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 with Live 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.
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