With first week sales being projected to total somewhere in the lofty neighborhood of 150,000, Keith Urban’s Defying Gravity does indeed seem to have wings. The album appears likely to top the country charts its first week out and if predictions based upon first day sales from chart watchers at Billboard and Hits magazines pan out, Urban has a good shot at topping Billboard’s Top 200 chart in the coming week as well. Challenging Urban will be Prince who is also projected to have a strong chance at the No. 1 spot.
While Urban hit No. 3 with both 2004’s Be Here and with Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing in 2006, this would be his first time atop the Top 200. Artists whose new releases are being projected to join Urban and Prince in the upper reaches of the charts include UGK, Flo Rida and Diana Krall. Hovering just below these likely Top 10s is Curb’s Rodney Atkins, whose new album, It’s America, is projected to total a respectable 35-40,000 in first week sales.
The momentum promises to continue with next week’s (4/7) offerings from Emerson Drive, Jason Aldean and Rascal Flatts.
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