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Keith Urban Rides To 1st Place With 'Graffiti U' Album Release

It's an eclectic mix of new releases that regenerate the album chart this week, blending urban country with hardcore funk, alt-metal and pop that's as smooth and sweet as a heaping spoon of Nutella.

Keith Urban Rides To 1st Place With 'Graffiti U' Album Release

By FYI Staff

Keith Urban’s Graffiti U debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart with 47,300 total consumption units, picking up the highest sales total of the week that was greatly aided by a tour ticket-bundle campaign. The album is the second chart-topper for the New Zealand-born Australian country music singer and first since 2013’s Fuse. His last album, 2016’s Ripcord, peaked at 3.


Graffiti U is the first Country album to hit No. 1 since Shania Twain’s Now in October 2017.

Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys debuts behind Keith Urban, at 2, with 47,000 total consumption units. It is his highest charting album to date, surpassing the No. 5 peak of 2016’s Stoney, which jumps 9-7 this week and marks its 25th week in the top ten.

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Beerbongs sets a new record for most on-demand (43.3M) streams for one week, topping the previous record of 42.8 million held by Drake’s More Life on its debut in March 2017.

When Legends Rise, Godsmack’s first album in nearly four years, debuts at 6. This is the Boston-based alt-metal band’s sixth top ten album and follows up on their 2014 studio release 1000HP that peaked at 2.

Kansas City’ funk star Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer debuts at 8, her highest chart ranking long-play that beats her 2013’s The Electric Lady set that hit the gong at 10.

Two more new releases debut in the top 40: Brit singer-songwriter Anne-Marie’s first full-length album Speak Your Mind lands at 16, and American rapper Youngboy Never Broke Again’s Until Death Call My Name comes in at 38.


– All data courtesy of SoundScan with additional colour detail provided by Nielsen Music Canada Director, Paul Tuch.

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Celine Dion Battled Extreme Muscle Spasms From Stiff-Person Syndrome With Dangerously High Doses of Valium: ‘It Could Have Been Fatal’

The singer opened up about her decade-long struggle with the rare neurological disorder in Tuesday night's (June 11) primetime NBC special.

Celine Dion was so desperate to alleviate the pain from severe muscle spasms during her secret, nearly two-decade-long battle with the rare neurological and autoimmune disease Stiff-Person Syndrome that she took near-lethal doses of Valium in search of relief. In her one-hour primetime NBC special on Tuesday night (June 11), Dion said she took up to 90 milligrams of the medication used to treat anxiety, seizures and muscle spasms, an amount that is more than twice the recommended daily dose.

“I did not know, honestly, that it could kill me. I would take, for example before a performance, 20 milligrams of Valium, and then just walking from my dressing room to backstage — it was gone,” Dion said of the instant pain relief the medication offered at levels, however that “could have been fatal” if she’d continued at that pace. “At one point, the thing is, that my body got used to it at 20 and 30 and 40 [milligrams] until it went up. And I needed that. It was relaxing my whole body. For two weeks, for a month, the show would go on… but then you get used to [and] it doesn’t work anymore.”

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