Keith Urban Scores First No. 1 Album

Australian's "Days Goes By" Spends Fourth Week at Top of Country Singles Chart

Keith Urban scored his first No. 1 album this week — and it only took a week to do it.

Urban’s third U.S. solo album, Be Here, sold 148,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at the top of Billboard’s Top Country Albums list and at No. 3 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart. To make the week even better, Urban’s “Days Go By” is spending a fourth week atop the trade publication’s country singles chart.

Sales of Be Here were close behind the numbers for Green Day’s American Idiot that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, where Nelly’s Suit holds the second position in its second week of release.

Urban’s new album pushed several artists down slightly on the country albums chart. With one-notch drops, the second through fifth place slots are filled respectively by Tim McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying, Alan Jackson’s What I Do, Gretchen Wilson’s Here for the Party and Big & Rich’s Horse of a Different Color. Brad Paisley’s Mud on the Tires maintains traction at No. 6, followed by Jimmy Buffett’s License to Chill at No. 7 and Kenny Chesney’s When the Sun Goes Down at No. 8. Urban’s momentum from the new album also spiked sales of his previous project, Golden Road, that moves up one position to No. 9 after almost two years on the chart. Willie Nelson’s Outlaws and Angels, culled from a TV special featuring Keith Richards, Merle Haggard, Toby Keith, Kid Rock and others, debuts at No. 10.

Other albums debuting on the country chart include Mark Chesnutt’s Savin’ the Honky Tonk, Charlie Robison’s Good Times, Buddy Miller’s Universal United House of Prayer and Jason Boland & the Stragglers’ Somewhere in the Middle.

With Urban still at the top of the country singles chart, Sara Evans’ “Suds in the Bucket” spends a second week bubbling at No. 2. George Strait’s “I Hate Everything” climbs one notch to No. 3 and Wilson’s “Here for the Party” drops a position to No. 4. Similarly, Jackson’s “Too Much of a Good Thing” rises a slot to No. 5, and McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” slips one level to No. 6. The remaining titles in the Top 10 are on the rise, including Keith’s “Stays in Mexico,” Brooks & Dunn’s “That’s What It’s All About” and Phil Vassar’s “In a Real Love” in seventh through ninth position, respectively. Rascal Flatts, whose new Feels Like Today CD will debut on next week’s albums charts, enjoy a two-slot increase to return to the Top 10 with the title.

Tracy Lawrence has the week’s highest debuting single, with “Sawdust on Her Halo” arriving at No. 56. Bret Michaels, best known as the lead vocalist for the rock band Poison, debuts at No. 57 with “All I Ever Needed.” Jamie O’Neal returns with a new single, “Trying to Find Atlantis,” charting at No. 60.

Calvin Gilbert has served as’s managing editor since 2002. His background includes stints at the Nashville Banner, Radio & Records and Westwood One.