Week Ending Aug. 18, 2013. Albums: Luke Bryan’s Big “Party”
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.