Wednesday, August 21, 2013
– Luke Bryan has the biggest debut by a male country singer in nearly nine years and is the year's third highest overall. "Crash My Party" sold almost 528,000 copies in the week ending Sunday, Aug. 18
This marks Bryan's second number one this year as "Spring Break...Here to Party" hit the top earlier this year.
Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" (968,000) and Jay Z's "Magna Carta...Holy Grail" (slightly more than 528,000) were bigger debuts than "Crash" this year.
Last week's number one disc, The Civil Wars' self-titled album, fell to fifth with 39,000, down 66 percent. Florida Georgia Line's "Here's to the Good Times" was eighth with 31,000 units sold, up 19 percent.
Bryan's effort was the highest for a male country singer since Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying" sold 766,000 in its first week in November 2004.
Since 2008, only two country artists sold more than a half-million copies of an album in a single week: Bryan and Taylor Swift. She reached the mark with each of her last three studio albums. "Red" started with 1.21 million last year, while 2010's "Speak Now" started with 1.05 million and 2008's "Fearless" launched with 592,000 units.