales). He did slightly better than 2013's "Fuse," which debuted at number 1 with 98,000 copies sold.
Cole Swindell's "You Should Be Here" debuted in sixth with 76,000 units and 65,000 copies sold. That surpassed his 2014 debut, which entered the charts at number 3 with 63,000 units sold.
Chris Stapleton closed out the top 10 with "Traveller," selling 31,000 units, down 2 percent.
Drake was first on the chart with "Views" moving 219,000 units in its second week out. Numbers include total track and sales equivalent albums.
The charts will be officially released on Tuesday.
Already successful as both a songwriter and a headlining performer, Cole Swindell's showcases both sides of that equation. The album includes seven co-writes of his own among the 13 tracks and some solid vocal turns on the hits that continue to prove that he is more than just a hit songwriter.
"Never Say Never, a duet with Lainey Wilson, is the powerful centerpiece. The song is arranged so the two singers' lines snake around each other as a bona fide 80's power ballad unfurls ...
Chris Stapleton's "Starting Over" release is one of those rare beauties of an album, where your favorite track may change from day to day. All of 'em are just that great. It is, simply put, Stapleton's best full-length to date.
You may love the title track, which puts flesh and bone onto the 'better luck next time' wish. Then again, the spiritual truth contained within the Creedence Clearwater Revival-esque "Devil Always Made Me Think Twice" might also ...
It's getting tougher and tougher all the time to justify categorizing Keith Urban's music as country. "The Speed of Now, Pt. 1" doesn't help. (What, is there a pt. 2 of this largely lame music on the way? Say it ain't so!) It's a relatively good pop album, for a Nashville pop effort, but there's just too much real country (Jon Pardi, Luke Combs) getting played on mainstream radio these days. The world just doesn't really need new Urban pop music. ...