Urban, FGL are tops

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – Keith Urban pulled "Ripcord" into the top spot on the Billboard Country Albums chart for the week ending June 4 in its chart debut. Florida Georgia Line led the Hot Country Songs chart again with "H.OL.Y."

On the songs chart, Blake Shelton was second with "Came Here to Forget," one ahead of Dierks Bentley's "Somewhere on a Beach." Tim McGraw was fourth with "Humble And Kind." Thomas Rhett remained fifth with "T-Shirt."

Keith Urban jumped from 25 to 11 with "The Fighter," which features Carrie Underwood. She was at 13 with "Church Bells," up 4. Adam Wakefield, who is on The Voice, debuted at 18 with "I'm Sorry." David Nail made the top 25 with "Night's on Fire," at 25, up 1.

On the albums chart, Jennifer Nettles debuted in second with "Playing With Fire." Cole Swindell was third with "You Should Be Here." Chris Stapleton was fourth with "Traveller" and Joey + Rory fifth with "Hymns."

"Bright Star: A New Musical" from Steve Martin once again led the Bluegrass Albums chart. Martin & Edie Brickell were second with "So Familiar." Punch Brothers remained third with "The Phosphorescent Blues." Flatt Lonesome's "Runaway Train" was fourth. "Bluegrass Classics Collection: Power Picks 75 Classics," a compilation, was fifth.

"Nashville:" The Music of Nashville, Season 4: Volume 2" debuted in 12th. Zac Brown Band was 21st with "Jekyll + Hyde." Cimorelli, a sextet of sisters, debuted in 24th with "Up At Night."

On the overall top 200, Urban was 6th, Nettles 10th, Swindell 12th, Stapleton 13th and Rhett 33rd. The top 200 and country charts use different criteria.

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Graffiti U CD review - Graffiti U
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 »»»
Ripcord CD review - Ripcord
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. The wonderfully titled »»»
Fuse CD review - Fuse
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 »»»