There’s a new king of the hill on Billboard’s country albums chart as Keith Urban’s Fuse rockets easily to No. 1 this week on Nielsen SoundScan-confirmed sales of 98,037 copies. Fuse also debuted at the top of the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.
Sheryl Crow’s Feels Like Home enjoys the second-highest debut, bowing at No. 3 with a first-week total of 36,427 units.
Johnny Cash’s The Greatest: The Number Ones returns to the chart at No. 63.
There are four new songs: Brothers Osborne’s “Let’s Go There” (No. 54), Florida Georgia Line’s “Stay” (No. 57), Randy Houser’s “Goodnight Kiss” (No. 59) and American Young’s “Love Is War” (No. 60).
Please, I beg of you, don’t confuse Brothers Osborne with the Grand Ole Opry bluegrass act, the Osborne Brothers. Brothers Osborne are John and TJ from Deale, Md., and the Osborne Brothers are Sonny and Bobby from Hyden, Ky.
The latter are best known (and, in some bluegrass purist quarters, most reviled) for their 1968 hit, “Rocky Top.” Sonny, the banjo wizard, is now retired. Bobby, the mandolinist and high tenor vocalist, soldiers on as captain of the Rocky Top X-Press.
It bears noting that Urban and Miranda Lambert’s new single, “We Were Us,” which debuted last week at No. 49, has now jumped to No. 29. Isn’t that astounding?
And now on to other enterprises.