Keith Urban Has Top Song, Lady A Back at Album Summit

Album Sales Up for Acts Taking Part in Grammy Show

Keith Urban’s “You Gonna Fly” rolls in as the No. 1 song after an 18-week journey on Billboard’s country songs chart, while Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night bobs back as the top of country album.

Almost every country act that performed or appeared on the recent Grammy awards show experienced a slight or substantial increase in sales the following week.

Own the Night sold 36,566 copies last week — compared to 24,917 the week before, according to Nielsen SoundScan, which monitors music sales.

Sales of Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party jumped from 25,722 to 27,816 during the same period. For The Band Perry’s self-titled package, the numbers rose from 19,531 to 23,744.

Taylor Swift saw her Speak Now vault from 12,815 to 20,464 in its 69th week out. Better still, that increase took sales of her album past the 4 million mark, specifically to 4,004,597.

OK. Back to normal business.

This week’s charts are graced by two new albums and three new songs.

Gene Watson’s Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits scores the highest album debut, arriving at No. 64. Playlist: The Very Best of Gretchen Wilson squeezes in at No. 75. Randy TravisAnniversary Celebration: 25 returns to the list at No. 69.

Songwise, the newbies are DJ Miller’s “Between Sundays” (No. 58), Easton Corbin’s “Lovin’ You Is Fun” (No. 59) and The Band Perry’s “The Star-Spangled Banner” (No. 60).

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to