Luke Bryan is having a pretty good year.
Mere months after his last No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, the country star is back in the saddle again. His new LP, Crash My Party, has the week’s biggest album sales, selling just under 528,000 copies in its first week, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan.
The success of Crash My Party gives it the third-best sales week of 2013, narrowly missing out on second place. Jay Z’s Magna Carta… Holy Grail sold just over 528,000 copies in its first week, while The 20/20 Experience, the comeback album by Justin Timberlake, reigns supreme with first-week sales of 968,000.
Bryan’s No. 1 not only caps off a big week for him, but also for country music. According to Billboard, his sales are the largest for a male country artist since Tim McGraw hit the top in November 2004 withLive Like You’re Dying, which sold 766,000 copies. He’s also the only country artist not named Swift to sell over a half million in one week since 2008.
Perhaps fans are drawn to the word ‘party.’ Before Crash My Party‘s release, Bryan scored his first No. 1 in March with Spring Break… Here to Party. The compilation album, which combines Bryan’s four spring break-themed EPs, sold 150,000 in its initial week out.
Crash My Party is one of two new albums to debut inside the top 10. The other, K. Michelle’s Rebellious Soul, is the No. 2 album this week. The R&B singer’s debut release sold 72,000 its first week out.
From there, it’s all familiarity in the top 10. NOW 47 slips to No. 3, selling 52,000, while Robin Thicke‘s Blurred Lines moves 48,000 for the fourth spot.
Last week’s No. 1, The Civil Wars‘ self-titled sophomore release, tumbles to No. 5 with sales of 39,000 — a drop of over 60 percent.
Rounding out the top 10 are an array of newer releases and stalwarts that won’t go away. Jay Z’s Magna Carta is No. 6 (37,000 sold) with the Teen Beach Movie soundtrack hitting No. 7 (33,000).
– Kevin Rutherford, Radio.com