Urban claims top spot
Thursday, February 23, 2012
– Keith Urban claimed the top of the Billboard Country Songs chart for the week ending March 3 with You Gonna Fly.
Urban took over for The Band Perry's All Your Life,
which fell to fifth. On the albums chart Lady Antebellum moved back to the top with "Own the Night," with last week's chart topper, "Home" from Dierks Bentley, falling to fifth.
Jason Aldean stayed second on the albums chart with "My Kinda Party" The Band Perry may have benefitted from a Grammy appearance, moving from sixth to third with their self-titled debut. Luke Bryan remained fourth with "tailgates & tanlines,"
Taylor Swfit's "Speak Now" World Tour Live CD/DVD" jumped from 33 to 24. "Here for a Good Time" from George Strait was up 5 to 25. A Grammy appearance helped Glen Campbell receive a huge jolt in sales, going from 58 to 34 with "Ghost on the Canvas." Alison Krauss & Paper Airplane jumped 12 to 37 with "Paper Airplane." Thompson Square's self-titled debut moved up 7 to 39.
Kenny Chesney went from four to two on the songs chart with Reality, while Chris Young remained third with You. Bentley is at four with Home.
Swift broke into the top 10 with Ours, up 2 to 9. Zac Brown Band went from 24 to 20 with No Hurry. Aldean's Fly Over States moved from 25 to 22. Time Is Love, the new Josh Turner single, jumped from 31 to 27. The biggest mover by far was Eric Church whose Springsteen skyrocketed from 43 to 28. Rodney Atkins stood at 30, up 2, with He's Mine.
On the bluegrass chart, "Who's Feeling Young Now?" by the Punch Brothers debuted in first, taking over for now number two "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent." Krauss & Union Station were third. "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" from Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile was fourth with "Rare Bird Alert" from Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers fifth.
On the overall top 200, Lady A was 9th, Aldean 15th, The Band Perry 19th, Bryan 22nd and Bentley 24th.
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