Urban debuts in second on Billboard
Sunday, May 6, 2018
– Keith Urban has the second best selling disc in the U.S. with "Graffiti U," his seventh top 10 effort. Urban moved 145,000 units, 137,000 in traditional album sales.
The figures were boosted by being connected with concert ticket sales. Urban new release did better than 2016's Ripcord, chart topper, "Rearview Town," fell from fifth to 10th in its third week with 32,000 units; down 17 percent.
Post Malone led the chart with "beerbongs & bentleys," moving 461,000 units. The charts will be officially released on Tuesday.
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