Urban leads charts with "Fuse"
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
– Keith Urban lit up the cash register because "Fuse" is the best selling disc in the U.S. Urban edged out the Weeknd's "Kiss Land."
Urban sold 98,000 units of his disc, 3,000 more than the Weeknd.
Urban's sales no doubt were helped by performances on the Today show, The View and Late Show with David Letterman.
Despite leading the charts, the numbers were far less than his last disc, "Get Closer" in 2010. That release started with 162,000 units sold. In fact, the numbers were the worst for Urban since "Golden Road" in 2002 sold 67,000 units.
Luke Bryan was fourth with "Crash My Party," selling 53,000 units, down 22 percent.
Sheryl Crow debuted at seven with "Feels Like Home," her first country disc. Crow sold 36,000 units.
The charts will officially out on Thursday.
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