The Weeknd Edged Out By Keith Urban In Razor-Thin ‘Billboard’ Battle

Singer's major-label bow beats out new music from 2 Chainz, Keith Urban and Sheryl Crow.

If enigmatic singer Abel Tesfaye, better known as the Weeknd, is the type to pop bottles, this Friday and Saturday would be a good time to do that. Why? Well, because his critically acclaimed major label debut, Kiss Land 
, looked like it might land at #1 as it edged by new discs from a handful of veteran acts. But when the dust (and recount) settled, the Canadian crooner still had a #2 debut on the Billboard 200 album chart.

According to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan, Kiss Land sold nearly 95,000 copies, falling just a few thousand behind the #1 debut of Fuse from “American Idol” judge and country star Keith Urban (98,000).

Early SoundScan counts had the Weeknd besting Urban, but the singer had a good laugh at his almost-victory. “AWWH. SO CLOSE THEY HAD TO RECOUNT!!!” he tweeted . “STILL GOT THE BET FANS!! THANK YOU XO.”

(On the iTunes album chart, Weeknd was also #2, bested by the pre-orders for One Direction’s Midnight Memories.)

Chainz, Monkeys and Crows
The Weeknd had plenty of company in the top 10 this week, as 2 Chainz’s latest, B.O.A.T.S II: Me Time 
 landed at #3 (63,000), while Janelle Monae’s Electric Lady was a bit behind at #5 (47,000). The other two new titles came from British rockers Arctic Monkeys, whose AM was at #6 (42,000) and pop-star-turned-country-singer Sheryl Crow, who was right on their heels at #7 with Feels Like Home (36,000).

Elsewhere, “Royals” singer Lorde continued her march up the charts with the Love Club EP, which moved 12 spots to #24 (14,000), almost equaling her highest position to date. “Royals” also recently set a record on the Billboard Alternative chart, notching six weeks at #1, besting the previous high from Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” back in 1995.

Look for new faces at the top of the charts next week courtesy of Avicii, Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group, Jack Johnson and Justin Moore.

Miley Still “Ball”ing on singles chart
Over on the iTunes singles chart, Miley Cyrus rose eight spots and took over the top spot with her ballad “Wrecking Ball,” which edged out Katy Perry’s former #1, “Roar.” Lorde was right behind at #3 with “Royals,” besting Avicii’s countronica smash “Wake Me Up,” with Lady Gaga rounding out the top 5 with “Applause.”

Eminem held on to #6 thanks to “Berzerk,” followed by Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” Jay Z’s “Holy Grail,” with Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” resting at #9.

Miley swung up nine spots on the Billboard Digital Songs chart to move into the top position thanks to sales of 477,000 for “Ball,” to notch the second best sales week of the year for a song.

The only track with higher one-week sales is “Roar,” which debuted with 557,000. Perry’s song drops to #2 this week (311,000), followed by Lorde (331,000), Avicii (202,000), Gaga (184,000), Eminem (165,000), Jay Z (146,000), Drake (143,000) and Thicke at #9 (123,000). After moving up to #8 last week, Cedric Gervais’ remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” falls two spots to #10 (118,000).

Cyrus also shot up 21 spaces on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart to land her first #1 ever on that tally. Her previous high had been #2 with the songs “We Can’t Stop” and “Party in the U.S.A.”

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