Who’s the hottest male star in country music? I think you’d have to go with Luke Bryan, whose Crash My Party sold an impressive 528K copies in its first week. That’s the highest tally for an album by a male country artist in nearly nine years (since Tim McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying moved 766K copies in its first week in August 2004). Bryan’s fast start is the third-highest one-week tally of 2013 (regardless of genre), trailing only Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience (968K in March) and Jay Z’s Magna Carta…Holy Grail (slightly over 528K in July).
Crash My Party enters The Billboard 200 at #1, which makes Bryan the first artist to reach #1 with two different albums in 2013. Bryan topped the chart in March with Spring Break…Here To Party, a compilation drawn from his summer-themed EPs.
Bryan is the first country artist to put two albums at #1 in a calendar year since Kenny Chesney scored in 2005. Just two other country artists have achieved this feat since 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales for Billboard: Garth Brooks (1992 and 1998) and LeAnn Rimes (1997).
Bryan is one of only two country artists in the last five years who has sold 500K or more copies of an album in one week. The other is Taylor Swift, who has done it three times.
Crash My Party sold more copies this week than Spring Break…Here To Party has sold has in its entire 24-week run (490K). Bryan’s 2011 album Tailgates & Tanlines took 18 weeks to sell this many copies.
Tailgates & Tanlines has never ranked lower than #65. (That’s why, even though it’s more than two years old, it’s still considered a current album and isn’t listed on Top Catalog Albums.) Though it peaked at #2, Tailgates has outsold most #1 albums of recent years. Current sales tally: 2,102,000.
Crash My Party is Bryan’s fourth studio album. Each has climbed higher on The Billboard 200 than its predecessor. I’ll Stay Me reached #24 in 2007. Doin My Thing hit #6 in 2009. As noted, Tailgates & Tanlines reached #2 in 2011.
Crash My Party sold 222K digital copies, which puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums. Only one other country artist has ever topped 200K in digital sales in one week. Of course it’s Taylor Swift, who sold 278K digital copies of Speak Now and 465K digital copies of her crossover-minded Red.
Crash My Party also enters Top Country Albums at #1, displacing Florida Georgia Line’s eight-week leader Here’s To The Good Times. This is Bryan’s third country #1 in a row. It follows Tailgates & Tanlines (four weeks on top) and Spring Break…Here To Party (two weeks on top). (Note that all three of these albums have party-themed titles. The dude likes to party.)
Bryan’s awards profile has yet to match his record sales. He has yet to win a CMA Award, for example. Last year, he was nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year for the first time (but lost to “three-peater” Blake Shelton). Perhaps this will be Bryan’s year. We’ll soon see: The 47th annual CMA Awards will be presented on Nov. 6.
K. Michelle’s debut album, Rebellious Soul, debuts at #2. The 31-year old R&B artist is a reality star on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop franchise. K. Michelle is short for Kimberly Michelle Pate. Michelle’s “V.S.O.P.” is in the top 50 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. It’s her sixth song to crack the R&B chart (as yet, none have crossed over to the Hot 100). She first cracked the R&B chart in June 2009 with “Self Made (featuring Gucci Mane). She charted again that October with “Fakin’ It” (featuring Missy Elliott). “V.S.O.P.” samples old-school R&B songs by Debra Laws and the Chi-Lites.
The Teen Beach Movie soundtrack dips from #6 to #7. It’s the first soundtrack from a made-for-TV movie to spend five or more weeks in the top 10 since Camp Rock held tight for 10 weeks in 2008. Just two other soundtracks to made-for-TV movies have logged five or more weeks in the top 10: High School Musical (25 weeks in 2006) and High School Musical 2 (16 weeks in 2007). These were all Disney Channel productions.
Teen Beach Movie has sold 200K copies, which makes it the best-selling TV soundtrack (made-for-TV movie or series) so far this year. It pulls ahead of The Music Of Nashville. Three soundtracks to theatrically-released movies rank ahead of Teen Beach Movie: Pitch Perfect, Les Miserables and The Great Gatsby.
Teen Beach Movie is #1 on Top Soundtracks for the fifth week. It’s the first TV soundtrack to top this chart for five or more weeks since Victorious: Music From The Hit TV Show logged seven weeks on top in 2011.
Katy Perry’s “Roar” enters Hot Digital Songs at #1, with first-week sales of 557K. That’s the third highest first-week total in digital history, trailing only Flo Rida’s “Right Round” (636K in February 2009) and Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (623K in August 2012). “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell dips from #1 to #2 on Hot Digital Songs, with sales of 291K range. Lady Gaga’s “Applause” debuts at #3 (218K). Expect a very tight race for #1 on the Hot 100 between Perry and Thicke. (Thicke is still ahead in radio airplay and streaming, which are the chart’s other two components.) You’ll find out who prevails later today when we post Chart Watch: Songs.
Here’s the low-down on this week’s top 10 albums.
The Top Five: Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party debuts at #1 (528K). It’s his fourth top 10 album…K. Michelle’s Rebellious Soul debuts at #2 (72K). It’s her first top 10 album…Now 47 dips from #2 to #3 in its second week (52K)…Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines dips from #3 to #4 in its third week (48K). It has been in the top five the entire time...The Civil Wars’ The Civil Wars drops from #1 to #5 in its second week (39K).
The Second Five: Jay Z’s Magna Carta…Holy Grail drops from #4 to #6 in its sixth week (37K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time…The Teen Beach Movie soundtrack dips from #6 to #7 in its fifth week (33K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time… Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s To The Good Times rebounds from #10 to #8 in its 37th week (31K). This is its 11th week in the top 10…Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions drops from #7 to #9 in its 50th week (27K). This is its 18th week in the top 10…Five Finger Death Punch’s The Wrong Side Of Heaven & The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 1 drops from #8 to #10 in its third week (22K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time.
Two albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Asking Alexandria’s From Death To Destiny drops from #5 to #32. Tye Tribbett’s Greater Than drops from #9 to #27.
Parachute’s third album, Overnight, debuts at #15. This is the group’s second album in a row to make the top 20. The Way It Was reached #19 in 2011… Washed Out’s second studio album, Paracosm, debuts at #21. Within and Without reached #26 in 2011…Hoodie Allen’s third EP, Americoustic, debuts at #28. This is a let-down: All American reached #10 in 2012.
Lorde’s The Love Club jumps from #31 to #23 in its 10th week. The EP contains the fast-rising single “Royals.”…Pitch Perfect holds at #24 in its 43rd week. It’s the highest-ranking soundtrack from a theatrically-released movie for the 25rd week.
Bruno Mars’ Doo-Wops & Hooligans drops from #63 to #69 in its 148th week. The album returns to #1 on Top Catalog Albums. This is its sixth week on top. That puts Doo-Wops in a tie with Bob Marley & the Wailers’ 1984 compilation Legend for the most weeks at #1 on the catalog chart in 2013.
Glen Campbell’s See You There debuts at #89. The country and pop legend first charted in December 1967 with Gentle On My Mind.
Emeli Sade’s Our Version Of Events drops from #138 to #146 in its 38th chart week. The album has climbed as high as #28. It logged 10 weeks at #1 on The U.K.’s Official Albums Chart. That’s the second longest run at #1 in the 2010s, trailing only Adele’s 21 (23 weeks on top in the U.K.). The album’s resurgence in the U.S. is due to PBS’ airings of a Live At The Royal Albert Hall concert video (which will be released commercially on Oct. 8). (Adele’s video of the same name has sold 1,097,000 copies.)
Richard and Adam’s The Impossible Dream logs its third week at #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart. The classical-singing brothers from North Wales finished third on Season 7 of Britain’s Got Talent. Richard and Adam Johnson have a long way to go to catch Richard and Karen Carpenter as the sibling duo with the longest-running #1 album in the history of the U.K. chart. Carpenters’ The Singles 1969-1973 spent 17 weeks at #1 in 1974.
Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away Tour: Live enters Top Music Videos at #1. It’s the first video by a core country artist to reach #1 since Taylor Swift’s Journey To Fearless spent two weeks on top in October 2011. Underwood’s Blown Away album spent two weeks at #1 on The Billboard 200 and seven weeks at #1 on Top Country Albums.
Lee Daniels’ The Butler was #1 at the box-office over the weekend.
Coming Attractions: Luke Bryan will hold at #1 next week, but the rest of the top five will consist of debuts: John Mayer’s Paradise Valley (#2, 145K). TGT’s Three Kings (#3, 65K), Jimmy Buffett’s Songs From St. Somewhere (#4, 55K) and Earl Sweatshirt’s Doris (#5, 50K). A$AP Ferg’s Trap Lord will probably start around #8 (30K). Also due: Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Made Up Mind (#11, 24K), Ben Rector’s The Walking In Between (#12, 22K) and Blue October’s Sway (#15, 21K).