Urban leads country chart
Sunday, May 22, 2016
– Keith Urban will be the leading country disc with "Ripcord" when Billboard releases its charts on Tuesday. Overall, the disc was the sixth best selling release in the U.S. with 44,000 units, down 59 percent.
Jennifer Nettles was 10th with "Playing With Fire," her second solo disc. Nettles moved 33,000 units, including 31,000 in sales. The rest was comprised of track and streaming equivalent albums.
Drake was first on the chart for the third straight week with "Views," which had 239,000 equivalent album units, down 24 percent.
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It's telling how two songs on Keith Urban's "Graffiti U" album chug along to a reggae beat because pop rhythms and non-country elements are the obvious inspirations for this collection. Opener "Coming Home" may borrow (steal?) a guitar riff from Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried," but this is where that country road begins and ends.
Urban follows "Coming Home" with "Never Comin' Down," which is introduced with a funky bass line »»»
Even though Keith Urban's single, "Wasted Time," borrows more than a little sonic sensibility from electronic music, there's still an upfront banjo solo. And this is how it's always been with Urban. He may play the part of the guitar hero at times, and even revealed his eclectic musical knowledge as a judge on American Idol, but Urban will always be a country boy at heart. And boyish good looks and talent have taken this country boy far, too.
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Keith Urban will keep his superstar status intact with the lengthy "Fuse." The upbeat, commercial- and fan-friendly music and singing from Urban will ensure that. This is pretty much vintage Urban.
That means Urban's not very high on the country quotient. What sounds like a guitar on the rocking Good Thing and the somewhat swampy Red Camaro, for example, is Mike Elizondo's programming. Yes, there's gango (six-stringed banjo with guitar neck) sprinkled in many songs, but »»»