Bryan tops the charts with spring fling disc
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
– Luke Bryan will have the number one album in the country when the Billboard charts come out Thursday. Bryan's compilation, "Spring Break...Here to Party," sold about 150,000 units.
"Spring Break..." includes songs previously released on Bryan's spring break themed EPs with two new songs. The four EPs combined sold 145,000 units. Bryan takes over the top from Bruno Mars' "Unorthodox Jukebox," which fell to third.
Florida Georgia Line reached a new high on the Billboard 200 as "Here's to the Good Times' went from 18 to 7 with 26,000 units sold, up 21 percent. iTunes had the disc on sale last week with the duo's download sales up 58 percent last week.
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